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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.

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.


A stunning finish to LGCT Rome
A stunning finish to LGCT Rome
A stunning finish to LGCT Rome3
A stunning finish to LGCT Rome

We were back at the stunning Circo Massimo this week in Rome for the second week of LGCT & GCL.

The Kennedy brother’s KBS Major Player made his first 5* appearance in this historic arena and really stepped up to the stage, showcasing his terrific jump, scope and presence. His 5* debut was topped with a top 15 placing in the 5* 1.50 on the Friday to land in the money. We can’t wait to see this 9-year-old gelding at his next outing!

Z7 Ipswich was once again a star of the show. Consistently fast and clear, Team Z7’s legendary gelding took 3rd place in the GCL Second Round on Saturday to land New York Empire on the podium with a 3rd place finish. It was fantastic to share the podium with fellow Irishman, Denis Lynch, and with New York Empire now lying-in 8th in the Global Champions League, it’s still anyone’s game!

What an experience it has been to be at the Circo Massimo and with the arena having witnessed horses for the first time in 2,000 years, it’s been an absolute honour to be part of this historic event and we well and truly hope we made our mark. We can’t wait to be back next year!

A first week in Rome and a second week at Hickstead
A first week in Rome and a second week at Hickstead
A first week in Rome and a second week at Hickstead
A first week in Rome and a second week at Hickstead

Another very busy week for the Breen Team with Shane and Ellen heading to LGCT Rome and the rest of the team flying the flag at Hickstead.

Before he headed to Italy, Shane jumped some of the younger horses at Hickstead. The super young stallion that is Lucky Luck made his Hickstead debut, jumping to 12th in the meter class – a great start to this special 4-year-olds jumping career. 7-year-old Cato Boy stepped up to the challenge in the 7-year-olds non-qualifier to speed to 4th place just off the podium, showcasing his talent and scope.

On Thursday, Georgia dominated the opening 1.40 class in the main ring at Hickstead. She sped to win the hotly contested class on catch ride Essenar High Hopes, owned by Margaurite Ryan. She was on the podium again in 3rd place with the Old Lodge’s Evita XX and also finished 6th with Team Z7’s stallion Can Ya Makan. Georgia then rode Koh-I-Noor in the 6-year-old qualifier to take home 8th place – a day full of top 10 finishes! What a girl, what a pilot!

Back in Rome, the jumping started on the Friday. Lady Star van Doperheide stepped up to the plate in the 5* 1.45 and was fast and clear to finish 10th - what a result for only her second ever 5* and showing us what a mare she will be for the future. Z7 Ipswich’s time to shine was on Saturday. Bringing his A-game, he jumped out of his skin in the 5* Grand Prix to finish 11th and then impressed again in the 5* 1.55 Individual Classification to take 10th place. Lady Star showed us what she was made of again in the 5* 1.50 on Sunday to also take 9th place. We couldn’t be more excited for this team of horses – roll on week 2 of Rome!

On Friday at Hickstead, it was Deja-vu for Georgia and Evita when they took 3rd in the 1.40 Open in the main ring again. To kick off the weekend, John rode Lucky Luck in the British Novice to add a 10th place to this stallion's record whilst piloting the Old Lodge’s Haya to 7th and qualify for the final the next day. Georgia and Essenar High Hopes showed us again what they were made of in All English Grand Prix, jumping a stunning clear in the first round. An unfortunate pole in the jump-off keeping them off the podium, but they still managed to finish on a high, taking home 8th place.

Another successful week for us here at Breen Equestrian and what a way to end the inaugural All English Showjumping Tour. A huge thanks to the whole Hickstead team – we can’t wait to do it all again next year!


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