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Queen’s Plate Horse Race

For three years I have been setting up my hats at the Queen’s Plate Horse Race in Toronto Ontario. This is one of the races of the triple crown in Canada. It is at Woodbine Race track and it is always a great day. Over 10,000 people attend this race and 2 summers ago Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attended. Somewhere I have a photo of the top of her hat.

I am the only milliner to attend this race and it is with the kindness of the staff who let me. I have been on a morning television programme, Canada a.m. here on the CTV network the first year and Breakfast Television the second year which is on the City TV network.

We have also travelled this past summer to Edmonton Alberta to the Canadian Derby Race at Northlands Race Track and had a big adventure out west.

All this horse race fun leads us to create our versions of the race hat the Ascot in the U.K. has made famous. Who knows, maybe I’ll be making the hat the wins the Ladies Day prize across the pond. In the meantime, our race day hats can be viewed at our website or in the studio.

We have enormous fun making these one of a kind hats. We can make one on custom out of anything really but usually we use a toyo straw or a sinamay straw. We will be making these again this year starting very soon as spring and race season comes up quickly.

This coming summer will hopefully see us again near the valet parking entrance at Woodbine Race Track with our hats spilling off the shelves waiting for the race fans. As for Edmonton, I’m not sure my old car can take another trip.


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