Birth year: 2009
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.
Georgia joined Breen Equestrian at the beginning of April 2015 as a young rider. Over the years she had some consistent good results winning classes at CSI5*W Dubai, CSI2* Valencia, CSI2* Chepstow, CSI3* Bonhaiden, CSI3* Zwolle, CSI3* St.Lo, CSI4* Bolesworth also representing Team Great Britain at CSIO5* Abu Dhabi, CSIO3* Lisbon and CSIO3* Uggerhalne (Denmark). In 2018 together with Z7 Cash Up Georgia was selected to represent Great Britain at FEI CH-EU-Y-S – European Jumping Championships in Fontainebleau (France) where they got a team Silver Medal. In October 2019 Georgia had a fantastic show at Horse of the Year Show CSI3* Birmingham finishing 4th in the Grand Prix and becoming leading rider of the 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!