While the coveted Supreme Winner sash for The Ned Prix de Fashion has so far elluded North Canterbury's June Youngman - it's not without success for this well-travelled fashionista who has been no stranger in qualifying for the competition's regional final.
We had a chat with June ahead of this year's competition to learn a little more about her racewear experience.
You're no stranger to racewear competitions - how many times have you qualified for The Ned Prix de Fashion?
"Feels like it's been a long time. This year will be my sixth time qualifying".
Outside of raceday fashion, are you someone who likes to get dressed up in normal life?
"Not at all. I’m a director of a farm machinery business in North Canterbury, so I'm normally in my overalls and gumboots at farm auctions".
Do you follow horse racing as well, or is fashions in the field where it’s at for you on raceday?
"Definitely not just fashion, we have shares in horses my family has been involved in horses and training for over 50 years".
Do you consider yourself a trend setter or follower?
"I love doing my own thing, things that make me happy, I have had lot of ladies email and message me saying they love watching what I wear, which is very flattering".
What has been your favourite raceday look that you’ve worn?
"I designed this outfit and got a friend of mine Jo Laurance to make it. My hat was from an amazing award-winning milliner in Australia named Iren Moore". [Pictured below]
What’s one trend or colour you’ve seen in fashions in the field competitions this year (in New Zealand or Australia) that you’ve loved?
"To be honest, I don’t follow too much what’s coming up on trend. I just love to wear what I like and colours/trends that suit me for my body shape and skin tone".
Do you have a style muse?
"Not 100% I don’t but I do look at a lot of overseas milliners and race fashion few of my favorite are milliners like Iren Moore, Maria Wright and Monika Neuhauser".
What advice would you give to people keen to start entering fashions in the field competitions but who aren’t quite sure where to start?
"It's very important to know that racing fashion is for every woman and man, of every shape and colour, so it doesn’t matter whether you are old or young anyone can enter and the best dressed should always win so don’t be afraid to give it a go, you never know your luck".
The Ned Prix de Fashion is New Zealand's national fashions in the field final and boasts a prize package in excess of $20,000 thanks to The Ned and the Victoria Racing Club. But most of all, one woman will walk away with that coveted sash and the title of being the country's best dressed racegoer for the season.