2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 30
WHO TO WATCH: SHOW JUMPING RIDERS
American Junior and Young Rider Championships, where
the team clinched the Gold medal. In 2013, Keenan
returned to the championships aboard Londinium,
and stood atop the podium twice, for both Team and
Individual Gold medals. She went on that year to win
the USEF Medal and the ASPCA Maclay Finals, and was
named USEF's Junior Equestrian of the Year.
Keenan made her Nations Cup™ debut in 2014, riding
for Team USA in Ascona, Switzerland and Bratislava,
Slovakia. In 2015, Keenan was honored with the Lionel
Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, and turned professional at the
age of only 19. At the start of 2016, she was honored with
the Maxine Beard Award, and went on to jump a clear
round in the CSIO 5* FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final to
help Team USA earn the Bronze medal.
Early in 2017, Keenan represented Team USA at the CSIO
4* FEI Nations Cup™ in Ocala, Florida, helping the team
jump for the Silver medal before heading to Europe in the
spring. While abroad, she was a part of the Gold medal
team in the Dublin FEI Nations Cup™. She returned to
North America in the fall to help Team USA win another
gold the BMO Nations Cup in Spruce Meadows. At only 21
years of age, Keenan has been extremely successful, and
has her sights set on the Olympics in the future.
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL)
Shane Sweetnam is originally from County Cork, Ireland,
where he began riding at the age of 5. At 16, he stepped
up to the Grand Prix level, and has been competing for
his home nation of Ireland since. In 2006, he established
Sweet Oak Farm with his wife, Ali Sweetnam, and
currently has students competing in a variety of levels.
In 2011, Sweetnam won the Spruce Meadows Derby and
represented Ireland in a number of FEI Nations Cup™
competitions. He contributed to the win for Team Ireland
at the FEI Nations Cup™ in La Baule, jumped a double
clear in the FEI Nations Cup™ in Dublin, and a clear round
in the FEI Nations Cup™ at Aachen. He represented
Ireland in the 2011 FEI European Show Jumping
Championships and served as the team alternate for the
2012 London Olympic Games.
Aboard Amaretto D'Arco, Sweetnam represented
Ireland in the 2013 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, as
well as the 2013 FEI European Jumping Championships.
Throughout 2014 and 2015, Sweetnam picked up many
top placings at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Spruce
Meadows, and The Dublin Horse Show, amongst others.
Sweetnam shined in 2016 abroad Cyklon 1083, picking
up speedy victories at the Winter Equestrian Festival,
Tryon International Equestrian Center, CSI 5* Knokke,
CSIO 5* Falsterbo, and CSIO 5* Dublin Horse Show. He
also represented Team Ireland in the FEI Nations Cup™ at
In 2017 Sweetnam and Chaqui Z had a breakout year as
they were vital to Team Ireland's victory in the $150,000
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL