The name of Jimmy Frost has been synonymous with West Country racing for more than 40 years.
Having ridden his first winner at the tender age of 13 in a point to point at Lamalla in Cornwall in 1972, Jim’s first success under Rules came just two years later at Taunton.
During a 30 years career in the saddle Jimmy rode some 500 winners! The most important includ the 1989 Grand National on Little Polvier and the 1991 Champion Hurdle on Morley Street.
Jimmy also rode Morley Street to victory twice in the Breeders Cup Chase in Maryland in the USA.
In March 2002, following the win of Bohill Lad at Exeter for long-standing owner Janet McCormack, Jimmy retired from the saddle to concentrate on training from the family home at Hawson Stables, Buckfastleigh.
Jimmy’s father, Richard, had previously trained at Hawson. Jimmy took over the licence upon his father’s retirement and a steady flow of winners has continued. The family connection continues via Jimmy’s mother, Glynne. She has been an integral part of the training operation for more than 30 years and continues as assistant trainer. Jimmy’s son Hadden Frost is a National Hunt professional jockey and Jimmy’s daughter Bryony Frost rides as an Amateur.
Hawson Stables can be found just off Dartmoor about 2 miles from historic Buckfast Abbey. It is an ideal location from which to train racehorses. With the surrounding network of minor roads, hills, woods and moorland, the horses have a variety of routes for exercise and, in fact, could almost go a different way every day of the month. This diversity lends itself to both – the development of young horses and the rejuvenation of older ones.
Alongside the National Hunt yard, Jimmy’s wife Nikki runs a successful Point-to-Point training operation, based at their home at Holybrook House. In the 2012/13 season, she trained Railway Vic to be the Devon & Cornwall leading young horse and Jimmy’s daughter Bryony won both the Area and National Novice Lady Rider Championships.
Morley Street & Jimmy Frost win the 1991 Champion Hurdle