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Get To Know Bryony Frost In 50 Questions

Bryony Frost
By Bryony Frost  
Publihed: 6 July 2021 10:00 am
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HRUK ambassador Bryony Frost gives us a small insight into her hectic life in 50 answers. From the most important lessons that she has learnt, right down to her favourite flavour of crisps, plus everything in between.

What’s your earliest memory?

I’m not sure if it’s my earliest, but a very vivid early one is holding Rosie my donkey in the courtyard at gran’s – Granny Glynn – bent down with him. He’s eating the chicken corn, I’m feeding the chickens and peacocks, and Otter, her old lurcher, is just sat there.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs

Do you have any bad habits?

I don’t do it as much as I used to, but I still sometimes bite the skin around my fingernails.

What is your most treasured possession?

My Black Corton necklace.

What app on your phone do you use the most?

The guitar tuner.

What was the last film you saw?

The Outpost. It’s based on a true story about US soldiers at an outpost in Afghanistan. I loved it, it’s a really good film.

Do you, or have you, had any nicknames?

Loads. My main one is “B”, and my family call me “Maisie Mae” quite a bit because my middle name is Mae. I also get “B Bop” and “Bumblebee” sometimes, and a few others. I hate “Bry”, though, so not that please.

What’s the greatest holiday you’ve ever been on?

Going to Barbados with my brother, that was loads of fun.

What’s the best gift/present that you’ve ever given?

I gave a little girl called Katie tickets for Gold Cup Day a few years ago. I surprised her at her pony club and gave them to her there. That was pretty special.

And the best you’ve received?

Black Corton.

What skill have you wanted to learn, but never have?

I’d love to be able to speak another language, but I struggle with my own already! Speaking either Spanish or Italian would be great.

Do you support any sports teams?

I don’t support anyone religiously, but I’ll take an interest in some local teams, so Exeter Chiefs (rugby union) would be the main one. Any team or individual that’s doing well I’ll also take notice of, too.

What’s currently the wallpaper on your phone?

I’ve got two. Frodon as the lock screen and Black Corton as the home screen, so I’m sharing the love.

Cheese or chocolate?

Chocolate – all the way.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Dancing like no one is watching. I’m an awful dancer but I don’t care.

How do you relax?

By listening to music.

What do you owe your parents?

Everything.

Beach or the countryside?

That’s almost impossible to answer – they’re my absolute two favourite places. I’ll go for countryside...but with water.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

No, no phobias. I’m slightly off hinged in my brain as there isn’t a lot that scares me. I respect danger but it wouldn’t stop me from doing something dangerous to be honest.
Horses

What’s the worst advice someone has given you?

I could list a few. I got told by a physio once that girls will never be as strong as any men or enough to be jockeys.

What’s the best flavour of crisps?

Ready salted crisps, but with Worcestershire sauce sprinkled into the packet.

What’s your signature dish in the kitchen?

Chicken breasts, and I stuff them with sun dried tomato, mozzarella and spinach inside, then wrap it all up in Parma ham and cook.

Is there anyone you’d like to say sorry to?

Yeah, anyone that I’ve offended without knowing that I’ve done so.

What makes you angry?

Arrogance.

Who was your best friend at school?

Well, I was a bit of a lone wolf, but when I was young it was Jasmine Hosgood. She was a bit older than me and was leaving school when I was starting. We’re still good friends now and we’ll go a while without seeing each other but we’ll always have a decent catch up when we do.

What’s your favourite smell?

My favourite perfume – Amor Amor by Cacharel. I’m a big fan of that and have used it since I was about 14.

What are you watching on TV at the moment?

The Euros. That’s literally the only thing that the TV has been turned on for recently.

What’s your greatest achievement?

I kind of see life as a whole achievement. My greatest achievement is where I am standing today because of all the smaller achievements that have got me to this point.

What’s your best character trait?

I try my hardest to put the needs of the important people in my life before my own.

If you weren’t a jockey, what would you be?

I’d probably be show jumping.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

A cup of tea.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?

Ooooh, this is tricky. I’ve been to a few. I’ll go with Nathaniel Rateliff in Bristol a few years ago. It was an amazing gig and had a great crowd.

Is there anything in particular that you’re currently looking forward to?

In the short-term it would be moving into my new house. In the long-term it would be looking forward to sitting on young horses who I haven’t met yet in the new season. And meeting up with Frodon again, obviously.

What’s the best thing about horse racing?

The connection that you have with your horse when you’re out there riding.

And the worst?

Freezing cold January mornings when it’s -2C outside.

What single thing would improve your life?

If I could live without being tired that would make a huge difference.

Do you have a party trick?

Yes, I can twist my right arm all the way round, 360 degrees, from the elbow. It’s just something that I’ve always been able to do, not sure why.

Which word or phrase do you overuse?

“Savage”. I use it instead of “cool” all the time.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing that you’ve bought?

I bought a show jumper who is currently in America with Hadden (Bryony’s brother).

Tea or coffee?

I love both. In a day I’ll go tea first thing, then a coffee, then tea again, so I think I have to go for tea overall.

What annoys you?

People who think that they’re above others.
Horse rider

What would your death row meal be?

This is very hard, so I think I’ll keep it along the lines of classic, traditional English and I’m definitely having three courses so I’ll go fish, meat and dessert. We’ll have a prawn cocktail to start – you can’t go wrong. Then roast beef with all the trimmings, so roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, horseradish, everything. For dessert a very gooey, warm, chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream on the side.

Do you have a karaoke song?

I don’t have one, karaoke isn’t really my thing.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

Always going down to our local beach in Devon expecting there to be surf and it being as flat as a pancake. If I could edit in waves to surf for each of those times, that would be great.

What gets better as you get older?

Your independence.

And what gets worse?

Your body – injuries take their toll.

It’s our round at the bar, what are you drinking?

You can’t go wrong with a glass of Coca-Cola, but I’m assuming I don’t have work in the morning, and I’ve recently discovered strawberry daiquiris. I’m mainly gone off them from the sugar alone.

What’s the best thing about being Bryony Frost?

In a good way, there’s a lot going on, so there’s always loads to enjoy.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?

Be forgiving.

How would you like to be remembered?

Just as a nice person.