"Hats Off to the Horses" of Old Friends - Annual Derby hat auction series sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®



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Coming in November!!


The Sixth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Custom Derby Hats by Sally Faith Steinmann


For the sixth consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and Old Friends will teaming up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience beginning November 1st, with their "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" auction. This unique Derby hat fundraiser is now an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Kentucky Derby hats created and donated by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends.
Our first five years of the fundraiser have been a great success, and to date over $20,000 has been raised for the retired racehorses of Old Friends. To view the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio. To learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, please visit the Old Friends website, or call them at 502-863-1775.

We are so pleased this coming year to have Rosie Napravnik once again modeling our “Hats Off to the Horses” chapeaux for us. Thank you, Rosie!


It has been not only great to be part of such a wonderful benefit for our Old Friends but it's also been a ton of fun doing the photo shoots with the horses and getting to know their awesome personalities!” - Rosie Napravnik


A very special thanks also goes to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos for their photo shoots last year with Rosie and the horses of Old Friends. Thank you as well to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Rosie's stunning dresses for the photo shoots.


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Until then...

From Year Five
The “Geri” Hat
by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Geri/Rosie Napravnik photo - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

Geri/Rosie Napravnik photo - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Rosie Napravnik wearing
The “Geri” Hat
by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to Rosie Napravnik and EquiSport Photos for helping us with this year's “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky!

Rosie's dress furnished by
Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, KY.


Watch the video of the amazing Geri photo shoot with Rosie Napravnik at Old Friends!

Old Friends webpage about the “Geri” Hat


Read Sally's Blog about how the hat was created!


The auction has ended, thank you everybody for a great year!

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About the Auction
This unique six month Derby hat auction which runs from November 1st right up to Derby Day features a new Derby hat design each month that has been created by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to honor the beauty and spirit of one of the horses at Old Friends. All of the proceeds from this running auction will benefit the retired thoroughbred racehorses now living at Old Friends. Old Friends and its founder, Michael Blowen, are well known in racing circles for the exceptional care they give racehorses that are too old for racing or breeding. We thought a fundraiser honoring several of the more than 100 retirees now living at Dream Chase Farm was the perfect way to celebrate the road to the 140th Kentucky Derby.
On the first of each month the featured auction hat will be posted on this website and the Old Friends website. Each hat will be available for bidding for 10 days only, from the 1st of the month through the 11th. To bid, please go to the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org and click on the link provided after the first of each month. Winners will be announced each month (unless they prefer to remain anonymous) and on the first day of the following month a new one-of-a-kind millinery creation will be placed up for bid to celebrate another resident of Old Friends. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775.
Freight charges for shipping the hats will be at the expense of the winning bidders. Winning bidders, please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure custom sizing.
In a 2001 CBS interview, Michael Blowen of Old Friends was asked why he wanted to help Thoroughbred racehorses and not some other worthy cause. He replied, “Everyone has a little spot in the world. One tiny little dot. This is my dot.” Michael's love and respect for the horses in his care are evident in his every word and action, and his dream for the farm is really coming true. Old Friends is indeed a haven for the retired racehorses who live there and a marvelous outreach for educating the public about the needs of all horses.

Michael Blowen, President/Founder of Old Friends
Michael Blowen, President/Founder of Old Friends

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has a dot as well, and we want to help. By donating these custom Derby hats to Old Friends we are hoping to connect the dots by bringing the world of hat couture and equine aftercare together as we help Michael with his dream. Instead of two isolated dots, this unique online hat auction creates a connection between us. It is our way of giving something back to the world of horses and at the same time offering someone the chance to own a beautiful one-of-a-kind Derby hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!
"Sally Faith Steinmann's works of millinery art have raised thousands of dollars and a priceless amount of awareness for all these great retired athletes. Their stunning beauty and indescribable originality symbolize what one great artist can do to positively alter the lives of so many deserving athletes." - Michael Blowen, President and founder of Old Friends

To view all of the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio.

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Nicklay of North Dakota, winner of the "Sean Avery" hat that was up for bid in November!
CONGRATULATIONS to Lynda St. Andre of Taunton, MA, winner of the "Patton" hat that was up for bid in December!
CONGRATULATIONS to Pam Corrigan of Kingsport, TN, winner of the "Afternoon Deelites" hat that was up for bid in January!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kristy Deyeso of New York, NY, the winner of the "Ball Four" hat that was up for bid in February!
CONGRATULATIONS to Helen Shannon of Chicago, Illinois, the winner of the "Silver Ray" hat that was up for bid in March!
CONGRATULATIONS to Stacie Grant of Gretna, Louisiana, the winner of the "Geri" hat that was up for bid in April!
The sixth and final hat that was up for bid in our fundraiser auction series honored Kentucky-bred multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire, Geri. The 22-year-old chestnut stallion was returned from Europe to retire to Old Friends, becoming the sixth North American-bred stallion repatriated from stud duty overseas. Cape Cod milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor this who arrived at Old Friends in the fall of 2013.
To read more about the “Geri” chapeau, please visit the Geri Hat Webpage.
To read more about Geri, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse – Geri.

This auction has now ended, thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you for Year Six of this amazing fundraiser for Old Friends!

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To to learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, please visit the Old Friends website to access the eBay link or call them at 502-863-1775.
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Hats Off to Rosie Napravnik”
ESPN.com article by Amanda Duckworth
Jockey Rosie Napravnik and MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® are currently featured in a story by Amanda Duckworth on ESPN.com about our Fifth Annual "Hat Off to the Horses" auctions for Old Friends!

Geri/Rosie Napravnik photo - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Thank you ESPN and Amanda for supporting the retired racehorses of Old Friends!

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Special thanks to the following for their support of our annual “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auctions for Old Friends:

HorseRacingNation

CNN.com

www.HorseRacesNow.com

America's Best Racing

Bloodhorse.com

Paulick Report

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® featured in
America's Best Racing

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® recently featured in a story by Terry Conway in America's Best Racing about our Fifth Annual "Hat Off to the Horses" auctions for Old Friends!

Photo - Story by Terry Conway for America's Best Racing

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Custom hatboxes for your auction hats!

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® custom hatboxes
All winning bidders' hats are shipped to them in custom MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® hatboxes for storage.

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