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Flashback Friday: Modeling For Fashion at the Races

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Keeneland Spring Meet 2011

Since this is the opening weekend of Keeneland, I figured that I would do a little Flashback Friday to the time I was a model in a fashion show back in April for Fashion at the Races. For those that don’t know, I live in Lexington, which is the “Horse Capital of the World.” Here, in Kentucky, we are obviously known for horses. I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of the Kentucky Derby. Before I tell you about the fashion show, I’ll tell you a little about Keeneland

Louisville has Churchill Downs and Lexington has Keeneland. If you have watched the movie, Seabiscuit, then you have seen Keeneland, because most of the racing scenes were filmed there.

Keeneland hosts two meets; a Spring Meet in April and a Fall Meet in October. During those months, the meets are three weeks long. Keeneland was founded in 1936 on 147 acres. There also has been live race meets in both April in October since 1936. The spring meet contains several preps for the Kentucky Derby and the most notable is the Bluegrass Stakes. The fall meet contains several preps for the Breeders’ Cup. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Keeneland was ranked #1, and I believe in 2015, it was #2. Keeneland was also was named a National Historic Landmark in 1986, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2015, Keeneland hosted theBreeders’ Cup for the first time. It was won by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah by six and a half lengths (I’m sure that y’all have heard of him!). American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Grand Slam of horse racing, which is the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup. American Pharoah was actually bred right here in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born on February 2, 2012 at Tom VanMeter’s Stockplace Farm.

Okay, now that you know a little bit about Keeneland, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the fashion show that I was in back on April 9, 2016. It’s Flashback Friday, after all…

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The fashion show was put on by Fashion at the Races. It was during the Bluegrass Stakes Brunch at Keene Place, which is at Keeneland. (The Bluegrass Stakes was first run in Lexington in 1911 at the Kentucky Association Track). Since its beginning,The Bluegrass Stakes serves as important prep for the Kentucky Derby. Keene Place is one of Keeneland’s oldest buildings. During the fashion show, we showed off the perfect attire to wear to the Derby (and of course, Keeneland – Anything that you would wear for the Derby is the kind of thing that you would wear to Keeneland). The proceeds from the fashion show went to the American Cancer Society and the Horseman’s Fund. The Horseman’s Fund brings together horsemen from all over the world to raise money for the fight against cancer.

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{my first look: coat and dress from entwine / fascinator made by a milliner / pony purse from fashion at the races store}

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I was super excited to be one of eight models chosen to walk in the fashion show. We all met at Fayette Mall one night prior to the event and began going to different stores to put our looks together for the fashion show. We each were going to wear two looks during the show, including a Derby hat or fascinator. My particular looks came from New York & Company and entwine. The fascinators I wore were from Fashion at the Races and were made by a local milliner, which is a person who designs, makes, trims, or sells women’s hats.

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{second look: dress from new york & company / fascinator: made by a milliner}

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{second look: jacket from new york & company}

Fashion at the Races was formed by Bri Mott with the one mission of improving the image of the American Racing industry. After looking around the world at the different countries that have thriving industries, it was decided that they needed to bring a whole new generation to the track to enjoy its magic. Through a mixture of Fashion and Racing, Fashion at the Races hopes to educate people about the wonderful social side that exists on the race days along with the amazing animals on the track. With the Fashions on the Field event leading the assault, we hope to entice people to come to the track to see something new, to experience a fun day and to fall in love with the amazing place that is the races!”

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{group picture after the ‘Fashion at the Races’ fashion show on April 9, 2016}

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Afterwards, my husband and I enjoyed some live music, mimosas, and some hors’ d oeuvres. That particular day was the opening of the Spring Meet at Keeneland, as well as the Bluegrass Stakes. It was a great event for a wonderful cause that I was proud to be a part of!

***Information about Keeneland’s Fall Meet: Starts on Friday, October 7 until Saturday, October 29. No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. Gates open at 11am and first post is 1:05 each race day! 2016 Fall’s schedule: here.

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  • Megan McCoig

    Wow this is so cool that you got to model at the races. I love your outfits, you suit and model them so well. I love going to races and dressing up!

    • Thanks so much!!

      Fashion at the Races is the name of the organization that hosted the fashion show. The races took place later during the day 🙂

  • How fun!!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    Wow this is so cool that you got to model at the races. you look amazing.

    • Thanks so much!!

      Fashion at the Races is the name of the organization that hosted the fashion show. The races took place later a few hours later 🙂

  • This looks like so much fun. It has always been a dream of mine to wear a big hat and attend the races! I’m jealous! Amber N

  • There’s something so GLAM about horse races…this looks like such a fun opportunity!

  • You looked adorable. I want to visit Keeneland. It looks like fun!

  • Debra Hawkins

    I absolutely love the lemon dress and your hat! That looks like so much fun!

  • You look so fabulous. Both looks are adorable, but the first one is my favorite.

  • I’ve always wanted to go to the Derby so I can sip on some Mint Juleps while wearing a gorgeous hat. Love the looks you modeled. The hats are amazing.

  • Kimberly Stroh

    Fashion and brunch! You can’t go wrong. The Derby always falls on my birthday too.

    • Fashion and brunch are a winning a combo. I can’t believe I have never been to the Derby or Churchill Downs, and I’ve lived here my entire life!

  • Allison Lancaster

    How fun! I have always wanted to go to the derby but haven’t had the chance. You look gorg!

    • Thanks so much!! I’ve lived in Kentucky my entire life, but I’ve never been to the Derby or even Churchill Downs!

  • Rachel Catherine

    That looks like a really fun event! I totally want to go to the derby some day.

  • Amanda Love

    How amazing is that! I love the dresses that you picked and how you styled them. Perfect for the occasion. Sounds like an exciting event to be part of!

  • This sounds like so much fun! It looks beautiful too, love the pictures and of course, I love all the fancy hats 🙂

  • Taylor Smith

    You looked so pretty as one of the eight models! Loved your outfits and your hats especially.

  • How fun! I have never been to the races, but my dad loves going to them. Maybe someday! – HilLesha

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    Wow, you still look fab! I haven’t watched a modeling fashion during races, sounds lovely!

    • Thanks so much!

      The fashion show wasn’t during the races. Fashion at the Races is the organization that put the show on. The races took place a few hours later 🙂

  • You were an amazing model! I love your lemon look too cute!!!

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    The hats! I love how cute they are! The yellow one is my favorite! I’d love to try racing style like this!

  • Kristin & Megan

    And you looked just gorgeous! What a fun event. I’m down for any occasion that calls for hats!

  • I love the hats 💕💕💕

  • Ellie Augustin

    What a fun event. Love the dresses. It’s always so fun to be able to have a chance to dress up.