Bertram collected another five-star win in the Netherlands on saturday night. Riding the 13-year-old gelding Quiet Easy
4 in the CSI5* 1.55m Audi Prize, at Indoor Brabant
, where a highly competitive first round allowed 12 combinations through to the jump-off. From a starting field of 38 riders. Once again the chestnut gelding showed himself off as a real speed specialist.
Quiet Easy had a great show, with an unbelievable round to win saturday's feature class.
- He is a super horse and it’s a rare occasion when he doesn’t win cash prizes at any show we attend. It was very fast tonight, and it was nice to win it when last to go, Bertram said after the class.
Allen, last to jump, had the challenge of beating Lorenzo de Luca with Halifax van het Kluizebos, who rode a very fast round, crossing the finish line at 0.46 seconds, holding first place on the leaderboard. Bertram and his fabulous speed horse, Quiet Easy, managed to cross the line clear and finished almost two seconds faster than the Italian rider. A superb round.
- There was no room for error here. Lorenzo wins a lot with that horse, so I just took the risk and went as fast as I could, but ended up even faster than I thought I would be, Allen said afterward.
Gudrun Patteet, Belgium, ended third, Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) fourth.
Second and third with EH Quick Nina
Bertram also competed with the mare EH Quick Nina for the first time, which he borrowed from his brother Harry. Delivering top results at her debut with Bertram. On friday Bertram rode Nina to the runner-up position in the Brabants Dagblad Prize 1.40m, from a starting field of 58 riders. Saturday, the pair finished third in the Derby Competiton; 1.45m Van Schijndel Bouwgroep Prize. A great competitive debut for the two.
- Nina was great this weekend, with two top three placing’s. It's my first show with her, so to be so good is really encouraging for the future, said Bertram.
As Nina is Harry’s horse, Bertram will leave the mare with his brother to compete in the future.
One down in the Grand Prix jump-off
The first round of the Rolex Grand Prix on sunday was a challenging track, leaving only seven clears out of 40. Amongst them were Bertram and the 10-year-old stallion Hector van d´Abdijhoeve.
- Hector was fantastic this weekend and he's improving all the time, Allen said.
Unluckily the duo had one down in the jump off, knocking down fence number three, finishing in 6th place. Three home-riders completed the podium, with Leopold Asten topping the podium, Wout-Jan van der Schans as number two and Marc Houtzager number three.