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Brave Bryony Frost has far surpassed the bravery of a jockey with her determination not to suffer in silence

When we talk about the bravery of skydivers, we’re usually referring to sick falls, broken bones, and incredible feats of endurance.

And Bryony Frost, Britain’s most successful female National Hunt racer, is physically as courageous as any of her male counterparts.

National Hunt superstar Bryony Frost has surpassed the sport's normal level of bravery by speaking out against bullying and harassment

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National Hunt superstar Bryony Frost has surpassed the sport’s normal level of bravery by speaking out against bullying and harassmentCredit: PA
Equestrian Robbie Dunne found guilty after a disciplinary hearing on four counts of making horse racing disrespectful

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Equestrian Robbie Dunne found guilty after a disciplinary hearing on four counts of making horse racing disrespectfulCredit: PA

But by reports the bullying and harassment she suffered at the hands of jockey Robbie Dunne,

Frost has gone beyond the level of fearlessness we often associate with her sport.

Frost, 26, has talked about being dumped because she came forward.

She talked about being treated in silence in the weight room.

And she told an independent disciplinary hearing that even a female cyclist told her she was wrong to report Dunne’s behavior.

But the independent jury’s verdict, that Dunne committed four counts of making the sport go bad, is a testament to her determination not to suffer in silence.

The panel’s chairman, Brian Barker, praised Frost as ‘an honest, careful and convincing witness’ and said she broke the balance room’s ‘rules’ by complaining, ‘knowing that the Isolation and rejection by some are inevitable’.

Not only was Frost a stellar competitor – the first female jockey to win a Class One race at the Cheltenham Festival and the first to win a Gift Day presentation, King George – but she He’s also an excellent spokesperson.

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Frost is an attractive personality, with true star qualities – she says her love of horse racing and infectious enthusiasm for racing has helped expand the sport’s popularity. This sport is beyond its usual boundaries.

She has continued to drive victorious despite the tensions of her dispute with Dunne and last Saturday – days after being cross-examined at a disciplinary hearing – Frost drove Greeneteen to career glory. race Tingle Creek Chase first class.

Yesterday, just as Dunne’s guilty verdict was announced, Frost beat Graystone to win the opening match at Warwick.

Frost was struck by the warmth of the reception of the Sandown crowd following her win in the grand slam last weekend.

But while she enjoys widespread public support for taking action, many in the sport still see Frost as the villain and Dunne as the victim.

There’s a high chance that an old laggard like Dunne – a 42-year-old with few major victories but a seemingly disproportionate sense of self-importance – has begun to bully and threaten Frost for his arrogance. professional envy.

A boy culture will spread. We recommend ‘Small Man Syndrome’ to many people who are intimidated by the presence of strong women.

The committee heard evidence of a ‘scorched weight room culture’, dripping with capriciousness.

Racing is a rare sport in which men and women compete equally against each other – this has to be a selling point.

However, an old, old schoolboy culture, boys will be boys still pervades it.

Dare we hint at ‘Small Man Syndrome’ with so many of these little friends threatened by the presence of strong, accomplished women like Frost?

Dunne has now been suspended for 18 months and is considered a confirmed bully.

Even as some of her colleagues continue to shun her, Frost’s courage to speak out could be a significant impetus for a lasting cultural change.

While Dunne represents her racing past, Frost is the future of her sport.

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