• It's A Two Horse Show Kind of Week!

    Posted by Ann Wilt



    Team Knollwood is participating at the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky.....and at the same time we’re having a blast with a prep camp for the Knollwood Summer Show this weekend enjoying every minute in both states.


    In Louisville, many of our riders advanced on their horses to their World Grand Championship classes by placing high enough in a qualifying class. 

    We couldn’t be more proud of these Knollwood Kids.

    Any ribbon in Freedom Hall is an achievement for a lifetime, and we’ve gotten some good ones.

    Finn and Laney will be showing in the Senior Equitation Final Thursday night at 5:30 PM our time. 

    If you’d like to watch the best the equitation world has to show, feel free to join Ann in Carol’s office at 5:30 PM to watch the class.

    The riders and horses are amazing.

    Richie will be showing Sophie in the Junior Equitation Final late Friday morning, and it should be a great class.

    Saturday morning will be busy with Finn showing Frankie in the Show Pleasure Final for riders ages 14-17,  while both Bella and Haley will be showing in the Country Pleasure Final for riders 14-17.

    Team Knollwood will finish the show with Gabby showing Charlie in the 5 Gaited Show Pleasure Final late in the morning.


    A couple of Knollwood Kids have been honored to show some horses for other trainers as well. 

    Our young riders are sought after for their horsemanship skills which makes them up to the challenge of showing an unfamiliar horse. 

    All those lessons on all those different horses? It creates good thinking  riders who have a really broad to base on which to draw.

    Richie will be showing Ro and Me’s Alacazam  for Northern Tradition Farm in the 13 and under Show Pleasure Final while Haley will be showing 2 horses for 2 different barns.

    (In addition to her interviewing duties on the live feed broadcast for Richfield...)

    She’ll be showing Kalarama’s Out of the Ordinary from Hollow Haven Farm  in the 3 Gaited Show Pleasure Final for riders aged 14-17, and The Davinci Treasure for Stachowski Farms Junior Exhibitor 5 Gaited final for riders aged 14-17.

    We wish everyone the best of luck as they enjoy the Louisville experience both in and out of the ring.


    Meanwhile, back at the home office…

    We have 11 Knollwood Kids enjoying our annual show prep camp. 

    It’s the perfect ‘step up’ from our traditional summer riding school sessions which are tailored for our newer riders.

    This group of  riders is preparing to show at our summer academy show coming up this weekend, and many of them are showing for the first time.

    They’re learning all about showing horses and caring for horses and having a lot of fun, too.




    Our show runs both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and we're thrilled to welcome Knollwood Kid Shelby Hader back to judge all events. 

    Shelby grew up here, and started as a TIny Tot in the leadline division.  She grew up to be president of the Knollwood Knockouts, an equitation star, and enjoyed great success on several nice horses including Callaway's Newscaster and Believin'.

    Shelby is a graduate of Lawrence University, is currently working in the medical field, and is planning to attend medical school in the near future.

    Rumor has it that she may join the games division of the show on Saturday!

    We're looking forward to a big show, with the largest classes being in the Adult Walk, Trot, Canter  and Leadline divisions.



    The fine print about the show:

    Walk Trot Canter classes start at 1:00 PM on Saturday, and Walk Trot classes start at noon on Sunday.

    Riders can pick up their shirts and back numbers from their instructor ahead of time, or on the day of the show.


    We're still looking for help filling the gift baskets and the concession stand staff.  If you'd like to help with either, please check out the sign ups in the school barn lounge. You can also sign up for the concession stand online here.

    If you've signed up to donate to the baskets, please have your items at the farm by Thursday night. Baskets will be assembled during the day on Friday.


    We're so very grateful to our friends and partners at Merton Feed Company for their generous sponsorship of the concession stand for the show.

    Their expertise and service are a big reason why all our horses look and feel so good. We couldn't do it without them.  (And they have the best chickens. Ever.)

