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Thursday, 30 November 2017

WODONGA GOLD CUP DAY - FASHIONS ON THE FIELD

There is something special about country racing; between the laid back atmosphere, friendly people, entertaininment of Eskimo Joe and amazing racing- The Wodonga Gold Cup has it all. This year I was asked to be apart of the Fashion on the Field panel and I had such a great time!



Before hitting the track, it was hair and makeup time! The girls at Boudoir Hair dressing looked after my curls and Samantha Maud from Glow Beauty Studio gave me a fresh face for the day. 


Dress: Asilio 
Headpiece designer: Heather McDowall
Makeup: Samantha Maud - Glow Beauty Studio
Hair: Boudoir Hair 


After already being a FOTF judge during the Wagga Gold Cup this year, I knew that the fashion was going to be tough to judge. Something that I love about FOTF in country towns is the effort and time all the contestants take to create unique statement pieces that ticked all the boxes. All contestants really stuck to the brief and looked fabulous. 

GENTLEMAN OF THE DAY

The first round was gentleman of the day and all the fellas stuck to the criteria and appeared to really enjoy themselves. Accessories are a major factor for me when judging the gentlemen category. At a normal race meeting, men can often stick to a suit and tie however at the Wodonga Gold Cup it was great to see the guys decked out from head to toe including pocket squares, hats, fitted tailored suits, sunglasses, watch and binoculars etc. Both the winner and runner up looked very dapper in their outfits of choice.





MILLINERY AWARD

Anyone who follows me on social media knows that I usually wear Heather McDowall headpieces but I can appreciate the work of other milliners and there were some beautiful hats/headpieces on display. One trend I really love this season is the turban and the girls of Wodonga really took note. The judges were looking for originality, co-ordination with the outfit as a whole and quality. The runner up and winner looked gorgeous and unique.




LADY OF THE DAY 
This was my favourite category of the day! There were so many stunning girls in this section and it was really hard to choose just two. The judges were looking for a few things in the lady of the day category including style and originality and attention to


detail with accessories i.e. shoes, bag and hat. We were also looking for a good understanding and interpretation of the current fashion trends and suitability of the outfit for the climate of the day. Both the runner up and winner were real standouts for me. From head to toe, they both looked flawless.







SECRET CATEGORY 

The last category was the secret category. The judges noticed a few ladies during the day who we thought should enter the FOTF but had not elected to take part. It can certainly be intimidating getting up on stage in front of everyone! This section allows the judges to pick someone from the crowd who looks fabulous but may have been too shy to enter. The winner looked gorgeous and her reaction to being chosen was the highlight of my day.



After FOTF was finished, the judges and I had access to all marquees that were placed along the finish line. The air con was on high and the champagne was flowing. I got to mingle with some amazing girls who were so friendly and welcoming. Then it was time for the Wodonga Gold Cup where Coroline Hogh Groth and I got to present the winning jockey and trainer with the Cup.

Coroline Hogh Groth, Michael Roebuck, Damien Thornton 

Big thanks to Sarah Crothers for organising such an amazing day out. Everything was orgainsed to perfection and ran smoothly the whole day. It's so nice to be able to go to a country town and meet such lovely people. If you have not been to Wodonga or are thinking about going for the races or to enter the FOTF, make sure you do because it really is such a fun day out and you wont regret it!


SARSHA XX


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