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The “Fortunate Prospect” Hat
For the third consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping experience: "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby". This unique Derby hat fundraiser features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends. To learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and bid on the hats, please visit the Old Friends website, or call them at 502-863-1775.
For the fourth hat auction in this year's auction series, milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor the great sire, Fortunate Prospect, one of the most beloved retirees at Old Friends of Kentucky.
Fortunate Prospect photos by Matt Wooley - www.equisportphotos.com
Affectionately called “Gramps” by those at Old Friends who know and love him, Fortunate Prospect is the Farm's elder statesman at 31 years young. This striking, nearly black, dark bay was a graded stakes-winning sprinter who is best known for his career as an outstanding sire. After his racing days were over, Fortunate Prospect stood at Farnsworth Farm near Morristown, Florida, for nearly 20 years and sired a total of 571 winners, 27 of whom were graded stakes champions. For three years (1991, 1993 and 1996), Fortunate Prospect earned national honors as the leading sire of 2-year-old winners. Some of his notable offspring include the amazing filly, Fortunate Card, and graded stakes winner, Suave Prospect. In 2005 Fortunate Prospect was donated to Old Friends by Farnsworth Farm owner Michael Sherman for a much deserved retirement where he is loved by all who visit Dream Chase Farm.
A unique trim design of sumptuous tones and textures was chosen to celebrate Fortunate Prospect's conformation, the racing colors of his stable and his impressive career as a talented equine athlete and successful sire.
This handsome stallion's coat is "nearly black.” A black dupioni silk was selected to capture this warm imagery, with dramatic swirling and intertwining layers of ebony black and deep espresso tulle that literally cover the nearly 23-inch wide brim and spill over the edges for a truly elegant look when the brim is upturned.
A lavish triple bow created in tangerine satin and pleated apricot taffeta provides a colorful setting for the rose; a sash of tangerine satin lined with pleated apricot taffeta, goldenrod shantung and ruched black dupioni silk surrounds the crown.
Finally, a single tiny rose curl, created in a blend of goldenrod shantung, soft coral organza and tangerine satin, framed by a small black satin bow tie and silk organza leaves, adorns the back seam of the hat creates a balanced design that is stunning from every angle.
One other innovation for the "Fortunate Prospect" hat is the weaving of a physical remembrance of the horse into the hat. Several strands of the great stallion's tail hairs were braided and woven into the trim of the hat itself, thereby creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that is Fortunate Prospect not only in spirit but in substance as well...
The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Fortunate Prospect and all of the horses who, thanks to the generosity of those who support their aftercare, now graze in the warm sunshine of Dream Chase Farm for the rest of their lives.
”We ask of the thoroughbreds, and they give, they serve us with dignity and satisfy our needs to compete - we owe it to them to provide the retirement they so justly have earned.” - Fred Stone
Congratulations, Fortunate Prospect!
The “Fortunate Prospect” hat is the fourth in our “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auction series this season, and it will be up for bid from February 1st through the 11th, 2012. At the end of the month, the winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to remain anonymous).
To read more about Fortunate Prosepct, the horse, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.
Bid as many times and on as many hats as you like during this running auction. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775. If you don't desire to place a bid on a hat, please contact Old Friends to see about what other ways you might be able to help out at Dream Chase Farm.
Freight charges will be at the expense of the winning bidder. Winning bidders, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper sizing.
To view the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio.