There were no long faces - except the equine variety - at Randwick Stables in Hamilton Hill yesterday as hundreds of equestrian enthusiasts celebrated two WA milestones.
More than 1000 people helped celebrate the 90th anniversary of the heritage-listed building, WA's oldest racing stables, and marked 180 years since WA's first mainland horse race - along South Beach at Cockburn in 1833.
Organiser Alison Bolas said the day was a success and it was fantastic to see so many people eager to learn about local history and WA's rich racing heritage.
"The idea was to celebrate the history of the garden, which has a significant history in the sense it is on the site of the original Hamilton Hill farm … so the garden has its heritage and the horses have their heritage as well," she said.
The day began with a commemorative walk on South Beach.
For many, such as former champion jockey Graeme Webster, 75, it was also a day of fond memories and taking time to respect racing history.
"I was very impressed," he said. "I really enjoyed the old photos and stables and they had good shows for the children, too."
Apprentice riding master Laurie Millington said it was great to see racing history on show. "It's fantastic for young people to see what things were like," he said."There's a lot of history here."