The "Alphabet Soup" Hat Auction, "Hats Off to the Horses" of Old Friends sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®



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Welcome to

The Eighth 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 Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann

For the eighth consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky are teaming up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience that begins 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 custom milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.
Our first seven years of the fundraiser have been a great success, and to date well over $28,000 has been raised for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility.
The first hat up for bid in our auction series honors Pennsylvania-bred Alphabet Soup, winner of the 1996 Breeders' Cup with a stunning victory over the great racehorse, Cigar. Other notable wins for this son of Cozzene included the 1995 Native Diver Handicap (G3), 1996 San Pasqual Handicap (G2) and 1996 San Antonio Handicap (G2) at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. In 2015 Alphabet Soup retired to Old Friends thanks to Frank Stronach and Adena Springs.
The “Alphabet Soup” chapeau is up for bid from January 1st through the 11th.

This auction has now ended, please stay tuned for our next hat auction that starts February 1st!

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The “Alphabet Soup” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
The "Alphabet Soup" Hat modeled by Krystal Court - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

Krystal Court modeling
The “Alphabet Soup” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court for helping us with our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky.

Read Sally's blog that tells the story behind the creation of this one-of-a-kind hat to honor 1996 Breeders' Cup winner, Alphabet Soup at The Alphabet Soup Chapeau – A Recipe of Love for a Sweet Old Friend”

Thanks also to EquiSport Photos for their stunning images and video footage. A special thanks to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique of Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Krystal's lovely dress!

See Wendy Wooley's behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court at Old Friends

The "Alphabet Soup" Hat modeled by Krystal, Jon and Aubrey Court - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

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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 custom milliner 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 143rd 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. The “Alphabet Soup” hat will be up for bid from January 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.

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

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NEW this season!

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® presents

''Friends of Old Friends''

"Friends of Old Friends"

Please join me in thanking all of the wonderful organizations listed in the above poster who have joined us this year as “Friends of Old Friends” to help spread the word about our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser.
To read more about this new social media campaign, please click on the poster or this link to learn more!

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Alphabet Soup, the horse

Alphabet Soup, the horse - Photo by Rick Capone

To read more about Alphabet Soup, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.

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Creation of the Alphabet Soup hat

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Creation of the Alphabet Soup hat

Read Sally's blog that tells the story behind the creation of this one-of-a-kind hat to honor 1996 Breeders' Cup winner, Alphabet Soup! A special design was needed to celebrate a horse who embodies so much sweetness and athleticism. Enjoy the full blog at The Alphabet Soup Chapeau – A Recipe of Love for a Sweet Old Friend”

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This auction has now ended, please stay tuned for our next hat auction that starts February 1st!

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.

The Old Friends webpage for the “Alphabet Soup” Hat

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

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The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

by
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A very special ongoing hat collaboration with retired jockey Rosie Napravnik to benefit Old Friends of KY!


Featuring the NEW
“Rosie Wedding Hats”!

The Rosie Signature Hat Collection - "Rosie Wedding Hats"

Please click on the above photo to visit the updated collection!

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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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