Training and Careers

At Breen Equestrian we are able to offer a variety of training opportunities in every aspect of an equestrian business. Our working pupils not only have access to world class riding training, but also will be trained in every aspect of managing and producing competition horses. They are involved with all the horses from breaking the young horses to riding the competition horses.


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We are unusual in that we able to offer our pupils invaluable experience of riding in the ring, not only on their own horses but also some of our horses. They are able to see the detailed preparation involved in competing internationally and are also involved with client contact, stud work, producing our young stock and buying and selling horses. Our former working pupils include David Simpson, Michael Duffy, Dereck McCoppin, Jake Saywell and Jack Dodd. David, Michael and Dereck have all represtented Ireland on Nations Cup Teams in 2017 and have been successful in setting up their own businesses. Jake is represented Great Britain on the Gold Medal Winning Young Riders Team at the 2017 European Championships.  Both Michael Duffy and Jack Dodd were selected for the Young Riders Academy and Jack is currently riding for Bertram Allen.

Georgia Tame, currently a working pupil wiht us, is enjoying great success at National and International level. Georgia currently heads the Under 23 League in Great Britain and will be jumping in the Under 23 Championships at the prestigious London International Horse Show at Olympia this December.

In 2016 our pupils Sunniva Sunde and Alona Solviova represented Norway and the Ukraine respectively at the Junior European Championships in Ireland, and Jake Saywell represented Great Britain in the Young Rider European Championships.


For those who do not feel that their future lies in competition, we are able to set them on the road to an excellent career as top class competition grooms.


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At Hickstead we are able to offer world class facilities. There are several all-weather arenas and full sets of international style show jumps. We have fantastic off-road hacking and turn-out. There are two five day international shows and a four day international show at Hickstead. The immediate local area is very well served for national shows. All our riders have international competition experience, and have achieved consistent excellent results in both Ireland and the UK. The yard management at Hickstead is second to none.



Born in Limerick, Shane got his first pony at the age of five and hunted throughout his childhood.