HARRY Allen’s European medallist Guinness has been sold to Belgium. The talented 10-year-old stallion will be seen in the future under the ownership of Seacoast Stables with Gudrun Patteet in the saddle.
Owned by Galwayman Noel Delahunty and Ballywalter Stables, the Nabab de Reve stallion has been a star under the Allen brothers in recent years. He was first ridden in Ireland by Thomas O’Brien and Daren Hopkins, before going to the Allen’s German stable where Bertram took the reins.
Harry took over in 2019 and the pair had big success together this year, including a team silver medal at the FEI Young Rider European Championships, where they also finished 15th individually. Harry made his senior Nations Cup debut in Drammen, Norway, in August, where a double clear from the pair helped Ireland win.
In October, the two made a brilliant five-star 1.60m Grand Prix debut in Oslo, scoring an impressive runner-up finish at their first time of trying, followed by a brilliant performance in the opening round of the FEI World Cup.
Guinness added another top result when he finished second in the four-star Grand Prix at St Lo in France a week later.
Commenting on the sale, Harry said: “Guinness has been my best horse so far, taking me up to the top level. He has constantly given his best, for which I will always be thankful. He truly has everything anyone could wish for in a horse.
“I will miss competing with him, and it will be emotional seeing him go. Still, I am delighted to see him continue his career with a top international and hardworking rider like Gudrun Patteet. I wish Gudrun all the best for the future.
Bertram added: “After the first jump, I knew this stallion was special. I wish Gudrun every success with this very talented horse. A huge thank you to Noel Delahunty for trusting us with bringing up this amazing horse!”
Patteet posted on her social media to say she was “so happy” to welcome the stallion to her team.