Fashions in the Field by Lannah Sawers-Diggins. The Cobar Miners Race Club Annual Race Meeting in Australia. Fun, horses and… fashion! Great event!
I had been warned – but the circumstances surrounding my arrival at this awesome spectacle sort of didn’t allow for me not to stick out like a sore thumb! This was the Cobar Miners Race Club Annual Race Meeting – a race meeting in an outback Australian town. Let’s just say I had been warned that the dress code for the day would be dresssy – that the women, of all ages from babes in prams right through to the elderly, wore their best – had their hair, nails and make up done expertly – and the men weren’t far behind – but in suits, not dresses. Some did have amazing hairstyles though – but I didn’t see much make up on the male gender. None actually.
And here was little old me. Arriving stale (as opposed to ‘fresh’) from a pretty long bus trip across the outback from Adelaide to Cobar, nearly non-stop. No chance of a bath or even to freshen up, really. Even though I actually had packed appropriately, thanks to that warning. To be fair, the wonderful people of Cobar did offer me the use of a bathroom upon my arrival but to be honest, I was just too darned tired to worry. And really, I was also enjoying myself too much to be concerned about how I looked. I stood out anyway, as a ‘foreigner’ with a camera slung around my neck and with pad and pen in hand.
But the fashions – oh my God – and the hats. This was the Cobar Horse (and foot) Races. Have to say they are a far cry from the horse race meetings that I attended as a child, also in the outback.
These people know how to enjoy themselves. I heard that another town ‘nearby’ was also holding its races that same day – I guess the fashions were pretty high there too. In fact, I am beginning to think this is the norm these days for these country race meetings.
Those fashions, right down to the superb stilettos, could not be faulted. The colours were amazing. Such a spectacular array. And on all ages – the school students arriving looking every bit as wonderful as their elders. And so proud.
It really is a very big event, probably the biggest for the year, on the calendar for these country towns. Good on them.