My name is Nikki Goldup and I live on a farm just outside Cambridge with my partner and 3 sons who are 6, 3 and 3 months old. In addition to raising my children I work for my parents scientific engineering firm which suits my hectic life as its just next door to my home.
I’m lucky enough to ride and compete on Wanda an 8 year old, 15.2hh, WB x Gypsy cob that I had brought from a local rider Tessa Frost. Wanda (or Wayward Wanderer as she is formally known) had evented with Tessa and done some BD. I’ve owned Wanda for just over a year now. Previously I had ridden as a teenager and evented up to Intermediate level and did a lot of show jumping. I then had a break of about 18 years and started riding again when my second son was 4 months old. The first horse that I owned wasn’t entirely suitable for eventing and in my personal life I was also going through quite a rough time. Sometimes I think you don’t find good horses, they find you and Wanda literally came knocking on our door. My trainer Val Gingell, who I’ve worked with since I was about 15 recommended that I went to see Wanda and we immediately clicked. Wanda is the sort of horse that is very confident, worldly wise and always makes you happy when you ride her.
After purchasing her in May I did 3 BE 90 events and one 100 at Little Downham. After competing at Little D my aim was to hit the ground running in Spring 2013 and see is we could upgrade to Novice sometime during the season. Little did I know how things would turn out!