Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby

Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik is an American Thoroughbred
horse racing jockey and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks.
Rosie is wearing 'Williamstown' Chapeau, created by Milliner Sally Faith Steinmann.

  The 2015 Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 2!

"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" is well underway, the annual online Derby hat auction created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to support the retired racehorses of Old Friends. This unique hat auction features a new Derby hat design each month created by Milliner Sally Faith Steinmann to honor one of the Thoroughbreds at Old Friends. All of the proceeds from this running auction benefit Old Friends Equine and you can read all about it at  

The theme continues with "Rosie and Friends" with the fifth hat (see photo) up on the auction block which is the "Williamstown" Chapeau created to honor Kentucky-bred multiple stakes-winning stallion and son of the great Seattle Slew, Williamstown, who ran one of the fastest miles in history in the 1993 Withers Stakes (G2). The hat with full description and photos can be seen at The Williamstown Hat webpage.

Rosie Napravnik with her husband trainer Joe Sharp modeling this handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Derby hat in a special photo shoot at Old Friends. Check out this fabulous behind-the-scenes video by EquiSport Photos of the photo shoot at

The “Williamstown” chapeau sold to the highest bidder for $500 in February! View updates to bid on the next gorgeous hat! -

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To date over $23,000 has been raised by "Hats Off to the Horses" for the retired racehorses of Old Friends. To view some of the hats created in the past five years of this auction series, simply click on the following link --

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