He was trained as a racehorse but never raced, he was purchased off the track by Jimmy Paxson's father. He was first trained as a fox hunter, he was then trained as a show jumper and that’s when he found his calling he stared his show jumping career in 1961, and was best in the puissance classes. Ilion’s owner and rider Jimmy Paxson and his family were not wealthy people, when they went to show’s in very high end areas with campers, they had a ford truck with a slide-in trailer, it was said it look like “they were being invaded by Gypsies”. Jimmy and Ilion’s won so many ribbons, trophies, and championship’s he has lost count of all of them, the highest he ever jumped was on Ilion’s at the Youngstown Charity Horse Show Ohio in 1966 . It was a puissance class the jump stared out at 4’ 9" and was raised three inches every round after that, by the end of the class only Ilion’s and Jimmy could jump the massive 7’ 3" wall, the last photo is him jumping the wall. Jimmy and his ex-racehorse, went up against names like Kathy Kusner, and Aberali, Untouchable, Mary Chapot, Rodney Jenkins, and others, and some of the horses best horse in the world from Germany, France, Ireland and others. Ilion's greatest accomplishment was in 1968 at the The Washington International Horse Show, were he won national championship title, he also won many more victories at some of the very prestigious shows of the time. Jimmy retired Ilion’s in 1972, he lived to be 31.