Bertram Allen wins Global Champions Tour opening competition in Mexico
Bertram Allen has made a winning start at the opening Longines Global Champions Tour show of the 2017 season in Mexico.
The Wexford-born rider scorched to victory in the five-star 1m45 Two Phase competition with the 13-year-old gelding Quiet Easy to collect the winners prize of just over €8,000. Allen crossed the line clear in 26.37 seconds to finish almost a second and-a-half ahead of Mexico’s Gonzalo Azcarragato riding Quite Nice (27.59). Belgium’s Jérome Guery took third spot on the podium with Garfield de Tiji Des Templiers (27.67).
Bertram Allen will line out for reigning champions Valkenswaard United in the Global Champions League opener this weekend and speaking ahead of the event in Mexico he said:
“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the GCL again this year – it’s a game-changer and I think brilliant for our sport and the future of show jumping. It was an honour and a bit of a dream to compete in a team with John [Whitaker] last season, and I’m really looking forward to riding with my new teammates to try keep the title. I think what Jan Tops has done to develop and innovate show jumping over the years is exceptional and I’m very happy to be part of the future and progress of our sport.”