• 16th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge

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    Millbrook, New York in the summer is God’s country. I’m convinced of it. I catch the 7:48am Metro-North Saturday morning and half-consciously witness the city fade into wide open spaces over the next three and a half hours. And then time just stands still. I meet Cooper at Smithfield Farms, Karen and John Klopp’s place. Hospitality is one of their many virtues. The two story house is buzzing with family and friends while still nudging you to get lost in a novel. It doesn’t take long for me to realize this might be the most heavenly escape from the city possible.

    Unlike the Hamptons or Nantucket, Pine Plains (and it’s surrounding towns, including Millbrook) is home to rolling farm land—and the Mashomack Polo Club. In a celebration of sport and fundraising, the club hosts the Mashomack International Polo Challenge every year. Brazil is here for the first time to take on the locals in front of the 1,000+ guests and spectators dressed up like they have somewhere better to go afterwards. And neither disappointed.

    White Levi 501s are the jeans of choice for the local players

    The use of this silk Givenchy head scarf around her hat is smart

    The best party wagon I've ever seen, custom built by a retired local polo player

    Jun 24, 2013 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 4:21 PM:

    JC, I’d absolutely wear madras pants and assuredly most others on this blog would too.  With a white or blue oxford, maybe a blue blazer if it’s not too warm outside, and loafers…no socks.  Wear to a summer party, cook-out, some gathering that your girlfriend drags you to, or a college football game in late August.  When September rolls around, they go back in the closet until next summer.


    jc left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 2:01 AM:

    Hi, i have been reading this blog. I have a question about madras pants, would you wear them and how or where?


    Aaron left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 6:58 PM:

    I was slightly scared when I saw the “U.S. Polo Association” patch but thankfully—this was the real thing.

    As a side comment, I attended a match @ Newport a couple weeks ago, but most attendees were not as dressed up as I predicted they might be.


    Ian left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 1:31 PM:

    Use my discount code ian2 for 10% storewide at the frat collection- also know as fraternity collection . com!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 9:47 AM:

    @Dan—The player slipped on what appeared to be a fox fur jock strap…then partiers proceeded to pet it.


    RD left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 10:52 AM:

    FYI-
    here is more on that tailgate truck: http://polo.epubxp.com/i/36777/35


    y l hollander left a comment on 7/5/2013 at 9:36 AM:

    My God, that tailgate truck! I want that thing parked in my backyard as my refuge from a home overrun by the estrogen-laced tyranny of a wife and two daughters.


    Dan left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    Okay. I’ll bite. Why are people patting a guy’s crotch in the last picture?


    cam left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 4:40 PM:

    mr castleberry, looks like you guys had a good time. k. cooper ray looks spot on as usual. i would have enjoyed a picture of your rig.


    Tim left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:55 AM:

    great pics!

    Really enjoying the recent flurry of updates


    Paul left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 12:26 AM:

    Great pics. I grew up a half hour south of Pine Plains. Millbrook is a great town too. Cheers


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