World No 9, Bertram Allen, claimed victory in the second qualifier of the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 year-old International competition at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS main arena in Ballsbridge today (Friday).
Pictured: Bertram Allen & Dino W (Photo: Sonya Dempsey/Equestrian PR Services)
Allen guided the eight year-old stallion Dino W (Berlin x L’Amour Z) to a brilliant double clear round in 46.81 seconds to take the top prize. It was a fitting result as Allen has been a RED MILLS Ambassador for a number of years.
Second place went to American Lauren Hough with Lady Davos, while Philip McGuane finished third with LVS Wizard. Kildare’s Michael Pender, who was the winner of the first Connolly’s RED MILLS qualifier at the RDS on Wednesday, finished fourth with the Irish Sport Horse stallion HHS Hercules, while Edward Butler finished fifth Shalamar Cassino.
Another RED MILLS Ambassador, Australia’s Edwina-Tops Alexander took sixth spot with Veronese Teamjoy.
The top 20 horses and riders now go forward to Sunday’s prestigious Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 year-old International final at 10.30am in the RDS main arena, where a two round competition including a jump-off will decide the overall winner.
Pictured: Gareth Connolly, Sales and Marketing Director with Connolly’s RED MILLS, making the winners presentation to Bertram Allen and Dino W (Photo: Sonya Dempsey/Equestrian PR Services)
Along with a very generous prize-fund, the owner of the winning Connolly’s RED MILLS 7 & 8 year-old horse will receive The “John Higgins” Memorial Perpetual Challenge Trophy, while The “Corry” Perpetual Challenge Trophy will be presented to the rider of the winning horse.
This is the fourth year that Connolly’s RED MILLS have sponsored this prestigious competition, which features the top 20 combinations from Ireland, who are joined at the Dublin Horse Show by up to 24 additional nternational entries from around the world.
Last year saw Marlon Modolo Zanotelli riding the seven year-old mare EIS Isaura, topped a truly international leaderboard, as the best young horses from Ireland battled with those visiting from around the world.
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