Jes­sica’s Ride to Fash­ion

Jes­sica Kanowski was raised on a 50-acre pineap­ple farm in Wa­mu­ran, Queens­land, which neigh­boured a horse and cat­tle prop­erty. Her fas­ci­na­tion with horses be­gan at an early age when she helped with the daily feed­ing of the horses next door.

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This fas­ci­na­tion then led to the as­sist­ing of show­ing horses at lo­cal events and be­com­ing an avid rodeo watcher. 2010 saw Jes­sica at­tend­ing her first Magic Mil­lions race meet­ing on the Gold Coast, look­ing for­ward to the thun­der of the hooves and the thrill of be­ing in­tro­duced to the fash­ion scene. It was here that her love for Fash­ions on the Field was born af­ter com­pet­ing and plac­ing in top 10. Soon af­ter she pur­chased a sewing ma­chine, which she used to bring her de­signs to life while she forged her pas­sion for fash­ion, fin­ery and fil­lies, that has now spanned eight years. Jes­sica said, “My love of rac­ing fash­ion has af­forded me many me­morable ex­pe­ri­ences from trav­el­ling to race­courses around Aus­tralia, com­pet­ing with like-minded creatives, form­ing fash­ion­able friend­ships, mod­el­ling for lo­cal and over­seas milliners in My­ers Millinery De­sign cat­e­gory at Flem­ing­ton, to see­ing my con­cep­tion of style be­ing on dis­play.’ Jes­sica bal­ances her love of fash­ion with her ded­i­ca­tion for teach­ing stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties. She is a full-time Head of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices with Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land, while cur­rently study­ing her Masters of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Queens­land. As the win­ner of the Peter Do­herty Out­stand­ing Teacher of Science Award and a NASA Space Camp at­tendee, she has com­bined her love of teach­ing and horse rac­ing over the years. This has en­abled Jes­sica to suc­ceed in in­flu­enc­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple of all ages to de­velop a love of horses; plus her lead­ing her stu­dents to be first past the post in the an­nual Bris­bane Rac­ing Club Horse Paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion in 2011, and later plac­ing in the Grinders Jockey Silks schools com­pe­ti­tion on AAMI Stradbroke Day in 2016. It wasn’t long be­fore her pas­sion for fash­ion in­cluded her im­me­di­ate fam­ily, with her hus­band Steve and daugh­ter Char­lotte along­side her when she won Fam­ily Fash­ions on the Field on Doomben Cup Day in 2013. Jes­sica found the Fash­ions on the Field plat­form a unique and di­verse way of dis­play­ing her cre­ativ­ity, help­ing her build­ing con­fi­dence in daugh­ter and her­self, while form­ing friend­ships in the rac­ing fash­ion com­mu­nity. Jes­sica ex­plained, “Our daugh­ter Char­lotte was di­ag­nosed with Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der when she was four years old. Over the years we have ac­cessed many dif­fer­ent types of ther­a­pies to as­sist her

with emo­tional reg­u­la­tion and so­cial in­tel­li­gence in­clud­ing speech ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and spe­cialised so­cial groups run by psy­chol­o­gists. One par­tic­u­lar ther­apy that we re­cently tried was equine ther­apy; Rein Changer Essence of Life Chil­dren’s Pro­gram at Ricinda Ranch on the Gold Coast. Char­lotte, hav­ing an affin­ity with an­i­mals was drawn to the mares and foals im­me­di­ately and watch­ing her con­fi­dence sore when work­ing with the horses through groom­ing, feed­ing and lead­ing them around the arena was a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend equine ther­apy for chil­dren to pro­mote em­pa­thy, con­fi­dence and a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity.” Jes­sica said, “The arena of rac­ing has be­come an es­sen­tial part of my life, as a stage for travel, cre­ativ­ity, com­radery and cham­pi­oning. It is a world like no other that en­cour­ages peo­ple from all walks of life to come to­gether for the love of fash­ion, fri­vol­ity and field­ing a fron­trun­ner. I know I am not alone in pro­mot­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of the tri­fecta of fash­ion, rac­ing and ed­u­cat­ing our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions about an ex­cit­ing in­dus­try full of op­por­tu­nity”

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