Country Racing – Welcome Home!!!

Last weekend, our WA Ambassador Stacey Reynolds headed to her home town for her annual race day meeting.  We asked Stacey to take us through what it is that makes this day so special.

Growing up in Waroona, a small country town 15 minutes from Pinjarra Park, Stacey and her family loved their outings to the races. As Stacey grew up these race days became even more important to her – it was a way to catch up with old friends and family that she had not seen in ages. In a country town like Pinjarra, a big race day literally brings the town to a halt with everyone heading to the track for a day of fun, laughter & hopefully a few wins!

Racegoers: Aimee Holmes, Philippa Kupsch, Susan McCloy, Bernadette May, Stacey Reynolds & Sarah Christie

Pinjarra Park without a doubt, is Western Australia’s most picturesque racecourse. Its huge array of shady trees and expansive lawns provide the perfect atmosphere for a great day at the races, and for Stacey, the Magic Millions WA Race Day held at Pinjarra Park is one date she has penciled into her calendar every year!

Stacey’s excitement was building up for weeks. She had booked a small shade gazebo through the race club, as all her gorgeous friends were coming and she had the perfect outfit planned (an amazing dress from a West Australian Label, Only One Ashley and a custom made head piece from Love Lotus Millinery). As she had moved away from the area 12 months ago, (to approx. 10hrs north of Pinjarra) the prospect of heading home filled her with sheer joy.

Stacey Reynolds photo credit WA Fashions on the Field

I could not wait to have that race book in one hand and a glass of bubbly in the other Stacey said.

The countdown was on!

Not only was the race day part of the Magic Millions, a series of two races that showcases the rich prize money on offer for graduates of Magic Millions yearling sales in WA, it was the WA Country Cups Peel Fashion On The Field Heat for the Peel Region. WA Country Cups is an initiative by Racing and Wagering WA to foster the development and promote the longevity of country racing across the State. It is a state-wide racing fashion competition, open to fashionistas from all over Western Australia, and consists of nine regional heats held at major country race meetings across WA. The winner of each regional heat receives a trip to Perth and is invited to compete in the WA Fashions on the Field Final to be held at Ascot Racecourse in November. The then overall winner will take home a trip for two to London to attend Royal Ascot plus $10,000 spending money and a $5,000 Linneys jewellery voucher!!

Photo credit: WA Fashions on the Field

Wowee!! To win a prize like that would be a dream come true. For a country girl like Stacey, this is about as exciting as it gets, so she made it a point to try and attend as many of these regional heats as she can.

I am just so passionate about country racing as I not only believe it plays a vital role in the sustainability of the racing industry across WA but it also has an important role in the economic, cultural and social development of our local communities. I have seen first hand what these race days can bring to a country town, weather it be the from race goers booking accommodation and boosting the tourism industry or supporting local fashion or retail outlets in preparation for a big day at track Stacey said.

The day finally arrives!

The weather gods had shined on the town  and it was a beautiful, sunny day. With a huge crowd attending Stacey  was once again glad she  had booked a shade gazebo for our group. The day was a whirlwind of bets (everyone you talk to at a country race meet has a tip that’s sure to win), fashion, bubbles and friends. Everything Stacey loved about the races. The gorgeous Bernadette May took out first prize for the FOTF competition wearing a striking printed, pleated skirt and her own self made millinery.

Bernadette May & David Houston

Stacey was fortunate enough to be invited into the Magic Millions marquee and had a chance to speak to Barry Bowditch, the Australian Managing Director. Barry spoke of how the Australian Racing Industry has the most progressive racing industry in the world. As only here in Australia was the racing industry so accessible for people to become involved, weather it be as an owner, trainer or simply a race goer. It was fascinating to talk racing with him and discuss the vital role the racing industry can play in bringing vibrancy to a small community. Stacey was interested as why Pinjarra Park (her “home” track) had been chosen as the venue to host Magic Millions in WA. David Houston, the WA manager for Magic Millions explained that Pinjarra Park provided everything Magic Millions was looking for in relation to a picturesque venue and proximity for local stables and race goers travelling to the event.

Jenine Harrison & Sharon Sinclair

So, if you are looking for somewhere special to spend the day with your family, a place to go on your holiday or just an escape from the city, experience the excitement of horse racing at this beautiful country racecourse that is Pinjarra Park.

As a Thoroughbred Events Australia Ambassador for Western Australia, I intended to bring to you my passion for country racing and country racing fashion. WA is a hugely diverse state and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing events it has to offer  Stacey concluded.

What a fabulous story and we look forward to hearing more exciting stories about Country Racing in WA