First in the fashion stakes
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.”