“Announcing it on St Patrick’s Day felt right,” says Georgie Goss on her return to eventing under the Irish flag

Georgie Spence and HALLTOWN HARLEI of GBR in the Cross Country, during the READY SRADY TOKYO Equestrian test event r at the Sea forest Park on August 13, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yusuke Nakanishi)

5* event rider, Georgie Goss (nee Spence) has announced that her return to competing this summer will be under the Irish flag, a decision that was made after years of consideration.

In what has already been a big year of change for the Wiltshire-based rider, Georgie and her husband Toby are also looking forward to welcoming their first child in a matter of weeks.

On moving away from riding for British teams to support the Irish federations, Georgie commented;

I’m excited to announce the change to Irish nationality from the 2023 season. I have dual citizenship due to my paternal grandfather and it is something we have been discussing for a few years. Announcing it on St Patrick’s Day felt right and I’m very much looking forward to riding alongside an Irish team who’s strength and depth are improving all the time.  I hope that I can add to their strength over the coming years, with some exciting horses for the 2023 season and beyond.

Together with my owners, who’ve been very supportive of the move, I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the Irish federation and work with them towards Nations Cup and Championship teams.”

A renowned coach across the equestrian disciplines, Georgie has previously enjoyed much success as part of British teams, at Junior, Young Rider and Senior level. During her career to date, she has secured Team Silver at the Junior European Championships (2007) and Team Gold at Young Rider European Championships in both 2007 and 2008. Together with Team GBR, Georgie travelled to Tokyo in 2019, finishing 4th in the Olympic test event with the CCI5* campaigner Halltown Harley (feature image). The pair went on to be part of the Nations Cup winning team at Houghton Hall in 2021.


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