OFF AND RAC­ING IN EIDSVOLD

Younger gen­er­a­tions con­tinue proud Eidsvold tra­di­tion estab­lished by their an­ces­tors

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

FAM­ILY, fash­ion and fun are the fo­cus for the Eidsvold Race Club as it en­ters the spring rac­ing car­ni­val in its 130th year.

The club is gear­ing up to host the town’s sec­ond ma­jor race day of the year on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

The de­ci­sion was made to move the date from its tra­di­tional home in Fe­bru­ary to avoid the tem­per­a­men­tal sum­mer weather, af­ter tor­ren­tial rain forced or­gan­is­ers to resched­ule this year’s meet­ing at the last-minute.

The change ush­ers in an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter for North Bur­nett horse rac­ing.

The more than a cen­tury- old race day is wo­ven into the fab­ric of Eidsvold.

The names of many of its pi­o­neers re­main in the district to­day.

Club spokes­woman and lo­cal rac­ing iden­tity, An­nie Con­nolly, said the Eidsvold Race Club in­tended to em­brace the event’s his­tory.

“I don’t think it’s pos­si­ble to have a bad day at the Eidsvold Races,” Ms Con­nolly said.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about it and I think the town is too.

“There is so much his­tory. “A lot of the fam­ily names in­volved in the ear­lier race days are still around.

“Their younger gen­er­a­tions are in the com­mu­nity and it re­ally is a fam­ily-ori­en­tated event.

“There has been tremen­dous sup­port, not just from Eidsvold but from the sur­round­ing towns as well.”

The fa­mous Haupt grand­stand, built in 1970, has been re-pur­posed to make room for the hun­dreds of pun­ters that will pour into the track when gates open at 11am.

A to­tal of $40,000 in prize­money is up for grabs across the five-race pro­gram, that con­cludes with the 1350m Bruce Chiene In­sur­ance Bro­kers & Schafer Fam­ily Eidsvold Cup.

There will be an ATM and book­ies track­side to make sure you back the win­ners, plus free shut­tle buses from Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold, live mu­sic, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, plenty of food op­tions and free camp­ing with hot show­ers.

In the af­ter­noon, the fo­cus will be on the head-turn­ing frocks and fas­ci­na­tors in the Vari­a­tions of Vi­o­let-themed Fash­ions on the Field.

Eidsvold hosts the first leg of the 2019 Re­gional Fash­ions on the Field, an ini­tia­tive started by club pres­i­dent Lyle Mur­ray and res­i­dent fash­ion­ista Lucy Con­nolly.

Win­ners re­ceive a race day and ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­age for two to at­tend a race day dur­ing the Bris­bane Win­ter Rac­ing Car­ni­val. Each prize is val­ued at over $500.

Proudly rep­re­sent­ing the Bur­nett, Shan­nyn Hop­kins, who won Eidsvold’s in­au­gu­ral Re­gional Fash­ion on the Field at the club’s Fe­bru­ary meet, went on to be crowned Best Dressed in the Women’s Racewear cat­e­gory at the Ladies Oaks Day in Bris­bane.

Mount Perry’s Corey Jo­han­son placed sec­ond on the same day in a glow­ing ad­ver­tise­ment for the re­gion’s sig­na­ture style.

Heats for the com­pe­ti­tion will be held at each of the North Bur­nett’s other race days in Gayn­dah (Oc­to­ber 13), Mount Perry (No­vem­ber 17) and Monto (March 30, 2019).

Jock­eys will don black arm bands in mem­ory of Janelle Con­nolly, the club’s for­mer spon­sor­ship of­fi­cer, who passed away on Septem­ber 1.

Janelle adored her home­town event and cher­ished the life­long friends she made through her in­volve­ment in rac­ing.

Her daugh­ters con­tinue to play ac­tive rolls within the com­mit­tee.

Ta­ble book­ings are es­sen­tial. Con­tact An­nie Con­nolly on 0427 651 834.

PHOTO: LYNETTE VI­CARY

TO THE NINES: Shan­nyn Hop­kins (third from left), Eidsvold's in­au­gu­ral Re­gional Fash­ion on the Field Lady, went on to win Best Dressed at the Ladies Oaks Day in Bris­bane.

PHOTO: FILE

Bil­lie-Rose Der­byshire with horse Rah­dane at an ear­lier Eidsvold race day.

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