Ireland’s rising star Bertram Allen has broken through the Top 20 of the World’s Longines rankings for the first time, entering this week at No.17. In the official Longines rankings published this week by the world governing body, a massive jump of 15 places from his previous position has confirmed the 19 year-old Wexford rider’s status amongst the sport’s elite. Positioned between Swiss Olympian Pius Schwizer and Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen winner Christian Ahlman, Allen sits between two riders who are well over two decades older than him. Allen now stands as the youngest rider within the World’s Top 50.
Allen’s performances this year have been remarkable, and last month he continued his top form with a third place in the five-star Swiss Grand Prix at Lausanne with the stallion Romanov, having also finished seventh in the World Individual Jumping Championships in Normandy, France at the beginning of September, with Molly Malone. Other notable movements by Irish riders include those made by Denis Lynch and Darragh Kenny. Lynch stands as the next best Irish rider on the Longines World rankings, improving six places to No. 29, while Darragh Kenny has also improved by six places to register at World No. 36 in the top 100.