The Cat Hat Launches the New Year for “Hats Off to the Horses” of Old Friends

Blog-Catlaunch1-SheaandJulienLeparounx-MattWooleyThe “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat fundraiser sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Georgetown, KY is pleased to present the “Catlaunch” hat for its January auction!

Blog-CatlaunchHat8Blog-CatlaunchHat1EThis one-of-a-kind Derby hat was created to honor Ohio-bred, 3-time Ohio Horse of the Year and millionaire, Catlaunch, who recently retired to Old Friends.

Blog-Catlaunch2-SheaandJulienLeparounx-MattWooleyThank you to Shea and Julien Leparoux who have been super models for our auction hats this season as well as to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos for their photos and video. The dress that Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky furnished for Shea matched the “Catlaunch” top hat beautifully. Our thanks to you all!

For a behind-the-scenes peek of the photo shoot with She and Julien at Old Friends by EquiSport Photos, please check it out below!


The “Catlaunch” auction hat went up for bid January 1st on this Catlaunch EBay link; bidding ends January 11th at 8 PM EST.

For more information about the “Catlaunch” Chapeau please visit the Catlaunch hat webpage. To learn more about Catlaunch, the horse, please visit the Catlaunch horse webpage at

Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses!



6 Replies to “The Cat Hat Launches the New Year for “Hats Off to the Horses” of Old Friends”

  1. Reblogged this on Playfully Refined and commented:
    Couture Derby Hats and a Charity Auction for Retired Race Horses – what could be better? I first discovered Sally of Maggie Mae Designs though fellow blogger, Midwestern Plants ( I immediately fell in love Sally’s elegantly designed hats and the “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby Hat Fundraiser she sponsors.

    Take a look and learn more about the newest lovely hat from Maggie Mae Designs being auctioned to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Kentucky.


    1. Thank you SO much for your support, Jen, this is wonderful! We are hoping this “Catlaunch” chapeau will raise awareness and funds for the great retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky! Thank you thank you for your help with this effort! 🙂

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