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Thursday 17 August 2017

Mum of two months picks up best-dressed at RDS

AND wins an €8,000 holiday to New York

A DUBLIN mum scooped top prize at Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show – just eight weeks after giving birth to son Sam.

First-time mum Annemarie Blenner Hasset wowed the judges at the RDS with her simple but stylish vintage 1950s outfit.

Annemarie (32) bought the lime-green wool outfit online and teamed it with a hat by Carol Kennelly.

And Annemarie, who has lived in Dublin for 10 years, showed she was price-conscious by re-using her wedding handbag from Coast.

Annemarie was deemed to be the fair lady of the capital, beating off 600 entrants to the prestigious Best Dressed Lady competition.

Competition this year was fierce, with nearly twice as many entrants as last year.

The slim blonde wowed judges Susan Loughane from Love/Hate and Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse with her quirky but elegant look.

"I am absolutely over the moon; this is my first proper day out since I had Sam."

After taking to the stage among the 10 finalists, Annemarie, a chartered accountant, became emotional when she was announced the winner.

She will share her prize – an €8,000 trip to New York – with her husband Jonathan.

Judge Susan Loughnane said that they are confident they backed the right lady. "I think we got the right winner in the end," Susan said.

Annemarie was not the only fash- ionista who was saluted on Blossom Hill Ladies Day: five other prizes were up for grabs.

Mother and daughter Angela and Stacey Caldwell were overjoyed when they both won prizes.

Co Down native Stacy (23) was picked out with her white outfit and blue floral headpiece to win Highly Commended Outfit, while glamorous mum Angela turned out in a bright peach number to claim the Most Colourful Outfit prize.

Cheer

She may not have won a prize but 84-year-old Bridget Moloughney melted hearts when she took to the stage, aided by her walking stick.

The Tipperary woman drew a huge cheer from the crowd when she was voted among the ten finalists, but she said she was just happy to enjoy her first fashion competition.

Most Creative Hat rightly went to showjumper Suzanne O'Brien, who recreated the RDS clock into a fashionable headpiece.

Meanwhile, Danielle Gingell impressed with a 1920s-inspired look and was awarded the Elegance in Attitude prize, and Fair City writer Brendan Spratt from Marino in Co Dublin won Best Dressed Man.

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