A Derby Hat for Zippy Chippy

For the eighth consecutive year, Old Friends and MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® are teaming up for the “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” hat auction series that benefits the retired racehorses of Dream Chase Farm.

This month we are featuring the “Zippy Chippy” chapeau as the third hat in our auction series. This one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® honors horse racing celebrity, Zippy Chippy, who retired to Old Friends’ satellite farm in New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division , in 2010.

Described as “the most famous maiden in American horse racing history”, this dark bay gelding may have had a 0 for 100 record but his many adoring fans will tell you that he is living proof that not all winners finish first. In 2000, People Magazine voted Zippy Chippy one of the year’s “Most Intriguing Characters.” In April 2010, Zippy was retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek thanks to the generous help of his longtime owner-trainer, Felix Montserrate.

Acacia Courtney modeling the “Zippy Chippy” hat at Old Friends at Cabin Creek.

zippychippyhatb-web-medThe Zippy Chippy hat auction marks the second time we are presenting a hat created to honor one of the Thoroughbred retirees of Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. Named for the late Hall of Fame trainer, Bobby Frankel, Old Friends at Cabin Creek is located in Greenfield, New York. The farm is home to 14 retired racehorses under the care of JoAnn Pepper and her husband, Mark, along with the help of over a dozen devoted volunteers.

To learn more about this New York-bred gelding, please visit the Zippy Chippy webpage.

zippychippy-rickcapone-2-framedWhen I asked JoAnn Pepper her impression of Zippy Chippy she responded, “Zippy is unique in a great way and he means a lot to us here. He has taught us so much. His friendship with Red (Red Down South, another retiree) is inspiring. He listens to Red, his buddy, for guidance.”

zippy-and-red-nuzzle-2-framed-medAnd she added, “He has changed a lot since arriving here over 7 yrs ago. I think he is very content… as long as we don’t ask him to do much!”

zippy-chippy-5xy-12-framed-medClearly, a very special hat was needed to honor this charming retiree of Old Friends!

To begin the design process I went online and read accounts of Zippy Chippy’s racing days and connections, and soon I had the background information that I needed.

zippychippyhat-process1-web-medNext, a sketch of the hat was made, fabrics were chosen and the creative process was underway!

zippychippyhat-process2-web-medThe foundation of the “Zippy Chippy” hat was fashioned as a wide brim design created out of white dupioni silk.

zippychippyhatf-web-medThe edge of the brim was trimmed with a unique double organza brim edge which allows light to pass through the sheer fabric.

Created out of royal blue silk organza and topstitched with dozens of swirling white and chocolate embroidered strands to reflect Zippy’s 100 races, these shimmering blue layers convey the motion of the Thoroughbred athlete at a full rolling gallop.

zippychippyhat-process3-web-medA thin strip of fancy white braiding top stitched to the ruffled brim edges was added to give it a finished look.

For the trim centerpiece, a large peony flower was sculpted out of white silk organza for the petals, each petal individually wired and shaped.

zippychippyhat-process4-web-medThe center of the peony is a rose curl that was fashioned out of alternating layers of red dupioni silk and silk organza with a luminescent red button for accent. This single red rose was created to honor the special friendship that Zippy Chippy shares with his best buddy at Old Friends Cabin Creek, Red (Down South).

zippychippyhat-process5-web-medThis floral centerpiece was then framed with a medley of royal blue silk organza leaves, individually wired and shaped.

zippychippyhat-process7-web-medLong fabric “feathers”, a MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® trademark, were then carefully stitched out of white, royal blue and chocolate organza, layered and shaped to add a splash of dramatic detail to the floral trim.

zippychippyhat-process6-web-medzippychippyhats-web-medA sash was created out of folded layers of royal blue silk organza to encircle the crown of the hat.

For the finishing touch, a handcrafted button created out of 100 luminescent chocolate seed beads reflecting Zippy Chippy’s famed 100 starts, was fashioned to adorn a small blue silk organza bow on the back of the hat. A fitting jewel for a horse whose wins are defined not by his trips to the winner’s circle but by the many hearts he has won with his story.


