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.
The Breen Team split up again this week, with Shane and Ellen heading to Valence for the 5* Hubside jumping show and the rest of the Breen Team heading to the Al Shira’aa Young Horse Championships at Bolesworth.
In Valence, Sjelle stepped up to the 5* level with a bang, jumping double clear in the 5* 1.40 to finish 9th. Lady Star van Doperheide also made her 5* debut, jumping double clear to finish 11th in the 5* 1.50. 8-year-old Vistogrand jumped some very educational rounds in the 2*, jumping clear in his first Ranking Class as well as impressing in his first 2* Grand Prix. The future definitely looks bright with these horses taking the step up a level all in their stride.
Back in England, Jack, Georgia and Katie campaigned for the Breen Team at Bolesworth and did not disappoint. On Wednesday, both Jack and Katie had clean sheets in the 6-year-olds with Jack finishing in 9th on Koh-I-Noor and Katie and BE Constanta 17th. Katie then piloted BE Aquila to a clear in the 5-year-olds, showcasing this young stallion's potential and talent.
On Thursday, new ride Operette van Koekoek jumped to third in the 7-year-old qualifier under Jack, showing so much promise for the future. Jack then secured another top 10 finish, this time riding Koh-I-Noor to 9th in the 6-year-olds.
Jack and Operette van Koekoek kept their good form up on the Friday, slotting into 2nd in the 7-year-olds. The 6-year-olds also kept their sheets clean, with Koh-I-Noor and BE Constanta jumping clear rounds with Jack and Katie, respectively. However, it was Georgia who stole the spotlight, winning the 2* 1.30 by 0.7 seconds on her own Donavaya.
The Breen Team finished the show on a high, with Jack winning the 7-year-old final on Operette van Koekoek in the main ring. An incredible way for this new partnership to finish their first show, always in the top 10 and never touching a pole.
It was also fantastic to see Breen Equestrian bred horses jumping so well under new riders. BE Golden Lynx and BE Magic Cornet jumped stunning clear rounds in the 5-year-olds under Millie Allen, with BE Magic Cornet finishing in 4th and qualifying for the young horse championships in Lanaken. Millie also rode BE Reverent in the 2* 1.30 and 1.35 classes with some top 10 placings and we couldn’t be more pleased to see this horse fulfilling his potential.
A huge thank you to Bolesworth and Valence for putting on two fantastic shows and, as always, thank you to our team who work tirelessly to make all of this possible.