Contest Reminder: Show us your derby hats!

The Kentucky Derby is upon us, and Horse Nation has teamed up with NickerDoodles to give you a chance to win a custom equine portrait by artist Melanie Eberhardt and other great prizes!

Are you Downton Abbey or Downtown Alley?


We want to know!

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby! Whether you’re one of the lucky ducks attending the Derby, or reveling with friends at a Derby party or simply watching the race quietly at home with your dog–enjoy this spectacular event! And don’t forget to take a photo of your Derby hat and enter our Derby Hat Contest! If you’re camera shy–yes, you may enter a photo of your dog wearing a Derby hat, but it better be a really good hat!

The deadline is Monday!

I am personally cheering for a great race without incident and REVOLUTIONARY!

Derby_hats_EberhardtCONTEST DETAILS: and NickerDoodles are pleased to sponsor a Derby inspired contest – send us photos of your best Derby hats. We’ll pick the top 10, then YOU choose the winners – Win, Place and Show!

Rules? We don’t like rules so let’s keep this simple. Just send a photo of you and your best dog-gone, block-buster, milliner-crafty-inspired Derby Hat to [email protected].

Entries must be received by midnight, Monday, May 6.

The top 10 will be posted at and voting will take place May 7 through the 12th.

The winners will be announced May 13th.

So what’s in it for you?

The admiration and respect of the horse lovin’ people of HorseNation for your millinery abilities! And … we have a few prizes too.

  • Win

A custom, framed portrait of you and your horse by artist, Melanie Eberhardt (creator of NickerDoodles). See samples of Melanie’s equine portraiture work at


  • Place

A likeness of you and your horse will be featured in an upcoming NickerDoodle posted on


  • Show

An OTTB T-shirt designed by Melanie (Race Horse, Sport Horse, MY Horse). T-shirts are also available for purchase


A big thanks for NickerDoodles for sponsoring such a fun contest and we look forward to receiving your entries!

About Melanie:

I am an artist in Atlanta. When I’m not painting, I’m riding horses. I have 3 retired Arabians and a snotty pony at home. They keep me on my toes. Three years ago I bought a young OTTB straight off the track. My new fella, Bubba, and I are learning dressage. Sadly, I’m the weak link on Team Bubba, but I learn something every time we ride so it’s all good. I started NickerDoodles to document the horsey antics that abound within my world. I’m very fortunate to balance my life with things that I love – painting and riding – and NickerDoodles gives me a forum to share. If we’re not laughing at our horses and ourselves, we’re probably crying. I prefer to laugh! I hope everyone enjoys NickerDoodles.

Please visit my central website:

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