September 18- The Millbrook Varsity Football team started the season with a loss followed by a win this September. They kicked off the season with a game against Liberty on September 5. The Blazers lost to Liberty 40-34. Head coach Sean Keenan said that they were hoping for a win but the team didn’t play their best. However the boys fought hard losing the game with only 57 second left on the clock.
On Friday, September 11 the Blazers played Sullivan West at home. The game began with a ceremony for 9/11. State Assembly member Kiernan Michael Lalor spoke before the game and a roll call was given for all the past players of Millbrook Football team who have or are currently serving in the military.
“We played very well Friday night everyone on the team played,” said Keenan.
The Blazers won 58-19 to Sullivan West. Senior and team Captain Christian Williams was the top scorer with three touchdowns during the game.
September 9: The Tracey Mactaggart Handicap Final between Stone Rows and Buena Vista was the first of two exciting polo matches at the Mashomack Polo Club on Sunday September 6. In a hard fought game Buena Vista defeated Stone Rows 13 to 10. Bauti Crotto of Buena Vista was the most valuable player.
Buena Vista, winner of the Handicap Final. Bauti Crotto, Bruce Colley, Henry Zavaletta, Don Langlois - photo by Juan Olivera
At noon the Tracey Mactaggart Final got off to a roaring start with Hawk Hill scoring a goal within the first minutes of the game. The two teams then scored goals back and forth to end the first chukker 3 to 3. By the end of the second chukker Heathcote had scored two goals to edge ahead 5 to 6. In the third chukker Hawk Hill scored four goals to Heathcote’s one bringing the score to 8 to 6 in favor of Hawk Hill. Hawk Hill scored three more goals in the fourth to end that chukker 11to 7. Heathcote never stopped fighting scoring four goals in the fifth chukker to Hawk Hill’s one bringing the score to 12-11 Hawk Hill. In the last chukker Hawk Hill scored another two goals and Heathcote one ending the match 16-12 Hawk Hill.
David Kuhn, Robbi Bilbao, Tatin Zubiaurre, Oakleigh Thorne
August 12: Eventing Nation, the go-to journal of eventing, has published a glowing report about Alice Roosevelt and The Foreman, her 19 year old thoroughbred gelding whom she credits with her recent successes. Last weekend the pair were fourth in the Junior Training A division at Millbrook Horse Trials.
Chip, as he is called in the barn, became a legend in U.S. eventing before he retired from the upper levels of competition. Last winter when Alice was looking for an experienced horse to take her to the Training level, Chip’s owner, Annie Jones, thought he might be the answer. And so it has proved.
“It’s been really fun and educational to get to ride him, especially in dressage because he knows all the different movements,” Alice told Eventing Nation. “It’s also been really cool to compete him because he saves you a lot over the jumps. When you make a mistake, it’s not game over. He really takes care of you on course.”
For more on this story please go to eventingnation.com/tag/alice-roosevelt/
The Sandanona Joint Puppy Show was a great success again this year with an outstanding turnout of both children and puppies.
The judges - Joint Masters of the Hill and Hollow Bassets, Marion Scullin and Carter Amigh, - managed to sort out the even dozen Beagle Doghounds representing the Old Chatham Foot Beagles, the Sandanona Harehounds and Kate Butler's Beagles in the first class. There were fewer entries in the Beagle Bitch class. The Beagle championship went to Sandanona Vagabond shown by Abel with Sandanona Binchy shown by Anna in reserve.Anna, with Sandanona Binchy - photo by Pat Ike
For the Basset classes the Tewksbury Foot Bassets sportingly brought their Young Entry to be shown by child volunteers from Old Chatham and Sandanona. Sandanona’s Basset’s puppy was too shy to be happy in the ring, and was excused from participation.
In the Championship class for Bassets Sandanona Stella nailed down the supreme rosette, with Sandanona Steamer in reserve.
Abel, with Sandanona Vagabond, who was the Show Champion - photo by Pat Ike
The Millbrook Horse Trials ended Sunday afternoon. Before a large crowd at the Benefit lunch Buck Davidson won the Advance Division on Ballynoecastle RM, the same horse with which he won the MHT in 2012. Kim Severson with Fernhill Fearless was second and Lynn Symansky with Donner was third in the advance. See below for the rest of the results.
Luncheon guests applauded as former Olympian and U.S. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor presented the second annual $5,000 Charles Owen Award to United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) high-performance eventing riders. Several of these top riders were competitors at this year’s event including Olympians Boyd Martin, Philip Dutton and Buck Davidson.
Presenting the safety helmet maker’s award which recognizes a person or team who has made a significant contribution to highlighting safety in the sport O’Connor said, “I’m delighted to present this award to these top riders who are role models not only as gifted equestrians but for setting important safety standards in the sport.”
In the Advanced division at the end of the dressage and cross country phases Colleen Rutledge is in first place with Covert Rights. Kim Severson on Fernhill Fearless is second followed by Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair in third. Bruce Davidson on Ballynoecastle RM is fourth. In Open Intermediate-B Buck Davidson is in both first and second place on Carlevo and Approved Power respectively. They will complete the third phase of the competition – Stadium Jumping – tomorrow.
Millbrook riders have done well. Fernanda Kellogg has finished the weekend fourth on Atlee in Novice Rider-A. Booli Selmayer finished the competition first on The Fonz Himself and second on Lord Nekton in Open Novice-A. She was first and second in that division throughout the competition.
The three Duggan ladies finished brilliantly. Josephine Duggan won Beginner Rider Novice-A on Buster Keaton. In Junior Training-A Anna Duggan finished the competition third on Kildare’s Chesca while their mother, Madeline Duggan, finished third in Open Beginner Novice on Senor Dehere.