A prize-giving FaceTime call and some divine intervention: the inside story of Shane Breen’s Hickste

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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.

Recent News

Summer Update
Summer Update

The past couple of months has seen Shane and the Breen Team go from strength to strength. August was jam-packed full of shows in the UK, Ireland and Europe, kicking off at Bolesworth where the young horses added miles onto their clock and Z7 Regal Don took 4th in the 2* GP Qualifier.

Heading over to Ireland, it was the super mare Haya who never was out of the top 10 in the 5* classes at Dublin, taking 5th in the 5* Minvera Stakes, 4th in the 5* Speed Derby and 8th in the 5* Speed Championship. We have always believed this mare was going to be special and she's proven that every time she steps in the ring!

At LGCT, Valkenswaard - Vistogrand jumped phenomenal to help the Rome Gladiators come 3rd, but the highlight of the month was our first ever hybrid auction taking place which was a huge success. This has been an incredible addition to Breen Equestrian and we are excited to be hosting more in the future.

Rolling into September, where Ellen and Shane followed the LGCT around the world. In Rome, Italy, Z7 Ipswich proved to be quick and careful to win the opening 5* class, and fllowed up this perfomance in New York by jumping clear for the Rome Gladiators. In the big apple, it was Haya's time to take the victory - speeding to top spot in the 5* 1.45 Speed Class.

Earlier this month, Shane took a team up to Birmingham for the Horse of the Year Show and they did not disappoint. Vistogrand jumped to 3rd in the 3* Accumulator as well as joint 2nd in the 6-bar to showcase his scope but it was Cuick Star Kervec who was star of the show, winning the iconic Leading Showjumper of the Year 3* Grand Prix - a fantastic way to start indoor season!

A huge thanks to our whole team, owners & sponsors who make this all possible!

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