Nikki Frost runs the Frost family point to point yard, situated on the edge of Dartmoor near Buckfastleigh, South Devon and says that their training philosophy is “get them fit and well schooled and to educate the young horses well so they can reach their full potential. We also have to pay attention to detail and be flexible with our plans and realistic! ”
Nikki and daughter Bryony share the work list with husband NH trainer Jimmy busy at his yard a mile away.
She said: “We have two muckers and two riders, and rely on friends to ride out. Ben Robarts comes in at least once a week, Trudy comes in the afternoon grooming and clipping. Dan (Frost) does the tractor work and looks after youngstock and broodmares.”
Nikki is totally dedicated to running the yard adding: “We are really looking forward to this season, it’s a great time of year, hoping the maidens start their racing career off successfully and the reliable older horses continue to keep running well and enjoying themselves.”
Some of their horses for this season are:
Great Gusto – Winner under rules, joined the yard this summer, the Frosts look forward to running him in Ladies’ races.
Red Penny – New to the yard, owned by a great friend of Nikki’s, Margaret Sherrington, who hopes to breed from her after a racing career.
Oroktou – A gift horse from Phillip and Sarah Hobbs for Bryony to ride. “Should be great fun, he is a lovely horse,” says Nikki
Pauillac – Owned by Georgina Robarts and ridden by son Ben. “Sid is our stable stalwart. He consistently gets placed, and is great fun, sure to be back in the winners’ enclosure many more times this season.”
Wivannie – “Joined the yard in the summer has settled very well and we look forward to running her in mares maidens,” Nikki added.
They also hope to run five home-bred maidens, Monet Mo, Needleinahaystack, Annie Moon, Miss Leeman and an un-named filly which is a full sister to North London.
All are working well and schooling well. Their hope is that there will be one star among the five.
This season the Frost family have set up a racing club. Their main aim is to offer racing enthusiasts the opportunity to be involved with racehorse ownership. Members will have Pointers and National Hunt horses. Those joining will be invited to stable open days, National Hunt hospitality days, be involved as owners at Point to Points joining the team in the paddock and hospitality at the lorry.
For further details on the racing club contact Bryony Frost on 07861 814643.