“Hats off to the Horses: The Road to Derby” 2019 kicks off this week with a new chapeau honoring an Old Friends retiree.
For the 10th consecutive year, Maggie Mae Designs® and Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping experience. “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” is a unique Derby-hat fundraiser featuring one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit Old Friends.
This new hat pays tribute to King Congie, a stakes winner who resides at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center, N.Y., and it uses the yellow and black racing-silk colors of former owners West Point Thoroughbreds.
King Congie's career ended following an injury in 2012. In 2016 he was rescued from a livestock auction by the Rosemary Farm Sanctuary, and with the help of West Point Thoroughbreds was retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek.
This lovely hat was created out of black dupioni silk with layers and layers of organza. It's highlighted by a bold yellow under brim, which adds a vibrant, colorful effect when the wearer's face is upturned, and it is adorned with a delicate rose sculpted out of alternating layers of yellow silk and chocolate organza.
The “King Congie” chapeau is up for bid from January 2nd through January 12th . All proceeds from the sale go to Old Friends.
To Bid: CLICK HERE or visit the Old Friends website (www.oldfriendsequine.org) and follow the link.
Special thanks to the Stronach Group's Acacia Courtney for graciously modeling this month's selection, and to Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography for her stunning images of Acacia and King Congie.
To read more about King Congie, the horse, please CLICK HERE
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