Clear name of Bertram Allen!
Clear name of Bertram Allen!
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Monday 21st December 2015: The Equestrian World horse show Olympia's showjumping Grand Prix took place. Bertram Allen from Ireland rode an astonishing round in the jump off, with an expeditious unbeatable time, 30:45 seconds. As soon as Bertram Allen left the international arena a disaster unfolded. It was discovered that 'Quiet Easy' Bertram's horse had a speck of blood coming from the horses flanks (side) from Bertram's spur. A spur for all of yous that don't know is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse to move forward while riding. It is usually used to refine the riding aids commands and to back up the natural aids, (the leg, hands and voice.) it's very common for showjumpers to wear Spurs. Most people assume "why wear Spurs if you a professional rider?" But it's not the case whether your a professional rider or not, the spur has a job to make the horse go forward and in showjumping it's very competitive so ofcourse you want a forward horse willing to be consistent. The 20 year old Showjumper looked emotional after it became apparent that he was eliminated. "I'm utterly devastated, just speechless," he says "I have a fantastic relationship with all my horses and their welfare is paramount. My foot must have slipped against quiet easys side as I was riding against the clock, he's a sensitive horse and it was just a tiny Nick." Of course with it being a speed class things will go quite sharply so no doubt that his foot caught onto his horses side. After all, going round a sharp twisty course like that the horses ears were pricked forward and proved to be consistent over the jumps. Bertram rode that course softly and not once did he jab his Spurs into his horses side. Michael Whitaker took top spot since Allen was eliminated. He added, "this is a bittersweet victory for me, Bertram won this really, and that's the feeling among all of the riders here this evening. This class belonged to him. I was second. I saw his horse when he came out of the arena and could hardly see a mark on him. Second place went to Germany, ludger beerbaum. Ludger said "I'm pleased with my horses performance, but not happy about the final result this evening. Bertram and his horse were the best combination in this class and they deserved to win. I had to put on my glasses to see where thr tiny mark was." Bertram's horse worked hard and looked happy throughout that round. Unfortunately thin skinned animals like Quiet easy and who has also been clipped do mark very easily. If they're going to penalise every little mark then they might as well ban Spurs completely. Accidents do happen during showjumping and a horse could do more damage to themselves in a field. Welfare of horses are extremely important but the mark was unnoticeable up against a 2p coin and to take the win of him is just obnoxious. It's a poor reflection on the sport. On a good note he should be inspired by all the support. We are writing this to get Bertram's name cleared out of any negativity. This accident was not done on purpose. Thanks for reading, yours faithfully Robyn Hart and Rebecca Loney