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Mary MacKillop Catholic College students were overjoyed at this morning’s Wellcamp Airport Breakfast with the Stars when their school was announced as the winner of the Weetwood School Colour Competition.

Mary McKillop Catholic College years four, five and six classes worked cohesively to produce an art piece encompassing all elements of racing, including an overwhelming link to this year’s Weetwood.

The Young Brumby’s mascot, ‘Bernie the Brumby’, aptly named after the mighty racehorse ‘Bernborough’, featured as the centrepiece on the canvas.

Using papier mache, ‘Bernie the Brumby’ came alive in a three dimensional form and adorned the colours of orange and purple to celebrate ‘Bernborough’, the mighty racehorse.

Students also included 15 images and articles in memory of Bernborough, symbolic of the great stallion’s 15 consecutive wins.

The students replicated the Weetwood sponsors in the fencing, including the event’s major sponsor, Audi Centre Toowoomba.

A total score of 85 out of a possible 100 was awarded to Mary MacKillop Catholic College by the panel of five judges.

Mary MacKillop Catholic College was awarded a cash prize of $500 and a Samsung Galaxy tablet, donated by Harvey Norman Computers and Electrical for their winning efforts.

The two runners up schools; Harristown State School and Gabbinbar State School, both received $250 cash prize and a digital camera donated by Harvey Norman Computers and Electrical each for their magnificent artwork efforts.

Fourteen schools across the Toowoomba region participated in the Weetwood in the Community initiative and Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers was overwhelmed by the response.

“This year’s canvas entries raised the bar on the exceptional canvases that were presented at last year’s inaugural competition,” Odgers said.

“The Weetwood event has a long association with the local community and we are delighted with the continued support.

“Weetwood week events continue tomorrow with the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Barrier Draw, the Weetwood Racing Mass tomorrow night followed by the Weetwood Calcutta on Friday night.

“Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood – online or at the gate,” Odgers said.

Participating schools in the inaugural ‘Weetwood School Colour Competition’ included;
• Brookstead State School
• Gabbinbar State School
• Greenmount State School
• Harlaxton State School
• Harristown State School
• Mary Mackillop Catholic College
• Newtown State School
• Our Lady of Lourdes
• Rockville State School
• Southbrook Central State School
• St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School Pittsworth
• Toowoomba East State School
• Toowoomba Grammar

Visit www.weetwood.com.au for all of your Weetwood information.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 07 Apr 2016 0 comments

If you’ve bought a ticket for the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood this year, you’re going to be bumping shoulders with the best – MKR Miner Diners Alex & Gareth, Queensland State Of Origin coach Kevin Walters and style queen Crystal Kimber.

The star-studded line-up shows the social stakes have been raised once again and the only place to be on Saturday, April 16th, is trackside at Clifford Park.

Ticket holders in the GC Event Hire Fashion Passport can exclusively wine and dine with the ‘Miner Diners’ and grab fashion tips from style queen Crystal Kimber.

Joining the line-up is popular local jockey and fashion advocate Ruby Ride, as she spends this year’s Weetwood on the ‘other side of the fence’ as she takes up the reins as a judge in the Hannas Fashions on the Field.

Ruby has grown up trackside and has a full understanding and appreciation for both the equine athletes and the social elements that are pivotal to a premier racing event.

“I am very excited to be involved with Toowoomba’s biggest racing event,” Ride said.

“As both a jockey and a local girl, I really look forward to Weetwood as it is Toowoomba’s social event of the year – a great chance to catch up with friends, dress beautifully and follow your favourite horses,” Ride said.

Ride is apprenticed to local trainer and Hannas co-owner Jim Hanna and the local department store is again supporting the Fashions on the Field as the event’s major partner.

“Hannas is proud to be supporting Toowoomba’s premier racing event,” Hannas co-owner Jim Hanna said.

“Weetwood is the biggest social event on the local calendar and Hannas is excited to be part of the Fashions on the Field on the metropolitan stage.” Hanna said.

