September 14, 2014

The Millbrook High School was triumphant again this week defeating Spackenkill 65-20.  

Delvin Wood carried the ball 13 times for four touchdowns. He also scored two two-point conversions to finish with 232 yards rushing.  

678 photo by Antoinette Carpentier

Mike Docarmo had two touchdowns rushing. Leif Christiansen had one touchdown and Lenny Hart also scored. 

679 photo by Antoinette Carpentier

The defense also played well.  Jacob Higgins had eight tackles while Chris Carolei had seven tackles and a sack. 

Millbrook hosts Pine Plains on Friday. 



September 10, 2014 On a blisteringly hot and humid Labor Day afternoon, Heathcote defeated Hawk Hill, 8–7, to win the Tracey Mactaggart Challenge Tournament. This year five teams competed in the 12-goal tournament held in memory of Tracey Woodcock Mactaggart, who died tragically playing the game she loved.  661 Despite the heat, it was a thrilling match. One team would be ahead by a goal and in a matter of minutes, the other team would catch up to even the score. Not surprisingly, the game was decided in overtime by a penalty shot by Tatin Zubiaurre, who was the top scorer of the match. Francisco Lanusse won Most Valuable Player, and his mare Cicatriz was voted best playing pony. 663 Thanks in no small part to manager Juan Olivera, Mashomack polo this summer has been better than ever.  664 Mot valuable player, Francisco Lanusse and his mare Cicatriz the best playing pony 665 Tatine Zubiaurre the high scorer of the match 666 Runners up Hawk Hill

The Millbrook Blazers Football team is back in action after winning their first game  against Dover on Sunday. The Blazers think of themselves as a family one of whose more prominent members we pinned down for a few minutes.   

Senior Reggie Colley guides the team from the quarterback  position.  He has been on the team since a freshman, becoming a starter by his sophomore year. Reggie is a slim 6 footer with a low cut faux hawk Afro.  He talks with a smile as he speaks about his love for the sport. 

“I started playing football when I was five doing pop warner for the Raiders,” said Colley. “When you’re a kid your parents want you to try different things and I tried it and fell in love with it. I love the passion, I love working hard and I love the game and just playing.”

Posted September 8, 2014

The World Equestrian Games, the pinnacle of equestrian sport, happens every four years at a new international location, gathering the best of the best from all over the world. WEGs as they are known in the equestrian world, rival the Olympics for world- class equestrian competition. The equestrian community finds itself waking up at odd hours because of the time difference, eyes glued to the live stream on the Internet.  This year they were held from August 23rd - September 7th in Normandy, France. In 2018 the WEG will be in Bromont, Canada. 

This question arose when we noticed that Ada Plumb was riding in the Junior Training class at the Millbrook Horse Trials, where she finished with a very respectable sixth place. We remembered that Mike Plumb rode in the MHT back when it first started in 1984. Mike was, in those days, already a senior rider, having ridden in more Olympics than any other athlete. It was Louise Meryman who lured Mike to participate. Mike’s son Charlie rode in the MHT as a youngster.  For a couple of years, there were two Plumbs navigating the course.  Then age took its toll, and there was a gap that ended this August when 14 year-old Ada Plumb was among the junior competitors. She is from Unionville PA, a decidedly horsey country, home to many race jocks and masters of foxhounds. We found out through a series of phone calls that Ada is indeed Mike Plumb’s granddaughter, making her the third generation of Plumbs to ride at the MHT. She is the daughter of Hugh and Cassie Plumb. Hugh prefers driving fast cars to riding fast horses, but Cassie keep a stable of horses, many of which are suited to eventing. Mike describes Ada as a real athlete.

The finals of the Tracey Mactaggart 12 goal polo tournament will begin at 11:00 am on Labor Day, Monday September 1.

The five teams in the tournament – Buena Vista, Smithfield, Gardenvale, Hawk Hill and Heathcote have been competing among to see who qualifies for the finals.  Philip Mactaggart’s undefeated Hawk Hill team will meet the winner of the semi-finals to be played on Friday between Shane Finemore’s Gardenvale and Oakleigh Thorne’s Heathcote. 

The three profeionals playing for Hawk Hill are Sterling Giannico (3), Gringo Colombres (0), and Mariano Gracida (3).

