“Hats Off to the Horses”

The Eighth Annual
“Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

For the eighth consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® of Cape Cod and Old Friends of Kentucky teamed up again for an unparalleled online shopping experience that began January 1st, 2017 with their “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” auction. This unique Derby hat fundraiser is an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created and donated by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.

Our first eight years of the fundraiser have been a great success, and to date well over $31,000 has been raised for the retired racehorses of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility.

The fourth and final hat up for bid in our auction series honored Kentucky-bred Danthebluegrassman whose major wins included the 2002 Gold Rush Stakes and the Golden Gate Derby. Although he qualified for the 2002 Kentucky Derby and his name was in the program, Danthebluegrassman was injured before the race and did not start in the Run for the Roses that was won that year by War Emblem. In 2008 the chestnut son of Pioneering was retired to Old Friends in Kentucky thanks to the efforts of Jim Ponte and Tim Ford. Dan was honored at the Old Friends 2008 Homecoming by the Gallatin County Youth Bluegrass Band who performed their song,“The Ballad of Danthebluegrassman”, in his honor.

The “Danthebluegrassman” chapeau was up for bid from April 1st through the 11th. Bidding has now ended for this auction hat and we are thrilled to announce the winning bidder was Pam Corrigan of Kingsport, TN.

For our final hat of the auction 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!


The “Danthebluegrassman” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

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 such lovely dresses for our models!

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

About the Auction

This unique online Derby hat auction, which runs from January 1st right up to Derby Day, features a new Derby hat design each month that has been created and donated by Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to honor the beauty and spirit of one of the horses at Old Friends. All of the proceeds from this running auction benefit the retired thoroughbred racehorses now living at Old Friends. Old Friends and its founder, Michael Blowen, are well known in racing circles for the exceptional care they give racehorses that are too old for racing or breeding. We thought a fundraiser honoring several of the more than 100 retirees now living at Dream Chase Farm was the perfect way to celebrate the road to the 143rd Kentucky Derby.

Each month, from January through April, the featured auction hat is posted on the MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® website and the Old Friends website. Each hat will be available for bidding for 10 days only.

For future bidding, please go to the Old Friends website or visit the “Hats Off to the Horses” webpage at MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and click on the link provided after the first of each month. Winners will be announced each month (unless they prefer to remain anonymous) and on the first day of the following month a new one-of-a-kind millinery creation will be placed up for bid to celebrate another resident of Old Friends. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775.

Freight charges for shipping the hats will be at the expense of the winning bidders. Winning bidders, please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure custom sizing.

NEW this season!
”Friends of Old Friends”

Please join me in thanking all of the wonderful organizations listed in the above poster who have joined us this year as “Friends of Old Friends” to help spread the word about our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser.

The following is the poster we created for our final Season 8 auction:

Please visit the “Friends of Old Friends” webpage to learn more about them.

And be sure to look for us when we kick off Season 9 of “Hats Off to the Horses” in January 2018!  😉



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