“In the show ring, it comes down to one horse and one rider on one day. But it takes a small village to get us there,” says Ian Millar. As we say at Millar Brooke, “Team work makes the dream work.”
Patty Markell from Cornwall, Ontario is the Barn Manager. Patty is what keeps the ship sailing smoothly at Millar Brooke Farm. She organizes all the horses in the barn, helps train new grooms, does paperwork and manages the outdoor horses. Patty first found herself at Millar Brooke as a teenager taking riding lessons with her horse. She worked her way up the ladder and eventually became Ian Millar’s Groom at the 1984 Olympics! Patty also coaches her granddaughter who competes in pony division on the A Circuit.
Danny Ingratta from Markham, Ontario is our head groom here at Millar Brooke Farm. Danny’s love and passion for the horses and the sport is what allows him to achieve greatness, he is your go to guy for all of your needs. He studied Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. In 2013 Danny was awarded the Royal Groom award at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Danny has travelled all over the world with Team Millar and groomed at some of the most prestigious shows worldwide. Some of Danny’s favourite memories from being with Team Millar are being Ian Millar’s groom at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair when he won the Canadian Championship on Star Power, going to some of the Team Canada Competitions, and grooming for Emily Kinch at the CAC’s and Pan American Games. Danny’s newest accomplishment is going as Amy’s groom to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with Heros!
Vincent Hebbe from Coulommiers, France is one of our show grooms. Before joining Team Millar Vincent completed his bachelor degree in Equine Studies. Vincent has an excellent work ethic and excels at being a groom from his passion for horses. Vincent likes to go by his favourite Ian Millar quote is the 5 P’s “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.” At Vincent’s first horse show with Team Millar he was grooming for Jordan aboard Piccobello du val de Geer in the Grand Prix where she rode to first place! Another great memory and accomplishment in his grooming career was also going to Slovakia for the Nations Cup with Jordan and Piccobello du val de Geer.
Millar Brooke Farm takes the transportation of our horses very seriously. Our longtime employee and friend Hugh Jeffrey, from Perth, Ontario, has been shipping and ensuring the safe arrival of Millar Brooke Farm’s horses at competitions for the past five years. One of the most important members of the Millar Brooke Farm team, Hugh has done an incredible job in looking after our horses, our 10-horse Peterbilt truck, and the rest of the Millar Brooke Farm equipment.
Kim Porter from Newmaket, Ontario is a show groom. Kim has been working with horses for 22 years of her life. She also has a Degree in Automotive Engineering and a Bachelor of Accounting from Laurentien University. Some of Kim’s best memories are grooming for Emily aboard Free Fall the entire Spruce Meadows Summer Show Season and when they were Champion in the 1.10m! Also grooming for Ian Millar on Baranus when he won the Modified Grand Prix at Ottawa International Horse Show. Kim says “I love working here, world class facility, world class horses and amazing riders….I’m living the dream.”
Brad Jukosky is the loving husband of Amy Millar and father of Lily. They live on the property so Brad is always available. Brad is the Grounds and Buildings Manager of the farm. He works to keep the property and buildings looking in tiptop shape. He has local boys; Noah Massie and Andrew Garven, come on the weekends during school and full time in the summer. The farm couldn’t run smoothly without Brad!
Jo-Ann Stuart lives in Perth, Ontario is the Office Manager and Bookkeeper. Jo-Ann handles all the paperwork, phone calls, emails, accounting and much more! She is an integral part of Millar Brooke Farm!
Dirk is the ‘go-to’ High Performance Mental Coach for many Olympians, World Champions, Pro Athletes, Performing Artists and Public Figures. He has coached athletes towards 13 Olympic Games, multiple World Championships, Pan Am Games and countless National Championship Titles. He is the author of The MasterPlan book and online learning series that teaches how to build legacy in all facets of people’s life. He is a frequent writer for the Huffington Post and other international magazines on mental performance. His perspective as a successful entrepreneur, former competitor, physiotherapist and mental coach uniquely qualifies him to understand the physical and non-physical (mental) aspects that go into a Championship performance. Stroda is working with Team Millar since January 2016. www.dirkstroda.com