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It may only be February 1, but it’s already time to start planning for Knollwood Summer 2024.


Riders currently enrolled in our lesson program are invited to select their week(s) of summer riding school starting on February 1. Open spots will be offered to the public starting on March 1.

We offer a selection of camps for all ages and riding levels so that all Knollwood Kids can enjoy sunny camp days at the farm.



Classic Summer Riding School

This is the one that started it all.

Designed for our newest riders aged 7-17, this camp teaches Knollwood Kids the basics of how to behave safely around horses, and how to care for them and their equipment.

Daily lessons will further riding skills, and help campers understand how horses see the world and how they act.

 Soul Fire Art Studio comes to Knollwood each Wednesday afternoon to help riders create a camp memory to take home.

Riders will come away from their week with new riding skills, new understanding of horses, and new friends made during the session.


Knollwood Show Prep

If the rider in your family has already attended our classic camp, and they’re showing at our summer show August  16-18, it’s time for a week of show prep camp.

Riders at this camp should already know how to groom and tack their own horse, but may need a little assistance. At show prep camp, riders experience bareback riding, and learn important skills and strategies to use in the show ring.

Knollwood Kids will learn about preparing horses for a show, will enjoy some Q and A time with Scott, and will spend some time learning about American Saddlebred show horses.

In addition, there’s plenty of time for games, fun, and crafts with Soulfire.

All riders at these weeks are required to participate in the Knollwood summer show.

If your rider is looking forward to learning more, this is the perfect week for them.


Pattern Camps

Offered for our academy riders, we offer four weeks of pattern camp. These are immersive weeks with nothing but horses, riding, and lots of sun and fun.

Our academy riders should already know their weeks, but if we’ve missed anyone with dates, please talk to Ann.


Tiny Tot Camps

For our youngest riders, we offer a kid sized version of summer riding school.

We welcome Knollwood Kids ages 4-6 to enjoy a three day camp from 9 AM to noon each day. Campers each have their own personal assistant with them all day as they learn to groom and get their horse ready to ride.

The assistants are with riders in the arena as the campers ride every day. On the last day, campers put on a demonstration to show their friends and family how much they’ve learned.

Tiny Tot campers enjoy plenty of games and horse time with the best lesson horses in the world.


The fine print:

All camp fees are nonrefundable.

Riders in show prep camps will be billed for the show at the time of camp billing.





What’s Coming Up?

Banquet Reservations Due

All Knockouts should have received their invitation for the banquet on February 24.  Please be sure to return your RSVP by February 8. You won’t want to miss this.


Consignment Sale

Our academy consignment sale is coming up fast on Saturday, February 10. Donations are due to the barn by February 3, and should be tagged with name, cell number, price, and approximate size.

Shoppers, you’ll be assisted by experienced academy moms, and Jodi will be there with all of her wonderful accessories.



Jelly Bean Jods for 2024

Ordering February 12-29

We’re ordering our classic Knollwood jods for 2024. These stretchy, lightweight jods are perfect for daily wear, and for in-barn shows.

They’re navy with tan knee patches, and have the farm name embroidered on them, too.

We’ll have size samples available in the school barn. Best of all, they’re customizable in length, number of pockets, and waist size. They are just perfect for growing riders.



Parent Meeting

Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 PM

Knollwood Parents, we’re looking for your help.

The Knockouts are looking for parents to help them with events throughout the year. Please join us in the show barn lounge to hear how you can help a great group of horse kids with their barn shows and special events.



Academy Tailor Visit

Saturday, February 24

Trish will be at the barn for appointments starting at 9:30 AM. Most of the time spots are taken, so talk to Ann if you’d like to get in to see her.

Trish is coming back on June 8 to measure our riders who are starting their show season later in the summer. Please let Ann know if you’d like an appointment that day.



Knockout Banquet

Saturday, February 24 at 6:30 PM

It’s the event of the season!

Please join us at Merrill Hills as we celebrate 2023 and look forward to 2024.

We’ll chat, enjoy a delicious dinner, honor academy champs, hear Scott’s ‘State of the Farm’ address, enjoy the slide show, and dance the night away.

Please help us celebrate in style and follow the country club dress code: No denim, and men’s shirts must have collars, and be tucked in.



Academy Kickoff Night

Saturday, March 16 at 6:00 PM

All academy families are invited to join us in the show barn lounge to learn from the experts.

Scott will teach his much sought after tie knot, which is perfect for petite riders.

Karina will teach the ‘Carol approved’ bun for the show ring, and will offer tips for applying show ring makeup for young riders.

Of course, appetizers will be served.


IASPHA Spring Show

April 13-14

Beyond Stable Farm

Our first academy show of the year!



Knollwood Spring Show

May 10-12

The first Knollwood show of the season!





See you at the barn!








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