Ireland's Trevor Breen hit the heights once again with Adventure De Kannan (Kannan x Ladalco) as he brought the third day of the 2014 Horse of the Year Show to a rousing conclusion at Birmingham's LG Arena. The combination had already won this year's Hickstead Derby and Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and the Grandstand Trophy can now be added to that impressive portfolio. Eleven combinations made the jump-off, with riders allowed to plot their own route over six designated fences, and Buckinghamshire-based Trevor delivered a stunning performance.
Their time of 21.79 seconds was well clear of runner-up John Whitaker, riding Argento (Arko Iii x Gasper), with Tim Gredley and Unex Omega Star (Quick Star x Quatoubet Du Rouet) third. Adventure De Kannan - or Addy, as he is known - had an eye removed last year due to a degenerative condition, but it has not remotely affected his performance levels.
"This year has been phenomenal," said Trevor. "The Derby was something I had earmarked for a few years, so to finally tick that box was really satisfying. And what makes this win so special is that Addy goes back to Karen Swann (his owner) for his winter break after this show, so I really wanted to finish on a high, and to do that at HOYS is huge."
"He is just the nicest horse you could ever meet. If he was a human he would be the type in a social gathering at the pub who would be the person people would want to be around. He's cheeky, but he knows where the line is."
And reflecting on the latest victory, Trevor added: "I studied the course plan in the afternoon, and I came up with my plan. I asked Karen should I do an easy or hard course in the jump-off, and she said just to go with my gut feeling. That course we jumped tonight wasn't easy, but he just did it. He keeps delivering. Whatever you throw in front of him he will just find a way to get around it and get over it to do what he loves doing, which is winning. I probably chose that course because it was all turns. He doesn't have the biggest stride, but what he can do is turn on a sixpence."
Source: Press release from HOYS
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