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7th Annual “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” Continues with the Mixed Pleasure Chapeau

By on December 8, 2015

Julien Leparoux, Shea Leparoux and baby Mitchell (Photo by EquiSport)

Proceeds from the online fashion auction to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

GEORGETOWN, KY – DECEMBER 7, 2015 – The online fashion auction “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” continues with a second beautiful Derby chapeau going on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.

This new hat pays tribute to Old Friends retiree Mixed Pleasure. Best known as the oldest living descendant of the great Seabiscuit, Mixy passed away at age 30 in October.

The hat crafted in his honor will be showcased by Shea Leparoux, her husband, leading jockey Julien Leparoux, and their baby son, Mitchell, and will be up for bid through December 14th.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Old Friends has joined with acclaimed milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of the Massachusetts-based Maggie Mae Designs® to auction off six handcrafted Kentucky Derby-style hats between November and April, each inspired by one of the non-profit organization’s 155 retired racehorses. Steinmann’s works of millinery art have raised more than $25,000 for Old Friends.

The Mixed Pleasure chapeau was fashioned as a flat, wide-brim design using chestnut dupioni silk for the foundation. A large Marguerite, sculpted out of several shades of yellow organza, adorns the front of the hat. The center of the Marguerite is a rose curl in royal blue silk organza with a beaded center created out of shimmering royal blue seed beads.

Dozens of long slender blue and yellow silk organza “feathers”, a Maggie Mae Designs® trademark, were carefully stitched, layered and then shaped to cradle the Marguerite. Lastly, a yellow taffeta under brim creates a vibrant, colorful effect when upturned against the wearer’s face.

As a physical remembrance of Mixed Pleasure, several strands of his tail hair were also braided and woven into the trim of the hat.

For additional photos and to read more, click here:

Bidding on the Mixed Pleasure began at 8 pm on December 4th and will be open for 10 days only until 8pm on December 14th. Interested bidders can go to the Old Friends website at and follow the link.

The photo shoots for each hat, done by EquiSport Photographers Matt and Wendy Wooley, took place this fall at Old Friends and matches Steinmann’s beautiful hats with ensembles from Lexington’s Bella Rose Boutique. For a video of Shea and Julien’s photo shoot, click here:

Maggie Mae Designs® Custom Millinery offers magnificent hats for all occasions – from glamorous racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot to stunning bridal wear and handsome cocktail fashions. Every hat is carefully handcrafted by milliner Sally Faith Steinmann from her home base in South Harwich, MA. Salons of her fashions can be seen on her website at

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 110 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322,; Maggie Mae Designs (508) 430-1626,

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