The "Catlaunch" Hat, "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® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky have teamed up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience that began November 1st 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 five years of the fundraiser have been a great success, and to date over $22,000 has been raised for 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 fourth hat up for bid in our auction series honors Ohio-bred stakes-winning gelding and 3-time Ohio Horse of the Year, Catlaunch. Known affectionately by some as Thistledown's “Iron Horse”, Catlaunch retired at the age of 13 to Old Friends a millionaire with 40 victories and 22 stakes wins to his credit.
The “Catlaunch” chapeau is up for bid from January 1st through the 11th.
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Catlaunch hat modeled by Shea Leparoux with Julien Leparoux - Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com
Shea Leparoux modeling
The “Catlaunch” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to jockey Julien Leparoux and his wife Shea for joining our “Hats Off” team this year. Shea is modeling the “Catlaunch” hat. Julien's fedora hat is part of the new line of men's hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and although not included in the auction, it is available for purchase from MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. Thank you both for being such wonderful supporters of Old Friends!

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 Shea's lovely dress!

Watch the video of the amazing behind-the-scenes photo shoot with Julien and Shea Leparoux at Old Friends

Old Friends webpage about the “Catlaunch” 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 and donated 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. This January we are featuring the “Catlaunch” chapeau which 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 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 “Catlaunch” chapeau is up for bid from January 1st through the 11th.

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

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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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Hats Off to Shea & Julien!”
Blog - Hats Off to Shea and Julien Leparoux - Hats Off to the Horses fundraiser for Old Friends

Hats Off! To our newest "Hats Off to the Horses" team members Shea and Julien Leparoux as they talk about their devotion to the retired racehorses of Old Friends, to each other and to a tiny Italian greyhound named Mozart!

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
is pleased to announce
another hat collaboration with jockey Rosie Napravnik to benefit Old Friends!
The Rosie Signature Hat Collection
Special thanks to jockey Rosie Napravnik for being the inspiration for this new hat collection. To learn more please visit The Rosie Signature Hat Collection.

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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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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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