Frankie jumps to a mighty win in riding league

Frankie Hall on Seamus receiving her prize from Hannah Green, equine assistant at Thomas Bell Country Store in Brigg. Also pictured are Alison Hindle, Marketing Manager for Thomas Bell, and Emma Busk, events manager at Caistor Equestrian Centre.
Frankie Hall on Seamus receiving her prize from Hannah Green, equine assistant at Thomas Bell Country Store in Brigg. Also pictured are Alison Hindle, Marketing Manager for Thomas Bell, and Emma Busk, events manager at Caistor Equestrian Centre.
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A Howsham teenager has taken top place in a showjumping league, finishing with more than double the points of her nearest rival.

And 13-year-old Frankie Hall has done it on a horse she has only been riding for the past seven months.

Add to this the fact Frankie has Asperger syndrome and the accomplishment becomes even greater.

“The whole family is very proud of her,” said mum Lynice Hall.

“Frankie has been riding for about eight years, but it is only since she got Seamus seven months ago that she has really started showjumping.”

And Mrs Hall went on to praise Caistor Equestrian Centre who ran the league; it is also where Seamus is at livery and where Frankie takes riding lessons.

“A lot of Frankie’s success is down to her instructor Kerry, who has a lot of patience,” she added.

“Frankie gets on really well here and everyone is so helpful; it has really brought her out of herself.”

The league was sponsored by Thomas Bell Country Store of Brigg and equine assistant Hannah Green and marketing manager Alison Hindle went along to present Frankie and Seamus with a horse fleece rug, rosette and sash.

“We are pleased to support this local equestrian centre, which offers the opportunity to learn and develop riding skills,” said Alison.

The league, which was free to enter, has been running over the past three months and has attracted competitors of all ages from a wide area.

And there was a fantastic turn out for the finale on Friday.

Although Frankie had already amassed an unassailable lead, the runner-up spot was still up for grabs, with the next four competitors only separated by five points.

Isabel Fletcher, on her own Fantasia V, leapt up the table from equal 16th place to fifth place by coming second in Class 2 (horse section) and winning Class 3, thus putting herself in strong contention for the runner’-up rosette, sash and Thomas Bell goody bag.

However, despite a disappointing round in Class 3 (pony section), 14-year-old Demi Jennings, riding her 19-year-old pony Tick Tock Let’s Rock, displayed steely determination to win the pony section in Classes 4 and 5, elevating her points total to 31 and securing the runner-up spot.

Meanwhile, Frankie was jumping Seamus in the last two classes of the evening - 70cm and 80cm - where she finished second in both.

“Frankie rode superbly throughout, proving herself a worthy champion,” said events manager for Caistor Equestrian Centre, Emma Busk.