Hats Off To The Horses - The Amazombie Hat


The "Amazombie" Hat modeled by Rosie Napravnik with her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and little Carson
© Matt/Wendy Wooley, EquisportPhotos.com

Click here to watch the video of this photo shoot!


The Seventh Annual "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"

 A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends  
sponsored by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® - Custom Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann

For the seventh consecutive year, MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and Old Friends are teaming up again for an unparalleled online monthly auction November 1st through April 1st with their "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" series. This unique Derby hat fundraiser is now an annual event which features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® to benefit the retired racehorses of Old Friends.  These hats have made over $26,000.00 for the horses.

The fourth hat up for bid in our auction series honors multiple graded stakes and Eclipse award winner, Amazombie. Bred in California by Gregg Anderson and owned by Thomas C. Sanford & William Spawr, it was Amazombie's victories in the 2011 Sunshine Millions Sprint, the Tiznow Stakes, the Potrero Grande Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint that earned him the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as Champion Sprinter.  Amazombie was retired to Old Friends in 2014 thanks to the efforts of Bill Spawr. The “Amazombie” chapeau is up for bid from February 1st through the 11th.

Amazombie's racing career really peaked in 2011 when as a 5-year old he tallied up a string of victories in the 2011 Sunshine Millions Sprint, the Tiznow Stakes, the Potrero Grande Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, sewing up Eclipse honors in the Sprint division at year's end.


More about Amazombie click here

Although they never faced one another on the track, Amazombie and Game on Dude were destined to be retired to Old Friends together. They shared both a flight and a van trip as they made their way on October 7, 2014 to Dream Chase Farm. In a Daily Racing Form article Michael Blowen stated, “I think they’re buddies now."

Beth Shannon of Old Friends described Amazombie in the following way: “Beautiful, classy, spunky but kind, curious, smart, friendly, Rapid Redux's best buddy. He has a grace about him that's lovely to watch, such a refined horse. 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, and did a darn good job of exactly that to become the Eclipse Award Sprint Champion of 2011.”    And she added, “He's got gorgeous big kind eyes.”

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.

The “Amazombie” hat was created with as a tapered wide brim, using white dupioni silk for the foundation.

A black and white polka dot underbrim creates a vibrant, colorful effect when the wearer's face is upturned.



 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.  

Each rose curl was framed with black silk organza leaves and a dash of wispy chocolate tulle.


The 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.



A sash was created out of layered black silk organza and placed around the crown.

To 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 with the tails spilling over the brim edge.

Stunning from every angle!


A chocolate metallic taffeta was chosen for the lining of the “Amazombie” to match the gelding's bay coat.



The finished “Amazombie” hat design measures nearly 22 inches across inclusive of the roses along the brim edge.

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

The purpose of this amazing millinery delight is to honor the life of Amazombie and all of the horses who, thanks to the generosity of those who support their aftercare, now graze in the warm sunshine at Old Friends for the rest of their lives.

"Sally Faith Steinmann's works of millinery art have raised thousands of dollars and a priceless amount of awareness for all these great retired athletes. Their stunning beauty and indescribable originality symbolize what one great artist can do to positively alter the lives of so many deserving athletes."- Michael Blowen, President, Founder of Old Friends. 

Click here to watch the video of this photo shoot!


Special thanks to Rosie Napravnik, her husband, trainer Joe Sharp and their little boy Carson for helping us with this year's “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky.  Carson is modeling one of our hats from another hat collection that supports Old Friends, “The Little Silver Charm Kids' Hat Collection”!  Joe's fedora hat is part of the new line of men's Derby hats by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® and although not included in the auction, it is available for purchase at Men's Hats for the Derby.

Our most sincere appreciation goes to Matt and Wendy Wooley of EquiSport Photos for their photo shoots and videos. Thank you as well to Bella Rose Clothing Boutique, Lexington, Kentucky for furnishing the stunning dresses for the photo shoots.

The “Amazombie" chapeau is up for bid from February 1st through the 11th. After the auction, the winning bidder's name will be announced (unless they prefer to remain anonymous).. 

Bid as many times and on as many hats as you like during these auctions. For further information about the eBay bidding process, please contact Old Friends at 502-863-1775.  Freight charges will be at the expense of the winning bidder. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of your hat in order to ensure proper sizing.  To view the couture Derby hats from previous auctions, please click on the following -

View MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® information page about this hat.

Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio.


All hat designs and hat photos on this page are the sole property of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®. All Images and content may not be reproduced for any commercial purpose without the express, written permission of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® or the photographers noted.  Copyright MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

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