Update on Magic Max: Irish Sport Horse

Last year, we introduced you to Magic Max, an Irish Sport Horse with confidence issues. Here’s an update — and he’s blossoming!

I met Max (Maxwelton) in County Down, Northern Ireland in January 2023 (see Helping Max Be Magnificent). He was green. He was revved up. He had to be hand-walked to face — everything. I was thrilled with the snaps and videos I received from his delighted owner, June Burgess of Ballygraffan Stables. Max has blossomed. He looks to be a dream. Proof that the patience and unwavering support of trainer Victoria Teuton has paid off with this glorious boy.

Progress in pictures and videos:

2023: The water ditch at Eric Pele Equestrian Cross-Country in Saintfield.

2024: Owner June and Max – same ditch:

Jump at Ballygraffan:



Water Hazards



Jumps, water hazards, ocean swimming, Max wears each challenge with style and grace. He’s become a confident, happy boy that thrives in his bright future. Way to go Max, Victoria and June. Max performed in his first young horse arena jump competition last weekend. He was brilliant.