Shane Breen (IRL) and Haya were the only pair to break the 60-second mark over the one-round speed class for victory in the 1.45m CSI5*, the first of two final five-star classes on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
“She was fantastic in there,” said Breen of the 10-year-old KWPN mare by Mylord Cathargo x For Pleasure owned by Breen Equestrian Ltd. and Old Lodge. “She’s been wonderful all season. We’ve many times been the bridesmaid, so today she was the bride and I’m thrilled. The plan is to build her up for the grand prix, and step by step, we’re getting there. Next year she’s going to be a big name for me.”
While Breen had a plan for his course, he did make one adjustment. “I saw that they were doing seven strides quite easy to the last jump, so I thought if I kept up on the lefthand side, I could do six strides,” he explained. “I chanced it, and it came off for me. I think that’s where I clinched it.”
Of the New York site on Governors Island, Breen said, “All of the LGCT venues are incredible, but this is one of the iconic ones. It’s an honor to be here and ride.”
Second place went to Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Chic Chic, an 11-year-old Westphalian stallion by Comme Il Faut 5 x Contendro I owned by Vlock Show Stables LLC, who finished clear in 60.33 seconds. With a time of 61.33 seconds, Max Kühner (AUT) and Vancouver Dreams, his own 12-year-old Hanoverian mare by Valentino 240 x Stakkato, finished third.
1st Place – Shane Breen & Haya (IRL)
2nd Place – Darragh Kenny & Chic Chic (IRL)
3rd Place – Max Kuhner & Vancouver Dreams (AUT)
4th Place – Marlon Modolo Zanotelli & Grand Slam VDL (BRA)
5th Place – Hans-Deter Dreher & Cous Cous (GER)
6th Place – Peder Fredricson & H&M Christian K (SWE)
7th Place – Niels Bruynseeels & Diornella-D (BEL)
8th Place – Omer Karaevli & Policeman (TUR)
9th Place – Isabella Russekoff & Picobello Full House ter Linden Z (USA)
10th Place – Shane Sweetnam & Namaste van het Eyckeveld (IRL)