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Shane Breen's Golden Hawk retired from the sport

Monday, 26 June 2023

Photo © Elli Birch/Bootsandhooves Shane Breen's Golden Hawk was retired from the sport this weekend, with a special ceremony during The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. Photo © Elli Birch/Bootsandhooves.

Shane Breen's Golden Hawk (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Chin Chin, breeder Tom de Craen) was retired from the sport this weekend, with a special ceremony during The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. 

With Breen in the saddle, the now 18-year-old stallion Golden Hawk went from the young horses classes all the way up to five-star Grand Prix level. Together the two won the CSI4* Grand Prix in Liverpool in 2018, the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial in 2019 as well as taking victories in London, Oslo, Valence and Vilamoura. Golden Hawk's last international apperance was in 2022, when he finished second in the Al Shira'aa Derby. 

On his official Facebook page, Breen paid tribute to the stallion: 

"An emotional day as we retire the great Golden Hawk at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.

Golden Hawk joined the Breen Team at 6-years-old and under the careful education of Shane and his team, he proved himself early on in his career and then went on to be a consistent performer on the world stage to become the iconic showjumping stallion we all know today.

He’s been an essential part to not only Shane’s career, but also the Irish team, making numerous appearances including jumping double clear in the 5* Nations Cups in La Baule to help Ireland onto the podium for 3rd as well as helping the team to 3rd in the 5* Nations Cup in Rome in 2016. He finished 5th individually with Shane in the FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in the same year. He’s jumped one of the few clear rounds in the Hickstead Derby in 2019 where he came 3rd and finished 2nd in the Hickstead Derby in 2022 behind stablemate, Can Ya Makan.

Golden Hawk was no stranger to the winner’s circle, winning numerous classes and Grand Prixs, including the 4* Grand Prix in Liverpool in 2018, the 4* Bunn Leisure Trial at Hickstead in 2019 as well as topping the podium in the 5* Table A at London Olympia in 2018 and the 5* Table A at Oslo in the same year. He was also on the podium at Dublin in the 5* Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland in 2016 where he came 2nd.

Golden Hawk has truly become a staple of the Breen Team and although we will miss him in the ring, we look forward to seeing his legacy pass on in his progeny who are already following in his footsteps and jumping consistently at the 5* level.

Thank you Golden Hawk!"

At World of Showjumping, we wish Golden Hawk a happy retirement.

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