1.40 Trofeo Maestro Dobel
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.
Ellen joined the team in the middle of December 2018. Having previously worked with Greg Brodrick and Manuel Fernando Saro, she has been a great addition to the team with plentiful experience. Ellen's main responsibility is to ensure that the horses are happy, healthy and maintained to the highest standards.
What an extraordinary couple of weeks it has been following the LGCT tour with yard favourite Z7 Ipswich and up and coming stallion Vistogrand.
First up was a wonderful weekend at LGCT Miami Beach, with a backdrop straight out of a postcard. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how Vistogrand stepped up to the plate at only his second ever 5* show with Shane looking like he needed a parachute to stay on him during the classes! Z7 Ipswich jumped an impressive round for the GCL Rome Gladiators, with team mates Zoe Conter and Nina Mallavaey taking over in Round 2 to secure the bronze position in the overall rankings for the team to lie in 5th overall – well done girls!
A quick plane ride and a week off saw the horses and Ellen head to Mexico City for yet another incredible venue on the LGCT Tour. Z7 Ipswich was quick off the blocks in the 5* 1.40 Trofeo Maestro Dobel with a speedy clear round to finish in 11th, but it was Vistogrand who really looked at home in the huge grass arena. He not only looked like a class of his own in the 5* 1.55 Trofeo Mercedez-Benz, but claimed 5th place in the hotly contested class; a huge congratulations to Breen Team graduate Michael Duffy who finished just ahead of Shane and Vistogrand for 4th place! The horses put in more fantastic rounds in the 5* 1.50 and 5* 1.45 classes for some lower placings to finish off the show on a high.
We couldn’t feel more privileged to be able to follow this amazing tour to such idyllic venues, and a huge thanks to our team and sponsors who make it possible!