Polo Ponies and Picnics in Pine Plains

Saturday, June 17, 2017

For centuries, sports have brought countries together, and so, on June 11, athletes from all over the world gathered for the 20th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge. Sponsored by Turkish Airlines, the matches took place at the Mashomack Polo Club in Pine Plains, New York, and attracted a crowd of dressed-to-the-nines Millbrook-area notables. The event was chaired by Bruce and Teresa Colley, Parker Gentry, and Karen Klopp.

Guests enjoyed a Whispering Angel Reception and a field-side luncheon before the games began. First onto the field were the New York State Trooper Honor Guard, leading the players from Brazil, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Indonesia and Mexico. Father-son teams battled for glory, including Gian Franco and Giorgio Brignone of Mexico, Davis and Bruce Colley, Adam and John Klopp, Max and Don Langlois, Oliver and Guy Merison, and Philip and Uwe Zimmerman of Hungary and Germany.

In the final match, Nihi-Sumba Swordsmen led by captain James BcBridge, alongside Major Peter Hunter and Max and Don Langois battled and beat back Oakleigh Thorne, Joe Meyer, Gian Franco Brignone and Sylvio Coutinho of Brazil, with a final score of 3-1.

Enchpada, the horse ridden by Teo Calle of Ecuador, won the Best Playing Pony Award, presented by Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Real Estate. The Hillrock Distillery Team won the “Most Stylish” award, and were given Berluti shoes by Parker Gentry and Karen Klopp. Valesca Guerrand-Hermes and her children Lucien and Clea presented the “Mathias Guerrand-Hermes MVP” award, created to honor the memory of a member and friend of Mashomack. 

This incredible event raises money for the New York State Trooper Foundation, the Pine Plains Fire House & Rescue Company, Ronald McDonald House New York and the Mashomack Barns Preservation.


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