Bertram Allen has operation on broken collarbone
Bertram Allen underwent surgery for a broken collarbone yesterday following a fall at the Glock International Show in Treffens, Austria on Thursday.
The 20-year-old Irish showjumper (right) was riding his new horse, the eight-year-old Hector van d'Abdijhoeve, which finished fifth in the Young Horse Championships at Dublin Horse Show three weeks ago, for fellow-Irishman Thomas O'Brien when the accident occurred.
Wexford-born Allen, currently No 5 in the world rankings, has been taking the showjumping world by storm over the last 18 months. He finished seventh individually at the World Equestrian Games last September, third at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April this year and was a member of Ireland's winning team in the Aga Khan Cup at the RDS earlier this month.
Allen's mother, Geraldine, said yesterday afternoon that her son was "just over his surgery and it's looking good" but that it was "much too early to know when he will be back in action."
Allen was also a member of the Irish team that missed qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics by just 0.38 penalty points when a member of the arena crew stepped across Cian O'Connor's path during his pivotal round with Good Luck at the European Championships in Aachen, Germany eight days ago.
An immediate appeal was rejected, but Horse Sport Ireland has confirmed that sports solicitor Gary Rice of DAC Beachcroft and a specialist CAS Counsel, David Casserly, have been retained.
A decision about a further appeal is expected to be made next week.