The team of RED MILLS Ambassadors enjoyed an incredible month in April, with superb results at locations across the globe.
Wexford Teenager, Bertram Allen, continued his incredible run-of-form this month with news that he had risen further up the Longines World Rankings and entered the top ten for the very first time – the highest ranked Irish rider on the standings.
Bertram and his fabulous grey mare Molly Malone then stole the headlines at the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, winning the opening speed competition, before completing a gruelling week’s jumping against the best horses and riders in the world – finishing on the podium in third place overall. Allen was joined in Las Vegas by another of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Ambassador, Edwina Tops-Alexander.
Upon his return to Europe, Allen continued to shine with his remaining string of horses, all of whom are fed exclusively on Connolly’s RED MILLS feed. The 19 year old outclassed a 55 strong international field to win a speed class at the GCT event show in Madrid with the Quainton Stud’s 11 year old gelding Quiet Easy 4.
Later that weekend, Allen went on to take fifth place in one of the most nail-biting Grand Prix finishes of the 2015 GCT in Madrid. Allen was riding Romanov who remains in peak performance despite the fact that he is now 17 years old.
Brash dominates in Miami
Also in April, fellow Connolly’s RED MILLS Ambassador Scott Brash simply blew the opposition away, as the LGCT visited Miami Beach for the very first time.
The reigning LGCT leader and Hello Forever won opening feature class, the historic American Invitational following a thrilling jump-off. Even better was to come, as Brash was victorious for the second night in a row as he galloped away with the inaugural LGCT of Miami Beach Grand Prix title aboard Hello Sanctos. This was the two-time LGCT Champ’s fifth Grand Prix win in the last three seasons as he continues to dominate the Tour in spectacular fashion.
Another RED MILLS Ambassador, Denis Lynch began April by finishing second in a major speed class at the Saut Hèrmes five-star show in Paris.
Riding Thomas Straumann’s bay gelding Abbervail van het Dingeshof, the Tipperary rider settled for the runner-up spot behind Dutch winner Maikel van der Vleuten. Lynch’s performance earned him a call-up for the Irish team at the first Furusiyya Nations Cup of the season at Lummen in Belgium along with fellow RED MILLS Ambassador Billy Twomey riding Diaghilev.
Shane Breen meanwhile finished an excellent fourth place in the demanding Lummen Derby which really tests a horses endurance. The Tipperary rider was aboard Calido Boy, while Breen also placed highly in several young horse classes in Lummen.
Trevor Breen also continued to chalk up top results at shows across Europe and the UK, as he prepares to defend the Hickstead Derby title he won last year. Trevor’s wife Caroline unfortunately suffered a nasty fall during April but thankfully is reported to be recovering well. The entire team at Connolly’s RED MILLS send our best wishes.
Meanwhile the list of Irish riders selected for the world famous Badminton Horse Trials, includes three Ambassadors from RED MILLS
World Equestrian Games team silver medallist Tina Cook is also a RED MILLS Ambassador and she will represent the British squad at Badminton with De Novo News.
We wish all our RED MILLS Ambassadors the very best of luck for the month of May and watch out over the coming day’s for news of another high-profile show jumping rider who has made the decision to join the growing list of top professionals who are feeding Connolly’s RED MILLS.