Irishman Trevor Breen and his one-eyed horse Adventure De Kannan go down in history at the Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead on Saturday as the pair galloped over its course to claim an exciting victory.
The 14-year-old bay gelding had an eye removed last year because of a long-standing eye problem, but he prevailed by just two hundredths of a second following a thrilling jump-off head to head. Both Trevor Breen and defending champion Phillip Miller, riding last year’s Derby winner Caritiar Z, repeated their first-round performances of four faults in the jump-off, but Breen clocked 85.17 seconds, compared with Miller’s 85.19.
“I can’t explain how much this means,” Breen said. “That horse loves challenges. And to be able to come through it all and go out and do that today, he is a real warrior of a horse. Whatever you ask him to do, he just gives his everything. Everyone was behind me today; all my family are here, so it is a very emotional occasion.”
What an inspirational story! And proof positive that even after a tragic illness or injury, horses can still have useful lives and even be successful.