Shane Sweetnam

Equestrian

GENDER: Male

DISCIPLINE: Show Jumping (Reserve)

PERSONAL BEST: World Ranking (early July): 26

AGE: 42 (January 19, 1981)

HOMETOWN: Dunmanway, Co Cork

BIOGRAPHY 

Shane began his Grand Prix career aged 16. In 2004, after qualifying in IT from the University of Limerick, he headed to Florida and got a job with US Olympic veteran Margie Engle and has been based in Florida since. He was eighth individually to help Ireland to team gold at the 2017 Europeans and competed in the 2018 World Equestrian Games where Ireland finished seventh. In 2021 he won the first five-star Grand Prix of the year at America’s prestigious Wellington Equestrian Festival. Shane was a reserve for London 2012 but this is his Olympic debut. He is a firstcousin of Munster and Ireland rugby player Donnacha Ryan.

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