    Parking can be challenging, so thanks to our friends at the Kettle Moraine Curling Club for allowing us to use their lot this weekend.  Please enter off Oakwood Road, not Horseshoe Bend.


    Want to watch Stake Night at Louisville? You can join us in the lounge on Saturday night at 6:00 when we'll project the live feed.  Bring some snacks to share and enjoy watching the best in the world!


    Whether you're in Louisville or Hartland, we're looking forward to great competition, sportsmanship and friendships. Oh, and spending time with some marvelous horses, too!









    Read more

  • Knollwood's Fun Filled Summer Continues

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    Could it be that we haven’t caught up since the 

    ASAW Summerfun show? 

    We have plenty of terrific stories to share, with all the adventures Team Knollwood’s been having!


    Horse Show Fun in the Sun


    16 academy riders traveled to Roscoe, Illinois for the Mid America Signature Show at the end of July. 

    Held in a BIG outdoor ring, our riders enjoyed all the space and the big classes on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning. 

    All of our riders competed at the same performance, so they enjoyed the chance to cheer on riders they don’t always get the chance to see. We also had quite a few supporters at the show!

    The highlight of the morning? 

    Maddie switched horses after JD injured his eye, and ended up showing three different horses and winning three classes. 

    Maddie was supposed to show in the 13 and under division, but there were no other entries in her age group, so we moved her into the 14 and over age group. She went on to win the qualifier and the all ages championship.

    Her mom Sarah was even willing to show off the stadium seat Maddie won in her equitation championship against riders of all ages.


    Judge Zubrod invited all the competitors to perform workouts in their equitation classes, and our riders shone in their individual work.


    After a morning of horse showing, the show hosted a water balloon fight, and of course, the Knollwood Kids were in the middle of it.  What a perfect ending to a summer horse show performance!


    More Water!

    The following weekend, the Knollwood Knockouts partnered with Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly in Hartland to hold a car wash event where they also sold food in the brat shack. It was another perfect sunny day, and the Knollwood Kids washed many cars and sold many brats and burgers. 

    Great thanks to all the members and their parents who donated their time on a summer weekend to join the fun.  The club raised more than $650 for their charitable activities, and everyone had a great time getting to know other Knockouts.


    Louisville is Coming!

    Last week was the one week this summer without any camps as  Scott, Carol, and the show barn hosted their Louisville prep week. The camp helpers enjoyed a week off while the show riders rode many lessons in preparation for the World Championship Horse Show in Louisville August 17-24.

     All of the show riders pretty much lived at the farm or at the "Hotel Berget" while they rode all week.  The show rider group lessons were an event in themselves as these top riders rode through real show ring situations while being instructed and motivated by Scott and Carol.


    These classes even drew spectators who learned just by listening.


    Six New Academy Stars!


    We introduced six new riders to the joys of horse showing at the ASAW Summer Showcase Show last weekend. Our newest show stars attended a prep camp prior to the show where they learned all about the horse show experience and had a lot of fun, too. They even held camp at the show on Friday so they could ride in the arena and practice for their debuts.

    On show day, they rode like pros, and didn’t even miss a single diagonal! We’re so proud of these riders, and are looking forward to watching them progress even further!


    The show is a  joint venture of the American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin and the Knollwood Knockouts.  The Knockouts supply the labor, and split the show proceeds with the ASAW’s scholarship Fund.  Many thanks to all the Knockouts who volunteered with the show and the concession stand!


    What’s Coming Up?


    The show horses are leaving today for Louisville for the show starting on Sunday.  We’ll post schedules and webcast information shortly.

    Safe travels, and good luck to everyone showing on the green shavings of Freedom Hall!


    Want to watch the final night of the show?

    We’re hosting a Stake Night Party in the show lounge at 5:00 PM on August 24.  We’ll project the live feed and watch the show together.  The event is free, we just ask everyone to bring some snacks and drinks. Adults are welcome to BYOB.



