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Q&A with 2018 Gascoyne Regional Heat Winner

WA Country Cups
Carnarvon Finalist

The WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field ‘Gascoyne Regional Heat’ was held at the Carnarvon Ladies Day on Saturday, June 9.

30 ladies travelled to Carnarvon from all over the State to enter the Fashions on the Field, for their chance to score a spot in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final

Sam Wells was the lucky winner of the Gascoyne Regional Heat, followed by Hannah Daly as first runner up and Leah Daly as second runner up.

Ms Wells 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 1. 

The winner of the Final will receive a for 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 Wells 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 events have such a diverse range of people from those serious gamblers, those that like the occasional flutter and of course those that like to dress up. Events in the country regions are often few and far between so the country racing events gives the opportunity for those around the region to have an event to attend. 

2. How long have you been going to the races for and what are some of your favourite memories?
I am originally from Bunbury and have attended many Bunbury Cups and other events at Ascot. My favourite memory is the hype before the event, everyone discussing their outfits, predicting the weather and getting ready on the day. 

3. Why do you enter Fashions on the Field?
To push myself out of my comfort zone. Getting up on stage and being judged on style is terrifying as it personal and almost an intimate affair.  

4. Describe your style.
Eclectic! My style changes on my mood, the weather and whatever I am into. I do think I am a little alternative, however my friends would be the better judge of that. 

5. What tips do you have for people entering Fashions on the Field?
Try to relax, have fun and most of all smile. There is nothing more attractive than happiness. 

6. What are some of your favourite things about the Gascoyne region?
The coastline in this area is breathtakingly picturesque and should be on everyone’s bucket list. The fishing and the variety of fresh seafood available to catch is in abundance. You will almost never go home without dinner that night. 

The fresh food and seafood particularly in the winter months, we can buy direct from the plantations – from the farm to the table. 

The people are so friendly and welcoming. I rarely get a trip to the Woolworths without running into someone. 

7. What does it mean to you to be going to ascot to compete in the final?
It’s surprising as there was such a high calibre of competitors, I really didn’t think I had a chance of placing, let alone winning. I feel very proud to represent the Gascoyne Region considering I have only resided here for 18 months. 


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 1 December 2018.

The 2018 WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field will consist of the following Regional Heats and Final:

Regional Heat Event Date 2018*
Peel Pinjarra Ladies Day 10 February
Great Southern Albany Ladies Day 11 February
South West Bunbury Ladies Day 21 March
Gascoyne Carnarvon Ladies Day 9 June
Pilbara  Port Hedland Ladies Day 22 July
Kimberley Broome Ladies Day 14 August
Goldfields Kalgoorlie Ladies Day 3 October
Wheatbelt Northam Ladies Day 7 October
Mid West Geraldton Ladies Day 14 October
Final WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final 1 December

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