FOR Scarborough resident Brittany Taylor there is no better time of the year than Spring Carnival.
The Perth Racing Ambassador and judge of Saturday’s Fashion on the Field will help kick off the 2017 Carnival at Ascot.
Having grown up in The Vines, the 23-year-old said it was her grandparents and father jockey Jim Taylor who introduced her to the sport when she was just a baby.
“(My Dad) had me in his arms on a horse when I was only eight weeks old so horses have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember,” she said.
“I started working for Dad when I was 12 and haven’t left because I love it so much.
“Every morning I still ride track work for him.”
Miss Taylor said she was excited for the season to begin.
“Spring in Perth is synonymous with racing at Ascot and I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy all the hospitality and entertainment action on course,” she said.
“My favourite thing about this time of year is the interest in racing from the general public.
“Huge crowds transcend on Ascot to watch the sport we love and revel in the atmosphere of Spring Racing and the track really comes to life.”
With fashion also a huge part of the racing scene Miss Taylor said it the carnival was the perfect time for punters to don their finest and as a judge she looked for attention to detail and the ‘wow’ factor.
“A race day provides such a unique day time opportunity to dress up in looks you might not normally wear,” she said.
“How often can you wear gorgeous millinery pieces and traditional silhouettes?
“Elegance is so important when it comes to racing fashion and I also really take note of attention to detail and overall grooming.”
What to wear and what not to wear on race day
1. Don’t wear new shoes – blisters can really ruin your day
2. Don’t wear anything that you would wear out on a night out – keep the look traditional and modest
3. Don’t be afraid of wearing colour or a pattern
1. Wear heel stoppers or a chunky heel to avoid sinking into the grass
2. Have a bet! It can be $1 on the horse that you think looks the best, your favourite number, the best name – just have a go
3. If you don’t trust your gut, look out for the jockey William Pike – he’s our state’s best jockey
4. Wear a headpiece – it’s not often you can wear millinery so make the most of it and get creative with your look