He may not be a household name here yet but on the world stage, Wexford teenager Harry Allen has made history becoming the first ever Irish winner of the prestigious Longines Rising Star Award in show jumping at a glittering ceremony in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Allen has become the first ever Irish winner at the prestigious international FEI Awards, which were launched in 2009 to put a spotlight on the men, women, young people and organisations that are making an outstanding contribution to the progress and excellence of equestrian sport.
The Longines Rising Star Award which he will be carrying home after Tuesday night’s ceremony is for someone aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment.
Harry Allen, who competes on both horses and ponies at international level, is following in his older brother Bertram’s footsteps – making a name for himself on the international stage in Show Jumping.
He has had a hugely successful year in 2017, claiming both the team and individual gold medals at the FEI European Pony (Under 16) Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary this summer.
Nominations in five categories were received from all over the globe before the final results were decided by a mix of public and judging panel votes.
Longines is also a significant supporter of Irish sport through backing for the Champions’ Weekend at Leopardstown and The Curragh in September and of the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS in August.
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