Members of Team Knollwood traveled to Illinois on Sunday to enjoy the first awards banquet of the season. We gathered with our friends from the Illinois American Pleasure Horse Association and enjoyed brunch, awards, and a great raffle.
We are fortunate to have several local horse show organizations that support the academy division. Because of all the shows offering competitive academy classes, two of our academy stars made grand entrances to the show horse world this season with both Hanna and Richie winning reserve national championships their first year out.
Equitation 13 and Under
Last season's academy 10 and under walk trot champion has started her show horse career off with a bang. Hanna finished reserve in all three junior pleasure equitation finals in her first season, and we're looking forward to watching her progress in her 12 year old year!
Laura and Heist
Champions, Country Pleasure 18 and over
Reserve Champions, Show Pleasure 18 and Over
Laura and Heist enjoyed a year of great progress, and great fun. Always in the ribbons, this pair enjoys the horse show experience wherever it takes them!
Champion WTC Horsemanship 18 and Over
WTC Equitation 18 and Over
Reserve Champion, WTC Pattern
After watching her daughter's lessons, Denise decided to take up riding herself. Now that Jordan is in college, Denise is enjoying her chance to show, and is having a blast doing it!
Reserve Champion WTC Horsemanship 18 and Over
Busy, busy Megan somehow finds the time to ride when she's not working as a police officer. She grew up at Knollwood, and never had the chance to show academy as a kid, and she'd enjoying the fun of it now!
Reserve Champion WTC Equitation 14-17
Leader of the Sunday helpers, McKailey had a great time this season, showing some new horses and making her mark in the tough 14-17 academy division.
Champion WTC Horsemanship 13 and Under
Champion WTC Equitation 13 and Under
Yes, she's only 13. Heather is often questioned about her age after people notice her height, and the length of her legs on her horse. She's enjoyed a wonderful 2017 show season, riding some of the more advanced lesson horses including Sadie pictured above.
Reserve Champion WTC Horsemanship 13 and Under
Reserve Champion WTC Equitation 13 and Under
Maddie's made a mark in the WTC under division in only her first year showing out of walk and trot. She even had the chance to show Sharky, loaned to us by our friends at Lance Hayes Stables, after we were short a horse at the Fall IASPHA show!
Champion WTC Pattern
Lauren loves all horses, and animals for that matter. She always wanted to show Forest, and she did a great job with him at the Fall IASPHA show. Next time you see her, be sure to ask about Mabel, the family goat!
Champion WT Horsemanship 11 and Over
Champion WT Pattern
Reserve Champion WT Equitation 11 and Over
Lauren enjoyed great success in her first full year of academy showing. Another member of our 'long leg club,' she's made great progress in a short time frame!
Champion WT Equitation 11 and Over
Reserve Champion WT Pattern
Sofia travels from Oshkosh to ride with Team Knollwood, and her dedication has paid off. She's worked had all season to be scrappy, and had a really successful late season as it showed!
Champion WT Horsemanship 9-10
Champion WT Equitation 9-10
It's hard to believe that Richie's first show was in August of 2016 when he won the Maiden championship at the ASAW Summer Showcase. He was lucky enough to show 12 times this season, counting the Knollwood in-barn shows. All his riding and showing has really paid off, as he's now the Reserve National Champion in the UPHA Challenge Cup National Final on his own horse, Miss Mheirry Mack!
Champion WT Horsemanship 8 and Under
Reserve Champion WT Equitation 8 and Under
A second generation Knollwood Kid, Maiya is as scrappy as they come. She loves all horses, has a real soft spot for the one and only Klem pictured above, and enjoys riding every horse or pony she has the chance to try.
Reserve Champion WT Horsemanship 8 and Under
Seven year old Juliet is one of the younger riders in her division, but always rides like she owns the ring. She's looking forward to being one of the older kids in her classes next season!
In addition, Mary and Lauren B earned awards for Junior/Amateur judging during the season.
Richie and Hanna were also honored with 'Welcome To The Big Time' awards for their graduation to the show horse world.
The banquet was a great way to end the holiday weekend. We're so proud of all of our hard working riders, and we can't wait to watch their adventures in 2018!