Announcing the Winners of Our NickerDoodles Derby Hat Contest!

Whose hat was the fairest of them all? We put our top 10 finalists’ entries to a vote–here’s what you decided.

Top image by Melanie Eberhardt.

Voting closed on Sunday at midnight, at which time I took this screenshot:


  • Win

Alyssa Johnson


Alyssa will receive a custom, framed portrait of her and her horse by artist Melanie Eberhardt (creator of NickerDoodles). See samples of Melanie’s equine portraiture work at


  • Place

Thatcher “Little Big Man” Traver


A likeness of our second place winner and his horse (or rocking horse?) will be featured in an upcoming NickerDoodle posted on


  • Show

Maggie Hitron


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


Congratulations to all of our fabulous hat-wearing winners, and a great big thank-you to everyone who participated in the contest!

And the biggest thanks of all goes to Melanie Eberhardt and NickerDoodles for sponsoring such a fun competition. We encourage everyone to check out Melanie’s website,, to learn more about her work!


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