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.


2013 saw the rising star Balloon come of age, with notable Nations' Cup performances in Aachen and a major contribution to Ireland's Bronze medal in the Furusiyya Nations' Cup Final in Barcelona. Balloon was 3rd in both the Grand Prix and the World Cup at CSI5*W in Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Cos I Can also had several CSI3* and CSI5* placings and won the Derby Trial at Hickstead before being sold to Reed Kessler of the USA. The wonderful Ominerale Courcelle continued her domination of speed classes in Europe before being sold to Spain. Zarnita made her Nations' Cup debut at CSIO5* Gijon having won the Queens Cup at the Royal International Horse Show. Touch of Chilli stepped up to 5* level, and Widny, Golden Hawk and Farao van't Vennehof all made their mark on the international stage.


2014 got off to a good start at CSI5* Basel where Farao van't Vennehof and Confident of Victory joined Balloon in giving stunning jumping displays for their first 5* placings. Balloon was sold to Mexican young rider Eugenio Garza Perez, and Confident of Victory was sold to Vladimir Tuganov of Russia. Calido Boy had multiple wins in 5* speed classes and Cosima 204 and Fragile d'Or showed their promise with their first international wins at the Keysoe CSI2*.


Shane's team changed again in 2015, Farao van't Vennehof was sold, and the very promising Acoustik Solo du Baloubet and Undicci joined the team, as did the very promising eight year old Tango d'Ecry and several very talented young horses.


For 2016 Golden Hawk, Acoustik Solo du Baloubet and Undicci head the team, with Silbermond, Ipswich van de Wolfsakker and a good mix of six and seven year olds.


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.