Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro (ISH) finish third in €2million Spruce Meadows Grand Prix

Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro (ISH) Photo: Spruce Meadows

Wexford’s Bertram Allen and the Irish-bred Pacino Amiro (ISH) recorded another hugely impressive result on Sunday, when they claimed a third place finish in the five-star CPKC ‘International’, presented by Rolex at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Canada.

Often considered to be one of the toughest and most prestigious show jumping competitions in the world, the CPKC ‘International’ Grand Prix, presented by Rolex was once again a true spectacle of the world’s best equestrian talent. In total, 34 combinations from 12 nations, including five of the World’s top 10, took on the typically massive course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. The competition, which boasts just over €2million in prizemoney, is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping that features the four ‘Majors’ of Spruce Meadows (CAN), Aachen (GER), Geneva (SUI) and The Dutch Masters (NED).

The top 12 combinations went forward to the second round, with Allen one of just five riders who were on a zero score from round one. Allen and the 11-year-old gelding Pacino Amiro (ISH), bred by Simon Scott in Co Donegal, lowered a single rail when last to go in the second round to deny them a place in the third round jump-off.

Victory went to Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs and Leone Jei after a jump-off against Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Figor who finished as runners-up. Foster was first to go against the clock and lowered a single rail to open the door for Fuchs. The Swiss showed his composure and crossed the line as the only rider to jump three clear rounds and claim the huge winners prize fund.

On Saturday in Spruce Meadows, Bertram Allen and Pacino Amiro (ISH) were part of the Irish team that took victory in the BMO Nations Cup along with Conor Swail, Denis Lynch and Daniel Coyle.


Pacino Amiro (ISH) – 2012 gelding by Pacino (BWP) out of Carnone Dancing Queen (ISH) by NC Amiro (AES). Breeder: Simon Scott, Co. Donegal. Owner: Aiden McGrory. Rider: Bertram Allen (IRL).