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A Merry Show in London
A Merry Show in London

We were so excited to go to the new Excel location for the London International Horse Show this year, and it did not disappoint. Ellen and Shane headed up with yard favourite Z7 Ipswich, the Old Lodge Stud’s wonderful Haya and the super scopey Cuick Star Kervec. It was always going to be an interesting week, especially with Cuick and Haya both making their 5* debuts!

On Thursday, Cuick Star Kervec began his week on a high, jumping an easy clear round in the 5* 1.45 Christmas Pudding Speed Stakes. Z7 Ipswich also brought home a great result on the first day, finishing 12th in the 5* 1.50 Santa Stakes.

Haya took on the challenge on Friday in the 5* 1.40 with a spectacular round for an unfortunate rail, nevertheless a stunning performance and exciting 5* debut for this 9-year-old mare. Cuick also had an exciting day, jumping his first ever 1.55. He cleared the fences with ease, giving an exhibition to the crowds and leaving everyone gasping – with up-and-coming horses like these, the future does seem very bright!

Haya then made her 1.50 debut on Saturday in the 5* Global Herbs Snowflake Stakes, and not only did she jump a top round, but also finished in 7th place! Not to be outdone, Cuick jumped a stunning round in the 5* 1.55 Longines Christmas Cracker to showcase his scope and ability.

We couldn’t be prouder of Haya, this mare got better and better every time she stepped into the ring. In the 5* 1.50 Martin Collins Christmas Tree Stakes, she proved herself to be quick and careful over the massive fences to bring home 4th, finishing her show on a high. We can’t see what this wonderful horse does in 2022!

Although both Cuick and Haya came to London to gain experience, they surely brought their A-game and seemed to be having some friendly competition! After Haya’s 4th place, Cuick just had to do one better in his last class of the show - 5* 1.45 Mistletoe Speed Stakes. Storming around the course and giving the fences plenty of room, Cuick sped to his podium finish of 3rd place. What a horse for the future!

We also wanted to thank BUCAS for letting us takeover their social media account on Monday, we had such a great time giving a behind the scenes look to the new Excel location for the London International Horse show and are thrilled with how well it went. A huge thanks to London for putting on a festive show for the holidays and with it being done to the highest standard.

Next stop for the Breen Team is Dubai to meet the team of Z7 horses for an exciting eight weeks in the sun. For now - merry Christmas everyone!

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