The finished “Zippy Chippy” hat design measures approximately 24 inches across inclusive of the embroidered blue organza brim layer.

As a physical remembrance of Zippy Chippy, several strands of his tail hair were braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures Zippy Chippy not only in spirit but in substance as well.

zippychippyhat-process9-web-medThe purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Zippy Chippy and all of the horses who, thanks to the generosity of those who support their aftercare, now graze in the warm sunshine of Old Friends Cabin Creek for the rest of their lives.

zippy-red-connieb-1-framed-medAnd from all that I have heard, it sounded like everyone at Old Friends Cabin Creek in New York had one heck of a good time at the photo shoot – especially Zippy!

zippychippyhat6b-framed-medWe want to extend a big thank you to TV analyst from Gulfstream Park and former Miss Connecticut, Acacia Courtney, for modeling the “Zippy Chippy” chapeau as well as to Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography who worked her photographic magic for us at Old Friends Cabin Creek. We couldn’t have done it without you!  😉

The “Zippy Chippy” auction hat is now up for bid on EBay and bidding ends Saturday, March 11th at 8 PM EST.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of the “Zippy Chippy” chapeau and the horse who inspired it.

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We’d also like to mention an exciting new social media campaign that we are introducing for Season 8 called, “Friends of Old Friends”. The following is this month’s “Friends of Old Friends” poster and we want to send a big thank you to all of the organizations that are participating and sharing the word about “Hats Off to the Horses”!

oldfriends-friendsofoldfriends-march2017-horizontal-frame-zippy-acacia-web-medFor more information about the “Zippy Chippy” Chapeau please visit the Zippy Chippy hat webpage. To read more about Zippy Chippy, the horse, please visit the Zippy Chippy webpage.

Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses, and Hats off to YOU, Zippy Chippy!!
























Hats Off to Little Mike of Old Friends!

The 2017 “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” for Old Friends is well underway with our second hat of the season, the “Little Mike”!

littlemike-equisportphotos-3crop-web-medIf you would like to bid on the “Little Mike” chapeau please place your bid at this link on EBay.

Bidding ends Saturday, February 11th at 8 PM EST.

To learn more about Little Mike, the horse, please visit the Little Mike webpage. For more information about the “Alphabet Soup” Chapeau please visit the Little Mike hat webpage.

Thank you for supporting Old Friends!



War Emblem Honored in “Hats Off” Derby Hat Fundraiser

Creating a hat to honor a living Thoroughbred athlete is not as easy as it may sound. Yet for six months out of the year this is my challenge and privilege as I create chapeaux to honor six amazing horses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Kentucky during our “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat fundraiser.

WarEmblem-HatProcess14-BlogFrom the outset I study photographs and race videos, and most especially ask those at Old Friends who care for the horses every day what makes each one special. As I work I don’t see just hats; I see Mixed Pleasure, Genuine Reward, Yankee Fourtune, Amazombie and Silver Charm.

Over time their spirits, their magnificent athletic beauty and their inspiring personal stories get stitched, layered and woven into each and every hat.

And now, this month, I see War Emblem.

WarEmblem-HatsOfftotheHorses-BlogPoster-BlogI was over the moon when I heard that I would be creating a hat to honor this nearly black 2002 Derby and Preakness winner with such a strong physique and keen mind.

WarEmblem-MattWooley1-Web.MedWar Emblem was retired from stud duty in Japan in 2015 and arrived at Dream Chase Farm in September 2015 thanks to the Yoshida family, the staff of Shadai Stallion Station, Emanuel de Seroux and the many supporters who generously enabled his retirement.

WarEmblem-LauraBattles31-Framed-MedI asked Beth Shannon, volunteer at Old Friends, her impression of War Emblem and she responded, “War Emblem is smart, proud, and fiercely independent. He’s extremely interested in all that goes on around him and everyone who’s in his immediate world. You can see him constantly watching and learning.”

WarEmblem-RickCapone7-Framed-MedAnd she added, “His other striking quality, besides his spirit, is his athleticism. He keeps himself fit-he’s ruggedly gorgeous-and he glories in his speed at 17 as he did at 3.”

WarEmblem-LauraBattles1-Framed-MedMy research began with War Emblem’s racing bio, his pedigree and videos of his wins on the track.

WarEmblem-HatProcess1-BlogClearly a very special hat was needed to showcase War Emblem’s stunning nearly black coat, his familiar racing silk colors of green and white, and his proud spirit and athleticism.

Sketches were drawn, swatches collected and the creative process was underway!

WarEmblem-HatProcess2-BlogThe foundation of the “War Emblem” hat was fashioned as a wide brim design in black dupioni silk. A white brocade underbrim, edged with black taffeta, was added that frames the face beautifully when the wearer’s face is upturned.

WarEmblem-HatProcess3-BlogWarEmblem-HatProcess4-BlogThe edge of the brim was trimmed with a unique ruffled brim edge which allows light to pass through the sheer fabric. Created out of black silk organza overlaid with black silk “pinstripes”, the resulting look is one of smooth elegance befitting this great Thoroughbred athlete.

WarEmblem-HatProcess5-BlogWarEmblem-Hat15-Web.MedAs a reflection of his 2002 Triple Crown campaign, three large rose curls created out of alternating layers of white dupioni silk and silk organza with just a splash of soft yellow organza for the centers, were placed along the front crown of the hat.

WarEmblem-HatProcess6-BlogEach rose was then framed with a medley of leaves that I fashioned out of layered emerald green and bold blue silk organza.

WarEmblem-HatProcess8-BlogShimmering black tulle was layered around the crown to provide a setting for the roses that is wispy and elegant as well as a reflection of War Emblem’s nearly black coat.

WarEmblem-HatProcess9-BlogA layered sash, created out of folded black satin with an emerald green dupioni silk lining, was hand stitched around the crown of the hat.

For the finishing touch, a large black pebble button was set to adorn the back of the hat.

WarEmblem-HatProcess10-BlogFinally, the lining was created from a bold emerald green satin to coordinate with the trims.

WarEmblem-Hat18-Web.MedThe finished “War Emblem” hat design measures over 30 inches across inclusive of the pleated organza brim layer.

Once the bidding ends and it is time to ship the hat to the winner, several strands of his tail hair will be braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures War Emblem not only in spirit but in substance as well.

Following a final inspection of the hat top to bottom here in our MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® studio and a quick photo session…

WarEmblem-HatProcess11-BlogThe “War Emblem” chapeau was prepped, packaged with care…

WarEmblem-HatProcess13-BlogAnd sent to Old Friends for the big photo shoot with Shea and Julien Leparoux!

WarEmblem-Shea-Julien-Leparoux2-MattWooley-Crop-Web.MedWe were pleased to have Shea Leparoux once again modeling for us, this time donning the “War Emblem” hat at Old Friends alongside her husband, jockey Julien Leparoux.


For a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the War Emblem photo shoot at Old Friends, check out the video footage below so generously provided by EquiSport Photos.

We want to extend a big thank you to Shea Leparoux and her husband, jockey Julien Leparoux who have been super models for our auction hats this season and to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos who worked their video and photographic magic once again. The gorgeous dress that Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky furnished for Shea matched the “War Emblem” hat beautifully. Our thanks to everyone!

The “War Emblem” auction hat is up for bid from April 1st through the 11th at this EBay link; bidding ends tonight, April 11th at 8 PM EST.

Please also enjoy this slideshow of the “War Emblem” chapeau and the horse who inspired its creation.

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For more information, please visit the War Emblem hat webpage and also the War Emblem horse webpage at maggiemae.com.

Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses, and Hats Off to War Emblem!!




MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 2016 – 27 of 101

Welcome to the Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #27, the “War Emblem” chapeau that is currently up for bid on EBay in our “Hats Off to the Horses” auction to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.

DerbyHatCountdown-2016-27Days-BlogFor more information about the “War Emblem” hat please visit the the War Emblem auction hat webpage or go directly to EBay and place your bid!

Today’s Derby Trivia Question today –

“Name the Hall of Fame jockey who has been to the the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle three times, 1998, 2000 and 2008.”

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats where you can also visit all four of our Derby hat salons for a wide selection of Derby hat offerings for the Kentucky Oaks and the Derby!

Only 26 Derby chapeaux and 26 days to go ’til the 142nd Kentucky Derby!


A Genuine Reward

The year was 2011 and I was beginning a new hat line honoring famous racehorses. One of the hats, a wide brimmed “chestnut” Derby chapeau with green and white trims, was created to celebrate 1980 Kentucky Derby winner, Genuine Risk,  who with a glorious burst of speed raced past the boys and into the history books, just the second filly at the time to win the roses.

I named the hat, “The Genuine Article”. And that she was.

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Following her retirement in 1981, Genuine Risk was unlucky as a broodmare as she gave birth to only two live foals in 18 years.  “Genny’s” first of the two foals was born on May 15, 1993 at 5:05 PM. By the great stallion Rahy, he was the spitting image of his chestnut Mum.  You can tell from the video footage that he was her absolute delight. The name they chose for him was perfect: Genuine Reward.

Because of various health issues, the colt never raced; a stud career took him from Virginia to Sheridan, Wyoming.

To the surprise of many, Genuine Reward, now a 22-year-old, was discovered on Craigslist in June 2015 by “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand, a longtime supporter of Old Friends. Through the efforts of Hillenbrand and others, the blessed son of Genuine Risk was safely retired to Old Friends.

I was extremely pleased when Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, asked me to create a hat to honor Genuine Reward, the son of this grand dame of horse racing, Genuine Risk, for whom I’d created “The Genuine Article”, just five years before.

GenuineReward-Jamie-Brian-Joshlyn-MattW2-Web.MedTo inspire me in the creation of the “Genuine Reward” hat, I called upon Old Friends volunteer Beth Shannon to tell me about the personality and spirit of the horse. Beth described Genuine Reward in the following way: “He’s really smart, really beautiful, really sweet. He’s a love, and very social.”  Everyone asked seemed to agree that Genuine Reward has settled in very well at Old Friends.

GenuineReward-LauraBattles12-Framed-MedGenuineReward-LauraBattles5-Framed-MedGenuineReward-LauraBattles17-Framed-MedA very special chapeau was needed to honor this cherished son of Genuine Risk and celebrate his new life at Old Friends. An elegant Derby design was created to showcase the stallion’s bright chestnut coloring and kind temperament, using his mother’s distinctive racing silk colors of green and white (Bertram and Diana Firestone’s stable) for the trims.

GenuineRewardHat1A-Web.MedI went online and printed out Genuine Reward’s bio, and soon had the background information that I needed.

GenuineRewardHat-Process1-Web.MedSketches were drawn…

GenuineRewardHat-Process2-Web.MedFabrics were chosen…

GenuineRewardHat-Process3-Web.MedAnd the creative process was underway!

The “Genuine Reward” hat was created as a flat wide brim design, using white dupioni silk for the brim foundation of the hat and white silk organza for the crown.

GenuineRewardHat9A-Web.MedAlternating layers of ruffled white, chocolate and gold organza were added to the outer brim to reflect the movement of the Thoroughbred athlete at full gallop.

GenuineRewardHat-Process4-Web.MedGenuineRewardHat1A-Web.MedA fancy chocolate braiding was then top stitched to the ruffled brim edges.

GenuineRewardHat-Process6-Web.MedA large dahlia flower, a new trim design by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®, was created especially for Genuine Reward.  To inspire me, I printed out images of white dahlias, and created a tiny white silk organza “dahlia template”.

