As I was watering the garden on Sunday morning, my neighbour asked if I’d like some free tickets to the races. I wasn’t aware of any races, but figured he meant horses since we have a track here. He confirmed that and said they were worth $10 each and that they weren’t going, so I took them off his hands in exchange for some flowers I picked out of my garden. It was the least I could do.

The Waipukurau Christmas Races – Fashion in the Field is a chance for people to put on their best threads, wear fancy hats and also enter a contest (men, women and kids) for best dressed. After watching an inspirational course online which featured a world renowned photographer, I wanted to take more pictures of people, so this was a great opportunity!

We got there early, grabbed a picnic table with an umbrella and ended up seeing some friends there so we all sat together and had a great view of the track. Everyone but me placed bets on the horses. I was more interested in taking pictures! I lose less money that way.

The weather threatened rain but only lightly drizzled in between sun and mostly clouds, varying from a warm to a cold breeze. You just never know around here.

In between the racing, I wandered the grounds and caught most of the fashion shows and also had a look at the horses that were set to race.

Waipukurau Christmas Races 2019

The poor sheep in the middle of the track were getting herded around by the racing horses!

It was nice having people stay in the same spot so I could catch moments in time.

Sandie, my friend and neighbour
Liz wore her fancy hat, too!
Andy studying the odds

Some kids that were interested in becoming jockeys were given the chance to ride some smaller horses on the track.

The little girls had been practicing on the “catwalk” before the judging and they all looked adorable in their cute dresses.

Waipukurau Christmas Races 2019
Watching the girls

Then it was time for the ladies to strut their stuff.

They all lined up to be judged.

Waipukurau Christmas Races ladie's fashion show2019

Then it was time for the men, who really hammed it up trying to woo the female judges.

Waipukurau Christmas Races mens fashion show2019

The judges discussed their thoughts.

Sadly, news does not travel fast here and I’m not sure who won!! But they all looked great and everyone had fun.

Santa made an appearance a bit later, throwing candy to the kids along the fence.

Looking for some candy on the ground

It was a fun day to get out and see some of our locals. Next time we know to bring our own drinks and food. The weather also held out until after the races were over and then it poured!

Someone was lucky enough to come to the races in the Limo!


10 thoughts on “Faces at the Races

  1. Lovely photos and you’ve really captured the colour spectacle that that it was. Loved the fashion parade photos as I totally missed that event on the day.

  2. Great country race meeting captured beautifully. Your next challenge is to go to a major city race meeting and take photos to see how totally different they are – from atmosphere to fashion to horse flesh. It’s like going from Country Calendar to The Rich and Famous!

    1. Wish I would’ve gotten a picture of the “bar” which is why next time, we’ll bring our own drinks. This town has about 4400 residents…I’m surprised we have a racecourse at all!

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