Over $6,000 in prizes is on offer for the Hannas Fashions on the Field category winners, all thanks to Hannas and an extensive list of businesses who have donated; Wellcamp Airport, Qantas, Review, VIEW Hotels, Rydges South Bank, Dawn Osborne Florists, Tackleworld Toowoomba, Lion Co (XXXX Gold), Cicciolato, Jade Cook Millinery and Evoke Clothing.

Entrants can enter the Hannas Fashions on the Field at the GC Event Hire Fashion Passport from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

Clifford Park is excited about the partnership with Hannas as the countdown begins for the 2016 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood.

“Hannas is synonymous with horse racing, leading the way in style and glamour as fashion is a key element at any raceday,” Jim Hanna said.

“Being locally owned, Hannas is able to expertly cater to the needs of Toowoomba racegoers.

“Hannas stock a comprehensive range of clothing and footwear, for both men and women, rarely found under the one roof.

“Hannas is famous for its friendly personal service and their trained staff help make your shopping experience pleasant and rewarding, making Hannas, the Toowoomba Turf Club’s preferred shopping destination,” Hanna said.

Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers urges racegoers to purchase their tickets for the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood.

“We are delighted to have Hannas back on board as the major partner for Weetwood’s Fashions on the Field,” Blair Odgers said.

“Secure your tickets online for our dining packages or general admission and join us trackside on Saturday April 16,” Odgers said.

Regular racegoer and regular Fashions on the Field contestant Brooke Marjoribanks has been named the 2016 Face of Weetwood for the forthcoming Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood on Saturday April 16.

Face of Weetwood Brooke Marjoribanks_Photo by Fable Photography

2016 Face of Weetwood Brooke Marjoribanks (Fable Photography image).

The local milliner extends her talents to the sports field, where she is a netball coach at a local Toowoomba school.

Mrs Marjoribanks is also a racing enthusiast and a regular racegoer at Clifford Park, attending Weetwood annually and enjoys all aspects of Toowoomba’s premier event.

Possessing a passion for fashion, Brooke is a regular contestant in the Fashions on the Field competitions, including being awarded the trifecta in 2014 at Weetwood, Toowoomba Cup Day and Clifford Park’s Melbourne Cup Day.

Mrs Marjoribanks entered the annual Face of Weetwood competition to enhance the profile of Weetwood in the community, combined with her love of horse racing and millinery.

“I grew up on a property east of Roma before moving to Toowoomba ten years ago to peruse my career in finance,” Brooke Marjoribanks said.

“Being a country girl, I enjoy being part of community events and experiencing what the Darling Downs has to offer.

“My racing interests extend to fashion including millinery, raceday hospitality and racehorse ownership.

“I love exploring the racing carnivals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast and not forgetting, what we have on offer in our backyard, on the Darling Downs,” Mrs Marjoribanks said.

As the Face of Weetwood, Brooke will represent Clifford Park at all Weetwood events, including; Weetwood Golf Day (Monday April 11), Breakfast with the Weetwood Stars (Tuesday April 12), Barrier Draw luncheon (Wednesday April 13), Weetwood Calcutta dinner (Friday April 15) and the Audi Centre Weetwood on Saturday April 16.

“As someone who enjoys attending a variety of racedays, I’d like to show people of all ages what an enjoyable and entertaining day it is at the track,” Mrs Marjoribanks said.

Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers was thrilled by the quantity and quality of applicants, endorsing the community spirit that surrounds the history of Weetwood.

“The applicants were outstanding and the selection process was again extremely difficult,” Mr Odgers said.

“It is humbling to meet a number of wonderful ladies in our community that are so passionate about racing and in particular, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood.

“Brooke, as the Face of Weetwood, will assist with raising the profile of the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood locally as well as interstate.

“The community is extremely proud of this event and Brooke will represent the Weetwood and all associated events with confidence, style and sophistication,” Odgers said.