GenuineRewardHat-Process7-Web.MedThe flower was then sculpted out of white silk organza with 22 petals to reflect Genuine Reward’s age when he was discovered on Craigslist and brought home to Old Friends.

GenuineRewardHat-Process8-Web.MedFor the center of the dahlia, a rose curl was crafted out of alternating layers of green and white silk organza.

GenuineRewardHat-Process10-Web.MedA medley of Spring green organza and satin leaves was then fashioned to frame the dahlia.

GenuineRewardHat-Process11-Web.MedThree 2-tone chocolate and green organza “feathers”, a MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® trademark, were carefully stitched, layered and then shaped to add the perfect finishing touch to the floral trim.

GenuineRewardHat-Process12-Web.MedA bright emerald green organza-covered taffeta sash, lined with chocolate taffeta, was fashioned to encircle the crown of the hat, and a tiny chocolate button was added to the back for the finishing touch.

GenuineRewardHat-Process15-Web.MedThe “Genuine Reward” hat measures nearly 25 inches across inclusive of the ruffled brim layers.

GenuineRewardHat6-Web.MedAs a physical remembrance of Genuine Reward, several strands of the stallion’s tail hair were braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures Genuine Reward not only in spirit but in substance as well.

The finished hat was photographed in our studio, packaged with care…

GenuineRewardHat-Process17-Web.MedAnd shipped on its way to Old Friends for the grand photo shoot with Jamie Hernandez and her husband, jockey Brian Hernandez.

GenuineReward-Jamie-Brian-Joshlyn-MattW1-Web.MedThank you Jamie and Brian for being such super models! And your little girl Joshlyn stole the show in her own little white silk chapeau from the new “Little Silver Charm Kids’ Hat Collection” that also benefits Old Friends.

A special thank you also to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos, and to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Jamie’s stunning emerald green dress. You can view all the photo shoot magic in this behind-the-scenes glimpse by Wendy…

Please also enjoy this slideshow of the “Genuine Reward” chapeau and the horse who inspired it.

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Creating this hat to celebrate Genuine Reward has been an honor. It has brought me full circle from mother to son after creating “The Genuine Article” years ago to honor his mother, Genuine Risk; this for me is a genuine reward that goes way beyond words.


About the Auction:

The “Genuine Reward” auction hat is now up for bid on EBay and bidding ends Friday, March 11th at 8 PM EST.

To learn more about Genuine Reward the horse, please visit the Genuine Reward horse webpage.

For more information about the “Genuine Reward” Chapeau please visit the Genuine Reward hat webpage.

To see the story about Genuine Reward’s rescue and retirement to Old Friends, click on The WKYT August 2015 Genuine Reward Video.

Charmed: The Story of the Little Silver Charm Silk Mini Horse

It was finally time to dig into a project that had long been swirling around in my imagination: a new line of kids’ Derby hats to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Kentucky named after a very special resident of the farm, Little Silver Charm!

But nothing could have prepared me for the big surprise that lay ahead as the new collection began to unfold…

Little Silver Charm, of Old Friends

Why name a collection of kids’ hats after a chocolate brown mini horse?

Little Silver Charm, a chocolate brown mini with silver mane and tail, is the official spokeshorse of Old Friends. Founded by Michael Blowen in 2003, Old Friends provides dignified retirements to over 150 racehorses whose racing and breeding careers are over.

And Little Silver Charm is the perfect Old Friends ambassador, spreading the word about the farm’s retirees in a way that only an adorable mini horse can. Blessed with good looks, Little Silver Charm exudes a quick wit and a captivating personality. Even the big horses love him!

Little Silver Charm wishing his buddy Mixed Pleasure a happy 30th birthday back in May 2015.

Children of all ages who visit the farm each year are drawn to Little Silver Charm like tiny magnets.  Like them, I was charmed as well.

