When Bertram Allen and the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck) enter an arena, an introduction is barley needed, and it’s not just because of Hector’s one-two punch hind leg jumping style. The two have only shared a partnership for the past year and a half, but they’ve since become a force to be reckoned in international arenas around the world.

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, the duo added to their list of accomplishments with a big win of the Longines Grand Prix of Switzerland CSIO5*. They beat out a field of 50 and a wide jumpoff field of determined Swiss riders to do so, so it’s only right that we give you 12 more reasons to celebrate alongside them.

 

Bertram Allen & Hector. Ph. via Longines CSIO St. Gallen

Bertram Allen

  • Horses are a family business for the Allens. Bertram comes from a large family of seven siblings, with six of them being riders. But only 22-year-old Bertram, who is the second eldest, and 16-year-old Harry, the second youngest, take part in competitions.
  • At the age of 18, Bertram left his home at Brownswood House in Wexford, Ireland to base himself in Munster, Germany, where he would regularly trailer to the stables of Marcus Ehning for training.
  • Bertram is the son of businessman Bert Allen. The Allen Family controls Linden Food Group, which includes Slaney Food and Irish Country Meat, one of the biggest beef and lamb processors in the country. The Allen Family are also big investors in wind energy.
  • He’s currently ranked 15th in the world in the Longines FEI Rankings.
  • In 2015, Allen won the LGCT Grand Prix of Paris aboard Romanov, becoming the youngest rider in history to win at the Global Champions Tour. Romanov was retired earlier this year.
  • His motto is “Keep everything simple and do not complicate things.”

Hector

  • Hector had a lot of good results as a young horse, producing many clear trips.
  • He is a very sweet stallion, pretty quiet, well behaved, and brave.
  • He loves to play, so sometimes he’ll do weird things that cause little accidents like breaking his door gate, water bucket, or stable curtain.
  • When he goes to the paddock he’s the quietest horse around. He thinks it’s very boring to go out to the fields, so he just eats grass and watches other horses.
  • He loves to go loose in the indoor with toys, balls, rugs, or whatever he finds, so he has his play time a few times a week.
  • He wants to give 100 percent all the time which is what makes him special. He’s a real fighter and everyday he’s fresh and enthusiastic