CSI 3*

Bertram Allen & Emmylou Storm to Victory in Kask $140,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* at Wellington

Wellington, Florida, USA – February 19, 2023 – The Winter Equestrian Festival’s (WEF) Week 6, sponsored by Kask, came to a close on Sunday with the final classics of World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week in the International Ring and the  CHF$140,000 Kask Grand Prix CSI 3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village. Irish Olympian Bertram Allen and the speedy Emmylou topped a 10-horse jump-off in the day’s featured international class.

Ana Catalina Cruz Harris (MEX) designed a testing track for 44 horses. From the second half of the original order, Allen notched a clear round and returned to set an uncatchable pace over the short course.

Coming off a win earlier in the season in the Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI 4* 1.45m with Emmylou, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Cabachon x San Patrignano Mister), owned by Ballywalter Stables.

Cathleen Driscoll (USA) & Arome

Allen bested runner-up Cathleen Driscoll (USA) by nearly two seconds on Sunday, who rode Arome for owner Plain Bay Farm.

Amy Millar (CAN) & Truman

Canada’s Amy Millar rounded out the top three riding Truman for Millar Brooke Farm & Overlund.

“The jump-off went according to plan,” said Allen of his blistering pace. “My horse is naturally very fast so I just tried to keep it as smooth as I could. Obviously, the jump-off was still big and there were quite a few faults in it, so I tried to get the right medium between going fast enough and keeping all the jumps up.”

When he crossed the final timers, Allen threw a fist to the sky and gave Emmylou the credit she was due. “She’s a special little horse; she tries so hard, so I get great satisfaction about having the result I did today.”

Bertram Allen (IRL) & Emmylou presented as winners of the KASK CHF140,000 CSI3* Grand Prix by CEO of KASK America Fabio Cardarelli Sales Manager Andrea Nannarelli. Photo © Sportfot

Allen got the ride on Emmylou, the previous mount of Norwegian rider Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen, early last year and set the Kask Grand Prix CSI 3* as a goal this season. “This was her main goal and now we will evaluate where we go from here.”

Allen had his eye on Emmylou for nearly a year while she competed under the direction of Gulliksen and is pleased to finally have her as part of his string, noting, “She’s a lovely horse in the barn; she’s very relaxed and easy going, but when you really start jumping she lights up. I think she likes her job.”

Final Results – CHF$140,000 Kask Grand Prix CSI 3* – 1.50m

1) Bertram Allen (IRL) & Emmylou – 0 / 0 – 36.86

2) Cathleen Driscoll (USA) & Arome – 0 / 0 – 38.21

3) Amy Millar (CAN) & Truman – 0 / 0 – 39.45

Source: Press Release from Equestrian Sports Productions

Photos: © Wellington International / Sportfot