• The Big Reveal

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    So, kids are finally getting out of school, the weather is trying to cooperate, and everyone at the farm is looking forward to Knollwood Summer 2019.

    Scott, Carol, and crew enjoyed a rare quiet weekend at home while the academy and some ‘B’ horses were competing at the Prairie State Classic show.  Primarily a Morgan show, Prairie State is a favorite to many with its hospitality and friendly atmosphere.

    Our favorite stores of the show?

    Jodi and JD have been working hard, and it all came together in Woodstock when they won both their qualifier and championship.  Congrats to them both!

     

    Thomas continues his education as a Knollwood academy horse. 

    He’s gaining confidence with every performance, and seemed to really enjoy being at the show, living the life of an indoor show horse.  He and Juliet even won their equitation championship, so Thomas got to make his first victory pass!  He was a little unsure about the neck ribbon at first, but he made his turn around the arena like he’d been doing it forever.

     

    It’s Big Time.

    Show horses will be leaving Saturday for the 78th annual Midwest Charity Horse Show in Springfield, Illinois. Horses and riders from all over the country will be competing at one of the best shows in the nation, and it’s the first one on the calendar where many Louisville contenders meet.

    Team Knollwood will be there in numbers, and we’ll fill you in on the webcast and schedule information as soon as it’s all set.

     

     

    Time For Camp

    Summer riding school starts on Monday!

    Our first sold out session of Tiny Tot Camp and an advanced camp both start first thing next week. 

    Classic Summer Riding School starts the following Monday, June 17.  Helper sign ups are on the tack room door in the school barn, so please get your name on the schedule if you’d like to join in the fun!

     

    The Drive is Almost Over!

    Great thanks to everyone who’s donated to our annual food drive so far.  We currently have 186 food kits or cash equivalents on hand, and are accepting donations through Saturday. The food is heading to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County on Monday.

    All riders who collected a minimum of 5 food kits are gathering Saturday for a Knockout meeting at 5:00, followed by the start of the Video Scavenger Hunt at 5:30. 

    (Thanks to our friends at High Caliber Stables for their information and inspiration!)

    Teams will get to travel all over the farm to perform the following:

     

     

    • Make a video of selected school horses at the round bale.

    Yes, you’ll be asked to imitate Tony, Fred, and Frank the pony as they enjoy all the food they can eat.

     

    • Take a team photo of how many people can fit on a Fjord.

    We’re not sure if there’s a world record, but we’re confident we can break one.  Right, Forest?

     

     

    • Make a team video of the school horses coming in for lessons.

     

    Team members get to be Hugo, Mark, Bo, Sparky, and Big Frank as they try to find their stalls. Or not.

     

     

    • Take a team photo of the best sardines hiding spot you know.

    The farm is a big place when you’re trying to hide 5 or 6 people in this classic  Knollwood game.

     

     

    • Make a team video of Hazel making the round of laps in the show barn lounge.

    Yes, one team member gets to don a tiara and carry a rawhide as she imitates Hazel making friends in the lounge.

     

     

    • Take a photo of the entire team on the little outdoor fence screaming like Bengal the cat.

    Silent human screams, of course.

     

     

    Bonus !

    Make a video of Scott teaching a lesson OR coaching a show class

                   We made it a bonus, because not everyone has had the pleasure of having a lesson with the one and only.  Props include Scott’s arena stool, a lash whip, and anything else you can think of.  Be sure to throw in key phrases like, ‘That’s way more betterer,’ and the always classic, ‘Stupid horse.’

                  Groups can break teams for this event so many of Scott's students get a chance to give a Scott lesson.

     

    Following all the filming, we’ll gather for a huge picnic while we get the pics uploaded to social media for all to enjoy.  We’ll also award prizes for the teams most over their goal.

     

    If you didn't donate but would like to watch, the price of admission is one food kit or a $15 donation to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

     

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

     

     

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  • We're Mad About Madison

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    Team Knollwood is at home after a wonderful weekend at the Madison Classic Horse Show.

    Always a favorite show, this year’s edition was even bigger and better than in previous years. The event was more impressive than ever, with new barns competing, and favorites traveling from near and far to enjoy the hospitality for which the show is known.

    And the competition? Classes were large and deep.  We got to see the reigning world’s grand champion fine harness horse on Saturday night, and many former or current world champions were in attendance.

    Team Knollwood enjoyed their weekend at the show, and created lots of memories. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

    Gabby and Charlie continued their winning ways in Madison, winning their Junior Exhibitor 5 gaited show pleasure qualifier and championship. When these two are in the ring, we really can’t tell who’s happier, Gabby or Charlie!

    Bella’s in town for the summer, and she and Garfield won their Limit Horse Country Pleasure class at the show with a reserve finish in the championship. They’re coming together as a team, and are looking forward to a really fun summer.

     

    Haley may be retired from equitation after winning the Triple Crown last year, but that doesn’t mean she’s done showing. Haley showed four horses in Madison for three different barns, and won three classes. She also served as a mentor to our academy kids on Saturday morning, and even did a couple of interviews for Richfield during the weekend.

