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Pattaya International Ladies Club

Pattaya International Ladies Club welcomes ladies from all over the world with a common goal:“a wish to create a social network with lots of friendly faces.”

In fact “lots of friendly faces” will be there to greet you whenever you attend a PILC function.

Established in 1987 The Pattaya International Ladies Club now has a membership of over 200 women of all ages, from 34 countries, and all walks of life. With the growth of PILC has come the opportunity to offer a wide range of activities and social events such as :

The Melbourne Cup 2015

A day to remember when more than 100 “PILCies” cantered along to the Pullman Hotel to celebrate Australia's, and possibly the world’s, most famous horse race.

 

The time difference between Thailand and The Flemington Race Course made it perfectly acceptable to kick the day off early with “bubbles” and start early we did! The glasses being a perfect accompaniment to the hats and fascinators seen in poses for many Instagram and Facebook photographs.

 

As the race drew closer, we counted down the minutes to the horses entering the starting gates -and then

–unexpected calamity! A totally overburdened internet caused the dreaded “buffering message” to come up on the screen and the race started and finished without us! Howls of outrage filled the room but were replaced with howls of jubilation when we got to see the replay and final outcome. The race was won by Michelle Payne, riding the 100-1 outsider: Prince of Penzance. What an inspirational story surrounds this determined young lady. Australia’s first ever female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup and only the fourth woman ever to take part in the race’s 155 year history. Coincidentally, Michelle rode in the colours of the suffragettes: purple, white and green.

 

As the youngest of 10 children Michelle was raised by her father, Paddy as sadly when she was only six months old her mother died in an accident. Her brother, Stevie, who has Downs Syndrome has also become quite famous working as he does as a “Strapper” grooming, feeding generally looking after the racehorses and saddling the horses ready for the race – hence the title “Strapper”. In fact Michelle's whole family is completely horse mad with several of her siblings also having trained as jockeys. Michelle Payne: a new Australian legend!

 

A fitting winner to a truly female event with the Melbourne Cup 2015 being another fun PILC event made possible by hardworking ladies of the committee.