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Artists broke in after a body painting contest quit Cup Day



The popular body art competition was stripped of its New Zealand Trotting Cup ceremony, leaving artists "without a hitch".

Cup Day, the annual race setup at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway, is the most prestigious race track event in the country. A day of fun, betting and fashion attracts a crowd of 20,000.

Body art competitions were a long-standing part of the event and proved popular with punters, but gave up peacefully on this year's program.

NZ Trotting body art contestants say they are in the dark as to why the event was dropped from the Cup Day ceremony.

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NZ Trotting body art contestants say they are in the dark as to why the event was dropped from the Cup Day ceremony.

Previous competitors have been told that the event does not go ahead by email several months.

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The head of the makeup department of the Yoobee School of Design Christchurch, which has painted the body for 28 years and twice won the Cup Day competition, said organizers couldn't tell her why she wasn't running.

The competition has been around for a long time and has proven to be popular with punters.

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The competition has been around for a long time and has proven to be popular with punters.

She said she realized there had been a change in sponsorship, and the event would be reconsidered next year.

Pethig said holding events at the races was a challenge. There was concern for safety, because as the models arrived painted on the racetrack, many of the bartenders were already drunk.

She has since agreed to add a body art department to the Art Cutter Art Section, which took place in October in Lincoln. That event was "awesome," Pethig said.

Georgia Dudson and her sister Gemma Dudson, after winning the body art competition last year. Gemma says it's outdated, the event isn't happening this year.

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Georgia Dudson and her sister Gemma Dudson, after winning the body art competition last year. Gemma says it's outdated, the event isn't happening this year.

Last year's body art section was won by artist Gemma Dudson. She was without electricity, competition is not going this year.

Dudson said the competition was "buzzing," and as soon as it was over, her brain was already brainstorming ideas for next year.

For those competing, this event has been a long-running event. Last year, competitors started painting models at 4.30am to get them ready for the race in time.

Competitors at last year's body art competition.

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Competitors at last year's body art competition.

Event organizers did not respond to requests for comment.


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