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The "Will's Way" Hat
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and Old Friends have teamed up for an unparalleled online shopping experience: "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby". CONGRATULATIONS to Helen Shannon of Chicago, the winner of our fourth Derby hat, the Will's Way" (pictured below); Helen was also the winner of the "Commentator" hat that was up for bid in February. This unique Derby hat fundraiser features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends. Our fifth Derby hat auction will continue on March 1st, 2010, through the 11th. A very special Derby hat design has been created to celebrate another retiree at Old Friends and will soon be available for viewing. 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.
For our fourth hat auction, Cape Cod milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat in honor of Will's Way.
Will's Way, a favorite at Old Friends, has been a resident of Dream Chase Farm since 2007 and was the winner of both the Whitney and Travers Stakes. To read more about this magnificent stallion at Old Friends, please click on the pictures of Will's Way below.
Will's Way, one of the most popular stallions living at Old Friends, is a magnificent 17-year-old bay stallion who surprised the racing world in 1996 when he beat Louis Quatorze and Editor's Notebook in the Travers Stakes. The strapping son of Easy Goer rocked the racing world once again in 1997 when he defeated Formal Gold and Skip Away in the Whitney Stakes. To convey this amazing athlete's physical size and warm personality, a wide brim hat in rich chocolate "bay" dupioni silk was created to match his magnificent coat. Multiple tulle layers extending well beyond the brim edge were used to further expand the overall size of the hat. An innovative sash and silk flower design were created in special colors, textures and shapes to bring together all of the elements of this stallion's conformation, pedigree and racing career.
To highlight Will's Way dark mane and tail, black dupioni silk was used for the underbrim to create almost a look of shadow as well as a contrast to the layers above. More than eight yards of black, espresso and chocolate tulle layers, carefully arranged from ascending dark to lighter tones, reflect Will's Way's magnificent coat, mane and tail glistening in the sun. Stunning drama from any angle...
The theme of Will's Way's dark mane and tail returns once again when black is combined with the royal blue and white racing colors of Rudlein Stables to create a truly innovative sash design. Royal blue satin, white dupioni silk and black satin were first layered, one upon the other, pleated, and then pinched to reflect the Stable's signature racing silks design consisting of a series of sharp, angular blue diamonds against a white background.
In celebration of Will's Way's glorious Whitney and Travers triumphs, two luxurious peony flowers were created. Layers of black silk organza and black satin form the background petals and were set in the front and back of the hat, almost like bookends, to balance the overall hat design. The center of each peony was filled with a single hand-rolled white silk organza rose curl, cradled in a wispy layer of delicate blue tulle to reflect the white marking so distinctive on Will's Way's forehead. The center of each rose is filled with blue buttons.
Finally, a hat for Will's Way would not be complete without honoring his sire, the great racehorse Easy Goer (Alydar), the multiple Grade 1 winner whom Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day described as the greatest horse he ever rode. To celebrate this pedigree, a red satin lining was added to the inside of the chapeau to incorporate the only color that was missing from Easy Goer's racing silks of red, white and blue. This detail is an integral part of the hat's foundation and signifies that Will's Way was indeed born with Easy Goer's heart, the heart of a true champion.
To read more about this accomplished athlete at Old Friends, please click on the following link - Featured Horse.
This amazing millinery delight will be up for bid from February 1st through February 11th, 2010. At the end of the month, the winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to remain anonymous) and on March 1st, 2010 the next hat will be put up for bid.
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 2-3 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper sizing.
To view the couture Derby hats that we have had up for bid in former rounds of this exclusive Derby hat auction, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio