Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – Day 23

Welcome to the 2017 Derby Hat Countdown with MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today I am featuring Hat #23,  courtesy of Leigh McKathan of McKathan Brothers Training Center wearing her “Teddy” top hat design to last year’s Kentucky Oaks. Created in a mix of red and fuchsia silks, this hat is perfect for the Oaks or the Derby and is found in the The Rosie Signature Hat Collection that helps to support the retired racehorses of Old Friends in KY.

For more Kentucky Oaks and Derby hat ideas, please visit my 4 Derby Hat Salons at The Derby Hat Collection by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®.

Only 22 Derby chapeaux and 22 days to go ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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The Derby Daily Topper from MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® – September 10, 2016

Welcome to the Derby Daily Topper by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Can you believe it? It’s just 238 days ’til the 143rd Kentucky Derby we are featuring today the Jordan hat from the Rosie Signature Hat Collection. Inspired by former jockey, Rosie Napravnik, this fedora-flavored red and black silk wide brim would be the perfect hat choice for Breeders’ Cup 2016!

thedailytopper-september10-2016-blogBest of all, twenty percent of the sale price of this hat sold will be donated to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement in Kentucky.

Blog-RosieHat3-JordanAFor all the details on this hat style, please visit the The Jordan Hat webpage.

rosiehat3b-mattwooley-blogThank you for visiting me here for The Daily Topper at Hats and Horses!

Sally

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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 2016 – 61 of 101

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

Today I am featuring Hat #61, the “Jordan”, one of our wide brim Derby hats that is part of the Rosie Signature Hat Collection at maggiemae.com!

DerbyHatCountdown-2016-61Days-BlogFor more information about the custom “Jordan” hat design featured today, please visit The Jordan Hat webpage.

Today’s Derby Trivia Question

“Last year, American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby. Name the colt who won the year before — and the jockey who rode them both!”

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 60 Derby chapeaux and 60 days to go ’til the 142nd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

Red Roses and Stars for Amazombie of Old Friends

“Amazombie” is our fourth hat in this season’s “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”; no chapeau could better sum up my starstruck feelings for the Kentucky Derby and Old Friends than this hat that features both red Derby roses and stars!

Amazombie-Rosie-Joe-Carson-MattWooley4-crop-Web.LgAmazombie, bred in California by Gregg Anderson and owned by Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr,  won the 2011 Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter honors after winning the Sunshine Millions Sprint, the Tiznow Stakes, the Potrero Grande Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

The 10 year-old  gelding was retired to Old Friends in May, 2014 thanks to the help of his owner, Bill Spawr.

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Amazombie arriving at Old Friends in May, 2014

To inspire me in the creation of the “Amazombie” hat, I called upon Old Friends volunteers Beth Shannon and John Bradley to tell me about the personality and spirit of the horse.

Beth described Amazombie in this way: “He has a grace about him that’s lovely to watch, such a refined horse. Beautiful, classy, spunky but kind, curious, smart, friendly, and he’s got gorgeous big kind eyes.”

Amazombie-Horse-MattWooley6-Framed-Web.MedShe continued, “He’s Rapid Redux’s best buddy. He’s not at all big-headed about being a champion, unlike his best buddy who hams it with relish for anybody who’ll watch him. Amazombie is happy to go along and get along, but he’s not a pushover. He can stand up for himself.”

Amazombie-RapidRedux-LauraBattles2-Framed-Web.MedJohn Bradley underscored the connection between Amazombie and Rapid Redux. “I think it is an important part of the story. When he (Amazombie) was first paired with Rapid, he was second fiddle. However, that didn’t last for long. Amazombie stood his ground, stood up for himself and showed Rapid he was his equal. He gained Rapid’s respect. Now they are the best of friends, but are also like brothers when they play. They pull off each other’s halters and have daily running sessions all around their paddock. It is a joy to watch them just have fun being horses.”

Amazombie-RapidRedux-LauraBattles12-Framed-Web.MedRight from the start I could see that a very special chapeau was needed to honor this accomplished equine athlete and celebrate his new life at Old Friends. An elegant Derby design was created with a unique blend of colors, shades and textures that showcases Amazombie’s medium bay coloring, kind temperament and his racing silk colors of white, red and black.

I went online and printed out Amazombie’s racing bio, watched videos of his wins on the track, and soon I had the background information that I needed.

