Classy Allen aiming for more success at biggest Dublin Horse Show ever
Five days, 1,600 horses and ponies, the return of a victorious Irish team and one great checkpoint on the sporting calendar - less than three weeks remain until the RDS becomes the centre of the showjumping world.
This year's Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show will bring style and glamour.
But for Ireland's leading showjumper Bertram Allen it'll be serious business.
"Things are coming into form now so I'll be hoping for a good Dublin," said Allen, who was part of the Irish team that became European champions in Sweden last year.
"I've been coming here since I was nine or 10 on ponies and since I was 15 or 16 on horses."
Allen is based in Hunxe, Germany, where he works at a yard alongside younger brother Harry and older sister April at the international arm of the family's Ballywalter Farms.
A past winner of the Longines Grand Prix with his star mare Molly Malone V, Allen was also a member of the Irish team that won the prestigious Aga Khan at the RDS in 2015.
"I've been lucky to win all the big ones early on so I'll be hoping to win them again," said the 22-year-old.
Allen has been based in Germany since the age of 17 and spends most of his year on the road, so Dublin marks a special stop - a rare chance for the Enniscorthy native to compete in front of a home crowd.
The show is set to see 100,000 people walk through the gates of the RDS, and with an increased entry across various competitions, the top-end quality will be stronger than ever.
The Show takes place from August 8 to 12 and a €10,000 prize is on offer during Ladies Day on Thursday, August 9.