Magical Memory written by Sue Scott-Collis

Horse Racing | Press Article 17/04/24

Here goes! My first blog about Magical Memory (Magic) who I have had for about a year now and I can safely say that time has flown by. I first heard about Magic from a client of mine in Dunfold, West Sussex back in 2020. He had come out of training and was ready to start his new career. I actually had first refusal on him but as I am a freelance Hairdresser and we were in and out of lockdown and I wasn’t earning any money. I already had a horse so to finance two was a very big commitment. So I decided to let Magic go and he went off to someone else. It broke my heart but I knew it was the right decision for me at that time. 

In January 2022 last year, I had a call from my friend from Winkworth Stud in Dunfold saying Magic was coming home. Well you can imagine how I felt! I was back in full time work and doing really well as I had taken on more clients due to lockdown. All my Christmas’ had come at once. I went over to ride him and brought him home with me a few weeks later. It was meant to be and good things do come to those who wait. 

Since having him I have taken things really slowly. I have wanted to spend time getting to know him and he gets on famously with my other ex-racehorse, The Cool Sandpiper (Sandy). They are the best of friends. We have had regular coaching sessions and taken part in pole-work clinics. My aim last year was to get him out competing by the end of the year but he was going so well I decided to take him out earlier. We did our very first Dressage competition in September where he was placed 4th in a class of 15. The judge’s comments were fantastic and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Over the winter we have been concentrating on working him in a more relaxed frame which he has picked up very quickly and I then took him out to another Dressage competition in February this year and he was 3rd, qualifying for the Championships in April. We’ve also had coaching sessions with a top show producer too so along with the dressage my aim is to take him out for ROR showing this season as well. 

My plan for this year is to try and qualify Magic for the ROR dressage Championships. A few years ago Sandy qualified for them and they were at Blenheim which was an amazing experience and one I would love to get Magic to be part of. Then there is the London International Horse Show in December which I would love to qualify him for. They are holding a class called Rising Star Racehorse to Show horse and that is the big one and would be the icing on the cake for both of us. Magic is a very special horse and deserves to shine again. When I first had him he was quite grumpy and now a year on I have a totally different horse. The first few months weren’t easy I admit but with time and a great coaching we pulled through. Every time I ride Magic he amazes me and his willingness to learn astounds me too.


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