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The Royal International Horse Show, Young Rider European Championships and the EEF Nations Cup Final
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!

A Perfect Day at Pyecombe
A Perfect Day at Pyecombe

After a busy start to the month with two international events at Royal Windsor and Bolesworth, it was time to return to a local venue - Pyecombe Horse Shows. This venue is a Breen Team favourite with it being just down the road and a great place to train for the big shows.

Katie Speller kicked off the day with two super clears with BE Stakkato and Cabilina. BE Stakkato had an easy schooling round in the British Novice to finish 7th. This was followed by Cabilina PS in the Foxhunter who schooled beautifully round the course to be place 9th.

Georgia also had a super day riding three horses, Team Z7’s Can Ya Makan, The Old Lodge’s Evita XX and her own Donavaya with all horses performed brilliantly. Evita XX had an unlucky pole in the National 1.30m but still jumped with a lot of enthusiasm to finish in 10th place. Can Ya Makan jumped a super clear round the 1.40m to lie 5th overall and Georgia then pulled out another clear with Donavaya in the National 1.30m leaving them in 4th place.

To kick off Jack’s day, 4-year-old stallion Z7 Mevano came jumped clear and into 4th place in the British Novice. Later in the day, his own Essenar High Hopes jumped the 1.40m and landed on the podium in 3rd, another super and consistent result for this pair. Finally, this highlight of the day was when Cooper VA won the National 1.30m. A great first appearance in the ring for this new pairing!

After some great results at Pyecombe, we at Breen Equestrian are looking forward for what’s to come over the next few weeks with Georgia heading to the 4* European Equestrian Federation Nations Cup Final on Z7 Ascot in Warsaw, Jack heading to Vilamoura for FEI European Youth Show Jumping Championships with BBS McGregor whilst the rest of the Breen Team will be competing on home soil at the Royal International Show at Hickstead. Wish us luck!

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