Harry & Over Lux claim YR individual bronze medal at the European Championships in Spain
The six weeks new partnership of Harry and Over Lux is already a success story, as the duo claim a European bronze medal at their 4th show together.
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"I am absolutely delighted with my horse Over Lux. I only had him for six weeks. He is an amazing horse – just brilliant, " Harry said.
The 10-year-old gelding, recently bought from Eoin Gallagher, was really good all week.
"Very unlucky in the first round of the team; he had one down. But except for that, he was flawless the whole week and double clear today. I am really looking forward to the future with Over Lux. I honestly didn't expect this result from him this week, but hopefully, I can get into a few bigger shows with him now," Harry said.
Harry had been sitting in eighth place overnight, heading into today's final two rounds, before two brilliant clears saw him rise to third place to collect the bronze medal on a final score of just 7.42 penalties over four rounds.
"I knew the course builder was going to build really difficult today, and I probably needed to jump double clear to have a chance at a medal, but my horse was fighting so hard for me and really trying, and it made my job easy," Harry said.
Irish Youth Show Jumping team manager James Kernan, said:
"It was a fantastic performance from Harry Allen and I am really pleased for him. He only had this horse six weeks, so to come here in that space of time and win a medal is some achievement."
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Denis Duggan added:
"Huge congratulations to Harry Allen on a brilliant bronze medal win with an Irish Sport Horse and to the breeder of Over Lux Padraic Egan from Co Mayo. This was a hugely impressive performance from Harry to finish third and also from Max Wachman to finish in the top five in Europe.
Harry's latest bronze medal win brings his European medal haul to a total of five, including double gold at pony level in 2017.
The gold medal went to Belgium's Thibeau Spits and Classic Touch DH with a score of 2.9 as the only combination not to knock a pole all week. Silver went to another Belgian rider, Thibault Philippaerts with Derby de Riverland on 6.66 penalties. Tipperary's Max Wachman and Quintini also took fifth place for Ireland following an excellent final round clear to complete on a score of 10.54.
Over Lux (ISH) – 2012 gelding by Lux Z (HANN) out of Thornfield Camille (ISH [TIH] by Cruising (ISH) [TIH]. Breeder: Padraic Egan, Co Mayo. Owner Denblue & Sandra Duffy.
2022 FEI Jumping European Championship bronze medal winner Harry pictured with older brother Bertram and mum Geraldine