About Us

Black and White Equestrian is the pairing of Nikki Goldup –  a mum, digital marketeer and visual artist. Alongside her work directing the media agency Black & White Creative she competes on her two horses Wanda, the diminutive 15hh piebald mare known as ‘The Flying Cow Pony’, the inspiration behind her blog, and Swatch, the 17.2hh gentle giant. 

Black and White Equestrian is the pairing of Nikki Goldup –  a mum, digital marketeer and visual artist. Alongside her work directing the media agency Black & White Creative she competes on her two horses Wanda, the diminutive 15hh piebald mare known as ‘The Flying Cow Pony’, the inspiration behind her blog, and Swatch, the 17.2hh gentle giant. 

More about Nikki

‘I’m a busy mum of 3 sons, all under 13 years old and a lot of my writing has been inspired by the tribulations of being a mother and balancing horses, life and work.   I previously evented to Intermediate level and following an 18 year break and returned to the saddle in 2010. My blog followed soon as I found it an outlet to share stories about my experiences of competing while raising a family. I’m always very honest and open when I write, I’ve been through a lot over the years, divorce, post natal depression, confidence issues. I think people appreciate this honest approach. My interest in fashion and design always always been something I am keen to write about, but above all my interest lies in writing, stories that readers will resonate with and enjoy.’

Nikki’s blog has won numerous blogging awards and credits, leading her to write for Eventing Worldwide, Horse & Hound, British Eventing, Style Reins, Uptown Eventing and as a freelance writer and blogger for many notable equestrian related businesses.  

The B&W horses…

‘I’m lucky enough to ride and compete on Wayward Wanderer, a 15.2hh, WB x Gypsy cob who I have owned for nearly 10 years. Wanda (or Wayward Wanderer as she is formally known) had evented competed at British Dressage Novice level. The first horse that I owned when I returned to riding 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. Wanda is the sort of horse that is very confident, worldly wise and always makes you happy when you ride her. I compete at affiliated Eventing, Show jumping and Dressage competitions and also do some dressage freestyle, coming 5th at the BRC Championships in 2015. Wanda is the horse of a lifetime, we have literally travelled the country together competing. She has been to Olympia to compete and win in the Injured Jockeys Fund jumping derby, Wanda has won the Newmarket Open Day Show jumping piloted by Andrea Atzeni and Francesca Cumarni, been to the BRC nationals twice, represented Suffolk in regional dressage and the Eastern team at a home International, we also competed in the 2019 BD Winter Championships, coming 5th in her section’. 

‘Swatch (Watermill Rocks) is owned my Nikki’s mother Janet Willis, formerly ridden by Caroline Powell and the late Iona Sclater. He is the chalk to Wanda’s cheese. A big lad at 17.2hh, bred in Ireland and 7/8 thoroughbred. A new addition to the yard Swatch has big hooves to fill. To date Swatch has gone up the dressage grades, scoring high marks at Elementary level, with an aim to competing at Medium in 2021.’

To get in touch with Nikki email: info@blackandwhitecreative.com

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