One-eyed horse still a serious contender in Show-Me State Games dressage

Saturday, July 30, 2011 | 10:04 p.m. CDT; updated 12:25 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 1, 2011
Corrie Storer and horse, Remington, wait for their dressage event at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday at Fox Run Farm. Remington had to have his eye removed in October because of glaucoma, but he is still a contender in the dressage ring.

COLUMBIA — Normally, a horse with only one functioning eye turns away prospective buyers, but Amanda Pezold took pity on Remington and bought him a month after his injury. 

"We felt bad for him. He's a good guy," rider Corrie Storer said as she waited to compete in Saturday's Show-Me State Games dressage event at Fox Run Farm.

Problems with Remington's left eye started as a minor injury almost five years ago. A scratch became infected and turned into glaucoma, and the gelding lost sight in the eye.

Pezold said Remington's eye shriveled up in the socket because of the glaucoma, so she decided to have it removed last October. Since then, he has been much more comfortable.

Besides owning Remington, Pezold is also a trainer at Amity Farm in Fulton and uses him as a lesson horse. Storer has been riding him since January.  

Storer said removing Remington's eye didn't affect his temperament because he is 19 years old and his blindness was a gradual process. He didn't have to suddenly adjust to using just one eye.

"He's been a horse a long time before this," Strorer said. "The trainer's 5-year-old son even rides him. He's really reliable."  

Beth McDaniel, a client of Amity Farm, added, "He's got a lot of tools in his toolbox."

Remington is still a serious contender in a variety of competitions, including jumping events. Strorer said the jumping events are the only time when she needs to help Remington a little more.

"You have to give him a little more time to get the full view of the jump," she explained. "It's not even really a problem. In the back of your mind, you just have to think if he can see it."

Remington proved at the Show-Me State Games that his missing eye doesn't faze him. He had the highest score for dressage training and won silver medals in the individual event and team events.

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Sarah Bricker July 31, 2011 | 10:43 a.m.

Bestie! I saw this article about you, and I'm so proud of you! Only wish I'd been in town to cover it :)

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