Amazombie-HatProcess1-Web.MedSketches were drawn…

Amazombie-HatProcess4-Web.MedFabrics were chosen…

Amazombie-HatProcess3-Web.MedAnd the creative process was underway!

The “Amazombie” hat was created with a new tapered wide brim design using white dupioni silk for the foundation with a black lip edge.

Amazombie-HatProcess5-Web.MedA black and white polka dot fabric was used for the underbrim to create a vibrant, colorful effect when the wearer’s face is upturned.

Amazombie-HatProcess6-Web.MedThe effect, to me, is of twinkling stars shining in the night sky over Dream Chase Farm.

AmazombieHat4-Web.MedNext, seven roses were handcrafted out of red silk organza to reflect Amazombie’s post position number seven when he won the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2011.

Amazombie-HatProcess9-Web.MedEach rose curl was framed with a dash of wispy chocolate tulle and a medley of black silk organza leaves.

Amazombie-HatProcess10-Web.MedThe seven rose curl clusters were then evenly hand stitched along the edge of the brim so that the roses could be seen all around as the hat is turned.

Amazombie-HatProcess11-Web.MedAmazombieHat1B-Web.MedA sash was created out of black silk organza that was layered, top stitched  and carefully sewn around the crown.

Amazombie-HatProcess12-Web.MedTo balance the drama of the roses, a large triple layer bow with three tails was created out of black silk organza and set on the back of the hat.

Amazombie-HatProcess13-Web.MedMedium length organza tails were fashioned so that they spilled over the edge of the brim.

Amazombie-HatProcess14-Web.MedA chocolate metallic taffeta was chosen for the lining of the “Amazombie” to match the gelding’s bay coat.

Amazombie-HatProcess8-Web.MedAs a physical remembrance of Amazombie, several strands of the gelding’s tail hair were braided and woven into the trim of the hat, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that captures Amazombie not only in spirit but in substance as well.

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

Amazombie-HatProcess15-Web.MedAnd shipped on its way to Old Friends for the grand photo shoot with Rosie Napravnik and her family!

Amazombie-Rosie-Joe-Carson-MattWooley1-Web.LgA special thank you to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos who once again worked their photographic magic that day. And a big thank you as well to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing the stunning silver dress that Rosie wore which beautifully matched the chapeau. You can view it all in this behind-the-scenes glimpse of the photo shoot by Wendy…

Special thanks to Rosie Napravnik and her husband, trainer Joe Sharp, for being such super models, and their little boy Carson who simply stole the show in his new fedora from the new “Little Silver Charm Kids’ Hat Collection”!

Amazombie-Rosie-Joe-Carson-MattWooley1-Crop-Web.LgThe “Amazombie” auction hat is now up for bid on EBay and bidding ends Thursday, February 11th at 8 PM EST.

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

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Thank you for visiting Hats and Horses, and here’s to Amazombie and all the horses of Old Friends!  🙂

Sally

About the Auction:

To learn more about Yankee Fourtune, the horse, please visit the Amazombie horse webpage.

For more information about the “Yankee Fourtune” Chapeau please visit the Amazombie hat webpage.

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 2016 – 91 of 101

In our Derby Hat Countdown today I am featuring Hat #91, the “Teddy” red and hot pink silk top hat design, modeled by Rosie Napravnik and showcased in The Rosie Signature Hat Collection at maggiemae.com!

DerbyHatCountdown-2016-92Days-BlogFor more views of this lovely “Teddy” design, please visit the Teddy top hat webpage.

Today’s Derby Trivia Question is from Steve Haskin, award-winning American horse racing journalist and author (“Hangin’ with Haskin”) – “Name the three undefeated Derby winners of this century.”

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 90 Derby chapeaux and 90 days to go ’til the 142nd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown 2016 – 96 of 101

In our Derby Hat Countdown today I am featuring Hat #96, the “Hallie”, a medium brim red dupioni silk hat that is found in the The Rosie Signature Hat Collection that benefits the retired racehorses of Old Friends. Thank you, Rosie, for all that you do for Old Friends!  🙂

DerbyHatCountdown-2016-96Days-BlogFor more views of the  chapeau shown above, please visit the Hallie hat webpage.

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Who was the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks?

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!

‘Til next time, thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 100 of our Derby Hat Countdown. Only 95 Derby chapeaux and 95 days to go ’til the 142nd Kentucky Derby!

Sally

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.)

 

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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!

Sally