Shane Sweetnam (IRL)


Shane, along with Max Kühner, is a newcomer to the 2023 Rolex IJRC Top 10 competition.

Enfant prodige from a family that is fully committed to the equestrian industry, Cork-born Shane began riding at the age of five and competing at Grand Prix level at the age of 16. At only 23, he moved to the United States, initially working for US show jumper Margie Goldstein-Engle and managing her young horses.

He now runs Sweet Oak Farm, the equestrian centre he founded and manages together with Ali, his wife. Based in Wellington, Florida, it is one of the leading references in the United States for horse and rider training.

He has repeatedly worn the Ireland team colours in the most important events on the international calendar in recent years: four editions of the European Championships (gold in Gothenburg 2017 where he was 8th individually and team silver in Milan 2023) and one edition of the World Championships in Tryon (2018)

You’re a newcomer at the Rolex IJRC Top 10. What does this competition mean to you?

«One of the highlight classes of the year and one that every rider dreams of being involved in. I am very excited to be involved this year and look forward to a special night».

What was your best moment in the 2023 season?

«Winning a silver team medal at the Europeans in Milan».

Who would you bet on for the 2023 Top 10 podium?

«Between Henrik von Eckermann , Julien Épaillard or Steve Guerdat».

Which horse are you going to enter in the Top 10 and why?

«I will be jumping James Kann Cruz. He's my best and I really want to put my best out there».

Let's play a little game: enter your stable and think about Paris 2024. What is the first box you look at?

«Has to be James Kann Cruz».