A nail-biting and competitive return to the home of British showjumping

September 07, 00:00





Last week saw showjumping return to its home ground and Team Breen’s backyard – AEJC Hickstead. 

With the team at full force, it seemed only fitting to kick off The All England Championship event with a win for Shane and Regal Don in the 7-year-oldsJack was 6th with Ivan and Georgia was 7th in the same class with Donavaya. Georgia was also clear aboard Z7 Dubai Castlefield and BE Golden in the 5-year-olds, as was Sunni with Al Capone Du Tertre. In the 6-year-old class Shane Treanor and Fahad OL nabbed 7th spot and in a huge Newcomers class Emmie Axelsen and Z7 Sapphire finished in 20th place. 

Thursday saw a repeat performance for Georgia with BE Golden and Z7 Dubai Castlefield and for Sunni with Al Capone du Tertre - all three horses chalking up easy clear rounds in the 5-year-olds while Jack and BE Constanta finished in 9th place. Jack was 3rd in another competitive Newcomers class with Elmira Mail and clear in the 1.40 in the main ring with BBS McGregor, while Shane Treanor was clear again in the 6-year-olds aboard Fahad OL. 

It was a 1-2 finish for The Breen Team on Friday in the feature class, the 1.40 Grand Prix Qualifier, Shane and Can Ya Makan took the victory relegating Jack and Granada S to 2nd place. Jack was also 18th in the class with second ride BBS McGregor and took 5th in the 5-year-old final aboard BE Constanta, narrowly beaten by team mate Georgia and Z7 Dubai Castlefield, who finished in 4th spot. 

On Saturday, Georgia and Donavaya secured 5th spot in the 7-year old final while Katie had a busy day, finishing 16th in the Newcomers with BE Kamelia and 9th in the 1.30 qualifier with Cooper VA. 

Sunday’s feature event, the Grand Prix was a tightly fought contest with 76 starters in all, Shane and Z7 Can Ya Makan turned in an epic performance to take 2nd place, .67 of a second behind victor Holly Smith. 

In the 1.20, Cuick Star Kervec and fan favourite Golden Hawk were 6th and 10th for Shane, respectively while Jack and Elmira Mail were clear in the first round of the 1.10 in the main ring. 

But the highlight of the week was surely provided by Darcy Breen, who took on a tough and competitive 15 years and under 80cm Eventer Challenge to nab 3rd place.