Britain’s most successful show jumping jockey Bryony Frost told a disciplinary panel on Wednesday that fellow rider Robbie Dunne subjected her to deliberate verbal and physical abuse, including an incident in which he “Opened his briefcase and shook himself” in front of her, and finally took the lead after a race at Southwell in September 2020. “At Southwell, when he said he was going to hurt me,” Frost said , “That’s when I believed him. “
Frost testified on the second day of a disciplinary hearing in which Dunne is charged with intimidation and harassment between February and September 2020. While the incident in which she said Dunne exposed himself predates Charging period, Frost first spoke about it under cross-examination by Roderick Moore, Dunne’s attorney.
When Moore suggested to Frost that another incident in the men’s locker room several years ago, which Dunne admits, was the only time he had been naked in her presence, Frost said, “I remember Robbie through my amateur career was inappropriate for a lot of us and I remember him opening his briefcase and shaking himself in front of me at one point, thinking it was funny, that’s what I remember.
When asked if it would be customary to see naked male jockeys in the weigh room, she replied, “No, when you have to go, to get your weights and your bristles, a lot of men keep their shoes on. towels around them. . They wouldn’t walk around openly naked.
Later in her testimony, Frost described an incident in the weigh room after a race in Southwell in September 2020 that convinced her to file a formal complaint of bullying and harassment with the British Horseracing Authority.
Frost contrasted the incident with an exchange of anger immediately after a run at Stratford in July 2020 when Dunne had been “very aggressive” and yelled and swore at him, saying that on this last occasion, “he was not in angry, he was not a red face, he wanted me to know exactly how he felt about me and what he wanted to do ”.
Dunne, Frost said, “vowed he was going to hurt me, that he was going to put me through a wing [of a fence]”. Frost said, “No one ever said [before] they were going to hurt me, it was the promise that made me believe he wanted it, 100%.
“When someone tells you something like that, it’s what you believe, otherwise why would they say it? In my opinion, this is not fair, it is not what you should tell someone.
Earlier in his testimony, Frost told the hearing that Dunne’s behavior towards her was very different from what Moore described as occasional “teasing” from other bikers.
“He’s more aggressive, more direct, it wasn’t just the odd occasion he was taking the mickey,” Frost said. “Let’s say another male jockey on rare occasions will say something and then it’s okay and you get along, while Robbie, he would take the mickey and also be aggressive and single you out.” It became more directed at me and affected me a lot more.
Frost also suggested that she felt “isolated” from the rest of the weigh room after filing her complaint against Dunne. In one of the many moving moments in his testimony, he was asked why several other female riders interviewed during the investigation offered different recollections of Dunne’s behavior.
“They have different memories, they also have licenses,” Frost said, “so they will always have to be in the weigh room. For me, personally, the isolation I felt while speaking, I do not wish it on anyone.
Frost said a biker, Lucy Gardner, spoke to him last year. “She said I was doing the wrong thing by going to BHA,” Frost said. “I said, ‘What do you think I should have done then? She said, “You could have slapped him. I said, ‘Why? Where would this lead me? “
The hearing will continue on Thursday.