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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.
A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas Auction. A fantastic evening filled with Christmas spirit, exciting horse sales, fabulous food and delicious drinks.
We welcomed the public to Hickstead on the 14th for a night of Christmas magic. We had 17 exciting lots to sell, including two pretty ponies, nine top class British foals and six exciting 3&4yos on offer.
The lots sold quickly, with our top sale being the lovely 3-year-old BE Valencia (Cuick Star Kervec x Zarnita) who went for £61,000. We are so excited to follow what this future star will go on to do, with his full sister, BE Coolham, being sold in our last auction and already impressing in her new home and recording top results in the 5-year-old classes at MET.
Our top foal of the night was B.E. Malachi, and the hammer dropped on him at £15,000. By the KWPN Champion Lucky Luck and out of the 5* 8-year-old mare Elmira Mail, this foal has a black type pedigree with the looks and confirmation to back it up. He will be one to watch in the future and we wish the owners the best of luck with him!
A huge thanks to our entire team who make nights like these possible. It truly takes a village to put on these events and with the second edition of the BE Auction was another huge success. Until the next one – Merry Christmas!