International hairdresser and also international-level equestrian rider Joh Bailey looks over some of the horses in judging at the Maclean Show.
International hairdresser and also international-level equestrian rider Joh Bailey looks over some of the horses in judging at the Maclean Show.

Joh Bailey judges at Maclean Show

HE might have styled the hair of Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista, Kylie Minogue, Lady Diana the Princess of Wales and a host of other celebrities, but yesterday hairdresser for the stars Joh Bailey was just Joh as he judged the well-groomed horses on display at the Maclean Show.

Joh appears just as comfortable in the show ring as in the social set and yesterday went about his task without fanfare among the locals and regulars of the show circuit.

He started riding horses when about nine years of age and has been competing since he was 12.

Yesterday he was judging the thoroughbreds but his favourites are the hacks.

“They are the pretty ones,” he said.

“This is the most beautiful showground I have ever seen.”

Joh doesn’t charge for his judging.

“I’m just giving back a bit,” he said.

“I just love coming and doing these things.”

The showgrounds were fairly quiet yesterday, as they are on day one of most Maclean shows.

That will change today when sideshow alley swings into action and there is a series of events in the centre ring.

Much of yesterday was dedicated to judging, and show stalwart Neville Hayward was impressed with what he saw and judged in the poultry pavilion.

He even let out a few secrets about displaying poultry.

“It’s not just a matter of grabbing them out of the pen,” he said.

Apart from the meticulous breeding program and strict diet, there’s the matter of how to make them look their best on the day.

“The best ones are trained to behave in pens of about the same size as the show pens,” he said. “The final step is usually a wash in something like Lux and then a rinse in water with blue in it to make the white stand out in the white varieties.

“Then the legs are oiled and polished and the comb is done, maybe with some camphor or cold water to make the red come out.”

SHOW PRICES

Entry

Adults $7

Concession $5

School age children $5

Membership $28

Food (pavilion)

Sandwiches $5

Sausage roll $3

Pies $3

Chicken satay stick $3

Rides

Whizzer $7 (3 for $15)

Jumping castle $5

Tornado $6

Hurricane $7 (3 for $15)

Haunted house $5

Super Trooper $6

Not all prices available

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