SIRE OF DAM
Born in Limerick, Shane got his first pony at the age of five and hunted throughout his childhood. He represented Ireland at Pony International 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 Riders teams to the Senior Irish National Team. He represent Ireland on many occasions up to European and World Championships. Over the years he won many Grand Prix including 2010 Lummen, 2018 Monaco and 2019 Dublin. Clear rounds from Shane have contributed to many Irish Nations Cup victories, including those at Dublin in 2006 & 2011 and Hickstead in 2012, and also to Ireland's Bronze medal at the Furisiyya Nations Cup final in Barcelona 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. 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. Shane’s rides for 2018 include Golden Hawk, Ipswich van de Wolfsakker, Laith, CFS Vendi Cruz and Can Ya Makan. 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, Douggie and Wolftone.
Shane and Ellen headed to Jumping Bonheiden this week with five horses for their third show on the trot in Belgium.
The horses kept up their brilliant form, with Lucky Luck adding more clear rounds to his CV in the 6-year-old classes. Cato Boy also contributed to the clear round tally, with foot-perfect clear rounds in the 1* 1.25 and 1* 1.30 class. The ever-consistent Elmira Mail jumped a fabulous round in the 2* 1.40 for a lovely educational round.
Z7 Dubai Castlefield stole the show in the 7-year-olds, jumping to 10th place in the qualifier and landing on the podium in the 7-year-old final for 3rd place. He easily cleared all the fences to showcase his scope and carefulness, impressing the crowds with his textbook technique. This stallion is surely one for the future and we are so proud to have him standing at stud again for the 2022 breeding season.
The older horses also pulled some great results out the bag over the weekend. Vistogrand jumped some fantastic rounds to qualify for the 2* Grand Prix where he finished in 12th, adding another great result to his resume and to perfectly set him up for his trip to Miami for the LGCT next week. Ending the show on a high, Cuick Star Kervec sped to 2nd place in the 2* Ranking Class on the Sunday to help celebrate Chloe’s birthday in style – and we know there’s no better way to spend a day than in the winner's circle!
Endless thanks to the entire team at home and on the road. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without our incredible team!