As we get close to Shoalhaven City Turf Club’s Nowra Cup / Girls Day Out, we thought we would talk to our Fashion Judge Sally Martin.
Autumn is fast approaching and FOTF ladies are busy planning their Autumn outfits. In Perth this means the iconic Karrakatta Plate Autumn FOTF competition at Ascot Racecourse on the 6th of April. Our West Australian Ambassador Bethany Brajkovich will be there to capture all the fashion and excitement of the day. Here are some tips for what is trending in FOTF this Autumn.
Silver is the new Rose Gold
Boots with skirts and dresses
At racecourses around Australia and New Zealand we are continually noting the incorpation of high end runway looks into racing fashion. Last year when Kerrie Carruci stepped out in the Milva Carruci custom design she put her best foot forward by adding these head turning red pointed boots from Tony Bianco which paired perfectly with this super cute red beret from ASOS. Bethany explains:
‘I love getting a one off outfit made. I enjoy the creative process that allows me to include eclectic elements and merge them seamlessly into a complete look. Previously I’ve worked with both designers and dress makers and find it to be a exciting experience for both of us. One of my favourite memories is going to the track with other ladies who were all wearing custom made outfits from award winning Perth Designer Only One Ashley. We all felt so special and so unique, it was a wonderful experience from start to finish.’
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!
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.
“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!!
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.
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.
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
Hot to trot at Temora harness racing was a blast. It sure ticked the list of everything my daughter and I needed for a weekend away together. Apart from the range of FOTF categories, there was plenty of entertainment on hand for the kids.
I also met some lovely ladies from the Riverina area and had a chat about what they like about racing and FOTF. Veronike Hartmeier and Sarah Lavelle both from Temora are actually really good friends with Sarah lending an outfit to her friend who ended up winning the local category. What a great friend, supporting her, as it was Veronike’s first time entering.
Tegan, from Wagga, is a diesel mechanic and dressage enthusiast who came along with her friend Meg, also involved with harness racing. Both ladies enjoy the opportunity to dress up and have fun with friends and family at the races.
Emilie and I had such a great time together and the event was very family friendly. There were so many categories for FOTF, catering for everyone.
I don’t have a photo of the over 30 category as that was my category which I was lucky enough to win. I was then picked as the overall winner. Suffice to say I was both surprised and delighted. My outfit was a dress I had made from recycled fabric, shoes from op shop, olga berg clutch on sale, earrings from Facebook marketplace and my hat was repurposed from an old straw hat.
I thoroughly enjoy country racing and exploring these little towns in NSW. It was a great night out and weekend away.
It’s all go in Perth:
Perth Punter this weekend we have a lot to look forward to. Not only is it Polo in the City at Langley Park but its also the Magic Millions Kingston Town Classic at Ascot Racecourse. Here are a few tips we have put together to get you through this weekend and the festive season racing carnival.
Its all in the preparation!
The day before:
Getting your race day look right starts inside! If there is one thing that goes hand in hand with a fabulous day out with the fillies its champagne. Before a big day make a special effort to drink a lot of water the day before, between drinks on the day and especially after the big day to avoid a hangover.
Now your body is feeling refreshed get that summer fresh look by getting the quickest and safest tan around, spray tan!!! Personally Beth does not feel her look is at her best without a tan on. Everything looks better tanned.
The big day:
Woohoo its race day, the best day of the week, month, year! To start your day right you need to load your body up with lots of energy so eat a hearty and healthy breakfast. Think smashed avocado on wholegrain toast with a side of mushrooms and a delicious fresh coffee. Don’t forget some water too.
Check in with yourself. How are you feeling about the day? It’s normal to get some nerves before a big day particularly if you are entering Fashions on the Field. How you talk to yourself sets the tone for the day. Instead of doubting your outfit choice, who’s going to be there, etc, tell yourself ‘I look great’, ‘I’m going to have fun’, ‘I can only control me’, ‘I can’t wait to get there’. Then repeat!
(Quote by Brene Brown)
At the track live in the moment and have fun. Take it all in, there is always something fun happening at the track, the horses, the fashion, the food, the larrakins, the punters and so much more!!! You will walk away with more friends, fun memories and laughs.