    This Saturday, we’re hosting another popular Parents Night Out.  For only $10, your Knollwood Kid can enjoy 3 hours at the farm with the Knockout officers and board members. The evening includes crafts, dinner, and lots of games.  Please sign up in the school barn lounge by Friday.



    The big Knollwood Summer Show is coming up fast on August 24 and 25, and we can hardly wait.  Sign ups are ready for hair appointments and helping in the concession stand.  (You can also sign up online here.)

    We’re also looking for donations to the gift baskets, and those are posted on the tack room door in the school barn.



    Our show horses and academy stars will be showing close to home in September, so please make plans to join us at the Wisconsin Futurity Horse Festival at State Fair Park. The academy performance is on Saturday, September 21 at 9 AM, and the entire show runs from September 19-22. You won’t want to miss it!





    See you at the barn or at the in-gate!


    Read more

  • We Lose A Character.

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    Team Knollwood lost a larger than life character today when Forest passed away after a brief illness.

    This charismatic Fjord made everyone laugh with his antics, whether it was escaping from his stall or catching a grass snack during summer camp sessions.

    Our fully equitated Norwegian friend taught many a Knollwood Kid the value of follow through and the wisdom of not going to the whip or spur too soon.

    In addition to stardom in the lesson program, Forest also enjoyed being a celebrity. He loved his time at Team Up camp where he gave rides to physically and mentally challenged kids, introduced himself to countless new horse fans at Hartland Kid Days, and most importantly, served as the beer burro at Knollwood Kid Anna’s wedding.

    We’ll miss him dearly, and offer great thanks to Dr. Matt Hebl for his expert care.

    We know the Rainbow Bridge will creak a little under his weight, so Cartman, Dean, Skeet, and the other Knollwood friends will know Forest is joining the crew. May he enjoy endless food and an appreciative audience for his comedy routines.


    Peace, Forest.

    Read more

  • Knollwood Summer 2019, So Far...

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    What a blast Knollwood Summer, 2019 has been so far!


    Tiny Tot Camps

    We finished four sold out sessions of fun with our 4-6 year old campers. The riders and ‘personal assistants’ enjoyed riding, games, and snack times every day.

    The coolest thing about this summer is that a couple of our former equitation stars brought their daughters to camp.  The next generation of Knollwood kids has begun their journey!


    Classic Camps


     We’re on our third week of sold out classic camps, and we can say that every available spot has been claimed. These week long horse-immersion sessions have been a blast for counselors, helpers, and riders.

    Our latest adventure in our current session is welcoming  five riders from China for the week. They’re in the US for a month, trying different activities, and it’s Knollwood week now!


    Several of the campers have minimal English skills, and we’re super lucky to have three American students in camp who speak fluent Mandarin! It’s really a special week, campers from across the world exchanging info about their schools, families, and customs. Some of the helpers have even learned to write their names (somewhat) in Chinese characters!


    Pattern Camps

    Our academy show stars have already enjoyed three weeks of intensive camps. Students who have advanced to our academy show team enjoy a week of serious riding and lots of fun as well.

    We’ve spent hours in the big outdoor ring, renamed ‘Patternland’ by the campers. It’s the perfect arena to practice just about any pattern known to man, and it’s also a great venue for water fights at the end of a long day of learning.

    Next week, we’re hosting a special camp for our newest academy stars who will be making their show ring debuts at the ASAW Summer Showcase in Cedarburg on August 11.




    We do have a few spots open in our special week for riders participating in the Knollwood Summer Show on August 24-25.  Riders showing that weekend can enjoy a camp session the week before, and learn all about horse showing.  Because it’s a private camp for Knollwood Kids, it’s not listed on the website, but you can give us a call at 262-367-2391 to claim one of the last spots!



    Horse Shows

    Summer is the best time for horse shows, and we’ve kept ourselves busy enjoying many. Our favorites are when our show riders and academy riders compete at the same shows.

