Natalie McGoldrick, from Hampshire, is not only Horse & Hounds award winning ‘Vet of the Year 2017’, she’s also an established Event rider with numerous, equally impressive accolades to her name. Natalie events up to Advanced level and was part of the 2011 CIC2* European Championship team that won gold for Great Britain.
Natalie runs her own vet practice, South Coast Equine, solo and manages to fit in running two event horses, two dressage horses, plus her own broodmare and first homebred foal! She’s one of the most down-to-earth vets we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with (she also happens to be vet to the Honest Riders horses) and her absolute dedication to the love of horses shines through in everything she does.
Natalie’s two current Eventers are notching up some pretty impressive results. Johnnie has just completed his first Advanced, and the mega-talented George aged 7 is busy pinging round 1m25 show jumps for fun. We're extremely proud to have Natalie as part of the team.
We caught up with Natalie to find out what makes her tick...
Tell us about the horses that got you where you are today...
Every horse I’ve had the pleasure of owning, has taught me a huge amount, or achieved one of my many goals!
The three that stand out would have to be my first pony, Gieves, who was a wild, 14hh, just-backed 4 year old, when my parents bought him for me as I had just turned 8 (I think they loved me?!). I was so tiny that I just kicked the saddle flaps for the first couple of years. I quickly decided that he was going to be an FEI Event pony, and we did indeed end up twice long listed for the British Pony Event team!