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