Izzy TaylorIzzy Taylor is a professional event rider who has proven herself repeatedly at four-star level. She is based on her family farm near Banbury in Oxfordshire.

Izzy has had a prolific eventing career since a young age. She won team silver and individual bronze at the 2004 Young Rider European eventing Championships riding Flurry Knox.

The mother of two was first selected to represent her country at senior level in 2013 where she rode KBIS Briarlands Matilda at the European Championships in Malmö. She also represented Britain at Blair 2015 where she finished sixth with Briarlands Matilda. Izzy is a regular on the British team for the Nations Cup series.

Other notable results include seventh twice at Burghley in 2012 and 2014 with KBIS Briarlands Matilda and eighth at Badminton 2015 with Allercombe Ellie.

Izzy was selected for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the 2015 Blair Europeans and the 2016 Rio Olympics with Allercombe Ellie, but the mare has been withdrawn on all three occasions due to injuries.

With the news that a one-eyed horse called Patch has been entered into the Kentucky Derby this Saturday (6 May 2017), Horse & Hound celebrates some other competition horses that adapted well and kept on winning after after losing an eye