First in the fash­ion stakes

Cheshire Life - - Dressing Room - WORDS: Kate Houghton PHO­TOS: Kirsty Thomp­son

Natalie Green is ITV’s new­est re­cruit to its horse rac­ing team. Here she talks about the role fash­ion plays in her pro­fes­sional, and per­sonal life

Natalie Green grew up deeply em­bed­ded in Cheshire’s equine scene and hoped some­how to make a ca­reer from her first love. “I had just fin­ished my mas­ter's de­gree in jour­nal­ism when I spot­ted an ad­vert on ca­reersin­rac­ing. com, re­cruit­ing for a race-day pre­sen­ter in York­shire. With my equine back­ground and jour­nal­ism train­ing, I knew it had to be mine. It was quite a rig­or­ous in­ter­view pro­cess, but even­tu­ally I got the job, and it’s just gone on from there. I worked in York­shire for a while, but never re­ally set­tled, so I went free­lance and worked at dif­fer­ent cour­ses around the coun­try. ITV re­ports from a dif­fer­ent course each week and they came across me a few times when I was work­ing at the same course – and even­tu­ally ap­proached me to work for them. I am now of­fi­cially a junior race day pre­sen­ter for ITV, a job I started in Jan­uary. It’s the cul­mi­na­tion of an eight-year pro­cess for me: learn­ing, build­ing re­la­tion­ships, trav­el­ling up and down the coun­try. It’s hard work and the days can be very tough – some­times a four-hour drive to get to the meet­ing, then five hours work­ing be­fore the drive back. And oh, it can be cold! But for me, it’s not a job, it’s some­thing I adore do­ing and when you love to do some­thing, it doesn’t feel like work, does it?

“I think it’s fair to say that my other great love (apart from my hus­band) is fash­ion. Fash­ion is fun. From wellies and jodh­purs to bou­tique dresses and hats. I like that I can ride my horse and walk the dog not car­ing about the mud and the el­e­ments. Equally, when I slip (or squeeze) into that dress and pop on some heels it’s a trans­for­ma­tion and it feels great. I ap­pre­ci­ate it even more.”

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