Gardenvale’s three professionals are Jared Sheldon (3), Ezequiel Zubiaurre (4), and Cholo Donovan (5).

For Heathcote the professionals are Bautista panzillo (0), Francisco Lanusse (6), and 

Tatin Zubiaurre (6).

655 Smithfield’s Tommy Biddle and Gringo Colombres of Hawk Hill battle for the ball pursued by Sterling Giannico and John Klopp – ph

Before leaving for the World Equestrian Games at Le Pin National Stud in Normandy, members of the US Eventing Team brought their younger horses to the Millbrook Horse Trials last weekend.  Not surprisingly they took home most of the top ribbons. 

Phillip Dutton was second and third in the Advanced Division followed by Buck Davidson in fourth and fifth. Boyd Martin was second and Phillip Dutton third in Open Intermediate – A, and Dutton was also both third and fourth in Intermediate – B. 

637 Buck DAvidson & Petite Flower at the water complex - photo by Pat Ike

Laine Ashker, a professional rider from Virginia, and a former student of Phillip Dutton,  won Advanced on Anthony Patch. Millbrook riders Alice Roosevelt was third on Teddy O’Brien in Junior Novice while Mimi Babcock was third on Groovy Girl in Novice Rider. Lizzie Chamberlain, fresh from her victory in Kentucky was second in Junior Novice on her new horse, Theodora.

636 Lizzie Chamberlain and Theodora were second in Junior Novice

The three day event concluded Sunday with the spectators’ lunch in a tent overlooking the stadium jumping course.  The lunch was a benefit for the MHT, that now has its own 501(c)(3) designation.

The Chinese Year of the Horse was the theme for this year’s Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials the weekend of July 18-13. One entered the premises through an enormous pagoda-like gate. Saturday night's Blue Jean Ball, sponsored by Berkshire Mountain Distillers featured a Chinese banquet with drinks inspired by the Far East. New York City designer Darren Henault had decorated the party tent with a cloud of 800 melon and raspberry colored oriental lanterns hung from the tent ceiling.

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The cross-country course designed by Derek di Grazia and Chris Bernard’s stadium course each had pagoda style jumps. Top international riders Boyd Martin, Philip Dutton and Will Coleman brought their young horses and went away with many ribbons. Boyd Martin won Preliminary Horse riding Craig and Gloria Callen's Welcome Shadow. Open Preliminary was won by Phillip Duttton, while Will Coleman placed first and second in Training Horse. 

626 Philip Dutton - photo by Pat Ike

Sandanona's connection to whomever controls rain was strong Sunday, as a morning of occasional downpours gave way to a sunny afternoon. More than 100 friends and subscribers overflowed the parking area and the ringside seating.  Very small children tore around everywhere. Our Judges,were Liz McKnight, ex-M.F.H., M.H., and Kerri Smythe, M.H., Joint-Masters of the Monkton Hall Bassets accompanied by our friend Jeep Cochran, Master of the Calf Pasture Bassets. 

The Show began promptly at 3:00 P.M. with a class for Very Small Handlers consisting of by Petter and Anna Nilsen, who showed Promise and Iceberg respectively.  They received ribbons in the color of their choice.  The two hounds have accounted for much silver in their combined 25 year careers in the show ring.  They stood confidently on the Boards, fixing their young handlers with gimlet eyes as they awaited the expected biscuit.  


Seven members of the Millbrook Pony Club competed in the US Pony Club National Championships held from July 14-18 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. 

Riding on the NY/Upper CT regional team, Erica Doyle from Amenia and Cat Reuss from Dover Plains won first-place honors as the National Champion team in the Senior C division of the Quiz competition. Also competing in Quiz were Sadie Pettyjohn, Gabby Montanino, Caroline D’Agostino and Jazzelle Colley, all of whom ride at Rivendell Riding Academy in Clinton Corners.

Lizzie Chamberlin and her horse Grit Victory were members of a “scramble” eventing team with riders from different regions around the US.  Her team finished in 6th place out of 23 teams in the Beginner Novice division. 

Erica, Cat, Lizzie and Alice returned sometime before dawn in time to present the MPC Barbara Meyers memorial trophy to pony club member Jessica Madden at Fitch’s Corner.




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