     

    Amanda and Smyth have become a force in a short period of time.  Amanda enjoys the feisty mare who can be a little opinionated.  They had another successful show in Madison, with strong classes in both the Country Pleasure and Pleasure Equitation divisions.

     

    Finn and Leila looked fabulous at their second show, and won the USEF Medal qualifier.  The highlight of the win may have been Haley’s interview at the outgate.

    Richie and Tink are really loving the Country Pleasure division. Maybe it’s that Tink gets to go faster, or maybe that she can be a little more competitive getting down the rail, but the team looks really bright and exciting. Team Tink featuring 11 year old Richie finished as reserve champs in a tough 17 and Under Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure championship.

    Richie also had a strong showing on his star equitation mount, Sophie.

     

    The academy division was as deep as the rest of the show. And classes were BIG, with qualifiers running as large as 12 entries. Our riders shone in the depth of the competition, and we couldn’t be more proud.

    Some highlights?

    Thomas (Fort Chiswell’s Aristocrat) made his out of barn debut at Madison, and looked like he’d been doing this his whole life. Sofia gave him confidence in the walk trot and canter division before Juliet took over for the walk and trot classes.

    Eight year old Amelia rode in her first ‘big’ academy show with her trusty partner Klem, and looked like they owned the place. She even won her equitation qualifier!

    Mia and Maiya finished champion and reserve in the 10 and Under walk trot championship, and it was a great class.

    Lily came in from Pennsylvania on Thursday night, rode at the barn on Friday, and showed on Saturday.  In a big 11-13 division, Lily finished fourth in her equitation qualifier and championship.

    All of our riders rode well and smart at this deep show. Our riders are all at different points on their riding journeys, and they all rode their best.  We are so proud.

     

    Up Next?

    Our academy and a couple of 'B' horses are off to the Prairie State Classic show this weekend.

    Team Knollwood will be concluding their food drive and hosting their first ever video scavenger hunt on Saturday, June 8 at 5:30. Please keep those food kits and donations coming for the Knollwood rider of your choice!

    Our show horses are at home preparing for the Midwest Charity Horse Show in Springfield, Illinois on June 11-15. The first really big show of the year, this historic event features the best horses in the country.  It's a predictor of the World's Championship Horse Show in August.

    We'll provide webcast information as soon as we have it!

     

    See you at the barn. Or at the in gate!

     

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  • The Clock is Ticking ...

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    Hi Everyone, Forest here.

     

    As you may be aware, I know a lot about food.  

    Because of my expertise, I've been chosen to remind all my fans about Team Knollwood's food drive currently in progress.

    We are looking for donations of food kits, or for those of you who are too time constrained to shop, financial donations to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

    We're trying to help our neighbors in need at a time of year when the pantry runs low on inventory.

    Of course, there's a Knollwood twist to the drive.  Each Knollwood Kid who collects a minimum of 5 food kits or $$ equivalent is eligible to join a team for our first ever video scavenger hunt on Saturday, June 8.  (I've heard that I'm involved in at least one of the stations, but it's all very top secret, so my exact role has not been revealed.)

    Right now, Team Tuesday is running away with the competition with Saturday in close pursuit.  

    Please remember to mark your donation with the day of week and rider you'd like to support.

    Thanks in advance for your generosity. 

    If you might happen to bring some carrots my way, it wouldn't be the worst thing. 

    Really.

    See you at the scavenger hunt!

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  • We Need To Catch Up!

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    Show season 2019 is in full swing, and team Knollwood is having a blast.

     

    After some trips to smaller events, the show horses enjoyed a trip for their first ‘big’ show of the season. FASH is a favorite show, with ‘Minnesota nice’ hospitality in a beautiful venue. And the competition? It was deep and plentiful.

    Some of our favorite stores from FASH?

    Richie’s Debut with Sophie

    Last season’s walk and trot equitation star has moved on to the 13 and under walk, trot, and canter equitation division with star mount Sophie. This new team looked like they’d been together forever, winning their age group and the UPHA Challenge Cup qualifier.

     

    Finn and Leila’s Premier

    Finn had a very successful season last year, showing Sophie all the way to the national equitation finals.  For the 2019 season, Finn has a new partner, the one and only Leila, officially known as Brookhill’s Passion Punch. Last year’s triple crown winning mount looked picture perfect with Finn, and the new duo won their Good Hands qualifier as well as the all ages equitation championship.

     

    Hanna and Tucker’s Reunion

    Hanna will be showing Tucker (CH Fine by Me) in her final year in the 13 and under equitation division.  They made a splash at FASH, finishing reserve in the Good Hands, in the 13 and under qualifier, and 3rd in the all ages equitation championship.

     

    Payton’s New Eq Partner

    Remember last season when we joked that Payton’s mom was never getting her horse back? Well, it’s official as Payton showed Dos to great success in her equitation classes.  At FASH, Payton won both the 13 and under pleasure equitation qualifier and the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup qualifier.

