Alydeed’s son Norman begins second career as one-eyed jumping horse

Mary Ormsby Feature Writer


Heather Young is training her horse Norman to jump, despite the loss of his right eye after it was surgically removed following an infection. Video by Chris So.

 Norman’s bloodlines flow from a who’s who of thoroughbred horse-racing royalty.

Nearctic, Northern Dancer, Nijinsky.

Magnificent champions, magnificent sires. Canadian stallions whose coveted mojo has souped up and controlled the world’s thoroughbred gene pool with speed and daring for 50 years — and counting.

So how does the son of Canadian Queen’s Plate winner Alydeed, progeny who raced hopefully under the birth name Alydeed’s Leader, wind up as Norman the one-eyed jumping horse?–alydeed-s-son-norman-begins-second-career-as-one-eyed-jumping-horse


  1. Leslie Kuretzky · ·

    What a great story. Thank you for saving Norman 🙂

  2. Team Norman · ·

    These two are impressive in every way. The owner has taken so much time and patience to help Norman get used to his new life and in turn he trusts her without question and willing does anything she asks…impressive to say the least.

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