Thank you for all your assistance today in helping us to improve our attitudes
and manners. One aspect I really enjoyed was that your programme wasn’t
boring and it was easy to interact and made our time interesting and comedic.
Thanks again.

Ruby – 2018

To whom this concerns,

I have been involved in The Land Showgirl movement for a number of years, including having been a Showgirl myself. More recently I’ve co-ordinated the Narrabri Showgirl Competition, with this year being my sixth year.

As part of our prize to both our winner and runner-up, we provide the Showgirls with the opportunity to attend the Dubbo Showgirl Preparation weekend. In the last two years our winners have both elected to in addition, attend the preparation day run by Adi Ritchie, which I have also attended with these Showgirls.

While the girls who have attended the Dubbo weekend have come away with positive comments, they have also found it somewhat intimidating and very much one size fits all. This is particularly the case with the younger showgirls. The Dubbo weekend is also very much deportment orientated, rather than Showgirl focused. The two Showgirls, who have attended both, have said that they enjoyed the more personalised friendly and relaxed approach. They felt like Mrs Ritchie’s day better prepared them for the next level of competition, while in addition gave them other life skills. The smaller group size allowed for more individual support and they were encouraged to be themselves still, rather than role playing character that someone considers a “Showgirl” should be.

I personally enjoyed being able to attend and support my Showgirls in their experience and I found that the day was very true to following the aims and ideals of the Showgirl Competition. As a Show Society we have now made the decision to send our winners to Mrs Ritchie’s Preparation day in preference to the Dubbo weekend.

I highly recommend Mrs Ritchie’s workshop and wish her all the very best as she continues to evolve her business.

Yours Faithfully

Emma Partridge

Emma Partridge

Many thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experiences with us last weekend. The day far surpassed my expectations and I was so impressed with how the workshop was conducted. You have taught me so much more than just how to use a knife and fork correctly.

Jo Jo Newby

Dear Sir / Madam,

May I introduce myself. My name is Patti Crowley and I am currently the Barraba Show Society’s Showgirl Coordinator. I have held this position for the past 10 years. I first met Adi Ritchie 3 years ago at a Group 13 meeting in Uralla where she was introducing her business “Manners by M’lAdi” to those present and explaining that she was developing an information program called Standout Showgirl.

Barraba Show Society has had 2 showgirls attend the Standout Showgirl Personal & Professional Development Workshop in the past 2 years and both have found the day to be very informative and beneficial in their quest to achieve in the showgirl competition and also on a personal level.

I also attended the day program as a coordinator. The day was run in a friendly and professional manner and was conveniently located closer to Barraba. The 1 day format cuts down on costs when compared to a 2 day course with the added expenses for accommodation and travel.

The day also provides a venue for our showgirls to meet each other and to be able to network as a group prior to Zone Judging.

If you would like to discuss this further with me I can be contacted on 67821795.

Yours Sincerely,

Patti Crowley
Barraba Showgirl Coordinator

Patti Crowley

“Prep and Polish proved to be a polished and structured programme, perfectly
geared for the targeted audience. I believe the timing of the programme to
Year 10 was hugely beneficial as students are embarking on the work force and
becoming more involved as adults in society.
All topics covered were extremely relevant, valuable and easily adapted to real
life situations that our students will soon be facing.
Your communication skills were highly effective, resulting in all students being
thoroughly engaged not only with you but also the content. The students were
in awe of your extensive general knowledge and entertaining anecdotes.
….you managed to equip our girls with many practical life lessons, appropriate
for their age.
Your delivery was outstanding resulting in a captivated and engrossed
audience.”

Teacher