Lexus of Rockhampton
The Real Group
FashIons on the Field






Judging Criteria

Style and originality

Important for a contestant to have their own style. It’s nice to see someone put an outfit together which allows their personality to shine through. The fashion judges will be looking for an Autumn appropriate ensemble. This would include sleeves, (cap, 3/4 ), closed-toe or peep-toe shoes, hosiery and gloves. For the Classic category – consider an outfit that is timeless and elegantly coordinated.

Appropriateness of the outfit for the individual

Dress with your body shape and age in mind. Exposed shoulders and cleavage are not true Ladies Racewear.

Attention to detail with accessories

This is a very important one! You could have a beautiful dress, but it will appear too simple if you don’t accessorise it properly. Give attention to your hat, bag and jewellery.

Understanding and interpretation of the current fashion trends

Be on-trend with what is happening in the fashion world always ensuring that you adapt this to your body shape and personality.

Grooming and deportment

Be on-trend with what is happening in the fashion world always ensuring that you adapt this to your body shape and personality.


Will be judged on Style & Design – Match to the outfit & Quality Workmanship. Millinery should make a clear fashion statement yet fully compliment the outfit. Style and Design should demonstrate originality and be appropriate for the season. As this is Autumn, definitely no straw or sinamay. Felt, feathers, silks and Leather are all appropriate for the season.


Style and originality

Fashion with an edge – stand-alone look! The outfit should be individualised with accessories such as a hat, lapel flower, cufflinks or pocket-handkerchief. As the season is Autumn a Jacket and Tie are essential.

2024 Special Guest Judge

Neil Carpenter

Neil Carpenter is no stranger to Fashions on the Field (FOTF). However, it was by only chance that he first stumbled on the world that is FOTF after being approached to enter his very first competition in 2017. Securing a win – his interested was sparked.

Since then Neil has been awarded many ‘Gentleman of Day’ sashes not only within his home state of NSW but also QLD, VIC, ACT, TAS and SA. Some on Neil’s most notable wins include:

The Everest, Royal Randwick (NSW)
The Championships Days 1 & 2, Royal Randwick (NSW)
Moet & Chandon Stakes, Royal Randwick (NSW)
Derby Day (Top 3), Flemington (VIC)
Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Racecourse (VIC)
Magic Millions Polo, Gold Coast Turf Club (QLD)
Stradbroke Handicap, Eagle Farm (QLD)
Cairns Amateurs, Cannon Park (QLD)
Adelaide Cup, Morphetville (SA)
Launceston Cup, Launceston Racecourse (TAS)
Black Opal, Thoroughbred Park (ACT)
Dubai World Cup (Best Dressed Couple), The Meydan (Dubai)

Whilst it would be remiss to not acknowledge the excitement of winning and collecting the illustrious sash, Neil gets more enjoyment putting outfits together and ‘scowering’ instagram pages for race wear ideas and concepts coming out of Europe.

Away from fashions, Neil’s other hobbies include long-distance running, the occasional TV game show contestant and judging Show Horses at a State and National level.

Neil is honoured to be officiating at the 2024 Lexus of Rockhampton | The Real Group Rocky Amateurs Fashions on the Field competition and offers some advice: confidence is key, rock the stage and smile!


Please email Shannyn Hopkins for further information



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