Hickstead’s one-eyed wonder horse, Adventure de Kannan is to be officially retired at this year’s Al Shira’aa Derby in June.
The Irish sport horse gelding, one of the most prolific and consistent horses in Hickstead’s history, will step down from international competition in a ceremony in front of crowds before this year’s Derby on 25 June.
Both rider Trevor Breen and owner Karen Swann decided the time is right at the age of 17. The gelding won the speed derby on his international Hickstead debut in 2009. Three years later he won as wel the eventing Grand Prix at the Royal International Horse Show. The same year, he and Trevor finished third in the Derby and won the grand prix at Hickstead’s September show.
In 2013, a few months after Addy’s eye was removed, he and Trevor finished second in the Derby to Phillip Miller and Caritiar Z, but the following year the placings were reversed, with Trevor and the one-eyed wonder horse taking the lead from Phillip by two-hundredths of a second