The “Hidden Lake” Chapeau

Hidden Lake photo by Peggy Maness
Hidden Lake photo by Peggy Maness

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® presents the “Hidden Lake” Chapeau honoring a great champion.

People often ask what makes a champion racehorse. The 1997 Go For Wand Stakes may be the race that best sums up the courageous spirit of Hidden Lake. Just when it looked as if she had been defeated with only 1/16th of a mile remaining in the race, Hidden Lake did what her jockey, Richard Migliore, described in the following way: “She reached down and found something that wasn’t there.” And that’s what champions do; they dig down and find a little something extra that can only be described as heart. Hidden Lake went on to have a stellar year with two more Grade 1 wins in the Hempstead Stakes and the Beldame Stakes along with a Grade 2 victory in the Shuvee Stakes at Belmont.

The fifth hat up for bid in our “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” auction series with Old Friends Equine in Kentucky honors the 20-year-old Kentucky-bred Hidden Lake. I created this one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor this gutsy bay mare who now enjoys her retirement in the green pastures of Dream Chase Farm at Old Friends after being donated to Old Friends in 2009 by her owner, Robert S. Evans.

Hidden Lake photo by Peggy Maness
Hidden Lake photo by Peggy Maness

To read more about Hidden Lake, the horse, please click on the following link – Hidden Lake.

2013 marks the fourth year of the “Hats Off to the Horses” auction series with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and to date nearly $16,000 has been raised for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Equine in Kentucky. It truly is a privilege creating these one-of-a-kind Derby Chapeaux for these magnificent champions.

Bidding for the “Hidden Lake” chapeau started on March 1st and ends March 11th (Monday) at 8 PM EST. This is the EBay link for the Hidden Lake Chapeau.

Please enjoy this slideshow of a very special hat created for a chamption. Please also visit the webpage created to showcase the “Hidden Lake” Chapeau design at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

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Thank you once again for visiting the Hats and Horses blog!



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