Fashions on the Field
Added to the AANC programme in 2019, in conjunction with the return of the event to Victoria, the novelty division of Fashions of the Field not only honours the inherent glamour of the world-famous Melbourne Cup, but gives every exhibitor the opportunity to showcase their flare for fashion and the chance to shine in the spotlight dressed in their finest.
This hotly contested competition is divided amongst purebred and Arabian-related exhibits, offered across three age divisions:
- ARABIAN FASHIONS ON THE FIELD | Handlers Aged 16 & Under
- ARABIAN FASHIONS ON THE FIELD | Handlers Aged 17-44 Years
- ARABIAN FASHIONS ON THE FIELD | Handlers Aged 45 & Older
- ARABIAN DERIVATIVE/API FASHIONS ON THE FIELD | Handlers Aged 16 & Under
- ARABIAN DERIVATIVE/API FASHIONS ON THE FIELD | Handlers Aged 17-44 Years
- ARABIAN DERIVATIVE/API FASHIONS ON THE FIELD | Handlers Aged 45 & Older
All exhibitors & exhibits will be adjudicated by a pair of celebrity judges, one male & one female, using the Fashions of the Field Scorecard. The following five criteria will be assessed from a total score of 100 points.
- Fashion & Attention to Detail | 20 points
- Style & Deportment | 20 points
- Grooming | 20 points
- Coordination of Horse and Handler | 20 points
- Overall Impression | 20 points
The horse with highest combined total points from both judges will be determined Champion. Total combined scores will be ranked to determine the remainder of the placings from Reserve Champion through full Top Ten. In the case of a tie, the highest score received from Judge 1 shall determine the winner. Should a tie still exist, the entry receiving the highest score of Fashion & Attention to Detail from both Judge 1 & Judge 2 combined shall determine the winner.
Class Procedures, as listed in the AANC Rules & Conditions, are as follows:
- To be conducted as a Jackpot Class with two divisions with 3 age groups each:
- Arabian Fashions on the Field
- Arabian Derivative/API Fashions on the Field
- Open to all registered Arabians & Arabian Derivatives in an AHSA Stud Book or API Recorded horses of any age.
- Exhibits MUST be entered in another Championship class at the AANC in order to be eligible to compete.
- Exhibitors, aged five (5) and older, of any gender are eligible to compete.
- Youth exhibitors under the age of eighteen (18) may not handle a stallion in this class.
- Safety is of paramount importance; closed toed shoes are mandatory.
- Jackpot entry of $100 applicable, 50% of which shall be designated as prize money.
- Champion (65%) and Reserve Champion (35%) to split prize money. A full Top Ten shall be awarded.
- Entries may be limited due to time constraints – first in, best dressed.
- No workout, but instead a catwalk, where the handler & horse will walk a triangle, and then present for an inspection by the judges.