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1. Shane Breen

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.

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2. Chloe Breen

Chloe Breen is a daughter of Douglas Bunn, founder of Hickstead and visionary about the future of show jumping in Britain. With other members of the Bunn family Chloe continues to be involved in the running of Hickstead and therefore has her finger on the pulse of all that is happening in show jumping both in Britain and around the world. Chloe has represented Britain on ponies, in juniors, young riders and senior competition and is a former winner of the Hickstead Speed Derby. She made a successful comeback to her international career at the CSI4* in Liverpool with 3rd place in the Amateur Grand Prix and now heads for the Sunshine Tour in Spain. For the previous few years Chloe's energies have been concentrated on running Breen Equestrian and raising Lorna (9), Darcy (7) and Dougie (2) and Wolfie (1). Chloe is the first point of contact at Breen Equestrian whether you are looking for training, a horse or to choose a stallion for your mare.

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Abu Dhabi Ladies Show
Abu Dhabi Ladies Show

This week, Georgia was representing Team Z7 and the Breen Team at the Abu Dhabi 2* Ladies Show.

Georgia dominated in the 2* 1.40 Opening Class, taking the top two podium positions on Z7 Caretina and super stallion Can Ya Makan. With just 0.18 seconds between her rounds, Georgia went head-to-head with herself in the blisteringly fast jump-off to prove to be best in the field. It was especially great to see 16-year-old Can Ya Makan feeling fresh and ready in the prize giving – we're so glad this special stallion only gets better with age!

In the 2* Grand Prix, Z7 Caretina was on the podium again, this time in silver position. Georgia expertly piloted her around the 1.40m high track, showcasing the mares speed and ability over the large fences. With a win and a 2nd placing under their belt so far, 2022 is proving to be this pairings year already!

Off to a Flying Start in Abu Dhabi
Off to a Flying Start in Abu Dhabi

We are feeling very lucky to be back in the Middle East for the winter season with the full team of Z7 horses. 2022 kicked off with a 4* show at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

The young horses started off the week on a high, with all of them stepping up a level with ease. BE Aquila jumped a stunning clear in the 6-year-olds under David Simpson whilst Z7 Porsche and Shane spun around the 7-year-olds for a podium finish of 3rd. The older horses also impressed on the first day of jumping, with them all warming up over a 4* 1.40 track. Shane piloted Vistogrand to 14th place whilst David and the talented 8-year-old Elmira Mail claimed 11th. Georgia brought home 8th on the fan favourite Z7 Caretina to round off the day.

Saturday was full of more clear rounds and results. BE Aquila was careful and fast in the 6-year-olds to come 7th and in the 4* 1.40, Shane and Vistogrand jumped to 11th. The highlight of the day was Trevor and Toyger, who skilfully cleared the 4* 1.40 course for 7th place.

The Breen brothers were on top form on Sunday. Shane sped to 5th on Lady Star van Doperheide in the 4* 1.45 Ranking Class but it was Trevor who brought home the top result, riding Germaine W to silver position with an impressive round that left the crowd in awe. In the Grand Prix, Trevor rode Highland President in his 1.60 debut and the gelding did not disappoint. A stunning clear meant they came home with a 13th placing. Z7 Ipswich started his year as he means to go on, jumping double clear in a blisteringly fast jump off to slot into 5th place. What a way to get set up for the year!

A huge thanks to the whole team, and to Team Z7 for making this all possible again this year! We can’t wait to see what the next weeks bring!

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Stable Address
Hickstead Place Hickstead Sussex RH17 5NU
Main E-mail
chloe@breenequestrian.com