When your last name is Motion, it’s safe to assume that the Thoroughbred industry runs in your blood. For Mary Motion, daughter of Old Chapel Farm owner Andrew Motion and niece of trainer Graham Motion, genetics have finally come calling.
Now roaming the back barns of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, Motion has decided that her passions may lie in the auction ring in addition to the racetrack. Working with well-known bloodstock agent Marette Farrell and consignor Jim FitzGerald, who owns and operates Chilly Bleak Farm, Motion is learning the ropes and honing her eye for spotting talent in the hopes of making a career out of her passion for all things Thoroughbred.
“I worked for my uncle, Graham Motion, all through college,” Motion said. “So it’s cool to see so many of the mares like Celestial Insight, Rain On The Dune, Hot Cha, and Hannahanna that I’ve either ridden before or know through Graham. Marette Farell and Jim FitzGerald have been very kind to take me under their wing and teach me this side of the sport. I’m very excited.”
A rider of jumps races throughout her high school career, Motion worked for trainers Oliver Sherwood and George Baker in the U.K. She was first introduced to the sales scene at Tattersalls by Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock, an experience she describes as formative in directing her post-collegiate plans.
“I was fascinated by the whole thing,” Motion said. “I remember sitting in the Juddmonte consignment just starstruck by all of it. I continued galloping and working as a traveling assistant and media assistant for Graham through college, and I just finished up (at Cecil College) in December, so I figured now was the time for me to step out of the box and start learning.
“I’ve always had this in mind,” Motion said of her decision to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry—although what shape that career’s form may take has yet to be determined.
“To be honest, right now I want to get a well-rounded education in horse racing. I’d love to eventually be an agent or train,” she said.