Little Silver Charm getting a visit from jockey Gary Stevens and his daughter.

Named after the great racehorse, Silver Charm, who recently retired to Old Friends, Little Silver Charm finally got the chance to meet his idol last year. I heard that the long-awaited meeting between the two silver-haired stallions was MAGICAL!


So who could possibly be more of an inspiration to me for a new kids’ hat collection than Little Silver Charm?

But as I got busy with the project I felt like my designs lacked something, a spark of some kind. I kept thinking, Wouldn’t it be great if Charmie could be right here with me, to inspire me?

LittleSilverCharm-RickCapone1-FramedWhen I was a little girl dreaming of having a horse of my own, I spent hours creating make-believe horses out of paper, fabric and yarn that would then come to life before my eyes. All the pretty little ponies.

Suddenly it came to me! I would do the next best thing to having Charmie here with me: I would make a silk version of him and he could then be here for inspiration!

I found two silks in mocha and chocolate to reflect Little Silver Charm’s coat coloring and spools of threads to match.

I wanted this silk horse to really look like Charmie, right down to those gorgeous dapples and of course, the HAIR!

LittleSilverCharm-RickCapone3-FramedI cut the main body sections out of the two silks, then cut circles out of cream felt and hand stitched them to the body.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process4-Web.MedOnce the sewing got underway my machine was whirring day and night as I simply couldn’t focus on anything else until my new friend was finished!

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process5-Web.MedThe ears were next…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process6-Web.MedLittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process7-Web.MedAnd then the nostrils, fashioned out of chocolate felt.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process8-Web.MedThe legs and hooves were sewn and then stuffed to shape…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process10-Web.MedThen came the torso, neck and finally, the head.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process12-Web.MedSoon my little horse was able to almost stand up on his own.

“You’re becoming more real every day!” I told him as I finished for the night…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process13-Web.MedThe next day I found my little horse staring down at the Old Friends Calendar.

“I’m not like these other horses,” he said wistfully. “You said I was going to be a real horse, like them. But something’s missing.”

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process14-Web.Med“Yes,” I told him. “You are right. We need to create your mane and tail.  But yours will not be dark brown like you see in the picture there of Star Plus.”

“Little horse, you were inspired by a very great mini horse named Little Silver Charm, and your mane and tail will be all in silver… just like his!”

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process18-Web.MedLittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process19-Web.MedNow I knew this project was going to take a LOT of yarn to achieve a mane and tail with that kind of fullness, so I made sure I had plenty of big balls of yarn on hand.

I cut the yarn into long pieces, then carefully gathered and stitched the strands together.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process23-Web.MedFinally the forelock was ready to be settled into place…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process24-Web.MedAnd I shaped the strands of the mane ’til it looked like Charmie’s billowing locks cascading down his neck.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process31-Web.MedThe tail was next, using much longer strands of yarn.

At last it was ready to be shaped and attached.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process26-Web.MedWhen I stood back to look at the little horse lying next to the photo of Charmie I just smiled.

“We’re getting there, we really are!”

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process27-Web.MedI told my little horse that Little Silver Charm has some of the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen on a mini and I had to find just the right buttons for him so his eyes would be just as beautiful. I found them at last, and stitched them into place!

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process28-29Finally, I created a halter out of dark chocolate silk, adding rings and buckles for the finishing touches…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process32-34And when I slipped that halter behind my little horse’s ears I could not believe how he came to life. “Why, it’s Charmie!” I said to myself.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process35-Web.MedI grabbed the camera as I watched him take his first look out the studio window…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process36-Web.MedAnd then he met Marmee, my other inspiration.

You could just tell these two were going to be real pals.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process47-Web.MedLittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process48-Web.MedYes, I had been charmed from the very beginning by Little Silver Charm of Old Friends. And now I have to thank him for two very important things.

