Raised in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in the Southeastern corner of Ireland, Bertram and his six siblings, April, Grace, Lucy, Ivan, Harry and Ruben, were born into a family with a strong equine influence. Bertram's dad Bert had racehorses so an interest developed and Bertram went to the nearby riding stables, Carrigbeg where Sue, Chris, and Daphne Burgess thought him to ride. His Mum Geraldine was soon bringing him to weekly shows with his first pony Charlie B. Next were lessons from Mag and Con Power who together with Billy Twomey became the most influential people in his early career.
Hunting also played a big part in Allen's house, with the children hunting with the local Bree and Wexford Hounds.
Like most Irish riders, Bertram received a solid preparation for his professional career in the pony ranks, he soon won every championship in Dublin, starting with the 128 Pony Championship on his fabulous pony Magic Shadow (now retired in Hunxe with Bertram).
He also won the European Championships Individual Gold medal and team silver medal in Bishop Burton in 2010, and the following year he won Individual and team silver medals.
Towards the end of his pony career, Bertram started taking lessons from Irish rider, Billy Twomey. It was also he who found Bertrams’ three first horses: Molly Malone, Wild Thing, and Romanov.
At the age of 15, Bertram moved permanently to Hünxe in Germany to develop his jumping skills with his three horses. Marlene Schannwell, who is still Bertram’s show groom quickly joined him. Today the yard in Germany is busy with 20 horses.
From Hūnxe, seventeen-year-old Bertram made his international debut as a senior rider, jumping a double clear for the Irish Nation's Cup team in Linz Austria. At this time Billy introduced the family to Marcus Ehning who has helped and guided Bertram ever since.
At the age of 18, he won the first leg of the World Championship in Normandy, finishing 7th individually with Molly Malone V. The year after, he finished 3rd in the World Cup final in Las Vegas. And at the age of 20, Bertram was already ranked 5th in the Longines FEI World Show Jumping Rankings.
Bertram marked his departure from teenage years in 2015, with a win in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Dublin from where he travelled to Germany to jump on the Irish team at the European Championships in Aachen.
In 2015 he also became the youngest rider to win a round of the Global Champions Tour, winning the Longines Grand Prix de Paris in 2015, riding Romanov.
In 2016 Bertram's success at the GCL and LGCT events put him on top of the LGCT rankings, in 6th place.
In 2017 Bertram took part of the Irish team at the European Championships in Gothenburg, winning the European Championships Team Gold.
For all results, have a look at the merit list.
Pony Europeans Bishop Burton Team Silver and Indivdual Gold with Acapella
Pony Europeans Jaszkowo Poland T Silver Team and Indivdual Silver with Acapella Z
Junior Europeans Ebreichsdorf Team Gold with Wild Thing
1 Grand Prix Barbizon France CSI** with Zenzation
Junior Europeans Vejer De La Fontera Spain Indivdual Silver with Molly Malone.
1 Grand Prix Ebreichsdorf Austria CSI *** with Romanov.
1 Grand Prix Vimeiro Portugal CSI*** with Romanov
1 Grand Prix Leszno Poland CSI*** with Molly Malone
WEG Caen France Team 7th and Indivdual 7th with Molly Malone
1 Grand Prix Lummen Belgium CSIO***** with Molly Malone
1 Grand Prix Eschweiler Germany CSI*** with Romanov
1 Grand Prix Dublin CSI***** with Molly Malone
1 World Cup Qualifier Verona CSIW***** with Molly Malone
World Cup Finals Las Vegas Bronze Medal with Molly Malone
Senior Europeans Achen 7th Team and 16th Indivually With Molly Malone
1 World Cup Bordeaux France CSIW***** with Romanov
1 Grand Prix Dortmund Germany CSI *** with Romanov
1 Paris LGCT with Romanov
1 La Baule CSIO***** with Romanov
1 Grand Prix Geesteren CSI** with Molly Malone
1 Grand Prix Dinard CSI***** with Molly Malone
1 Nations Cup Dublin CSIO*****with Romanov
1 Grand Prix Stockholm CSI**** with Quiet Easy
1 GCTL Miami CSIO***** with Quiet Easy
1 Nations Cup St Gallen CSIO***** with Molly Malone
1 Global Champions League Team 2016
1 GCTL Monaco CSIO***** with Issy By Picobello
1 GCTL CSIO***** with Vienna Romanov
1 GCTL Finals Doha CSIO***** with Romanov
1 Hong Kong 1.50 CSI***** with Quiet Easy 4
1 Hong Kong 1.45 CSI***** with Quiet Easy 4
1 Doha 1.45 CSI***** with Quarto Mail
1 Paris 1.50 CSI***** with Romanov
1 GCT Hamburg 1.55 CSI***** with Molly Malone
1 GCT Cannes 1.50 CSI***** with Quiet Easy 4
1 Treffen 1.50 CSI***** with Molly Malone
1 GCT Monte Carlo 1.55 CSI***** with Molly Malone
1 St Moritz 1.45 CSI***** with Issy By Picobello
1 1.50 Stuttgart CSI***** with Dino W
1 1.50 Stockholm CSI**** with Molly Malone
1 Grand Prix 1.55 Stockholm CSI**** with Molly Malone
1 Master Olympia CSI***** with High Valley
2 Grand Prix Bordeaux CSI***** with Izzy by Picobello
1 Grand Prix CSI*** Sunshine Tour
1.50 win in Al Shaqab 2017
1. 55 win at CSI5* 's-Hertogenbosch
3. place Grand Prix Saut Hermes CSI***** with Molly Mallone.
