Breen and Slater make it a double celebration
Bucks pair both land Horse of the Year Show victories
THERE was a double triumph for Bucks at the 2014 Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham over the weekend.
Beaconsfield’s Trevor Breen landed the Grandstand Trophy at the LG Arena, while Emma Jo Slater, from Great Missenden, took the Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship.
Irishman Breen hit the heights once again as his one-eyed steed, Adventure De Kannan, added to the Hickstead Derby and Queen Elizabeth II Cup the duo have already bagged this year.
Eleven horses made the jump-off, with riders allowed to plot their own route over six designated fences, and Breen delivered a stunning performance with a time of 21.79secs.
Adventure De Kannan had an eye removed last year because of a degenerative condition, but it has not remotely affected his performance levels.
“This year has been phenomenal,” said Breen. “The derby was something I had earmarked for a few years, so to finally tick that box was really satisfying.
“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 the Horse of the Year
(Above) Trevor Breen; (below) Emma Jo Slater