Wexford teenager Bertram Allen continues to take the equestrian world by storm and his name was in lights in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Allen and his mare Molly Malone came agonisingly close to be coming only the second teenager to win the World Cup Final in Nevada and the first Irish rider to ever win it after Jessica Kurten (2006) and Trevor Coyle (1999) finished as runners-up.
Starting with one penalty point on his card heading into last night's final round of jumping, Allen and the 11-year-old grey mare Molly Malone had a single fence down to complete the first round on five penalties, equal second with France’s Penelope Leprevost and Vagabond de la Pomme.
Olympic champion Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, with Albfuehren’s Paille, had started on a zero score and finished with no penalties to maintain his World Cup lead.
"She jumped super but it wasn't good enough today, Steve is a deserving winner," Allen said afterwards.
"We'll keep trying but I'll settle for third today."
Irish show jumping manager Robert Splaine said: “This was a remarkable achievement in a world championship for a 19-year-old.
"Taking this third place was an incredible performance and is great for our sport . Bertram himself is a wonderful ambassador for Ireland."
Allen’s performance will earn him valuable world ranking points, he was 10th in the rankings before this competition began, but also garner him valuable Olympic individual qualification points.