Having in the past judged Fashions On The Field, I know how difficult the task of judging can be, with so many adorable and worthy fashion princesses frocked up so exquisitely.
I't such an incredibly fast process to make a snap decision, and at the same time collaborate with your fellow judges, all sharing varying views of appropriate racewear and subsequent winners.
Given that the prize stakes are so high, many racing clubs will publish their 'judging criteria' along with online entry forms. It's wonderful when judges do adhere to such.
The racing industry has certainly played a strong role in promoting fashion in Australia.
With this in mind, I am always thrilled for the respective racing club when the judging panel, with their daunting task, select a winner who is indeed a worthy ambassador for both the industry and sponsors alike.
Judges strike the (breath holding) trifecta when thier chosen winner is beautifully and appropriately groomed, the crowning glory being an articulate and supportive ambassor for the racing industry as a whole.
I would also love to see more sections (some innovative racing clubs do run these) for the mature racegoers who do not necessarily have legs to the armpits, with tummies and botts firmer than a 'sure thing bet'.
From my experience, these ladies have supported the industry for years as members, wives of members, horseowners, trainers and the likes.
These women frock up exquisitely. Spending a great deal of effort, time and money in creating their perfect outfit.
Come on sponsors :-) - It's a sure thing!