About Frankie Chesler                                                                             

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Frankie Chesler

Ravecour CBorn in Miami, Florida, Frankie Chesler began riding at the age of four on a leadline pony and continued to ride pony hunters, children's jumpers and junior jumpers. In a western saddle, Frankie has competed in barrel racing, team penning, ranch sorting and cutting. Her first taste of international success came at the 1997 North American Young Riders' Championship where Frankie captured two silver medals with the black American Quarter Horse, Braveheart, now retired.

In 1998, Frankie and her nine year old mare, Ravenna Z stole the spotlight by placing second in July's World Cup Qualifier in Ottawa. Their fabulous season together put Frankie on the 1998-99 Canadian Show Jumping Team short-list for the first time and she was then selected to represent Canada in International competition at the National Horse Show in New York, making her the youngest Canadian to ever ride on a Nations' Cup team at the age of 17. Frankie remained a member of the Canadian Team riding at The Washington International (2000), in Helsinki Finland (2001), Drammen Norway (2001), Ikast Denmark (2001), Falsterbo Sweden (2001), Spruce Meadows Masters (2002) and at the Winter Equestrian Festival (2005). Frankie finished the 2003 season at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair on a high note claiming Reserve Champion at the Canadian Show Jumping Championships aboard gelding VDL Nuit de Pomme. 2004 Frankie won the coveted Jump Canada Award for having accumulated the most points in the Canadian grand prix circuit.

SkippyUsually always on the road with a hectic competition schedule, Frankie, when at home, visited the children at the Headwaters Hospital in her then hometown of Orangeville as well as the children at 'Every Kids Park', a park for physically challenged children that Frankie was a founding member of. Frankie wrote a monthly column entitled "Ringside with Frankie Chesler" which appeared in numerous publications in both Canada and the United States and was also a contributing author for Gawani Pony Boy's latest book, "Of Women and Horses". Frankie had a taste of news casting when she worked for ESPN as the statistician to the color commentator at the 2000 World Cup Final in Las Vegas and was a contributing author of Life & Fashion a Toronto based fashion magazine.

Along with Ian Millar, Frankie was a member of the "Celebration of Youth and the Horse" organized as part of the Pony Club 2000 Millennium celebrations in Toronto. In February 2002 Frankie was invited to be the Keynote speaker at the 24th Annual Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Conference & Trade Show and was the guest speaker at the 2003 OEF Conference where she spoke to the group about self promotion and sponsorship.
2007 was a prosperous year for Frankie. While competing with Picolein Zeldenrust, Frankie came in second in the Global Tour Grand Prix, the richest class in the United States. Picolien was then later sold to Princess Athina Onassis de Miranda for her husband Alvaro Alonso de Miranda for  $2.7 million, one of the highest recorded sales in history.

Stevie WonderIn 2008 Frankie stopped competing to have her baby, Juaquin, who was born in July. Later that year, Frankie returned to the ring with Ranville, her Grand Prix horse who was later purchased by Tani Zeidler, they went on to win the west coast world cup league that year and still have continued success.

Frankie has been fortunate enough to have had many a good mount. Many of these come from others watching her talent and skill and wanting a kind rider to bring along their horses. In 2009, Mill Creek Stables was one of those people. Frankie was given Mill Creek Stevie Wonder, Mill Creek Marlboro, and Mill Creek Eli along with Sher-Al Farm's Masquerade to compete in the Jump Canada Young Horse Series. Needless to say, Mill Creek was not disappointed with their choice, Mill Creek Stevie Wonder went on to be the 4 yr old champion of Canada with many top 5 finishes throughout the season. Mill Creek Marlboro and Mill Creek Eli also went on to have many wins in their respective divisions, Eli won the 5 yr old class at Palgrave's National Open and Marlboro won many classes in the 1.10-1.15m divisions.

Sher-Al Farm's Masquerade started his year in Florida with 3 top 5 placings in the 5 yr old Young Jumper Series at Wellington Florida, upon coming home he kept the streak going winning the 5 yr old division at Halton Horse Show in Georgetown, ON. Masquerade and Frankie strengthened their relationship and continued the winning streak into the 6 yr old division of the Young Jumper Series.

Frankie participated as a Clinician in the Mane Event in Abbotsford BC. This was a fun event with lots of different people coming from different disciplines to audit or participate in several clinics. Frankie has also given clinics around Ontario and thoroughly enjoys meeting new people.

In the winter of 2011 Frankie made a career change. She decided to give up grand prix show jumping and adopted a new lifestyle of ranch sorting and cutting, cowhorses was the way to go. Her years as  a professional horsewoman made the change simple. She began riding and training cutting and ranch sortiFrankie Cheslerng horses at Linked D in Stuart, Florida. Before she knew it she'd acquired a quarter horse named Chase My Tab, also known as Easy, he was a ranch horse from the Okeechobee, Florida area. Frankie began training him for ranch sorting, five months later after competing in only five local ranch sorting competitions she found herself competing at the RSNC national finals in Ardmore, Oklahoma. After a week long competition where 4,093 teams showed up the smoke finally cleared and Frankie finished fourth overall in her division. That began Frankie's serious exposure to ranch sorting. Today she has seven horses in her pastures at her beautiful 40 acres where she is presently developing Trinity Ranch.