A Red Derby Rose for Danthebluegrassman

For the eighth consecutive year, Old Friends and MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® have teamed 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.

For our final auction of the season we are featuring the “Danthebluegrassman” chapeau that honors Kentucky-bred Danthebluegrassman whose major wins included the 2002 Gold Rush Stakes and the Golden Gate Derby.

In September of 2016 we started something new in our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser by holding our first ever “Pick a Pony” contest. The public was invited to vote for their favorite Old Friends horse out of a group a 4 finalists, and Danthebluegrassman was the winner!

Dan qualified for the 2002 Kentucky Derby and his name was in the program. Unfortunately he was injured before the race and did not start in the Run for the Roses that was won that year by War Emblem, another Old Friends retiree.

Dan was retired to Old Friends in Kentucky in 2008 thanks to the efforts of Jim Ponte and Tim Ford.

In an April 20, 2008 Bloodhorse article by Claire Novak, President and Director of Old Friends, Michael Blowen, described the arrival of Danthebluegrassman to Old Friends in this way: “He walked off the truck like a puppy dog. We led him into a stall and gave him a couple of carrots, and he’s just the sweetest horse with lovely brown eyes.”

When I asked Beth Shannon, volunteer at Old Friends, her impression of Danthebluegrassman, she responded, “Dan is our resident Lovable Oaf. He’s really big, fully 17 hands, and really big boned. He’s bossy to his paddock mates, though not mean. He’s kind natured.”

Clearly, 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 Dan’s racing days and connections. I soon had the background information that I needed.

Next, a sketch of the hat was made…

Fabrics were chosen and the creative process was underway!

The foundation of the wide brim design was created out of champagne dupioni silk.

And for the trim centerpiece I created a large red Derby rose to honor Dan’s extraordinary achievement in qualifying for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, fashioned out of alternating layers of red dupioni silk and silk organza.

Danthebluegrassman would finally have his red Derby rose!

I then framed the rose with a medley of deep yellow organza leaves that were top stitched in red for added detailing.

Large red silk organza “bow loops” and a layer of soft mocha veiling were added to provide a colorful backdrop for the rose and leaves.

Five chocolate brown organza “feathers”, a MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® trademark, were added to the rose curl centerpiece for a final, playful trim accent. The entire trim centerpiece was then stitched to the front of the hat.

Yards of shimmering, wispy red tulle were gathered and layered around the crown to provide an elegant “nest” for Dan’s rose.

A layered sash, created out of deep yellow dupioni silk with a red dupioni silk lining, was wrapped around the crown of the hat.

For the finishing touch, a large shimmering espresso button was added to the back of the hat as a reflection of Dan’s beautiful brown eyes.

The lining was created from a yellow taffeta to coordinate with the trims.

The finished “Danthebluegrassman” hat design measures over 20 inches across, inclusive of the tulle layers. A stunning creation from every angle!

As a physical remembrance of Danthebluegrassman, 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 Danthebluegrassman not only in spirit but in substance as well.

The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Danthebluegrassman and all of the horses who, thanks to the generosity of those who support their aftercare, now graze in the warm sunshine of Dream Chase Farm for the rest of their lives.

Hats Off to you, Danthebluegrassman!

Soon the hat was on its way to Old Friends for the grand photo shoot with our models.

This month we were fortunate to have two of our models, Krystal Court and Shelby Landeros join us for the photo shoot with Danthebluegrassman, showing his hat to full advantage.

What a lucky horse!

For a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the photo shoot…

We want to extend a big thank you to jockey Chris Landeros and his lovely wife, Shelby, as well as jockey Jon and his wife Krystal and daughter Aubrey who were splendid models for the “Danthebluegrassman” chapeau as well as to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos who worked their photographic magic once again. The dresses that Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky furnished for Shelby and Krystal matched the chapeau beautifully. Our thanks to all of you!

The “Danthebluegrassman” auction hat is now up for bid on EBay and bidding ends April 11th at 8 PM EST.

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

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

Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses, and here’s to Danthebluegrassman!

Sally

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Hats Off to Danthebluegrassman of Old Friends

The 2017 “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” for Old Friends continues in April with our fourth and final hat of the season, the “Danthebluegrassman”!

Special thanks to Krystal Court, her husband, jockey Jon Court and their daughter Aubrey and also to Shelby Landeros and her husband, jockey Chris Landeros for helping us this month with our “Danthebluegrassman” hat auction for Old Friends.

Thanks also to EquiSport Photos for their stunning images and video footage. A special thanks to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique of Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing Krystal and Shelby’s lovely dresses!

See Wendy Wooley’s behind-the-scenes video of the hat photo shoot with our models at Old Friends:

If you would like to bid on the “Danthebluegrassman” chapeau please place your bid at this link on EBay.

Bidding ends Tuesday, April 11th at 8 PM EST.

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

Thank you for supporting Old Friends!

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.

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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.

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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!!

Sally

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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!

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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.

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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!!

Sally

 

 

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!

Sally

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.

Sally

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.