Michael Scudamore – In Profile
Published on 15/08/14
Michael Scudamore is a horse trainer and a member of a great horse racing family.
His Brother Tom is himself a successful Jockey and their father and Grandfather have both been top jockeys in their day. Michael was born in 1984 and was brought up in the Cotswolds.
Michael and his brother both had a keen interest in horses and both part of their local Pony Club and enjoyed to compete in one day events and showjumping competitions. However Michael was not always set to be a jockey or a trainer and spent most of his youth playing rugby. He reached quite a high level and represented Wales under 19s, including appearances in the Five Nations tournament. He did play professional rugby for two years, appearing for Ebbw Vale and Gwent Dragons but later decided to pursue a career with horses.
Michael’s father, Peter was at this point assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies and later moved on to assist his own father, Michael Senior. It was in 2005 that Michael started to take a career in horses seriously when he helped his father and grandfather, Michael senior who had started training again. This is where Michael picked up all the valuable knowledge that he would later take on into the world of a full time trainer in his own right.
This passage into the world of being a trainer in his own right did not come straight away however, as Michael spent a year as an amateur jockey. During this year he rode 4 winners. Following the year as an amateur jockey Michael took over the trainer’s license from his grandfather. This was in April of 2008 and he has been a trainer growing from strength to strength ever since.
The biggest win Michael has had so far in his racing career came in the 2012 Welsh Grand National at Chepstow when Monbeg Dude rode to victory. He currently trains 25 horses and has recorded many wins in races both on the flat and over jumps including some notable victories at Cheltenham and Epsom.
Michael is a talented trainer and comes from a long line of great men in the world of horse riding and training so he had a lot to live up to and is so far doing a great job and we can only see him continuing to grow and become a better trainer and get some more major racing successes.