     

     

    In addition, Amanda and Smyth are clicking and finished reserve in their Country Pleasure championship which was won by Richie and TInk.  TInk really seems to enjoy those extended trots in her new division!

     

    Laney and Robert are really getting into equitation, while Gabby and Charlie are back in the winners’ circle just like they finished last season.

    Bella and Garfield are starting strong, and finished reserve champs in Minesota, while Allison and Kim had a great Mother Daughter weekend showing Michael and Maddie.

    And last year's triple crown winner became the first amateur to show Scott and Carol's young horse Roger in the Junior Exhibitor Park division.  Showing moments of brilliance in his amateur appearance, the pair will again be showing at Madison Classic.

     

    What's Next?

    This weekend, most of Team Knollwood will be in the state capitol to compete at the Madison Classic Horse Show. Always a favorite, this year’s edition is going to be a whopper, with horses coming from as far away as Kentucky and Missouri.  There are so many horses competing that the show has taken over both New Holland Pavillions, and an extra warm up arena has been added.

    Add the World’s Largest Brat Festival on the grounds at the same time, and you can be sure it’s going to be a weekend you don’t want to miss!

     

    The following weekend, our academy team will head out to the Prairie State Classic show in Woodstock, Illinois. Primarily a Morgan show, the event lets our riders compete against different riding programs than at Saddlebred shows, and the Morgan hospitality can’t be beat.

     

    Our biggest charitable event of the season continues, with our food drive benefiting the Food Pantry of Waukesha County ending on June 8.  Please consider donating some food kits, or making a financial contribution to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

    Remember, for every food kit you donate, you receive a ballot to give new arrival Cinco his official Knollwood name!                  

    Each rider who collects a minimum of 5 food kits or cash equivalents ($15 per food kit) is entitled to participate in our first ever video scavenger hunt on June 8.  Days of the week are competing against each together for prizes and personal satisfaction.  Be sure to label your bags or check with the name of the rider you’d like to support.

    Summer riding school starts with a sold out Tiny Tot edition on June 10, and Classic Camp starts on June 17.  We have very limited openings for classic weeks, and still have some room for Knollwood Kids August 19-23 for their very own show prep week.  Please talk to your instructor to join the fun!

     

    We hope you can join us for all the fun we have planned

    at home, and on the road.

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

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  • It's Time to Help Our Neighbors, And Have Some Fun!

    Posted by Ann Wilt

    You may not know that the Knollwood Knockouts’ mission statement is:

    ‘To support and promote equitation, horsemanship, and friendships through service to others.’

     

    Sure, Knollwood Kids love to ride, hang out with horses and their barn friends, and show horses, but over their 20+ year history, they've also become famous for giving back.

    They've sent veterans on the Honor Flight, held a walk for Heart Disease, raised funds for cancer research, and supported many horse shows in addition to their continued support of Saddlebred Rescue.

    The Knockouts and all of Team Knollwood have come together once again for their annual food drive - with a twist, of course.

    Each spring, the Food Pantry of Waukesha County runs low on food when school finishes for the year.  Families in need who relied on lunch at school now have to find a different source, and many turn to the pantry.

    Enter the Knockouts and Team Knollwood.

    We host a food drive in which the different days of the week compete to see which day can gather the most food kits over their goal to win prizes, AND participate in a really fun event.

    The food pantry has asked that we donate the food in kits which include:

     

    It’s time for our biggest charitable event of the year, and we hope you can help us gather even more food than last year for our neighbors in need.

    Each Knollwood rider that has a minimum of 5 food kits donated in their name is eligible to join their team on Saturday, June 8 at 5:30 PM for our first ever Video Scavenger Hunt. Be sure to mark each bag with the rider and day of the week they ride so we credit the correct team.

    If you don’t have time to shop but would like to help out the food pantry, you can write a check to The Food Pantry of Waukesha County and give it to your favorite rider.  We’ll take all the checks in when we deliver the food.  The cash equivalent of a food kit is $15 per kit.

    After the scavenger hunt is complete, we’ll all gather for a pot luck picnic at the farm.  The teams that gather the most food kits over their goal will receive special prizes from our friends at Wild Impact Marketing, and the first place team will also win a pizza party courtesy of the Knockouts.

     

    As an added bonus, for each food kit you donate, you’ll receive a ballot for our ‘Name the New Horse contest.’ Cinco is joining us, and needs a real Knollwood name.  You can submit a different name on each ballot, or really make a point, and enter the same name on all your ballots.

     

    What's next?

    Show horses and academy stars are off to Madison for Memorial Day weekend and the Madison Classic horse show. A national honor show, this year's edition promises to be another gathering of fabulous horses and talented riders from all over.  You won't want to miss it!

    We have very limited openings for our 2019 summer riding school, including some for our special week just for advanced beginner Knollwood Kids from August 19-23.  This session isn't listed on the website, so talk to your instructor if the rider in your house would like a week is a little more advanced!

     

     

    See you at the barn, hopefully with food kits in hand!

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