Mrs. Franks is a certified instructor and has been teaching for over 40 plus years. Extensive English and Western Disciplines has been the focus of her horsemanship for 46 years. Dedicated to horse and rider development, Franks has coached students to Olympic Young Rider Competitions and to Championships in Glad Stone, New Jersey. Franks is also an NRHA money and trophy earner and has numerous AQHA points in all around divisions. Growing up, she was very active in 4H showing horses and earning trophies and ribbons with Show cattle. Franks has owned and showned several NRHA champions including Shining Marshall, Son of Shining Spark and Miss Lucky Tatoo and was a Futurity Finalist in 2000. Pepantari was another Stallion that Campaigned from 2000 to 2002 with Multiple Wins and finishing 3rd in the Top Ten Open Horses in NRHA. He went on to produce two foals for the Franks family.
The Trish Franks School of Riding, LLC, under the direction of Franks, started the first Middle Tennessee Interscholastic Equestrian Middle School and High School Competition Teams. Two years later the Western Team began under the direction of Franks daughter, Brittany.
The Natchez Bend IEA Team will focus on Western Riders for 2016 and 2017. The Natchez Bend Equestrian Team, Inc. is a non-profit organization 501 (c) 3 established to pursue community financial assistance and sponsorships to aid the Natchez Bend Equestrian Team with their competitions and training needs. Additionally aspiring Equestrian students in need of economic resources to participate in Equestrain events may process scholarship applications to receive financial assistance. In the IEA you do not have to own your own horse. The Western Program is building strong riders currently to compete in the Zone and National Finals in Lexington, Ky and Clemson, South Carolina this Spring. The English Program is focusing on competing on several different show circuits for 2016 and 2017.
An additional Community project that captures the hearts and hands of the NB Equestrian Team is by assisting children from the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home to learn to ride and share in the joys of being “on the farm”. We share ride times with the YMCA YCAP program for summer inner school students to visit and learn to ride also. Both are just a few of the dedicated commitments that Franks makes for the community and to teach her riding students of having a helping hand and building relationship and learning to become a gracious leader.
In addition to the normal day to day work inside the arena, Trish for fun when time allows competes in trail riding competitions and has trained with many clinicians over the last 35 years across the United States and Canada. Her most daring adventure in 1998 was taking 3 horses to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (when horses were allowed) and spent the night at Phantom Ranch then returned the following day for the uphill climb. Franks has spent several years assisting with guided trail trips in the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
Franks love for cooking took her into the Catering Business in 1984 and just this past May 2015 retired from a rewarding career being a chef and business owner. Often Trish was invited and acquired for Chef duties that took her into Hunter Camps on Wilderness Rides preparing wild game fire side at 7500 feet and above elevations. Having the horse experience and knowledge of game hunting and cooking allowed her to pack in her own string of horses with cookware and array of foods. Still to this day life is a bit busy but yearly a secret visit to The Mark Twain National Forrest to spend some quality riding and relaxation are what keep her enthusiastic about her Riding School and shared passion with so many. In the Spring of 2015 The Trish Franks School of Riding acquired a partnership with The Currey Ingram Academy to provide managed Equestrian Services on property that adjoins the school increasing enrollment of students of over 150.
Affiliations include memberships and/or duties in AQHA, NRHA, FRHA, USEF, APHA, MRHJA, IEA, and The ARHA. Franks holds a current committee position on the National Reining Horse Youth board to promote reining to students across the world and belongs to ASAA, The American Society of Equine Appraisers, a division of the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers.
In addition to Equine Related Activities and Barn Management and teaching Franks has two grown children, Brittany and Martin Franks and their families with three wonderful grandsons, Chase, Reid and Lincoln Franks.