The Fair Hill Best Dressed voting turned into an ultimate showdown, with 2,442 total votes being cast in the poll. Emily Hamel received 333 votes to clinch the win, just edging Sarah Dunkerton in second place with 323 votes.
For showing off her style prowess on the jog strip, Emily wins a gift basket of Mane ‘n Tail goodies kindly donated by Alec Thayer. And since Sarah was oh so close to winning, we’re also making up a second-placed gift basket for her, too.
Emily, who hails from Midway, Ky., stopped by the press tent to pick up her prize and tell us a little about Ramsey, a 10-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding owned by Katherine O’Brien. Though they don’t know his Jockey Club name because his tattoo is unreadable, Ramsey definitely raced before starting his career as an eventer.
Formerly campaigned by Lindsey Oaks through Preliminary, Emily took over the ride on Ramsey in 2012, and they finished 3rd in their first CCI* together at Hagyard MidSouth last year. They were 10th in the CIC2* at Chatt Hills in May and finished 12th in the CIC2* at Richland in preparation for their first CCI2* this weekend at Fair Hill.
“I’ve never been to Fair Hill before, so I don’t know what to expect, but it’s a great venue — even in the rain,” Emily said. “My goal is to get a qualifying score and have a good time. There’s 100 people in my division, so I just won’t to focus on having a good experience.”
As for the winning jog outfit, Emily said she first wore the dress to a University of Kentucky basketball game, since the dress matches UK’s colors. Her friends encouraged her to wear it to the jog yesterday, and she paired it with patterned tights, black boots and a leather jacket to complete the look.
Kudos to Emily for rocking such a great outfit on the jog strip, and we wish all the best to her and Ramsey as they tackle their first CCI2* this weekend at Fair Hill. You can learn more about her by checking out her Emily Hamel Eventing Facebook page.
The chinchillas would like to apologize to Matt Brown, who looked smashing yesterday in his tailored gray suit and colorful socks. But those pesky rodents forgot to add his photo to the jog gallery for voting! You didn’t get to duke it out for the Mane ’n Tail gift basket, Matt, but we offer you eternal EN karma as a consolation prize.