Z7 Regal Don
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.
This week was another busy week for the Breen Team as Georgia headed to her first Senior Europeans at Riesenbeck with Shane, who was jumping the 3* show. The rest of the Breen Team were competing at the inaugural Hickstead Tour.
Jumping at the Senior European Championships is such a fantastic achievement for both Georgia and Z7 Ascot as they were given the chance to represent Team GB. Not only was this a Senior Championships debut for both of them, but Z7 Ascot’s 5* debut as well. Although not their show on paper, we couldn’t be prouder of how Z7 Ascot jumped and how Georgia represented not only the Breen Team and Team Z7, but her country at this level. The future is certainly bright for this young combination and we have no doubt that there is so much more to come from them at this level.
Shane was competing at the 3* in Riesenbeck with his own team of horses as well as coaching Georgia through a tricky Championships. The horses were on good form as KBS Major Player cinched 3rd in the 3* 1.45 Ranking Class jumping an impressive round and Z7 Regal Don picked up a 7th place in the 3* 1.40.
Back at Hickstead, the team was out in full force with Jack, Katie and new team member John flying the flag. Jack dominated on Wednesday, coming 5th in the 1.30 Open on Old Lodge’s Haya, 3rd in the 7-year-old's with Operette van Koekoek and 12th in the 6-year-olds on Koh-I-Noor. Rivell PS and Z7 Mevano campaigned well in the 4-year-olds with some stunning rounds, showing so much promise for the future.
The week finished up with John piloting Haya to a speedy 3rd place in the 1.30 Final in the main ring in the hotly contested class. A fantastic finish to a fantastic week!
A huge thanks to our team, sponsors & owners who make it all possible as well as Hickstead & Riesenbeck for hosting some spectacular shows.