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MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Derby Hat Collection
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join us once again for the
Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends
Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann
~ Kentucky Derby Hats
the third consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping
Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby".
unique Derby hat fundraiser features one-of-a-kind couture Derby
hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends. To learn more about
Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and bid on the hats, please visit
or call them at 502-863-1775.
the fifth hat auction in this year's auction series, milliner
Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor the
1993 Super Derby and Pennsylvania Derby winner, Wallenda, one of
the dearest and most beloved retirees at Old Friends of Kentucky
who is now 22 years young.
read about this magnificent stallion, please click on the
photos of Wallenda below.
by Matt Woolley - www.equisportphotos.com
by Ralph Quillin
by Rick Capone
in 1990 by the 1988 Breeders' Cup Sprint champion
out of So Glad (Liloy), Wallenda is perhaps best known for his
1993 victories in the Super Derby and the Pennsylvania Derby.
Named for Karl Wallenda, patriarch of the Flying Wallendas,
Wallenda was a Kentucky Derby contender in 1993, where he was
beaten by Bull Inthe Heather, who coincidentally is now one of his
paddock neighbors at Old Friends along with Wallenda's sire, the
great Gulch. Following Wallenda's retirement, the dark bay
stallion was sent overseas to stand at stud in New Zealand. Then,
in 2007, Old Friends purchased Wallenda for $10,000 thanks to a
large contribution from Anne and Cot Campbell of Dogwood Stable
and a successful online “Fly Wallenda Home” campaign.
Wallenda was welcomed home from Japan on June 14, 2007 greeted
with a high-wire performance by Tino Wallenda and the rest of the
Flying Wallenda family at Old Friends Farm. As Micheal Blowen,
founder of Old Friends so aptly stated, “The return of
Wallenda is a great example of how everyone working together can
accomplish something; it really brings out the best side of
in recent years from several serious hind leg ailments, Wallenda
has been described to me as a true hero; one who continues to live
his life to the fullest in spite of physical adversity. Valerie
Mulgrave of the Old Friends Blog writes, “And this is why
Wallenda is the toughest horse I ever met: he walks on not four,
not three, but on TWO
Horses just don’t do that; they can’t. Nature designed
the horse to need all four legs—an injury to one leg is
often catastrophic, let alone damage to two legs. But Wallenda is
tougher than that. He not only survives, he does it with
determination, verve, and class. He seems to know just how much he
can handle. He cleans up his meals, his coat is shiny and dappled
and his eyes are bright. He enjoys his life and makes the most of
it—regardless of the chronic discomfort I imagine he must
just can’t imagine any horse tougher than that.”
capture this gutsy dark bay stallion's warm imagery and
deep-chested conformation, a brilliant dark chocolate dupioni silk
was selected for the flat oval base of the hat. A single layer of
black silk organza was pleated and stitched to the outer brim
edge, and then, at one end of the brim, nearly four yards of black
and chocolate brown tulle were alternately gathered, stitched and
layered between the organza brim edges to reflect the stallion's
dark mane and tail. With these elements the width of the brim is
stretched to nearly 24 inches.
distinctive yellow and green polka dot racing silks of Dogwood
Stable provided the basic color palette for the trimmings of this
stunning Derby hat in a truly innovative combination of texture
centerpiece is comprised of three luscious medium rose curls
created in swirling layers of deep yellow satin and soft lemon
rose curl centerpiece is framed with a medley of glistening Spring
green organza leaves. Black hat veiling set behind the rose curls
and leaves offers a contrasting flourish that sets off the green
and yellow tones of this trim design.
setting for this rose curl medley is a large double bow created in
shiny spring green satin lined with a softer matte green satin for
texture. Four medium length tails, created in this same fabric
combination, add a bit of dimension and elegance to the bow; a
matching sash surrounds the crown.
slender black silk organza “feathers” gracefully bend
and curl in different directions and serve to balance the entire
a finishing touch, several strips of black silk organza were
carefully ruched and topstitched to create a ruffled border where
the wavy black silk layer meets the brim edge.
three yellow buttons vertically adorn the green satin back seam of
the hat and remind us one more time of the distinctive, playful
yellow polka dot and green racing silks of the Dogwood Stable.
other innovation for the "Wallenda" hat was the weaving
of a physical remembrance of the horse into the hat. Several
strands of the great stallion's tail hairs were braided and woven
into the trim of the hat itself, thereby creating a unique,
one-of-a-kind Derby chapeau that is Wallenda not only in spirit
but in substance as well...
purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of
Wallenda 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.
ask of the thoroughbreds, and they give, they serve us with
dignity and satisfy our needs to compete - we owe it to them to
provide the retirement they so justly have earned.” - Fred
cheers for Wallenda!
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hat is the fifth in our “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby
hat auction series this season, and it will be up for bid from
through the 11th, 2012. At the end of the month, the
winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to
read more about Wallenda, the horse, please click on the following
link - Featured
as many times and on as many hats as you like during this running
auction. For further information about the eBay bidding process,
please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775. If you don't desire to
place a bid on a hat, please contact
Old Friends to
see about what other ways you might be able to help out at Dream
Freight charges will
be at the expense of the winning bidder. Winning bidders, please
allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper
view the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click
on the following - Old
Friends Hat Auction Portfolio.
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