Polo at­tracts strong crowd

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Not even a lit­tle rain could keep peo­ple away from the most fash­ion­able ticket in town at the week­end when All Saints Es­tate hosted the fi­nal game on the Vic­to­rian Polo Club cal­en­dar on Satur­day.

A crowd of about 1100 filled the mar­quees or re­laxed be­side the Polo ground in the gen­eral ad­mis­sion area, en­joy­ing the plen­ti­ful ar­ray of food and bev­er­ages at the field-side bars.

One of the high­lights was Gam­ble Breaux from the Real Housewives of Mel­bourne fame who at­tended to host the Fash­ions in the Vine­yard and judged the com­peti­tors along­side Eric Boesten from Bared Footwear and Candice Robin­son from Candice Robin­son Style.

The win­ner was Tony Phillips who was awarded vouch­ers from lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing Bared Footwear, Ver­ity Rhodes In­te­ri­ors, Circa 1926, Blush Skin and Body, All Saints Es­tate, Shine Bou­tique Corowa, Jack and the Fox Hair­dressers, Miss Madelaine Millinery and Vin­tage and a This­tle and Fern bou­quet.

While the run­ner-up was Karen Crook who won vouch­ers from Gyles Newsagency Corowa, a Miss Madelaine Millinery gift pack, a Vin­tage and Phar­masave Corowa gift pack, and a This­tle and Fern bou­quet, and a Gam­ble Breaux Clutch val­ued at $380.

All Saints Sales and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor An­gela Brown said the guests ex­pe­ri­enced clas­sic coun­try hos­pi­tal­ity in the sur­rounds of the his­toric win­ery while en­joy­ing the thrills of high level Polo, pre­mium wine and food and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment.

The event fol­lowed on from the huge success of the in­au­gu­ral event in March 2016.

An­gela said the crowd ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the windy and wet con­di­tions later in the day.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble day of Polo, fine wine and fab­u­lous fash­ion,” she said.

“It’s such a great day and is popular be­cause it crosses all de­mo­graph­ics; it’s a fun day out for the young ones, and those in­ter­ested in fash­ion can take part in the Fash­ions in the Vine­yard com­pe­ti­tion, and it is also great for the lo­cal farm­ers and peo­ple in­ter­ested in the horses.

“Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the lo­cal area was full with peo­ple com­ing from far and wide to en­joy the event.”

The day in­cluded two ex­cit­ing matches of polo fea­tur­ing some of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing play­ers and several lo­cal play­ers.

An­gela Brown from All Saints Es­tate pic­tured with the judges of Fash­ions in the Vine­yard Eric Boesten (Bared Footwear), Gam­ble Breaux (Real Housewives of Mel­bourne), Karen Crook (run­ner-up of the fash­ions com­pe­ti­tion) and Candice Robin­son (Candice Robin­son Style).

Some of the ac­tion from the fi­nal game on the Vic­to­rian Polo Club cal­en­dar held at All Saints Es­tate on Satur­day. Photo by Ann Killeen.

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