Belle of the track
Port Hedland winner claims WA Country Cups Fashions crown.
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.
Courtney Horsman and MC Alana McLean.