One eyed wonder horse jumps to glory: Showjumper Addy triumphs at Hickstead Derby despite being blind on his right side.
Addy – full name Adventure de Kannan – had his eye removed last year, following six years of painful ulcers.
Since then, he hasn’t looked back. ‘If anything, it’s made him better,’ said his rider Trevor Breen.
‘He’s got a great attitude and a big heart… which is why I think he has been able to overcome adversity so well. Whatever you ask him to do, he gives everything.’
Taking everything in his stride, Addy is rarely spooked by people approaching on his blind side, and has honed his hearing to compensate.
Cheered by a 15,000-strong crowd, the fiercely determined bay gelding overcame what many believed would be an insurmountable handicap to be garlanded as the first one-eyed champion in the event’s 54-year history.