Chesnut Horse
1998 - 2015
15.2hh Reg AASB
Heritage Orion was a NaStA Performance Tested Grade A Premium Stallion.

Home bred stallion that was bred to compete in eventing and Arab racing (25% Arab Blood, 75%TB) who sadly died in 2015.

Competition Record

As a 4 yr old:-
winner SEIB Young Horse Evaluations Series Most Promising Event Horse Qualifier
4th Easter Panic International Stakes, Newbury
2nd Wildan Handicap Stakes, Warwick (2miles)
3rd Performance Horse Show Class, BSPS Area 16
5th SEIB Young Horse Evaluations Series Most Promising Event Horse Championships, HOYS

As a 5yr old:-
4th Prelim 4; 2nd Novice 24 (first dressage comp.)
12th Intro at Burnham Mkt
4th In hand Open Anglo Arabs over 4yrs - too fit
22nd Intro at Keysoe* (rider error resulted in 20 XC pens)
6th Gt Witchingham Intro - qualifies for Intro Regional Finals
14th Stanford Rivers PreNovice Dbl Clear - qualifies East Anglian PreNovice Finals.

As a 6yr old:-
First season at Stud - 100% fertility
NaStA Performance Tested
AHS Premium Stallion Grade A
Numerous Hunter Trial places in Autumn of 2004

At 7yrs:-
Winner In hand at County Level
Placed under saddle at County level
BSJA Winnings
Full season at stud

At 8yrs:-
Winner & Reserve Champ In hand and 2nd under saddle.
Hunter Trial winnings. Full season at stud. Limited competition as rider had a baby.

At 9yrs:- 2007
placed PreNovice Eventing
Winner In Hand and Championship
Winner under saddle and Reserve Championship
Qualified Cherif Championship
Winner under saddle at Suffolk County Level
Winner BSJA - winnings now over £75-00 in two outings.

At 10yrs:- 2008
Winner In Hand and Championship
Second under saddle Suffolk County, placed Norfolk County
Qualified Cherif Championship
Winner BSJA at Discovery and 1.10m Open. Qualified Amateur 2nd round.
Multiple BSJA winnings

At 11yrs:- 2009
Second under saddle Suffolk County Show
Qualified Cherif Championship
Multiple placing BSJA & Qualified Amateur 2nd round.
Great Witchingham BE100 - Double Clear first eventing outing for 12mths
12th Little Downham BE100 Plus

Numerous BS winnings, 2nd round qualifications and under saddle County Show prizes.
His last competition was doing the Pairs XC with myself and my daughter riding her 12hh pony

He was home bred and quietly produced at home by his owner, Jane Skepper (now Marson), for the Young Horse Evaluation Series Most Promising Eventer to take place at Towerlands on 14th April 2002, where he won the Eventing section and qualified for the championships at HOYS in October (For Horse and Hound article click here )
Soon after he was sent to trainer Mr Paul Keen at the Conkwell Grange Stud to race under the ARO rules in Anglo Arab races.
Orion went into training with Mr Paul Keane at the Conkwell Grange Stud in April 2002 after having qualified for Horse of the Year Show: He ran four times before having to return to Stud to prepare for HOYS in October.
His runs included The Easter Panic International stakes race at Newbury on 21st July 2002 where he showed excellent form to be placed 4th in one of the hottest contested races of the day. From his performance, he was rated 113 with the top Anglo being 127. He was also the youngest Anglo racing under ARO rules. His final race was at Warwick on the 9th August competing in The Wildan Handicap Stakes (2miles) where he was second beating L'Escalou who beat him at Newbury.

Orion did exceptionally well being placed 5th of a strongly contested championship class. Here are his marks:-
Vet - 8.3
Eventing Performance - 6.23
Temperament - 6
Eventing Performance 7.38
Temperament - 7.15
Total - 35.16
Placed 5th
The judges were: Richard Ramsay, Jane Nixon & Yogi Breisner


