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Q&A with Wildcard Winner Stacey Reynolds

WA Country Cups

Stacey Reynolds won the Fashions on the Field held at the Bunbury Cup and has also now won a place in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Wildcard Semi-Final at Perth Racing on Saturday, December 2! 

The winner of the Semi-Final will then compete against the other nine Finalists, with the winner receiving 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 Reynolds 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?
There are so many reasons why I love country racing but my favourite is the relaxed atmosphere, you can sit under the trees with a picnic and enjoy a wonderful day out with your family and friends. In the small country town that I am from, a day at our local races is a big social event. I love that I can go watch the horse races, get all dressed up and catch up with friends all at the same time.

2. How long have you been going to the races for and what are your favourite memories?
I’ve been going to the races since I was a small child with my parents and I have so many cherished memories. I remember growing up visiting the Harvey Trots & having a great night out as a family and then as I got older heading to both the Bunbury and Pinjarra races with my girlfriends. I’ve had so many fabulous days out at the races getting all dressed up with my girlfriends, sipping on champagne and having a few bets. There’s nothing I love more! 

3. Why do you enter Fashions on the Field?
I’ve always been an admirer of racing fashion. I would often watch the FOTF events at the races & marvel at how gorgeous the entrants looked. It’s only in the last few years I have felt confident enough to enter and now I’m hooked. The main reason I enter in Fashions on the Field is because for 99% of the time I’m a busy mum who gets around in shorts, thongs and a messy ponytail. I love the chance to put on a beautiful dress, gorgeous heels and an amazing piece of millinery because it’s so different from my day-to-day life. It’s so important to have creative outlet and for me planning a FOTF outfit is exactly that. 

4. Describe your style?
My style would be classic, elegant and polished. I love bold colours and prints that compliment my millinery. For me it’s all about the millinery, where else can you go out wearing an absolute work of art on your head? 

5. What tips do you have for ladies entering Fashions on the Field?
Invest in good quality millinery; this is what will set you apart from other entrants. 

Don’t be scared to get creative. Experiment with different colour combinations, textures & silhouettes. The outfit planning stage is half the fun, enjoy it!

Be confident up on stage. Not everyone has the courage to get up there, so be proud of yourself, hold your head high and don’t forget to smile. 

Be supportive of other women and embrace everyone’s unique sense of style. I can honestly say I have been very fortunate to meet so many amazing women through FOTF and some of these women have become my closest friends.

6. What are some of your favourite things about the South West Region?
I grew up in the South West, so for me it will always be home and I love it. I especially love it around Dunsborough and Busselton, where restaurants, art galleries, wineries, attractions and gorgeous scenery are all there. Each time I go down to the area, I find new things to do and never get bored. The Ferguson Valley is the also the South West's best-kept secret. Its has some of our states most beautiful scenery with rolling green hills & little hidden wineries, its definitely one of my favourite places. 

7. What does it mean to you to be going to Ascot to compete in the Wildcard semi-final?
I am so overwhelmed and honoured to be representing the Bunbury Turf Club as a wildcard in the semi-final at Ascot. All year long I have been keeping my fingers crossed that I could have a chance to be involved in this amazing competition so I feel incredibly grateful to have this opportunity. I haven’t been able to wipe the smile of my face since I heard the wildcard voting results.  I’m so excited to meet all the other finalists and now I am counting down the days until all the fun begins. 


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

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