    There’s nothing like having access to the show riders experiences to help the academy riders. Plus, these bring ALL of Team Knollwood together to celebrate!



    Reminder, entries for the Knollwood Summer Show are due on Thursday, July 25!!


    How Is All This Possible?

    Helpers and horses.


    Our helpers are amazing.

    They’re engaging, encouraging, and so much fun.  Whether they’re running with beginners,  teaching a rookie how to groom, or doing glamorous chores like throwing hay, they’re always having fun, and it’s infectious.



    Our counselors are even a step up. 


    These ‘best of the best’ helpers keep campers organized, assist the instructor during lessons, and keep the helper crews on task. We fully expect to be working for some of these characters one day.


    The Knockout officers continue to amaze.

    After a full session of camp last week, the officers hosted a helper training night last Friday, and an amazing, fun-filled Parents’ Night Out on Saturday.  We’re not sure where they find their endless energy, but we’re glad they do!

    We are in awe.





    We have the best lesson horses in the world.

    We think they like camp and horse shows. A lot.

    They relish the attention and slow work of camp. Our newest member, Mac, is learning the ways of summer camp, and is really taking to it.  He now realizes that the header near his shoulder is there to help…


    At shows all over the place, these grand souls take care of our least experienced academy riders, challenge those ready for it, and really appear to enjoy the trips.

    We cannot possibly thank the grand gelding club enough for all they do for us and for the kids they’re introducing to horses. 

    But we’ll try.



    The great news is that even though all of our camp sessions are sell outs, we offer wonderful riding lessons throughout the year. We offer group and private lessons six days a week, and our heated barns and arena keep us going in all weather conditions.

    Our next session is starting at the beginning of September, so be sure to check it out!


    What’s Up Next?

    The academy and ‘B’ horses are off to Roscoe, Illinois for the Mid-American Horse Show Association’s Signature Show. Held in the BIG outdoor ring at Ledges, it’s a wonderful show with lots of good competition and hospitality.

    Many of our riders are looking forward to the annual water balloon fight after the academy session on Saturday!


    The Knockouts are running the brat shack at the Piggly Wiggly in Hartland, and holding a car wash at the same time.

    Please join us next Sunday, August 4 from 11 am to 3 pm!

    You can sign up here!


    The Knockouts and the American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin are hosting the Summer Showcase Horse Show at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds the following weekend on August 10 and 11.  We’re looking for volunteers to help us set up, tear down, and run the concession stand.

    The Knockouts receive half of the show proceeds in exchange for providing the labor for the show, and you can sign up to help here.


    The Knollwood Summer Show is coming up on August 24 and 25, and the concession stand would love your assistance.

      We'll have sign-ups available soon!



    The show horses will be heading to the World Championship Horse Show in Louisville at the end of August. We’ll keep you posted with webcast info as it becomes available.  And don’t forget our Stake Night Party on Saturday night August 24 if you’d like to watch it on the big screen!



    See you at the barn, or at the in-gate!


    Read more

  • Summerfun Stories

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    Summerfun Is Simply The Best.



    With 45 stalls at the show, Team Knollwood had the chance to experience both show horse and academy divisions at their finest. 

    Classes were full and deep with talent, and we’d love to share some of our favorite stories.


    While all of our show horses and riders enjoyed the show there are several who stood out over the course of the show.


    Bella and Garfield are becoming the team to beat. 

    The country pleasure division is a deep one, and these two are coming together in the ring at the perfect time.

    Their classes at Summerfun looked effortless, and we honestly couldn't tell who was having more fun, Bella or Garfield.


    We"re excited to have college girl Payton back from the University of Michigan for the summer. 

    She showed Susan’s accomplished star Geronimo at the show, and got some nice ribbons. 



    Gabby and Charlie remain undefeated in Junior Exhibitor 5 Gaited Show Pleasure this season. 