1st Dam: Darkest Hour - ran once prior to injury
Dam of:-
Heritage Thor - competed and then bought by Mrs Luca Cumani where he is Mr Cumani's hack and competes with their daughter
Heritage Aurora - Advanced Endurance Horse at 8yrs
Qualified Endurance European Champs 2006 & World Games 2007;Member of British Endurance squad 2005
For more click here.
Heritage Athena - Advanced Endurance Horse
Heritage Hera - placed in PreNovice Champs at 5yrs. Won Inter School ODE. BSJA winnings Placed in 4/5 PreNovce starts 2007. Competed PC Teams with Junior. Sadly lost to Cancer
Heritage Orion - as above
Heritage Messalina -DkBr Filly 2002 by Heritage Nero Advanced Endurance Horse
Heritage Zeus -Bay Colt 2006 by Heritage Nero
Heritage Aphrodite- bay Filly 2008 by Heritage Nero sadly lost in an accident
Heritage Juno - Bay Mare 2010 by Heritage Nero - retained at Stud for Competition and Breeding. Placed 4th in second BE Event (Spring 2015)

2nd Dam QUEEN OF TWILIGHT, won 5 races at 3 and 4 yrs including Jockey Club Stakes, Newmarket, Gr.3, placed 2nd in Galtres Stakes, York,L;
Dam of seven winners-
ORNAMENTAL NIGHT (1973 C. BY Crocket) won 3 races at 4yrs; sire
GIRL OF SHIRAZ (1974 f. by Hotfoot) won 2 races at 3yrs and placed.
Antler (1975 c. by Northfields) won 1 race at 2yrs and placed 3 times including 2nd in Queen's Vase, Royal Ascot,Gr.3 and 4th in Goodwood Cup, Goodwood, Gr.3 Also 1 race Germany; Sire abroad. SUNSET RAY (1976 f by Hotfoot) won 7 races at 3 to 5 years.
Joulouville (1978 g by Reform) won 2 races over hurdles and placed.
LAYAL (1979 c. by Blakeney) won 1 race at 3yrs and placed 3 times, Sire;
Max Conrad (1980 g. by Homing) won 1 race at 3yrs and placed twice including 3rd in Ulster Harp Derby, Down Royal,L.
Brown's Cay (1981 f. by Formidable) placed once at 2yrs retired to stud due to accident.
GENTLE QUEEN (1982 f. by Grundy) won 1 race at 3yrs.

3rd Dam Queen Vashti, won 1 race at 3yrs, placed twice including 3rd in Cesarewitch Handicap Stakes, Newmarket,L;
Dam of five winners including-
Nos Royalistes (c. by Nosca) won 4 races, placed 2nd in Irish St Leger, Curragh,Gr1 and 4th in Wills Gold Flake Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.2; sire
Tired Monarch (c. by Hard Ridden) won 2 races and placed 3rd in Irish St Leger, Curragh, Gr.1; Sire. Cybele, unraced Dam of ;- CAUGHT IN THE RYE, 3 races including Hilary Needler Trophy, Beverley,L. Megale, 3 races, placed 3rd in Greenlands Stakes, Curragh,L; dam of FRENCH SERENADE, 5 races including Madrid Free Handicap, Curragh,L. CAPTIVE FLOWER, 2 races; damof TESORO MIO, 8 races including John Smith's Magnet Cup Handicap, York,L.;sire

Silver Scenario (AHSB)
    Lone Tornado (AHSB)  
  Heritage Neptune (AASB)
      Persian Bold
    Sea Thyme (GSB)  
Heritage Orion (AASB 25%)      
      Abwah (GSB)
Absalom (GSB)
      Shadow Queen (GSB)
  Darkest Hour (GSB)
Twilight Alley (GSB)
    Queen of Twilight (GSB)  
      Queen Vashti (GSB)

Heritage Apollo

2010 - Chestnut Gelding ex Carnival's Dancing Queen
Multiple winner in hand at 1yr,2yrs & 3yrs.
Higher First BEF Futurity Eventing Yearling - placed at Championships
Higher First BEF Futurity Eventing Three year old.
Winnings BS in few outings - now jumping Discover/Newcomers
Three BE90 in 2015; placed in 3rd outing at Little Downham
Multiple wins Dressage scoring consistently above 70% Prelim & Novice



Heritage Arrakis

2014 Bay Colt ex Carnival's Dancing Queen.
Full brother to Heritage Apollo Highest scoring 2yr old Eventer at the BEF Futurity 2015 scoring 9.08 and ELITE.

Won the 2015 2yr old British Breeders Eventer Award.




Saxen Starlight Royale
Bred by Marion Bye. Multiple Show winner including places at the Cherif Champs and the Royal International.


FF Alpha Orionis
Gelding by Heritage Orion won the 2012 Endurance "Highpoint First Season Novice" Endurance award.

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