Tornado was given to Hannah Skepper
by her mother, Nancy Backhouse, when
he was a yearling. At four years he
started competing and by the time he
was six he had won numerous pony club
one day events, hunter trials, dressage
and show jumping competitions. He also
was placed in hand and under saddle
at County Level.
He was then competed under
BSJA Junior rules and won six consequtive
foxhunters and over £200 in prize
money. He qualified for the Newcomers
and Foxhunter regionals two years on
the trot and was competed by both Jane,
Johnny and Georgina Skepper.
He was given a dispensation
by the Pony Club to allow him to compete
in the Area Show Jumping teams with
which he qualified for Hickstead.
In an interlude between
Johnny and Georgina competing him he
went racing for one year in 1986. He
was only unplaced once out of 6 starts.
A truly outstanding competitor
and immensely versatile in his career.
He was used quite lightly
at stud but produced excellent part
breds and anglos who now form the background
to the stud:-
Hurricane - PBA
who went Intermediate before a minor
accident and then competed under BSJA
rules. He won over £400 under
Sandstorm - PBA;
qualified for HOYS as 15hh WHP. Numerous
winnings at County Level in WHP and
won over £300 BSJA
Chinook - PBA;
sold to go show jumping. Won over £250
Neptune - AASB;
ranked in the top ten young event stallions
by the BHD in 1998 and also Graded by
The National Stallion Association Performance
Test. Sire of Heritage Orion
Nightshade - AASB;
Stallion Association Graded, only unplaced
once in his first year eventing. As
a 6yr old placed 11th CCN* Tweseldown.
Eclipse - Numerous
placings inhand showing.