The Heritage Coast Stud was started in 1975 by Robert and Hannah Skepper.

Hannah had been brought up on Horsey Island with her parents Nancy and Jasper Backhouse. The Island has bred top class Pure Bred Arabians since Horsey Island Stud was established in 1935 by Nancy. Nancy was well known on the show circuit and became an Internationally recognised In Hand Judge; in her later years she was invited to judge at the Australian Arab International.

Nancy and Jasper had two daughters and a Son; Mary, Hannah & Joseph. Hannah married Robert and started the Heritage Coast Stud; Mary married Angus Bancroft and they started the well known Water Farm Arabians and Joseph has taken over the mantle of the Horsey Island Stud.

It was from Horsey Island that the first resident stallion of the Heritage Coast Stud came from, Lone Tornado. Nancy gave him to Hannah for the whole family to enjoy and he ended up being ridden by all of Hannah and Robert's children competing at all levels and also racing in 1986. During this period he was also being used on cross bred mares to produce some part bred arabs.

From 1975 to 1995, Hannah and Robert bred flat thoroughbred racehorses from the stud. They had 8 resident mares at their peak and produced yearlings at the Highflyer Sales (now Houghton), St Leger Sale (Doncaster) and the October Yearling Sales. During this period they produced 32 yearlings of racing age of which 56% were winners. For our racing record click here.

As the costs of sending mares to good stallions was increasing and the resident mares were all getting older it was decided to stop producing flat horses and use the good quality thoroughbred mares to produce top class Anglo competition and race horses.

Since 1990, over 40 foals have been born to compete in competition disciplines from Endurance to Eventing. This does not include foals born to our Stallions outside of the Stud
This does not include many other foals we have delivered on behalf of our clients for Flat racing, Endurance, Show Jumping, Dressage & Arab racing.

Stud History - Racing Record

A total of 32 yearlings of racing age have been produced on the Heritage Coast Stud. 17 (56%) are winners to date of 43 races and have won prize money totalling £150,362.00

Group and Listed winners :

Riberetto Winner Ligfield Derby Trial gr 3
4th Geoffrey Freer Stakes gr 2
Cedar Wings Winner prix Fernanad Coppee L Belgium

7 Group or Listed placed horses :

Glide By Winner & 2nd Mayhill Stakes gr3
2nd Strensall Stakes L
2nd News of the World Trophy L
dam of Group 1 winner Yachtie(AUS) and other winners
Glide Path winner of seven races
3rd Newbury Cup L
dam of
3 winners
Gentle Music winner of eight races
2nd Premier Torrico La Rome L
3rd Premier Carlo Chiesa Rome L
Max Conrad winner and 3rd Royal Whip Stakes L Curragh
Tribal Warrior winner Star Stakes
3rd 2000 Gns Trial gr3
4th Norfolk Stakes gr3
4th National Stakes gr3
Antler winner and 2nd Queen's Vase Royal Ascot
3rd Predominate Stakes L
4th Goodwood Cup gr3
Belledale Ball winner two races
4th Laurent Perrier Champagne Stakes gr2

Other Winners :

Sunset Ray winner of 7 races inc:
Reg Day Memorial Trophy, Newmarket
Stryder winner 15 run maiden at Beverley
2nd Auction Race Thirsk
Diamond Path winner 3 races
4th Lingfield Derby Trial
Placed 8 times and over hurdles
Ghost Path placed on flat and over hurdles
Tangalooma placed on flat, won over hurdles dam of a winner

Stud Competition Horses

Lone Tornado
Grey Arab Stallion.
Placed at County Level in hand and ridden.
won over £200 BSJA (1984 -1990) with three different riders. \
Represented PC in SJ and Area Event teams.
Won SJ Championships(inidividual and team) at Malvern.
sire of:-
Heritage Hurricane
Heritage Neptune
Heritage Eclipse
Heritage Mistral
Heritage Nightshade
Heritage Thor
Heritage Hurricane
Placed ridden in PBA classes
won over £400 BSJA
won and placed eventing to make Intermediate before injury ceased eventing

Premium graded Anglo Arab Stallion.
20 BE pts and completed Sansaw CIC** 3DE
Over £300 BSJA winnings
Sire of:-
Heritage Hera
Heritage Athena
Heritage Keanu
Heritage Orion
Heritage Nero
and others from visiting mares

Heritage Mistral
winner BSJA and Eventing. Sold to Junior and competing in Juniors Eventing
Heritage Daydream
winner under BSJA rules
Heritage Eclipse
Win in hand at County Level at 2yrs. Sold and not competed since
Heritage Nightshade
Numerous county wins and placings as a yrling,2 and 3yr old. Graded Stallion. Won over £100 BSJA and 28 BE pts. Qualified for BN Champs 1999 and regional final 2000. 2nd East Anglian Novice Championships & 11th Tweseldown CCN*3DE (6yrs). Exported
Heritage Moondust
winner of over £150 BSJA from 4-5yrs then sold
Heritage Moonstone
winner of £25BSJA then sold for endurance
Heritage Keanu
sold as a 4yrold to do dressage
Heritage Aurora
Sold to Mr Turner in 2000. She is now an advanced endurance horse (10/04/03)
Heritage Athena
Sold to Mr Turner in 2000. Now competing at Novice Endurance level.
Competing at BE PN level (2002) and BSJA
Heritage Thor
Winner BSJA and novice eventing and then sold to Mr Cumani for yard hack
Heritage Kane
Competing at BE PN Level (2002) and BSJA
Now Sold to event.
winner of SEIB Most promising event horse qualifier at Towerlands
4th Easter Panic Stakes Race, Newbury
Multiple winner in hand and under saddle, qualifying for Cherif 4x at first show
Multiple winnings/placings BSJA, Hunter Trials, BE

