For the eighth consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky are teaming up again for their “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” hat auction, an unparalleled online shopping experience that begins January 1st, 2017.
Here are some of the highlights from last year’s fundraiser that honored Old Friends retirees Silver Charm, Genuine Reward, Amazombie, Mixed Pleasure, Yankee Fourtune, and War Emblem.
Since Michael Blowen first founded Dream Chase Farm in 2003, Old Friends has made a lot of wonderful friends. Old Friends is well known in racing circles for the exceptional, dignified retirements that they give racehorses whose racing and breeding days are over.
I first approached Michael back in 2009 about my fundraising idea for creating and auctioning Derby hats to honor some of the amazing Old Friends retirees. I thought “Hats Off to the Horses” would be the perfect name for the fundraiser. Michael liked the idea and the name. After all, it’s the horses who are the ones we all need to be tipping our “hats” to as we creatively find ways to make sure they will always have a good home after their racing and breeding careers are over.
This season, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® reached out to some of the friends of Old Friends to ask them for their support in helping to spread the word about “Hats Off to the Horses” this year.
Invitations were sent to a number of Thoroughbred horse farms and racing organizations across the country to join us in this new social media campaign.
For all those who decided to join us as a “Friend of Old Friends” we have added their business logos to our auction publicity which will showcase their support. In turn, during each of our four “Hats Off” auction months (January through April) all of the “Friends” will join with us in sharing the auction through their own social media channels.
We are hoping that this new social media participation will expand our audience for “Hats Off to the Horses” as well as generate greater concern for all horses everywhere.
Please join me in thanking the following organizations that have joined us whom we are thrilled to welcome as “Friends of Old Friends”!
Bidding is now underway on EBay for our first auction hat of the season, the “Alphabet Soup” chapeau. Click HERE to bid, and thank you for your support for Old Friends!