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A Beautiful Benefit Idea – Derby Hats! NOOR from Grass Valley is relaid to rest.

I’m forwarding this information today for several reasons.

1)  The hat really caught my eye and I thought it was beautiful.

2)  The idea of a Derby Hat Auction was novel to me and I liked it!  Any creative way to benefit the horses is fine by me!

3)  A Derby Hat Auction that helps an earnest TB retirement home like OLD FRIENDS is worth spreading the word…

4)  NOOR, the great TB who is referenced with this particular Derby Hat, had been buried in my home town – on a beautiful spread – in an unmarked grave for many years…  I think the news that NOOR was exhumed and reburied with dignity at Old Friends is very good.


As you will read in the report below, NOOR was retired long ago at a gorgeous TB farm out here in my home town of Grass Valley.  I’ve written about the Loma Rica Ranch and NOOR previously in this post.

Anyway, the Loma Rica Ranch fell into disrepair and was sold to a developer who is, sadly to me, developing the once glorious estate.

Luckily, several TB fans were up in arms that NOOR’s unmarked grave would be built over and forgotten.  So, headed by Charlotte Farmer who created a ‘Friends of NOOR’ group worked tirelessly to earn the rights to find his grave, exhume him and bring him home to the Old Friends Hall of Fame Cemetery, where he belongs.


So attached is an inspired reporting of an inspired story (NOOR being buried, finally, with honor), and an inspired way to fund raise for the horses of OLD FRIENDS.

Please note that the auction for this particular hat is closed.  But, there will be another hat presented on December 1 so check back to the Old Friends website linked here.  The name of these benefit auctions is:  “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby”
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends”

Here you go!  If you’d like to visit the website, click here.

Great Auction idea - inspired by NOOR


Description of the Auction


Noor's story... Click image to go to NOOR's FB page


More on Noor.


Noor's final story. Click here to read about Charlotte's journey.


Hat inspiration...


More on the hat


I cannot imagine making this. So cool.




More angles


Always second to SeaBiscuit no more.




To see the hats from the first year’s series check out:

Black Tie Affair  –  Commentator  –  Bull Inthe Heather and Little Silver Charm  –
Will’s Way  Academy Award  –  Sunshine Forever 

To see the hats from the second year’s series check out: 

Gulch  –  Tinner’s Way – Creator – Marquetry – Ogygian


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