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, 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.
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.
Affiliations include memberships and/or duties in AQHA, NRHA, FRHA, USEF, APHA, MTHJA, IEA, USHJA and The ARHA. Franks 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 four wonderful grandchildren, Chase, Reid, May and Lincoln Franks.
Brittany Franks is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of MTSU in criminal justice and graduated from Nashville School of Law with Honors. She is a professional horsewoman affiliated with the NRHA, AQHA, USEF, and the MTHJA. Brittany has 18 years of horse experience with accomplishments in the following:
Brittany is now a practicing attorney, in addition to her management responsibilities of the Riding School and being the Head Coach of the Reining Team and the Western Division of the Natchez Bend Equestrian Team Inc.