About Us

Knollwood Farm LTD, established in 1978 by Scott Matton and now in its fourth decade, is one of the country’s most respected horse farms, excelling in training American Saddlebred horses and developing riders through one of the nation’s largest and most honored lesson programs.

The Mattons

Scott, a second-generation horseman, grew up in the horse business, riding and training American Saddlebred horses all of his life. He was joined by his wife, Carol in 1987.

In 1992, Knollwood relocated to its current location, a historic farm located at 2800 Oakwood Road in Hartland, Wisconsin, and is situated among century old oak trees on 16 acres in Southeastern Wisconsin’s beautiful lake country.

The Mattons have gained the respect of the industry by turning out many world champion riders and horses, including:

  • Two winners of the exclusive triple crown of saddle seat equitation Sarah Thordsen of Brookfield, Wisconsin, in 2001, and Nick Maupin of Sussex, Wisconsin in 2010.
  • Kelsey Nicole Smith of Delafield, Wisconsin, 2005 saddle seat equitation World’s Grand Champion.
  • In addition, Scott is an accredited USEF Large R Judge; he has judged major shows in the U.S.A. and South Africa.

The Mattons have been honored as the 2004 recipients of the prestigious Helen Crabtree Instructor of the Year award, and as the 2005 winners of the Castleman award for excellence in the industry. Scott serves on numerous boards and committees for the Saddlebred industry and is a leader in the Saddlebred world locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Coaching and Awards

Scott and Carol coached and trained Nick Maupin of Sussex Wisconsin to the 2010 Triple Crown in Saddle Seat Equitation. Nick Maupin made history by being the only boy to win the Triple Crown and also by riding the youngest horse ever, Coco Mojo, to win the prestigious and highly sought after title.

The Triple Crown of Equitation consists of winning 3 specific finals consisting of the National Horse Show Good Hands Finals, the United Professional Horseman’s Association Challenge Cup Finals and the United States Equestrian Federation Medal Saddleseat Equitation Finals.

Carol and Scott coached the U.S.A. Team to the first-ever Gold Medal won by the United States in 5 Gaited Equitation at the 2002 Saddle World Cup Competition held in South Africa.

Carol has also received the American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin’s 2010 Horse Person of the Year Award.

Riding Lessons

In addition to their world class training operation, Knollwood’s Nancy Turner, along with Ann Wilt, has developed one of the country’s largest and most successful riding schools.

Nancy, the lesson program’s director, is well regarded in the horse industry and has been honored as the 2007 recipient of the American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin’s Horse Person of the Year award.

The Knollwood Riding School has a philosophy of getting everyday people of all ages riding all different types of horses. That goal is enabled by Knollwood’s remarkable stable of two dozen school horses of all breeds and sizes.

The Knollwood Riding School allows riders to enter the horse world affordably and simply enjoy riding while learning the valuable lessons of equitation and horsemanship, along with the joy and appreciation of interacting with a horse.

For those who enjoy competition but can’t afford or aren’t ready to buy their own horse, Knollwood offers the affordable option of academy showing. Knollwood’s academy showing program includes a broad schedule of home and away from barn horse shows.

Youth and adults are able to show on Knollwood’s own beautiful and well trained horses. Academy showing teaches students how to compete, along with valuable life lessons such as sportsmanship, focus, confidence and handling criticism gracefully.

Rich in History

Historic photo of Knollwood Farm’s current location has been a horse farm since the mid-1920’s.

Originally known as Oakwood Farm, it took on many different names, including Pinecrest, Ross Drake Stables, MP Stables, and then back to Oakwood before the Mattons purchased the farm in 1992.

Scott and Carol relaunched the lesson program at the farm that had hosted large lesson operations through the 1970’s.

Knollwood Farm continues the tradition of excellence in the training of the American Saddlebred horse. This beautiful and historic farm continues to produce some of the top performance and equitation riders in the country while still reaching out to the needs of the recreational rider looking for a safe, structured riding education.

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  • Team Knollwood's academy awards have arrived, and the Tuesday crew have pronounced them genuine. Award winners can pick up their medallions in the school barn.  Congrats to all our academy award winners!!
  • Forest and friends are ready for the latest arctic blast... Are you?  Stay warm, everyone!
  • Congrats to Connie MacQueen on her purchase of Spoonful, shown here winning at Louisville with former owner Bambi Childress Bolin.  This athletic mare was previously trained by Matt Shiftlet.  Everyone at Knollwood is looking forward to Connie's fun filled adventures this season!
  • Madison left warm, sunny Arizona to spend a fun filled Valentines weekend at Knollwood.  She came to spend time with her new equitation partner, My Kind of Lover, who was previously owned by the O'Bryan family at DeLovely  Farm.  We're really excited to watch these two light up the ring this season!
  • The Valentines Day stall decorating contest is finishing up today at 3!  Come join us for crafts, and the chance to kiss a Saddlebred for $5 to benefit Saddlebred Rescue!!
  • Congrats to Allie and Zada, high point award winners at the Mid America banquet tonight!  And congrats to all the Knollwood champs who couldn't join the fun in person!
  • Was the banquet a huge success?? YES!
  • Thanks to everyone who made our academy information evening such a fun time!!!
  • Pattern camp packets are out!  Summer IS coming!!
  • We're very sad to say that Scott and Carol's dog Champ list his battle with lymphoma yesterday.  Peace, Champ.
  • We're almost ready for the banquet!!!
  • Woo Hoo!! The new cubbies are in!!!
  • Where did the cubbies go??? The helpers are temporarily lost, but all will be well after new custom cabinets are installed Friday morning.  Stay tuned for pics!!
  • Dean the magnificent barn cat has found a new use for a cutback.  The world needs more original thinkers line Dean!
  • What do national champion equitation riders do for fun? At Knollwood, they school sassy lesson ponies and invent new competitions, this time knocking down cones and tipping them  back up while still on Frank the pony.  Saddle and Bridle junior medallion finals winner Haley emerged victorious over UPHA Junior Challenge Cup Finals champ and Reserve World's Grand Champion Junior Equitation rider Ainsley by one cone.
  • Congrats to Holly on her first ride on the one and only CH Callaway's Don't Panic.  Holly watched her daughter Lindsey show this marvelous horse to many wins as well as his 'CH' title, and Thursday night was her turn!
  • The jackets are here, and Merlin wants one!!
  • Hootie's photo booth was a VERY popular destination after showing off his 5 gaits with Eric.
  • The World Famous Saturday Helpers bowed to the man of the hour before his 30th birthday bash began.  All Hail Hootie!
  • Champ is all set for New Years Eve!