Sixteen-year-old Harry Allen of Ireland, double gold medalist at the FEI European Pony Championships in Kaposvar (HUN) last August, was recognized for his numerous outstanding performances throughout the year, winning the Longines Rising Star Award last night at the FEI Awards Gala in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Presented by the FEI’s top partner Longines, this award celebrates youth, talent, determination and the stars of the tomorrow. The talented Irish athlete was also presented with a Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph watch by Longines’ Vice President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli.
The younger brother of comparable wunderkind Bertram Allen, Harry is making a name all his own with his performances in the ponies, and will no doubt be trying to match his brother’s knack for accumulating cars in Grand Prix wins in the very near future. The Allen family are all very involved in equestrian sport, and are quickly becoming an iconic lineage in show jumping.
“We get on very well, and I like having Harry here,” said Bertram of his brother. “He’s someone I can run ideas by. He’s very sharp. He’s a bit similar to me – we’re always thinking about what we can do better. Even though he’s only 16 he’s very mature, he’s way ahead of his years.”
See the darling video shared during the awards presentation below:
Congratulations Harry, and Go Jumping!