A little hard work has never scared Cassie Frost, who finally entered the equestrian world at age twelve after many chores and some penny pinching to split weekly riding lessons with her mother. Like most of us horsey gals, Frost never outgrew the “horse phase” and eventually purchased her first horse, again with a little motherly assistance (shout-out to all those horse-show-moms!). Frost was able to loan her new horse to her trainer to be used as a lesson horse in exchange for her first year of board and took off from there! Frost’s work ethic stuck with her as she progressed and now rides as a professional; she diligently ride her horses five days a week, emphasizing a strong flat-work foundation intermixed with some pole-work and jump schools.
Frost has been heavily involved with young horses throughout her career, noting that developing them “is often humbling [but] every breakthrough is amazing”. From “[taking] a horse over a jump for the first time, to placing in the Young Horse Championships and developing them into a top performance horse is unbelievably rewarding”. One of Frost’s most influential horses was “Truly A Babe”, a five-year-old OTTB she had the pleasure of developing through the YJC program all the way to the Grand Prix level. Frost now has two up and coming five-year-old stallions, Carpetino and Casino, whom she is riding in the young jumper classes.
After competing in her first Grand Prix at 19, and starting her own business at 25, Frost now runs a hunter, jumper, and equitation training and sales business out of Summit Farm in Murrieta, California. While bringing along young jumpers, Frost continues to coach individual riders to successes in all three rings, including the win in the 2017 CPHA Amateur Medal Finals.
From her childhood chores to her young jumper successes, Frost has learned to be humble and respectful. Frost advises others “to always be thankful and grateful for the horses you get to ride each day, the grooms that are the backbone of the operation, your coaches’ knowledge, sponsors and clients. It takes a village”. And, most importantly, if you fall off, get back on!