Winning team GCL Mexico with Hector.
1. place GCT Mexico with Quiet Easy
2. place GCT Miami 1.55m with Hector
Winning team first round GCL Miami with Hector.
Runners-up GCL Miami with Hector.
2 1m50 CSIO5* St.Gallen with Dino
1 Grand Prix CSIO5* St.Gallen with Hector
2. place 1m50 CSIO5* Sopot with Casper
3. place Paris 1m45 with Casper
3.place GCL Cascais with Molly
Derby win CSIO5* Falsterbo with Christy Jnr
GCL team win in Berlin with Picobello
GCL 2.place in London with Hector
1 place 1m55 Anglesea Serpentine Stakes /Dublin Horse Show with Izzy by Picobello
1 place 1m40 International 7 to 8-year olds (Round 2)/Dublin Horse Show with Calafrieda
Team Gold at the Europeans
1st place 1m40 Sweden International Horse Show with It's Me
1st place Sweden Grand Prix CSI4* with Gin Chin
4th place in the Rolex Grand Prix at the Dutch Masters with Gin Chin
2nd place in the Rolex Grand Prix of Rome with Hector
3nd place in the 1m50 in GCT London with Hector
2nd place in the LGCT Grand Prix of Paris riding Molly Malone
2nd place in the 1m50 in LGCT Rome riding Hector
2nd place 5* Grand Prix Bordeaux with Casper
5th place Basel 5* Grand Prix with Molly
Leading rider Basel 5*
1st place Basel 5*, 1.45m with GK Casper
5th place Basel 5*, 1.50m with Izzy by Picobello
1st place Hong Kong Speed Challenge with Christy
1st place Youngster Tour 5* Glock Horse Performance Center
1st place 1m55, 5* Doha with Casper
2nd with the GCL team Valkenswaard United in 5* Doha with Harley
1st place in the 1,40m class at 5* The Dutch Masters with Fairytale
1st place in the 1m45 ranging class, 2* Peelbergen with Calafrieda
3rd place in the 1m50/1m60 class, 5* Mexico with Molly
3rd place in the 1m50 class, 5* Miami Beach, with Izzy
3rd place third place in the 1m50 class, 4* St Tropez
2nd place in the 1m45 class, 5* Royal Windsor, with Casper
2nd place in the 1m55 5* Royal Windsor, with Izzy
1st place in the 1m45 2* Lier, with Caladrieda
2nd place Nations Cup in Sopot, Polen, with Harley
2nd with the GCL team Valkenswaard United in 5* Cascais, with Molly
3rd place in the 5* Grand Prix in Knokke, with Harley
2nd place in the 5* 1m50 class in Knokke, with Casper
3rd place in the 3* Grand Prix in Knokke, with Casper
2nd with the GCL team Valkenswaard United in 5* Chantilly,, with Molly & Harley
2nd ith the GCL team Valkenswaard United in 5* London
5th place in the small GP, *5 Dublin, with Harley
3rd place in the Future Stars 1.45m Grand Prix, Stephex Masters, with Go To Fortuna
3rd place in the 1m50 in 5* Rome, with Casper
2nd place in the 1m55 class, 5* Athina Onassis Horse Show, with Casper
3rd place in the 2* Grand Prix in Opglabbeek, with Go To Fortuna
1st place in the 1m45 Speed Class, 5* Tryon with Lafayette Van Overis
1st place in the 1m50 class, 5* Tryon with Lafayette Van Overis
1st World Cup. 4* Toronto, with Casper
1st 7YO, 2* Peelbergen, with Pacino Amiro
2nd GP, 2* Lier with Go To Fortuna