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



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Please join us once again for the

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 are 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.
The first hat that is up for bid in our fundraiser auction series honors Kentucky-bred multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire, Eldaafer. The 9-year-old bay gelding, whose name means “victorious”, was retired to Old Friends in May, 2014, thanks to his breeder, Diane Alvarado. Cape Cod milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor this gelding who arrived at Old Friends in the fall of 2013.
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Presenting
The “Eldaafer” Hat
by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Eldaafer/Rosie Napravnik & Joe Sharpe photo - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

Jockey Rosie Napravnik wearing
The “Eldaafer” Hat
by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to Rosie Napravnik, Rosie's husband, trainer Joe Sharp 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 behind-the-scenes Eldaafer photo shoot with Rosie Napravnik and Joe Sharp at Old Friends

Old Friends webpage about the “Eldaafer” Hat


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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 141st 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.

The first hat that is up for bid in our fundraiser auction series honors Kentucky-bred multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire, Eldaafer. The 9-year-old bay gelding, whose name means “victorious”, was retired to Old Friends in May, 2014, thanks to his breeder, Diane Alvarado. Cape Cod milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor this gelding who arrived at Old Friends in the fall of 2013.
To read more about the “Eldaafer” chapeau, please visit the Eldaafer Hat Webpage.
To read more about Eldaafer, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse – Eldaafer.
Bidding for the “Eldaafer” hat starts November 1st and continues thru' the 11th.
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To place a bid or 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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Special thanks to the following for their support of our annual “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auctions for Old Friends:

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® featured in
America's Best Racing

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® was 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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