The day after:
Take it easy and let your body recover. You more than likely have consumed your fair share of food and alcohol, danced in high heels and laughed so hard your belly aches. Enjoy a day to recover by drinking water, eating healthy and resting. While your resting laugh some more while flipping through your photos.
Lots of love
Words by Bethy B (our TEA Tinkerhealth)
Photos by Sharon Lenton (TEA’s own supply)
What an amazing accomplishment for Thoroughbred Events Australia to be acknowledged in Parliament.
On 17 May, MICHAEL JOHNSEN MP, Member for the Upper Hunter acknowledged the sponsors who have so generously given to ensure Fashions on the Field at Scone Cup Carnival was a major success.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5560″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is also an extremely proud moment for Sharon Lenton owner of Thoroughbred Events Australia who was also present on the night. Mr Johnsen mentions her passion for fashion but also her strong drive towards sponsorship for off-the-track thoroughbreds which both bring her to the Upper Hunter.
Today this is to acknowledge all the sponsors who had kindly contributed in making Scone Cup Carnival one of the richest pools in NSW. At the moment, the Upper Hunter is under drought which puts pressure for small businesses to survive – but that they have all done. We would like to mention every business and thank them all personally.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1528458096502-40b0cfea-28af-10″ include=”5561,5588,5589″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_column_text]
How wonderful for every business in the Upper Hunter to have received a Parliament NSW folder (that is so beautifully embossed in gold) personally signed by Michael Johnsen MP for their support:
General Surf Co, Scone
The Herd Store, Scone
Belmore Hotel, Scone
The Remington Motor Inn, Muswellbrook
Asser House Café, Scone
Victoria’s Hair & Beauty Scone
Stillpoint Equine Scone
Chocolate & Moss flowers, Scone
Caffe Mobilita, Scone
Ruby’s girls, Scone
Kodak Express Scone Camera Centre
Double Picc Café Muswellbrook
A personalised folder will also being going to Barbara Wenman of La Fleur D’Alyse, Sydney who has continually supported the Upper Hunter for approx. 5 years and has given generously.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_section tab_id=”1528456470057-d1b61a72-2822″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1528458096507-624f4420-f50f-2″ include=”5554,5555,5556″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Other businesses mentioned who are outside of the Upper Hunter are:
Australian Turf Club, Randwick
Lauder Taylor Milliner, Victoria
North Sydney Harbourview Hotel
Julie Herbert Millinery, Orange
Ava Jaxon, Victoria
Hanley Hats Millinery, Newcastle
Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, Sydney
We would also like to congratulate all the social media that went into frenzy over the fashions on the field over the 2 days. We too agree that all eyes were definitely on the Upper Hunter prior, during and after the carnival.
While the weather was not kind this year, it was noted the increase in men competing this year and the women competing was nothing but breathtaking.
This year’s fashion winners were:
Friday: Best Dressed Man – Pedro Souerwald, Best Dressed Local – Marili Lepiku, Best Contemporary – Claire Hanrahan, Best Dressed – Jess Thei
Saturday: Best Dressed Man – James Berle, Best Dressed Local – Anne Carter, Best Contemporary – Monique Morley, Best Dressed – Jess Thei
All the names of the winners over the two days were put into a box and also returned to the stage where Julie Leckie from Helloworld Scone pulled out overall winning name. This year, the winner of the business class package flying Emirates Airline with land package from Helloworld was won by Jess Thei. Jess took back to Sydney more than $10,500 out of the $18,000 in the overall prizes value. How wonderful.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1528458096511-bbb4527c-bc9a-4″ include=”5583,5581,5580,5579,5569,5568,5567,5566,5565,5564″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thoroughbred Events Australia would personally like to send sincere gratitude to this year’s Ambassador of the Scone Cup Carnival – Andrea Baker. Andrea is the wife of one of Sydney’s leading horse trainers, Bjorn Baker. Also to our two fashion judges Dimity Smith and Brock Cross who have both won numerous fashions on the field competitions and did a were a great choice to get the job done.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1528458096522-c42a5c54-3bbb-6″ include=”5595,5596,5597″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To Scone Race Club, it has been a pleasure hosting your fashions on the field for the last 5 years. We would like to sincerely thank Sarah Wills who initially appointed us and trusted us to build the fashions profile. Today the new CEO Heath Courtney has stepped in and is on his way with his vision for Scone Race Club to further build as one of the most prestigious Country Race Club in NSW.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid gap=”4″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1528458096525-caffdc06-4fee-6″ include=”5575,5599,5600,5601″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Sun, good company and horses, what better way is there to spend a Sunday?! On the 29th April I was lucky enough to be invited to represent The Thoroughbred Club (TTC) at the Sydney International Horse Trials. After being briefed by Sharon Lenton (founding director of Thoroughbred Events Australia) on the award I would be presenting, (the highest performing ex racehorse in the 3* showjumping class) I set to work on preparing for the day.
