Trevor Breen has had one hell of a year. Having retired the incredible one eyed wonder, Adventure de Kannan at the Hickstead Derby meeting in June (you can see the video here), he’s been working with his younger string of horses, competing both in the UK and abroad.
Having just moved to a purpose built yard in West Sussex, Trevor made the short drive to Hickstead on the weekend with his horses before taking the feature class on the final day, the Grand Prix, held in the great International arena. Riding the gorgeous grey, Bombay, Trevor took a flying stride out to the last, the upright planks to take the win.
“This mare has had a lot of good results at International level but never a Grand Prix win,” Trevor tells us. “She’s always been very careful and super talented, but has taken a long time to get her rideable and keep her focused in the arena.”
It is often the case that the very best horses have the biggest of quirks, and Bombay is no different.
“She’s very difficult to handle for the grooms, the farrier, the vets and even me! The only one she really likes is Caroline, my wife, who mostly rides her at home.”
“Next we’ll be heading to Belgium for a few weeks for the International Shows. Until then, her routine will remain the same. She goes out in the field every morning then gets exercised. We may do some gridwork or jump round a course once before a show if needed. We never change her routine on the run up to a show to try and keep her settled and relaxed.”
Back in February, we mentioned in our blog that Bombay was one to watch. How right we were… You can see that blog here.
Photo credit: Spidge Photography.