About the Auction
For the eighth consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky teamed up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience that began January 1st, 2017 with their "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" auction. This unique Derby hat fundraiser is an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created and donated by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.
Our first eight years of the fundraiser have been a great success, and to date well over $31,000 has been raised for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility.
The fourth and final hat up for bid in our auction series honored Kentucky-bred Danthebluegrassman whose major wins included the 2002 Gold Rush Stakes and the Golden Gate Derby. Although he qualified for the 2002 Kentucky Derby and his name was in the program, Danthebluegrassman was injured before the race and did not start in the Run for the Roses that was won that year by War Emblem. In 2008 the chestnut son of Pioneering was retired to Old Friends in Kentucky thanks to the efforts of Jim Ponte and Tim Ford. Dan was honored at the Old Friends 2008 Homecoming by the Gallatin County Youth Bluegrass Band who performed their song,“The Ballad of Danthebluegrassman”, in his honor.
The “Danthebluegrassman” chapeau was up for bid from April 1st through the 11th. Bidding has now ended for this auction hat and we are thrilled to announce the winning bidder was Pam Corrigan of Kingsport, TN.
For our final hat of the auction we were fortunate to have two of our models, Krystal Court and Shelby Landeros join us for the photo shoot with Danthebluegrassman, showing his hat to full advantage. What a lucky horse!
About the Auction
This unique four month Derby hat auction, which runs from January 1st right up to Derby Day, features a new Derby hat design each month that has been created and donated by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to honor the beauty and spirit of one of the retired racehorses 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 150 retirees now living at Dream Chase Farm was the perfect way to celebrate the road to the 142nd Kentucky Derby.
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. For the month of April we are featuring the “Danthebluegrassman” chapeau which is up for bid from April 1st through the 11th.
To bid, please go to the Old Friends website 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 2007 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.
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 read more about Danthebluegrassman, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.
New! To “Hats Off to the Horses”
“Friends of Old Friends”
Please join me in thanking the following organizations who have joined our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser as “Friends of Old Friends”.
Click on the Official Poster above to learn more about our new “Friends of Old Friends” social media campaign!
In the future, 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.