First up, our favourite charity fashion event of the year took place this week. Hats for Hope was a fantastic success on all accounts. The Hats for Hope team were overjoyed at the success of the event, which was a sell-out.
“A huge thank you to everyone who attended and made the day as fantastic as it was. Together we are keeping the issue of youth suicide on the agenda, and we’re doing something practical to better the lives of our young people who are struggling, and that’s by supporting youth suicide research at our country’s largest youth mental health research organisation – Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.”
Our founder, LaToyah Asha is a proud ambassador of Hats for Hope and was thrilled to once again be part of such a fashionable and inspiring day.
Speaking of fashion, this week The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Myer officially announced Rebecca Harding as the 2017 Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador. Rebecca is a model and media personality from Melbourne and the girlfriend of Andy Lee. She has worked in the fashion industry for many years as a model and in public relations. She is especially passionate about showcasing your individuality when it comes to Fashions on the Field, “Racewear is all about elegance and finding fun ways to inject a bit of your own flair and personality into your look” she says. We’d like to congratulate Rebecca on behalf on H&H and look forward to seeing her shine in her new role this Spring Racing Carnival.
In other equestrian news, we are pleased to hear that the Victorian Labour Government is investing $1.6million to step up the fight against performance enhancing drugs in horse racing.
The funds will be received by The Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL), a lab stationed at Flemington that conducts tests for the horse and greyhound racing industries.
The racing industry became particularly notorious for the use of Cobalt in racing, after a scandal in 2015 made headlines. Although Cobalt is a necessary trace element, it is a banned drug if present in excess and at high levels it can result in the death of horses from heart failure.
This investment boost will be matched dollar for dollar by RASL and help ensure the health and safety of racehorses and ensure a fair competition. You can read more about this story at Racing News.
In Sydney racing this month, Young Professionals in Racing (YPR) kicked off it’s Spring Racing season on 2nd September with a party in the exclusive Oaks Lawn Marquee at Royal Randwick. The $200,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes was headline race on the day, won by 4yo bay mare, Invincible Gem.
Still in Sydney, preparations are galloping along for the World Polo Championships in October and the Australian Polo Federation is calling out for volunteers to assist during the event. If you’d like to be part of the action you can enquire on their website.
For more unmissable polo events, check out our upcoming events calendar for the season.
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