Justine is on vacation this week, so we have a very special guest on the show today “from across the pond.” We’re excited to welcome British equestrian journalist Victoria Goff as a special guest. Victoria has previously worked for Horse & Hound Magazine and Horse & Country TV. She also writes Spicer’s Corner, a monthly column in Heels Down Magazine. She lives in Surrey, England, and owns an ex-racehorse called Rosie, who does a bit of everything. We’ll chat about all things horses in the U.K. (hint: it rains, A LOT), and we dish on one of our favorite new books.
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Victoria Goff (aka Spicer) is the press secretary for Hickstead, the home of the Royal International & the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby in the United Kingdom. She’s also a columnist for Heels Down Magazine and a freelance journalist. Victoria is a badass because she rides a chestnut mare OTTB named Rosie and is a new mom to Rory. She also recently got married!
More on what we talked about in this episode:
We’re a little jealous that Victoria is drinking Pimms this week! | @LitDarling
Yes, this guy actually carried a horse…but not for the reason the Internet says he did. | @Snopes
We dish on Charlotte Dujardin’s autobiography, The Girl On the Dancing Horse – and we’re giving away a signed copy! | @TSBooks
Have you ever seen a real jumping derby? It’s pretty out of this world – and like nothing you’ll find in the States! | @HeelsDownMag
Don’t forget to use code “heelsdownmay” to save 30% on your Giddy Up Goodies order, this month only! | @Giddy Up Goodies
More about our hosts:
Sally Spickard is a 32-year-old marketer and journalist from Missouri who now resides in San Diego, California. She is an unashamed Harry Potter nerd and Kansas City Chiefs fan, and she can rarely be found without her long-haired Chihuahua, Cooper (and for this reason, you’ll never find her on a United flight!). While she’s currently horseless, Sally is an event rider who hopes to one day ride like Michael Jung. Alternatively, she’d just settle for learning how to sit the trot without looking like a sack of potatoes!
Jessica Payne is a 32-year-old international event rider who is rarely seen without her long-haired chihuahua under her arm. She was born in London, Ontario, but grew up in Franklin, Tenn. and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science. She once lost the tip of her pinky finger clipping her 4* horse, and husband Doug says she can “talk to anyone including a wall….and they will like it!”
Justine Griffin is an award winning 30-year-old journalist who has written about everything from horses to high profile CEOs to her ovaries. (She donated her eggs once.) Two things she loves the most? Whippet puppies and cheese. Justine is a firm believer in unicorns and feminism. So take everything she says with a grain of salt.
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