How did I want to record the day? Who would be there? Did I need a helper on the day? But mostly, WHAT DO I WEAR?!
To represent Thoroughbred Events Australia and The Thoroughbred Club is an honour and I wanted to present myself in the best way possible. This meant, getting the outfit RIGHT.
My 3 main needs/wants were that the outfit was practical (I would be on my feet for most of the day), was on a budget (I’m on a tight budget since coming back from my holiday in Dubai!) and that it was respectful/modest… after all I’m representing a company I care for a lot and it has a reputation to uphold.
After flicking through some photos of previous years and chatting to some friends, this is the outfit that ticked all the boxes…
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Words by Kiersten Duke
Photos by Jasminia Gough
The sun was shining on the 17th March 2018 as crowds flooded into Rosehill Racecourse for the start of the Autumn carnival. Within just a few furlongs of the entrance we were greeted with the Golden Slipper trophy itself and were asked if we would like a photo with it- of course the answer was YES!!
Directly opposite from the glistening Golden Slipper trophy stood the Harrods Fashion Chute, where anyone and everyone could become a model! The wonderful staff directed and encouraged you to strut your stuff and release your inner Jennifer Hawkins as the pro photographer snapped and clicked away, capturing the ultimate shot. You were then invited over to a laptop where you chose your favourite image and were able to send it to yourself- for free might I add! You may think that was the best part, but the first thirty ladies or gents that had their photo taken that day received a stunning hand drawn image by the extremely talented Steph Baynie. Her drawings oozed elegance and style, although you don’t need us to tell you this, the proof is in the pudding![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid style=”lazy” items_per_page=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1522131993098-cdba5b6cd94e9d4145f9c4bbc9ec5c10-2″ include=”5024,5030,5028″][vc_column_text]Just next door to the Harrods Fashion Chute were stylists from TONI&GUY and ghd hard at work making their clients hair so beautiful that even Rapunzel would of been jealous. With tables decorated with flowers, magazines and nibbles, this really was a little luxurious corner for all those to enjoy.
In between testing out the coffee that the members cafe had to offer (10/10 from us) and nibbling on street food until our bellies nearly burst, we managed to bump into some wonderful people showcasing some unique and beautiful outfits.
For us, one of the most pleasurable things about going racing is experiencing others expressing themselves through their choice of outfit and witnessing so many different styles. Two individuals that caught our eye were Andrew Wilkinson and Meri Dimovski. Both different individuals with polar opposite styles that we LOVED.
Andrew wore a light blue handmade suit covered in a racehorse print that was completed with a golden Melbourne cup pin badge. He had his suit custom made especially for the Melbourne cup and insisted it had a few more outings left in it- which of course, we agreed with!
The extremely beautiful Meri opted for millinery designed by herself (I know, not only is she beautiful but she’s talented too!), teamed with a pretty pleated number from Country Road, some pillar box red heels by Tony Bienco and a matching red Alga Berg clutch bag.
As the day drew to a close, bottles of champagne were finished and ladies removed high heels from their throbbing feet while linking their lovers arms, we reflected on what a wonderful day it had been and how it had truly set the standard and feel for the rest of the Autumn carnival. Let us not forget the incredible horse flesh. So many great races and there is plenty more Group 1s to come over the coming weeks.
If you enjoyed reading this piece please do check out our short vlog of our day at Rosehill and be sure to watch until the end for the bloopers!
Words by Kiersten Duke
Photos by Nancy Ashcroft