Shane Breen



Born in Limerick, Shane got his first pony at the age of five and hunted throughout his childhood. He believes this hunting background has stood him in good stead, especially helping to win many derby style competitions including the Hickstead Speed Derby and the Hickstead Eventing Grand Prix. Shane represented Ireland at Pony level becoming European Silver Medallist and winning the opportunity to spend some time in Nelson Pessoa’s yard in Europe, and then progressed through Junior and Young rider teams to the Irish National Team.

 Clear rounds from Shane have contributed to many Irish Nations Cup victories, including those at Dublin in 2006 & 2011 and Hickstead in 2012. Shane cites his double clear on World Cruise in the Aga Khan Trophy at Dublin in 2006 as one of his most memorable experiences. in 2013 Cos I Can, bred by Shane's cousin John Griffin, jumped a double clear in the Nations' Cup at Hickstead to be named the best horse in the competition. 

Shane has over twenty years’ experience of buying and selling horses. He has a brilliant eye for the right horse – be it a show jumper with Olympic potential, an amateur show jumper or eventer, or a hunter. With extensive contacts in many disciplines, and all over Europe and Ireland you can be sure that even if Shane doesn’t have the horse you need in his yard, he knows where it is.

In 2007 Shane married Chloe, daughter of Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn, and they are based at Hickstead in Sussex with their four children, Lorna, Darcy, Douglas and Wolftone.

Shane and Chloe's business, Breen Equestrian, is run from Hickstead, and offers fabulous facilities for training both horses and riders.