MARION Hughes has confirmed that the Team Z7 horses will be competed by Shane Breen in the future.

The partnership between Hughes Horse Stud and Team Z7 has resulted in many top results, including a silver and bronze medal at last year’s World Breeding Championships in Lanaken with Z Seven Caretina and Z Seven Canya Dance.

Top horses owned by the United Arab Emirates-based team include the stallion Can Ya Makan, who represented Ireland on the Nations Cup in Lisbon last Friday with teenager Mikey Pender on board, Z7 Cordanos V, Laith, winner of a three-star 1.40m in Lisbon last weekend, and Acorad 3, winner of the Dublin puissance in 2014 and 2016.

Hughes owns the Heritage Fortunas-sired mare Heritage HHS Fortuna in partnership with the owners.

Team Z7, an international show jumping, polo and show horse stable based in Dubai, was founded in 2005 by HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and owner of the world famous Godolphin thoroughbred racing stable.

Hickstead-based Shane Breen will take over the management on all the horses, totalling close to 35, some of which include broodmares. The first load of horses arrived in Hickstead this morning (Wednesday).

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