With glorious summer sunshine, the best weather on record for Ladies Day at Ripon was met by the biggest attendance at this increasingly popular society event at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse on Thursday 17 June.
Yorkshire ladies were out in style and giving the Ascot crowd a run for their money.
After racing tips from Graham Orange of Go Racing in Yorkshire, guests at the luxurious Grand Marquee Luncheon were entertained with a series of catwalk fashion show collections throughout the afternoon between races. Also watched by other racegoers, models from Don’t Panik showed three collections of stunning occasion wear from the event sponsor, Huddersfield-based House of Elliot. The graduating fashion students of Harrogate College also enjoyed the opportunity to present two of their collections; Zana O’Connell’s innovative ‘Something Old & Something New’ which recycled wedding dresses into new designs and Jess Reid’s partywear ‘Treasures I’ve Found’.
Always a popular highlight of the day, the Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competitions presented a difficult choice for the judging panel of sponsors Sue Kropywnckj and Nikki Schofield with Suzanna Bain.
Perfect in oyster pastel, this year’s elegant Best Dressed Lady was Liz Akroyd from Hull who won £500 in gift vouchers from The House of Elliot. A close contender, Debbie Grogan was awarded Best Hat for her stunning floral hat reminiscent of My Fair Lady. Her prize, from The Hat Hire is to have a hat designed and made to her specifications by their expert milliners.
Local Ripon girl, Susan Jarvis, was presented with champagne and flowers for third place in the Best Dressed Lady stakes along with Carol Fawthrop of Tong who took 2nd place with a magnificent hat which was certainly the largest.
Liz Akroyd will go forward to the final of Go Racing in Yorkshire’s 2010 Best Dressed Lady competition along with winners from all the other Yorkshire courses at Doncaster Racecourse on 9th September.