Heritage Glider

Ches Filly
by Heritage Neptune  ex Glide Path
Bay Horse
by Heritage Neptune  ex Glide Path
Stallion sire of multiple winners in the show ring. First 4yrols out 2010
Heritage Kamelia
Ches Filly
by Heritage Neptune  ex Heritage Katherine
won unaff dressage and SJ with Junior. Now at Stud
Heritage Braveheart
Chesnut colt
by Gotz II(HAN)  ex Heritage Katherine (PBA)
Won Novice ODE & winnings SJ. SOLD
Heritage Seranus
Chesnut colt
by Gotz II (HAN)  ex Sulina (AHS)
Placed Hunter Trials and Unaff SJ. Now sold to Junior & Mother share to PC and Hunt
Heritage Messalina
Bay Filly
by Heritage Nero (AASB)  ex Darkest Hour (GSB)
Advanced Endurance mare
Heritage Zena (2005) Bay Filly
by Amfortas  ex Heritage Sunshine
Excellent competition mare, numerous School teams, Evented, SJ, Hunter Trials, Hunts
Heritage Artemis (2005)

Ches Filly
by Amfortas ex Heritage Glider

Heritage Zeus (2006) by Heritage Nero  ex Darkest Hour
Placed in hand at county level at 2yrs
Blind in one eye so retained as Stud lead hack
Heritage Otho

by Heritage Nero ex Heritage Sunshine
SOLD for PC competitions

Heritage Agrippina (2006) by Amfortas  ex Heritage Glider
Heritage Dancing Queen (2006) Won and placed in hand. BS Winnings and In Hand and Under Saddle. Now at STUD
Heritage Lyra (2006) by Heritage Orion  ex Heritage Rusalka
Sold as a foal
Heritage Aries (2007) by Amfortas  ex Heritage Glider
Heritage Columba (2007) by Heritage Orion ex Heritage Rusalka. SOLD and gone to Stud
Heritage Thesius(2007)

by Ganton Mentor ex Heritage Sunshine
sold at 2yrs

Heritage Moondancer (2007) by Ganton Mentor  ex Heritage Simoon
BS Winnings SOLD to a competition home
Heritage Lord of the Dance (2007) Placed in hand at County Level and Grade 1 Premium in BEF Futurity Eventing
BS Winnings and currently SJ with Jane Marson. Also hunted four seasons as Field Master and Whip
Heritage Attica (2008) by Ganton Mentor  ex Heritage Sunshine
Evented then SOLD
Heritage Tango(2008) Placed in hand at County Level and Grade 1 Premium in BEF Futurity Eventing Sadly deceased due to accident
Heritage Superman (2008) by Super Man Al Maury Ex Heritage Silver Delaney
Placed in hand at county level at 1yr. SOLD and competing in Dressage
Heritage Jupiter (2009) by Vadeer ex Heritage Simoon
IN Hand Suffolk Show Overal Show Hunte Pony Champion at 4yrs. Competed by Ada Marson and represented the school at NSEA National Champs SJ & JwS, Hickstead Eventers Champs, PC Showjumping teams. Numerous wins and placings SJ, Eventing ,XC. AlsoPC Endurance Champs
Heritage Apollo (2010) by Heritage Orion ex Canival's Dancing Queen
Eventing with Jane Marson.BE100 Regionals and now Showjumping BS With multiple wins
Heritage Juno (2010) by Heritage Nero ex Darkest Hour
Evented two seasons and then to stud. Had superb colt by Arko III (2019) then going back to Eventing for Ada Marson to competing in Junior BE Trials 2021 onwards  
Heritage Silver Moon (2011) by Vadeer ex Heritage Simoon
SOLD to Endurance home in Scotland
Heritage Samson (2012) by Ganton Mentor ex Heritage Kamelia (Heritage Neptune ex Katherine Naze McWhisker)
Placed Unaff Eventing and now Eventing with Ada Marson
Heritage Akbar (2013) by Vadeer ex Heritage Silver Delaney
Won In hand and then sold abroad for Endurance
Heritage Arrakis (2013) by Heritage Orion ex Carnival's Dancing Queen
Highest scoring 2yr old Elite BEF Eventer and awarded the British Breeders 2yo Eventing Award. AES Licensend Stallion & now Showjumping and based with Brendon Stud. 
Heritage Vadel (2015) by Vadeer ex Heritage Silver Delaney. In Training for racing
Heritage Velverteen (2015) by Ganton Mentor ex Heritage Dancing Queen (Heritage Nero ex Carnival's Dancing Queen)



Lone Tornado

Filly by High Top ex Sunset Ray
Highflyer sales

Sunset Ray winning at Newmarket