Horses have always been part of Marions life from an early age riding ponies to now competing at World and Olympic Level. She carefully produced the horses bred at Hughes Horse Stud to international Level.
She grew up through the Pony Club, learning the thrills & spills of riding, hunting and hunter trials. On the showjumping circuit Marion progressed from 12.2 up 13.2-14.2. Ending her pony career winning a team gold in Hannover, Germany in 1984 on the 7 year old pony thoroughbred pony ‘Bright Ruby’. Marion enjoyed her time with ponies as it allowed her to jump internationally getting great exposure at top level.
Marion’s farher Seamus had a great passion for breeding good horses. With a long term breeding plan he kept back the good mare, built up stock and had the confidence to succeed.
Horses such as Special Envoy – Nelson & Rodrigo Pessoa, Nelson also won the Hickstead & Hamburg Derby with Vivaldi. World Cup Winner in Millstreet with Jessica Chesney (now Kurten) was Diamond Exchange.
Marion established herself on the senior international stage with her mount Flo Jo by winning the Queens Cup at Hickstead in 1995 and 1996. In 1999 she was victorious in the Belgian Queen’s Cup at Mechelen Christmas Show aboard Heritage Voar D’Isigni. That year was particuarly successful as Marion competed at the Belgium Nations Cup Show. She also had several successful outings on the Iberian Show Circuit and was a member of the Irish show jumping team who finished second itn the Nations Cup (Aga Khan Trophy) at the Dublin Horse Show where she jumped a double clear with Heritage Charlton. This was also the year she finished in 10th place with Heritage Charlton in the European Championships at Hickstead (UK).
Marions great horses included Flo Jo, Carnival Bouncer, Heritage Poker, Heritage Voar D'Isigni. Heritage Fortunus, Heritage Transmission, Oh Jessie and Galileo. These last two owned by the close friend Bernardo Moniz Da Maia and won many competions between them including Bordeaux, Geneva, St Lo. In 2004 Marion competed in the Athens Olympics riding the Stallion Heritage Fortunus. She was second the same year in the Saint Lo Grand Prix in France and came third in the Eindhoven Grand Prix. She was an Irish team member in the Super League, and jumped clear rounds in both Rotterdam and Lucerne riding Heritage Fortunus.
With Heritage Transmission after winning the 4 year old Championship in The Royal Dublin Horse Show, they went on to win the 6 & 7 year old Cavan Classic before hitting the international scene where they performed the only double clear in the Nations Cup in Hickstead after being second in the Grand Prix in Falsterbo. She also won the Grand Prix in Vimeiro and the Grand Prix in Vilamoura.
Recently with the young horse Heritate Cashmere they won the Premier Series Grand Prix at Ballina and Blessington and placed 2nd in Omagh. They also finished 3rd at the Grand Prix in Vilamoura.
Marion now devotes her time to producing young horses bred at the Hughes Horse Stud to International level ready for International Riders all over the globe.