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The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Please join us once again for
The “Gulch” Hat
For the second 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. The inaugural year of the fundraiser, 2009-2010, was a great success. To view the couture Derby hats from last year's inaugural launching of this exclusive Derby hat auction, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio. 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 first hat auction of this year, milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat in honor of 1988 Breeders' Cup Sprint champion, Gulch. To place a bid or to learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, please visit the Old Friends website or call them at 502-863-1775.
The "Gulch" Hat
In late December 2009, arrangements were made to bring Gulch from Lane's End Farm to Old Friends. "Lane’s End has contributed significantly to Old Friends ever since we started,” Blowen has stated, “but Gulch is one of the greatest contributions we’ve ever received.” To read more about this magnificent stallion at Old Friends, please click on the photos of Gulch below.
This amazing dark bay son of Mr. Prospector deserved a very special hat befitting his stellar career and proud spirit. Just 25 years young, Gulch has been described to me in a variety of ways by those who know him well. Perhaps one of my favorite descriptions of him is the following: "(He is) Not a flashy guy--understated, calm, very dignified and classy. He isn't much of a ham and I like to think of him as a deep and independent thinker! He knows exactly who he is." (Valerie Mulgrave)
The exceptionally wide brim of this design is an innovative new creation from MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® that measures approximately 26 inches, end to end. The edge of the brim was shaped with an ever-so-gently scalloped curve, and then trimmed with a softly pleated black silk organza "ruffle" to reflect the great stallion's dark mane and tail gently stirred by the breeze.
Two large, sumptuous rose curls were fashioned out of slightly different shades of green dupioni silk and organza to honor the two trainers that helped Gulch to achieve his great success on the track, LeRoy Jolley and D. Wayne Lukas. A medley of variegated fabric leaves, created in varying shades of green satin, organza and shantung, softly frames the roses. Slender green organza tendrils, molded into lifelike shapes, and wispy black tulle sprays add the couture details that set this stunning trim design apart as something truly special...
The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Gulch 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.
This amazing millinery delight will be up for bid from November 1st through the 11th, 2010. At the end of the month, the winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to remain anonymous).
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.