The WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field ‘Midwest Regional Heat’ was held at the Geraldton Turf Club's Ladies Day on Sunday, October 15.
Over 30 ladies entered the Geraldton Fashions on the Field, for their chance to score a spot in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final.
Christy Poulsen was the lucky winner of the Midwest Regional Heat, followed by Bernadette May as first runner up and Jodi Reilly as second runner up.
Ms Poulsen will now go on to compete in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final to be held at Perth Racing on Saturday, December 2.
The winner of the Final will receive a trip for two to London to attend Royal Ascot with Motive Travel, $10,000 spending money thanks to TABtouch, and more!
WA Country Cups caught up with Ms Poulsen to talk about country racing and racing fashion, as well as the upcoming Final, here is what she had to say:
1. What do you love about country racing?
Country racing to me is summed up by the people. I have throughout the years met many amazing people with even more amazing stories. It’s really a day for everyone young and old. Country racing is about bringing communities together.
2. How long have you been going to the races for and what are your favourite memories?
I have been attending the races since before I could walk. My first real memory though would have been attending the New Years Day races in a small town in New Zealand. Every year my parents would pack up my sister and I in our horse truck and head away for the races. Dressed in our matching sun dresses and wide brimmed hats with painted faces, we loved trying to pick winners, this was more done by choosing the best looking one we wanted to take home with us. We eventually moved to the town and they became my local races for many years. It wasn't until a few years later when my mother got me a job riding track work that I really became obsessed with the races. Watching a horse you ride everyday win a race is an amazing feeling and one you never tire of.
3. Why do you enter Fashions on the Field?
Entering Fashions on the Field for me is a way of combining two of my greatest passions in racing and in fashion. I love the whole process involved from working with a dressmaker and milliner with little more than just an idea and that idea then coming to life.
4. Describe your style?
I tend to lean towards more classic silhouettes, but always try to add in something a little fun by way of a print or bright colour. I usually keep my accessories fairly simple and let either the dress is millinery shine.
5. What tips do you have for ladies entering Fashions on the Field?
Wear pieces you feel comfortable in - just because it’s on trend doesn't mean its going to be right for you. You do not want to feel uncomfortable all day.
Be confident and smile. You may feel like everyone is looking at you, they probably are but its because you look amazing. Own that stage, it’s only yours for a few moments.
But most of all just enjoy yourself. You have done so much hard work now's the time to relax and have fun.
6. What are some of your favourite things about the Goldfields Region?
I love everything the Midwest has to offer. From the cafes and boutique stores to the picturesque coastline. The Midwest is such a diverse region, there's something here for everyone to enjoy .But what really makes the Midwest shine is the people, everyone is so friendly and always willing to lend a hand. The way the community rallies together when someone is in need is quiet phenomenal.
7. What does it mean to you to be going to Ascot to compete in the final?
To be able to represent the Midwest, a region that has welcomed me with open arms is an honour. I am very thankful to WA Country Cups for providing this amazing opportunity and their continued efforts to get more woman involved in racing. This is a fantastic initiative and I hope to see it continue for many years to come.
I am looking forward to meeting all the other wonderful ladies and making new friendship along the way.
About the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field
The WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field is a state-wide racing fashion competition, open to fashionistas from all over WA, and consists of nine regional heats held at major country race meetings across the State.
The winner of each regional heat is invited to compete in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final to be held at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 2nd December 2017.
The 2017 WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field will consist of the following Regional Heats and Final:
|Regional Heat||Event||Date 2017*|
|Great Southern||Albany Ladies Day||8 January|
|Peel||Pinjarra Ladies Day||11 February|
|South West||Bunbury Ladies Day||19 March|
|Gascoyne||Carnarvon Ladies Day||10 June|
|Pilbara||Port Hedland Ladies Day||23 July|
|Kimberley||Broome Ladies Day||15 August|
|Goldfields||Kalgoorlie Ladies Day||20 September|
|Wheatbelt||Northam Ladies Day||8 October|
|Mid West||Geraldton Ladies Day||15 October|
|Final||WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final||2 December