The Royal International Horse Show, Young Rider European Championships and the EEF Nations Cup Final
This week Team Breen Equestrian returned to Hickstead for the Royal International horse show, while Jack flew to Vilamoura for the FEI Young Riders European Championships and Georgia set off to Warsaw for the EEF Nations Cup Final, it set out to be a busy week all round.
It got off to a great start of Tuesday where Shane and Katie produced some great rounds in the age classes. Shane riding Koh-I-Noor in the 6 year olds rode a textbook clear finishing 11th, followed by another clear on Cato Boy in the 7 year olds who came 5th! Katie then followed with more super rounds on 5 year old BE Aquilla, who finished on 4 faults but still proved to have a great attitude throughout. BE Constanta was then clear in the 6 year olds, which was another great result for this pair. Shane and Cuick Star Kervec were then entered in the Winter Grades B&C Qualifier. They produced a clear in the first round sending them through to the jump off where despite 4 faults they placed 9th overall. Shane also rode Z7 Regal Don round the Winter Grades B&C Qualifier going clear in round one and just an unlucky 4 faults in the jump off. The highlight of the day in the Winter Grades B&C Qualifier went to Shane and Vistrogrand who not only went double clear but came out on top in 1st. A combination who never fail to deliver!
Thursday was the first day of jumping for Georgia and Z7 Ascot in the EEF Nations Cup. This ever-consistent pairing came out with yet another clear after jumping a textbook round, falling just short of the time with 1 time penalty: still a very good start to the Nations Cup week.
Back to Friday at Hickstead where Katie and BE Constanta were the winners of the Foxhunter. Over in Vilamoura, Jack and Team Ireland had a brilliant day. Despite the pressure of being a team rider, Jack and his partner in crime BBS Mcgregor were cool, calm and collected and produced some super rounds all week. As a result of all their hard work, Jack and his team represented Ireland strongly to take the team Silver Medal and Jack was placed 7th individually! It was a huge accomplishment for the team and it was great to see Jack apart of it and on the podium.
After the excitement on Friday, Katie had a quick spin around the Senior Newcomers with BE Aquila on Saturday to go double clear and finish 13th.
On Sunday, Georgia and the wonderful Z7 Ascot were the star of the show in Poland at the EEF Nations Cup Final. After what was causing problems for many riders, Georgia and Z7 Ascot jumped one of only 6 double clears, showcasing their class. These two are always proving time and again why they are ones to watch. They are consistently consistent and are such a pleasure to watch.
As always, a huge thank you to the team at home for keeping the show going whilst we were away and our show grooms who ensure the horses are happy even when they are so far from home. A thank also goes to Team Ireland and Great Britain for allowing The Breen Team to represent their countries so well!