Shannon, as the face of TV3 Derby Day, what are your expectations of the day?
The first time I went along to TV3 Derby Day Kimbra performed, and what an incredible day that was. Everyone was having a great time getting involved in the day's events and I don't expect that will change, they always have a fun day lined up. I hope the sun comes out to play, too.TV personality Shannon Ryan. Photo / Doug Sherring
Are you a regular at Ellerslie? If not, please tell us about a favourite day at the races.
I've only been a handful of times. My earliest memory was when my grandparents were driving through Auckland and decided to take a detour and show us the races. We had two horses on the farm, Soxy and Bobby, but they were chilled-out farm horses that were companions. I was blown away by the action at the evening races and the dresses little girls were wearing. The most Soxy and I had done was get the cows in.
Do you know your stuff when it comes to horses? How do you pick them?
Can I liken this to choosing a bottle of wine? Ha ha. I am drawn to a good name, much like I choose a bottle with a nice label. But I apply what I do anywhere I'm unfamiliar with; I pay attention and get tips from people who don't know I'm listening, so watch out!
Derby Day is traditionally black and white for the ladies. What will you be wearing?
I will be wearing Natalie Chan, which is lucky as I may have turned up in all the colours of the rainbow. Although there are guidelines with black and white I think it will be fun for women (and men) to use the brief to play around with some fun outfits. One time I took Soxy to our local pony club for dress-up day. Without too much consideration I entered as the Mexican character from the CC corn chips TV ad. With a patchwork knitted blanket from my grandma, a poncho, sombrero and a packet of CCs at my side, I was good to go.TV personality Shannon Ryan. Photo / Doug Sherring
I was also the only girl not wearing a fairy dress. I didn't place, but got a free chocolate bar.
What are your plans for this year?
I have returned from a two-month adventure in Hawaii. With castings open now for season three of The Block NZ, I'll be trading my beach wear for building site attire in no time.
Stylist: Tracey Dalton; navy lace dress, hat and gloves from Natalie Chan; top and skirt, hat, flowers and gloves from Natalie Chan; black and white floral dress, fascinator and belt from Alannah Hill, glasses stylist's own; floral dress, clutch and cuff from Ted Baker, hat from Natalie Chan.