Can Ya Makan
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.
Georgia joined Breen Equestrian at the beginning of April 2015 as a young rider. Over the years she had some consistent good results winning classes at CSI5*W Dubai, CSI2* Valencia, CSI2* Chepstow, CSI3* Bonhaiden, CSI3* Zwolle, CSI3* St.Lo, CSI4* Bolesworth also representing Team Great Britain at CSIO5* Abu Dhabi, CSIO3* Lisbon and CSIO3* Uggerhalne (Denmark). In 2018 together with Z7 Cash Up Georgia was selected to represent Great Britain at FEI CH-EU-Y-S – European Jumping Championships in Fontainebleau (France) where they got a team Silver Medal. In October 2019 Georgia had a fantastic show at Horse of the Year Show CSI3* Birmingham finishing 4th in the Grand Prix and becoming leading rider of the show.
Another very busy week for the Breen Team with Shane and Ellen heading to LGCT Rome and the rest of the team flying the flag at Hickstead.
Before he headed to Italy, Shane jumped some of the younger horses at Hickstead. The super young stallion that is Lucky Luck made his Hickstead debut, jumping to 12th in the meter class – a great start to this special 4-year-olds jumping career. 7-year-old Cato Boy stepped up to the challenge in the 7-year-olds non-qualifier to speed to 4th place just off the podium, showcasing his talent and scope.
On Thursday, Georgia dominated the opening 1.40 class in the main ring at Hickstead. She sped to win the hotly contested class on catch ride Essenar High Hopes, owned by Margaurite Ryan. She was on the podium again in 3rd place with the Old Lodge’s Evita XX and also finished 6th with Team Z7’s stallion Can Ya Makan. Georgia then rode Koh-I-Noor in the 6-year-old qualifier to take home 8th place – a day full of top 10 finishes! What a girl, what a pilot!
Back in Rome, the jumping started on the Friday. Lady Star van Doperheide stepped up to the plate in the 5* 1.45 and was fast and clear to finish 10th - what a result for only her second ever 5* and showing us what a mare she will be for the future. Z7 Ipswich’s time to shine was on Saturday. Bringing his A-game, he jumped out of his skin in the 5* Grand Prix to finish 11th and then impressed again in the 5* 1.55 Individual Classification to take 10th place. Lady Star showed us what she was made of again in the 5* 1.50 on Sunday to also take 9th place. We couldn’t be more excited for this team of horses – roll on week 2 of Rome!
On Friday at Hickstead, it was Deja-vu for Georgia and Evita when they took 3rd in the 1.40 Open in the main ring again. To kick off the weekend, John rode Lucky Luck in the British Novice to add a 10th place to this stallion's record whilst piloting the Old Lodge’s Haya to 7th and qualify for the final the next day. Georgia and Essenar High Hopes showed us again what they were made of in All English Grand Prix, jumping a stunning clear in the first round. An unfortunate pole in the jump-off keeping them off the podium, but they still managed to finish on a high, taking home 8th place.
Another successful week for us here at Breen Equestrian and what a way to end the inaugural All English Showjumping Tour. A huge thanks to the whole Hickstead team – we can’t wait to do it all again next year!