August Excerpt: Shane Sweetnam – A Family Affair

Shane Sweetnam proudly wears a sharp, hunter green show coat every time he enters the grand prix arena, whether he’s riding on an Irish team or individually. Shane, 37, might be based in America these days, but his heart will always be in it for Ireland.

“We learned to be scrappers first before we learned the technical side,” Shane says of his beginnings in the saddle in Ireland. “My nieces and nephews, and Ireland in general, now do get a bit of training. But in America, it’s a lot more technical. From the start, riders learn a lot about numbers, position and the correct way of doing it, where in Ireland, we learned as we went along.”

Shane truly has it all: aside from competing – and winning – grand prix classes aboard a fleet of talented horses produced by Spy Coast Farm, he’s running a training business with his wife, Allison, and spending as much time as possible raising his three kids on their farm in Wellington, Fla.

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