He didn’t just inspire me to create the new kids’ hats to support all the retired racehorses of Old Friends; he also inspired the creation of the most adorable little studio helper and the little horse I’d dreamed about since I was a little girl…

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process53-Web.MedYou can view the “Little Silver Charm Kids’ Hat Collection” online featuring four Derby hat styles for both girls and boys; new hats will be added as we approach the Derby.

LittleSilverCharmKidsHats-MedleyPoster-LogoYou can also read more about Little Silver Charm of Old Friends at the newly created Little Silver Charm webpage at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

LittleSilverCharm-Horse-Process54-Web.Med‘Til next time, thanks for visiting us at Hats and Horses!


Rosie Wedding Hats Debut to Benefit Old Friends

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® is pleased to announce the debut of a new round of hat designs recently added to the Rosie Signature Hat Collection!

Blog-RosieWeddings-SelenaHairOrnament1-UnveiledStudio-Web.LgThe Rosie Signature Hat Collection first debuted in July of 2014 and features hats Blog-RosieHat3B-MattWooleyinspired and individually signed by recently retired jockey Rosie Napravnik. Twenty percent of the sale price of each hat sold from this collection gets donated to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Kentucky. The Collection debuted last year with three horse racing hat styles worn by Rosie on location at historic Keeneland Race Course.

This year MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® is pleased to introduce three new hat styles with a wedding theme. We are calling them “The Rosie Wedding Hats”.

Blog-RosieWeddings-RoseMarieHat2-UnveiledStudio-Web.LgRosie Napravnik is well known in racing circles having been one of the nation’s top ten riders, and her devotion to horses extends off the track as well. Rosie is an advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare through The Retired Racehorse Project and serves on the board of directors at to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Kentucky.

Please enjoy the photo shoot featuring Rosie and the new hats at the Bodley-Bullock House in Lexington, Kentucky.

Blog-BodleyBullockHouse-Front1-Web.MedIntroducing The Selena Hair Ornament featuring a large Marguerite created out of white silk organza “flower petals” with a hot pink rose curl fashioned for the center of the flower.

Blog-RosieWeddings-SelenaHairOrnament2-UnveiledStudio-Web.LgChartreuse and lime green organza leaves frame the rose, and white netting, shaped into free form “bow loops”, gracefully drapes across the face.

An elegant alternative to a traditional wedding veil or brimmed chapeau!

Blog-RosieWeddings-SelenaHairOrnament3-UnveiledStudio-Web.LgNext, the Brooke…

Blog-RosieWeddings-BrookeHat2-UnveiledStudio-Web.LgA lovely white silk medium brim design, perfect for weddings and also for a fancy tea, garden party or a special horse racing event!

Blog-RosieWeddings-BrookeHat1-UnveiledStudio-Web.LgAnd finally the Rose Marie Chapeau…Blog-RosieWeddings-RoseMarieHat3-UnveiledStudio-Web.Lg

A white dupioni silk wide brim hat style with a single rose created out of alternating layers of hot pink organza and fuchsia dupioni silk framed with a medley of chartreuse and lime green organza and silk.

Layer upon layer of white tulle surround the crown, spilling over the brim edges, with a medium length tulle train down the back. (Comes with or without the tulle train; tulle train can be created to any length desired.)



As always, each and every hat sold from the Rosie Signature Hat Collection is created with a special white brocade lining, individually signed by Rosie Napravnik, which is meant to honor Rosie’s beloved retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Sugar, who is now almost completely white.

Rosie-Lining1A special thank you to the Bodley-Bullock House in Lexington, KY for giving us the perfect location for the launching of our newest designs from the Rosie Signature Hat Collection.

Special thanks to Unveiled Studio for providing the photography for “Rosie’s Wedding Hats”.

And a special thank you as well to Twirl Boutique of Lexington, KY for furnishing Rosie’s beautiful Tara Keely dress!

For more information about the hats, please visit The Rosie Signature Hat Collection webpage.

To learn more about Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in KY, please visit their website at Old Friends.

And thank you for visiting us today at Hats and Horses!