    Charlie LOVES his job, and LOVES Gabby, so they’re a joy to watch.



    Our Colorado contingent was here for the weekend, and what a show they had. 



    Finn and Leila won both their qualifier and championship while Payton and Dos won the Good Hands qualifier as well as their age group.




    On Saturday evening, we were proud to celebrate with Knollwood’s own Jordan as she received an ASAW Scholarship.



    Jordan has grown up a Knollwood Kid, having made her way through the academy division before she moved on to the show horse world.

    Jordan is currently enjoying this season showing the one and only CH Freaky Links in the Show Pleasure division.

    In addition to riding, Jordan has been very involved in all things Knollwood.

    She’s been a helper since she was 11, she’s been a camp counselor, President of the Knockouts, and a Tiny Tot instructor.

    We don’t know what we’ll do without her as she heads off to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall!


    Academy Excellence

    Knollwood was well represented in the academy division with 18 riders across age groups and divisions. Our riders really enjoyed the new schedule which had show horse classes starting at 9 AM before the academy session started at 11 AM.



    It takes an army to prep all these horses and riders, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our fabulous show barn mentors and a couple of wonderful adults. Great thanks to Finn, Heather, Laney, Payton D. Payton H, Jeni, and Laura for the expert care of our horses and riders. It also took five  stylists to get all the buns in place, so thanks to Sue, Laura, Abby, Jen and Lisa for their assistance!

    We want to especially thank Sammy Jo from Lance Hayes Stables who stepped in and lent us a really nice academy horse after one of ours suffered a significant eye injury.

    Sammy cleared her schedule so Erika could get three lessons in on Jack before she showed him, and it was time well spent as the new team won both their equitation qualifier and their championship.

    We are proud to call Sammy a friend.



    The academy classes themselves were exciting and deep.

    The walk trot and canter equitation championship had to be split into a junior and senior division as there were 22 entries for the final.


    Judge Lightner presided over the academy division, and tested riders in the championships with appropriate, challenging patterns. We thank him and show manager Vicky for individually working the top riders in each division.

    We’re proud of all of our 18 riders who rode so well on Saturday. Riders are at different stages of their education, and they all rode above expectations.


    We won a few classes, so special shout outs to Maddie who showed Panic for the first time, and was the 13 and under WTC champion, Erika and her fancy ‘loaner’ horse Jack who won the 14-17 WTC championship and to Lily T. who finished as reserve champion in the 11 and over WT championship.

    Our youngest riders enjoyed pattern camp the week before Summerfun.  They spent their days playing 'cover up' with Forest and perfecting their work in the ring, and their efforts paid off at the show. Mia and Maiya traded first and second places in the 9-10 year old walk and trot division while Amelia enjoyed great success in the 8 and under classes.


    What’s Next?

    Entries are due July 25 for the Knollwood summer show on August 24 and 25.   If you can’t make the show, but would like to purchase a show shirt, you can order one for only $15 by July 25.


    Parents’ Night Out is coming up this Saturday, and you won’t want to miss it. For only $10, you can enjoy a sub dinner and fun with your barn friends while you hang out with the Knockout officers and board members.


    The academy horses are off to Roscoe next weekend for the Mid America Signature Show.  Held in the HUGE outdoor ring, the show is an exhibitor favorite. Team Knollwood will be well represented, and it’s the perfect place to watch a show. Please join us!


    The Knockouts are looking forward to a couple of big fundraisers, and would love everyone to help out.


    We’re running a car wash and brat sale at the Hartland Piggly Wiggly on Sunday, August 4. 

    You can sign up here, or on the sheets in the school barn lounge.


    The following weekend, the Knockouts are running the ASAW Summer Showcase at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds.  We’re looking for assistance with the concession stand, set up and take down, and many miscellaneous tasks.

    You can sign up here.



    See you at the barn, or at the in-gate!!



    Read more