Horse of the Year
Thistledown Investments Six Bar
1. Shane Breenon
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.
It was fantastic to be at one of our favourite shows on the calendar – the Longines Global Champions Tour leg in Hamburg, Germany!
Off to a strong start, our favourite stallion Golden Hawk flew around the 4* Derby Qualifier for a quick and faultless round to take home 9th place in the highly decorated class. Cato Boy clearly taking notes from his stablemate also claimed 9th in the CSIYH1* 8-year-old class, displaying his talent and impressing the crowds. However, stealing the show on the first day was the 9-year-old stallion Z7 Regal Don who rose to the challenge in the 5* Ranking Class, speeding to 2nd place and only missing taking 1st place by only 0.01 seconds!
Vistogrand made his GCL debut in the historic Hamburg grass ring, jumping a classy clear round for the Rome Gladiators. The big dark bay stallion looked right at home in the massive arena, and you would not have known he made his 5* debut earlier this year – he is one to watch!
Can Ya Makan was also right at home in front of the German crowds, flying to 3rd place and making it look all so easy in the second Derby qualifier. He then stepped up to the plate in very wet conditions on the Sunday to spin around the iconic course to take home 12th place.
A huge thank you to our sponsors, team and owners who make it all possible. Next stop – LGCT Cannes!