Bertram Allen has officially announced the retirement of his long-term partner Molly Malone Vwho became one of the most admired horses in the sport. Molly was discovered by Bertram’s father at the Spanish Sunshine Tour as a 5-year-old. He chose top Irish riders Billy Twomey and Anthony Condon to develop her.

At the age of only eight, Bertram started competing the now 15-year-old grey Anglo-European Sport Horse mare (Kannan x Cavalier). Besides several important classes, the young rider and the mare won several Grands Prix (Lummen, Dublin, Verona, Dinard, Stockholm, Geestern.) The talented duo also claimed the individual silver medal at the 2013 Junior European Show Jumping Championships  in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain.

Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show 2014 - Aga Khan Nations Cup
Bertram Allen and Molly Malone in action during Dublin’s 2014 Aga Khan competition. (Picture: Sportsfile)

In 2014, the two emerged with triumph in the opening speed leg of the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, competing against the very best in the world. At only 18, the current 33rd ranked-rider in the world guided the mare to an overall seventh-place finish in the coveted championships, earning even more respect worldwide.

Their streak of great results at important events continued the following year with a third-place finish in the FEI Jumping World Cup CSI 5*-W in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Much of Molly Malone’s temperament was attributed to the care and attention she received from groom Marleen Schanwell throughout her career.

Bertram Allen said today:”Molly propelled me to the top of our sport at a very young age, and for that, I will be eternally grateful. We now look forward to the future where Molly will enter a new era of her career as a breeding mare.

-Jack Burns