THE DERBY DAY AFFAIR
A couple of days ago I posted about the Polo Classic, hosted by Polo for Philanthropy. The Classic has quickly become one of my favorite events, and a great way to support local charities. One of the other charity events hosted by Polo for Philanthropy, is the Derby Day Affair, held on the day of the Kentucky Derby. On this Throw Back Thursday, I'd like to feature that event.
Our greeter for the day.
Meeting miniature therapy horses.
Plenty of lovely fashions on hand.
When we arrived we were greeted by equestrian demonstrations, miniature horses, large dogs, and ladies in festive hats! Everything to set the perfect tone for the event, and the activities to follow.
Enjoying the day with Marisa.
As we made our way inside the pavilion we were treated to tables of endless and delicious, hors d'oeuvres and canapes, certain to satisfy even the hungriest of guests. As we dined on these treats, we were entertained by ballroom dance demonstrations, cirque acrobats, a fashion show highlighting derby attire, and several local musicians. This was followed in the early afternoon by equestrian jumping exhibitions outside on the lawns.
The day was enjoyed by young and old.
Some dapper gents celebrating the Derby in style.
As the Kentucky Derby post time neared, everyone gathered inside the pavilion once more to watch the race. It was an exciting race as we cheered on our favorites, and watched Always Dreaming speed his way to the finish line for the win - eliciting more cheers from the crowd. Once the excitement of the race was over, the day ended with an auction, raising thousands of dollars for charity. A nice close to great day.
Buying Derby hats.
Waiting for the Derby to begin.
A fashionably dressed couple.
A perfect centerpiece.
The Derby Day Affair was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, experience first rate entertainment, see some amazing derby hats and attire, while enjoying dozens of horses of all sizes. This was my first year attending the Derby Day Affair, and I loved it so much that it is already on my calendar for next year.
Was is your favorite way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby?