The Millbrook Horse Trials, the only three-day event in the Northeast offering competition at the advanced level (the highest level in national eventing), will be held July 31 through August 3 at Coole Park Farm.   MHT attracts   Olympic-level riders, and the best of professional and amateur riders from around the country,  The organizers expect some 500 horses and nearly 4,000 spectators. 

For the first time $25,000 in prize money will be awarded to top finishers in the Advanced, Intermediate and Preliminary divisions. “With such an impressive purse, we’re certain to attract even more top riders,” said international event rider and MHT’s founder and president Louise Meryman. “And when riders are competing for big prizes, it’s always more exciting for spectators.”

The Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials – one of the high points of the summer for riders and non riders alike – is taking place on July 18, 19 and 20 at Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels’s farm on Mabbettsville Road.

In an event competition the same horse and rider must complete a combination of  dressage, cross country jumping and stadium jumping tests. The 250 riders in the event range from local competitors to members of the current USA Equestrian Team including Phillip Dutton, 4 time Olympic competitor, Boyd Martin, a veteran of the London Olympics and Lauren Keiffer who was recently chosen to ride for the USA. It will be exciting to watch riders of this caliber before they head to the World Equestrian Games later this summer in Normandy.

A highlight for young riders will be the competition for the Barbara Meyer Trophy awarded in her memory to the member of the Millbrook Pony Club with the highest points. 

Millbrook Pony Club’s eventing team proved that hard work and practice are a winning combination. 

They won first place both for horse management and overall among competitors from a region stretching from the Catskills to Rhode Island at the New York/Upper Connecticut Pony Club Regional Eventing Rally on Sunday, June 29 at the Kent School Stables.  Team members Erica Doyle, Cat Reuss, Lizzie Chamberlin, Gabby Montanino and Sadie Pettyjohn are pictured above holding one of the two trophies they won. Also riding on a scramble team in the Elementary division was Caroline D’Agostino. 

Lizzie will be competing at the upcoming Pony Club National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky from July 14-18 in the Beginner Novice eventing division, while Erica, Cat, Gabby, Sadie and Caroline (along with Jazzelle Colley) will be competing in the Quiz National Championships.

Posted: July 10, 2014



The Mashomack International Polo Challenge was played on one of the most beautiful days in a summer of beautiful days.  The event began with a competition between the two teams of Young Guns, all sons of polo-playing fathers.  The boys were talented and the competition fierce.  The result was a tie at 5-5.

597 Nine year old Milo Dorignac who scored a goal in the Young Guns tournament has a brilliant future in polo

What 2 Wear Where sponsored both teams.  The White Team was comprised of Milo Dorignac, along with Ian Mactaggart, Jake Klopp and Alex Langlois.  Juanse Olivera, Davis Colley, Maxi Langlois and Adam Klopp made up the Black team. On the White team Milo scored one goal, Ian had one and Jake Klopp scored three.  Juanse scored two goals for Black and Davis Colley scored three. 

598 Juanse Olivera is only eleven but scored two goals for his team

At the MLC Farm Horse Show June 15 and 15, Renee Dougal and Millar won the mini jumper classic.  Renee also won the low jumper classic (2’6”) on Amber Sky.  The Puddle Jumper Classic was won by Becky Howard and Frontier.

591 Irreplaceable on the victory gallop - photo by Sarah E. Latterner Photography

The winner of Sunday’s $250 Low Hunter Derby Jen Rossire on "Lexi."  Nicole Riccardi won the $250 High Hunter Derby on "Irreplaceable." 

593 $250 Low Hunter Derby winner Jen Rossire on "Lexi." photo by Sarah E. Latterner Photography

On September 20 - 21 MLC Farm is holding their seventh Charity Horse Show to benefit the Equine Rescue 501. Over 200 local businesses and private contributors have donated in the past. The will also hold a silent auction.   with local business items open throughout the horse show. All proceeds go directly to the Rescue.


Nigel Pink reports that Rugby Day was thoroughly enjoyed by every child in the school thanks in part to the three coaches from PlayRugbyUS who made each session fun and purposeful. The clinics take place on the remaining Saturdays in June. Their aim is to create a local interest in rugby, with the idea of setting up of a youth rugby club. The clinics provide a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn and enjoy a new sport. 

Rugby, a free-flowing game that features a combination of strength, speed and strategy, was born in 1823 at Rugby School in Rugby, England. The first recorded USA rugby game was hosted by Harvard University in 1874. Rugby will be re-introduced to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA are the reigning Olympic Rugby Champions having defeated France at the Paris Olympics in 1924.

Millbrook Rugby Football Club (est 2014) and Play Rugby USA will host a non-contact introduction to rugby on Saturdays June 21 and 28 at Dutchess Day School.


10.00 - 11.00: 1 - 2nd grade. Co-ed.

11.00 - 12.00: 3 - 4th grade. Co-ed.

12.00 - 1.00: 5 - 8th grade. Co-ed.

Sydney Collier, whom we wrote about last year, has been chosen as one of the four riders to represent the US in the para-dressage event at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August. It is quite an accomplishment.

Sydney suffers from Wyburn-Mason Syndrome, an extremely rare congenital birth defect. A series of medical treatments, including three brain surgeries, left her blind in her right eye. A stroke when she was eleven rendered her paralyzed on her left side. Nonetheless she was determined to ride again as she had before her stroke. What is more her goal was not only to ride, but to compete at WEG as well in the 2016 paralympics. 

“Horses lend me their legs,” she says. “When I’m on a horse I don’t think there’s anything different from me and an able bodied rider.”  In fact there is a difference. As she says, “I’m blind in one eye and half blind in the other so I have to look five meters to the left to get where I want to go.” 

Huntsman Donald Philhower and first whipper-in Richard Daley led the Millbrook Hounds to win first place last weekend in the American Foxhound pack class at the Centennial Bryn Mawr Hound Show.  They were up against 900 hounds including packs that run English, American, Penn Marydel, and Crossbred Foxhounds.  There were classes for Basset Hounds and Beagles. The Bryn Mawr show is held on the grounds of the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, Pa.

Betsy Park, former huntsman of the Millbrook Hunt and joint master and huntsman of the Sandanona Hare Hounds, has received the Julian Marshall Award for her lifetime contribution to hounds and hunting.  She began her hunting career as whipper-in to the Tewksbury Foot Bassets under the tutelage their Master, James S. (Jimmie) Jones.  After moving to Millbrook she founded and was Master and Huntsman of the Flint Hill Bassets, a private pack that subsequently merged with the Sandanona Beagles to become the Sandanona Hare Hounds with Betsy a Joint Master and Huntsman. In 1977 she became Professional Huntsman of the Millbrook Foxhounds.   

Betsy Park has also worked to successfully improve rabbit habitat at the hunting grounds at the Institute Farm, the home of the National Beagle Club of America. While Betsy no longer hunts the Millbrook hounds, she continues to hunt the Sandanona Hare Hounds and is always a top competitor at either Beagle or Basset Trials, or at The Bryn Mawr Hound Show.

Betsy, having hunted Bassets, Foxhounds, and Beagles has literally done it all.


Coach Jillian Cafarchio’s girls lacrosse team finished up their season at a high pitch of competitive energy, losing to favored Red Hook in a sectional playoff 10 to 9.   Red Hook had been the team’s only loss in regular play, so the girls were really keen to win when they again met Red Hook in the sectionals at the Kingston Stadium.   

In the final flurry of games that began on Wednesday, May 21 the Blazers took on John S. Burke Catholic Eagles in a Section Nine Semi-Final at Millbrook. The Blazers were determined to beat Burke after a losing to them in last season’s sectional playoffs. The Blazers were quick on the field. It was a great game for the entire team especially the senior captains.  Mid Fielder Julia Galantich scored 3 goals, Mid Fielder Elizabeth Halpin scored 2 goals and Goalie Taylor Goodwill had 13 saves.  Millbrook won 11-7.  This was Millbrook first sectional win.

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