Champion wonder horse rider Jo Clarke needs your help to take on the world's elite
An avid horse rider who has transformed an unwanted gangly young horse into a champion is looking to the community to support her long-held dream of competing against some of the world's best riders.
Jo Clarke, 38, who runs Tunley Equestrian Centre, picked up Frankly at a horse auction having been the only person to bid on the six-year-old gelding.
After overcoming a potentially devastating injury, over the past few years she has dedicated her time to training the willful young horse and after winning at a number of local horse shows the pair have gone on to celebrate unexpected success at a number of big national eventing shows.
She said: "I am amazed at what we have achieved. When I first saw Frankly I knew there was something special about him.
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"I watched him trot just three steps and noticed what a beautiful stride he had but I must have been the only one as no one else bid on him."
Jo thought her childhood dream of competing was over nine years ago after she spent months in hospital with a badly broken leg after falling from a horse.
She said: "I know I should really sell him as times have been really hard because people are no longer buying horses, which is how I used to make my money through the equestrian centre.
"I'm sure he would sell for quite a lot of money but I know he is a very special horse and that this is my last chance.
"I don't have much money and neither do my family but I think we can offer the local community the chance to hopefully share our success."
To help fund the dream Jo has created a training aid to teach young horses the ropes and is waiting for it to go into production.
She is also offering local businesses, families and individuals the chance to sponsor them.
Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Jo through the Tunley Equestrian Centre Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.