Birth year: 2011
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.
Onto week 3 out in Vilamoura for the Breen Team, with Shane joining Jack and Georgia.
Again, international competition kicked off with the young horses in the 6YOs. Day 1 saw Georgia place 11th on Keyton and Jack 9th on Koh-I-Noor. Then things ramped up a level on Wednesday with Jack taking the win on Tracey Forrest and Julia Morris’s Koh-I-Noor – a great result for this up-and-coming young horse.
Thursday saw Shane and Kbs Major Player finish 7th in the CSI4* two phase 1.40m. Georgia and her family-owned Donavaya kicked off their weekly campaign with 9th place in the same class. Jack also picked up a 9th place position in the 1.45/1.50 on Breen Equestrian and Michael Quirke’s co-owned Cuick Star Kervec with Shane just behind him in 11th on Lady Star Van Dorperheide.
Saturday’s results came from Evita, owned by Old Lodge, who cruised to 4th place in the 1.35 with Georgia.
Then onto the final days jumping of the week for the team and some top results came in. Georgia and Donavaya kept their clean sheet of jumping for the week, with an impressive 3rd place in the 1.40 jump of class. Jack and his mother’s Bbs McGregor put in a brilliant performance in the Grand Prix, only to heartbreakingly have the very last fence down in the jump off to keep them off top spot. However, they still finished 4th with their two strong rounds of jumping.
Now onto the closing week of this year’s 2021 Vilamoura Champions Tour and the team are looking forward to a busy week making it count.