They come from Far North Queensland and they have given Australia's Fashion Capital Melbourne a real run for their money. Thank you to all ladies and gentlemen who stood in front of me to be judged on nothing else but their outfits. This was incredibly hard to do, but you were all stunning and Burdekin has now a very close place next to my heart. Thank you to all who welcomed me and you were by far, the most stylish crowd in many ways I have ever seen. It was like an agricultural show meets the races and the crowd was blossoming full of colour.
May the Millinery World be grateful as you do know this is where the 'Silk Abaca' medium was first introduced to Australia, Far North Queensland does it again in incredible colourful style.
Sometimes when running around the country filming, photographing and judging 'Fashions on the Field', I question, “What on Earth am I Doing????”
I make so little money that it is not even covering costs, but every now and then I am reminded why. Today was that day. Let's bring it down to facts. Do you know where Burdekin Is? Do you know what they are famous for? Do you realise that they don't care if there is no TAB tote there?
Allot would say, “Who Cares and So what!” I tell you WHAT! This is one of the most fashionable, friendly (yet competative) and impressive race meetings I can remember going to in a very long time.
Yes, almost every week I am at Racing HQ at Flemington and the fashion in HQ is stunning with Generations of owners, trainers and horse industry in the know members, but turning up at Burdekin I know there is something very home grown and beautiful about this Race Meeting and the People who take part.
I am really looking forward to Royal Ascot, but to be a part of a community that cares and genuinely talks to you in the eyes; that matters. Maybe it is just the warm Hospitality of Far North Queensland. I was upset and it did ruin my day that they had free produce to take home and cook up, although having to fly into Melbourne (BBBRRRR) the next day. No fruit over state lines. When I arrived to judge in Cairns a couple of years ago, I immediately purchased property in the region as I loved the people and place so much. This is why I keep asking myself, “Why do I live in Melbourne?”. Ummm, it is not the weather, but wishing to give my children every opportunity to have their dreams come to them and at their disposal.
Sometimes with Country Racing you expect to see some of the usual ladies that enjoy 'Fashions on the Field', but in general I would have to say that today's raceday was graced with beautifully turned out ladies and gentlemen. Even the crowd was like stepping into the past of yesteryear when everyone wore HATS! Did Burdekin know I had a thing for hats? They all looked amazing. The ladies, dressed like ladies, gentlemen cared for appearance.
I cannot rave about this meeting enough. There was a prize pool of over $30,000 and I was so proud to tell the organisers that this was such a professionally run event, with beautifully attired locals.
Thank you all so much,
Some things are worth more than money.
THIS IS WHY I DO WHAT I DO, FOR PEOPLE WHO JUST LOVE TO DRESS WELL.