Scholar’s Blog – Meet Franky

I started riding at the age of 2 and have never looked back. I thank the Pony Club and hunting for teaching me the basics and introducing me to the different equestrian disciplines, although it was always eventing for me.

Having started BE when I began Pony Trials at 14, I progressed through the youth teams, mostly on the family hunters. Although sometimes frustrating, having to produce my own horses has given me the patience and commitment to get the best out of each horse.

I always knew that I wanted to be a professional event rider; it has just been a matter of making it work financially. I spent 3 years at the Royal Agricultural University getting a Property degree (which, hopefully I won’t need to use). Last year was a difficult one for me – I broke my hip early in the season and my main horse was also out through injury – so winning the Mark Todd Scholarship was a fantastic boost. Being out of action for most of the season, I was forced to move back home where I am lucky to have amazing facilities and support and help from my parents.

I am pretty determined so you will be seeing me as a part of Team GB some day soon!!

Franky

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