Entry: There is no formal entry procedure to the competitions. Judges simply wander through the crowds and invite chosen finalists to the Anthony Ryan marquee, adjacent to the Champagne Tent. Ladies interested in taking part in this year’s Anthony Ryan’s Best Dressed Lady Competition are asked to arrive early as the finalists will be chosen by 2.30pm.
The winning outfits are usually announced at approximately 3.30pm. The prize giving ceremony will take place in the enclosure immediately after the 5th race.
Best Dressed Competition 2012
Anthony Ryan's celebrated 10 years sponsoring the Best Dressed Lady Competition at Galway Races Ladies Day this year which took place on Thursday, 2nd August. A stellar judging panel were on hand to judge the prestigious fashion competition including former Miss World Rosanna Davison, fashion editor of the Irish Independent Bairbre Power and Editor of Social & Personal Magazine P.J. Gibbons. They were also joined by well known faces Patricia McCrossan, Managing Director, Galway NOW and Mandy Maher, Catwalk Model Agency.
The lucky winner was Kelli O''Dell, a student from New South Wales, Australia who walked away with a one carat diamond solitaire pendant valued at €8,000, a shopping spree worth €1,500 in Anthony Ryan's Galway and €1,000 cash. She will also receive a Lancome Presentation Gift Hamper worth over €500 and a corporate hospitality package for Galway Races October Bank Holiday Race Meeting. Sporting a hat of her own design, Aisling Ahern was chosen as the winner fo the Best Hat Competition and received a €1,500 shopping spree at Anthony Ryans.
Ladies taking part in the Anthony Ryan's Best Dressed Lady Competition were asked to arrive from midday as the finalists were chosen by 2.30 p.m. There is no entry required for the competition. Anthony Ryan's scouts and judges mingle through the crowd and invite selected finalists to the judging marquee which is located adjacent to the Champagne Tent in the enclosure. The winning outfit is then announced at 3.30 p.m.
Best Dressed Competition 2011
In 2011 Anthony Ryan’s Best Dressed Competition had a prize fund of €20,000 with the Best Dressed Lady scooping a prize worth over €12,000, the largest prize on offer to the winner of a Best Lady Dressed Competition in Ireland during 2011.
Ladies Day (Best Dressed Lady Competition) - Thursday of Summer Festival. Suzanne McGarry Winner 2011
DETAILS OF PRIZES
The Best Dressed Lady Suzanne McGarry walked away with a one carat diamond solitaire pendant valued at €8,500, a shopping spree worth €1,500 in Anthony Ryans, Galway and €1,000 cash. She also received a corporate hospitality package for Galway Races October Bank Holiday Racing Festival to include dinner and champagne reception and a Lancôme Presentation Gift Hamper worth over €500.
The prize for the winner of the ‘Best Hat’ was a €1,500 shopping spree at Anthony Ryan’s Galway and Sieglinde Mullers was the lucky winner.. All finalists at the Anthony Ryan’s Best Dressed marquee were presented with a special collection of Lancôme cosmetics compliments of University Pharmacy, Galway.
Judging this year’s competition were three of the best known names in the Irish fashion industry –Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent Weekend magazine, Off the Rails Presenter Brendan Courtney and PJ Gibbons, Editor, Social and Personal Magazine.
They were joined by well known faces from the Galway fashion scene Patricia McCrossan, Managing Director, Galway NOW, Mandy Maher, Catwalk Model Agency and Fiona Durkin, Fashion Consultant with Anthony Ryan Ltd.
Photos of Ladies Day 2011