Belle of the track

Port Hed­land win­ner claims WA Coun­try Cups Fash­ions crown.

North West Telegraph - - Front Page -

El­e­gance, grace and style were top of the agenda at the WA Coun­try Cups Fash­ions on the Field fi­nal at the week­end.

The glam­orous win­ner this year was Pil­bara en­trant Court­ney Hors­man, who took away a grand prize that in­cluded a trip to Lon­don, $10,000 cash, a $5000 Lin­neys voucher and a $500 Jes­sica Bratich voucher.

Ms Hors­man, who has moved to Broome since her ini­tial Port Hed­land Fash­ions on the Field win ear­lier this year, is a speech ther­a­pist who had just given birth to twin boys ahead of com­pet­ing.

She said Fash­ions on the Field wasn’t just frip­pery, it was an im­por­tant part of coun­try life and some­thing she had al­ways wanted to enter.

“Liv­ing in the coun­try, we don’t get to dress up very of­ten and it’s so nice to be glam­orous,” Ms Hors­man said.

“I love that it’s not your nor­mal fash­ion — they are look­ing for the length and el­e­gance that you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily see in your ev­ery­day fash­ion.”

Although she had bought her win­ning out­fit on­line, she said there were many shops now pulling out the stops for coun­try women up north.

Fash­ions on the Field MC Alana McLean said fash­ion com­pe­ti­tions were in­ject­ing new life into re­gional racing.

“It has re­ally brought new au­di­ences to re­gional race clubs,” she said. “I think you re­alise when you get out into re­gional towns there is such a strong con­nec­tion to racing.”

Win­ners of the in­au­gu­ral Racing and Wa­ger­ing Western Aus­tralia’s Ladies of Racing Awards were also an­nounced at the week­end.

Long-term Northam Race Club man­ager Nicole Bell was de­clared Ladies of Racing ad­min­is­tra­tion win­ner.

Ms Bell, who over­sees 22 race meet­ings a year, was recog­nised for her ex­cep­tional skills, loy­alty and achieve­ment that has added value to the racing in­dus­try.

Dr Judith Medd, an in­dus­try vet­eri­nar­ian for more than 16 years, was named win­ner of the Ladies of Racing thor­ough­bred wel­fare award.

The hon­our goes to a mem­ber of the racing in­dus­try who has demon­strated com­mit­ment to the care of re­tired thor­ough­breds and/or cre­ated aware­ness, passion and care for thor­ough­bred horses in their sec­ond ca­reer.

Paula Sul­li­van was cho­sen as the lead­er­ship win­ner, hon­our­ing her lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, pro­mo­tion and am­bas­sador­ship of the thor­ough­bred racing in­dus­try.

Sharon Miller, con­sid­ered one of Western Aus­tralia’s most re­spected train­ers, won the ded­i­ca­tion to racing award.

Aside from her train­ing ac­com­plish­ments on the track, Miller works tire­less hours out­side of racing, grad­ing tracks, mend­ing fences and car­ing for sick and wounded horses.

Pic­ture: Laura Newell

Court­ney Hors­man and MC Alana McLean.

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