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Longines FEI European Championships 2017: Ireland left with three riders ahead of the team final as Allen withdraws

Friday, 25 August 2017
European Championships 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Bertram Allen with Hector van d'Abdijhoeve. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Ireland – that sits in bronze medal position ahead of tonight's team final at the European Championships – will be left with three riders only, as Bertram Allen has decided to withdraw Hector van d’Abdijhoeve (Cabrio van de Heffinck x Utrillo van de Heffinck). Allen was eliminated in yesterday's round following a fall that came after a very scary jump on the oxer at no. ten.

On his official Facebook page, Allen writes: "In Hector's best interest I have decided not to compete tonight, but I can promise you that we will be back soon. Luckily we still have three strong riders on the Irish team for the Europeans, so I believe we can still win a medal. Good luck to the team tonight! I will be helping from the sidelines!"

Tied with Belgium in third on a penalty score of 12.11, the Irish will be extremely vulnerable tonight with no possibility for a discharge score. 


Source: Bertram Allen's official Facebook page // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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