GCL Second Round
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.
We were back at the stunning Circo Massimo this week in Rome for the second week of LGCT & GCL.
The Kennedy brother’s KBS Major Player made his first 5* appearance in this historic arena and really stepped up to the stage, showcasing his terrific jump, scope and presence. His 5* debut was topped with a top 15 placing in the 5* 1.50 on the Friday to land in the money. We can’t wait to see this 9-year-old gelding at his next outing!
Z7 Ipswich was once again a star of the show. Consistently fast and clear, Team Z7’s legendary gelding took 3rd place in the GCL Second Round on Saturday to land New York Empire on the podium with a 3rd place finish. It was fantastic to share the podium with fellow Irishman, Denis Lynch, and with New York Empire now lying-in 8th in the Global Champions League, it’s still anyone’s game!
What an experience it has been to be at the Circo Massimo and with the arena having witnessed horses for the first time in 2,000 years, it’s been an absolute honour to be part of this historic event and we well and truly hope we made our mark. We can’t wait to be back next year!