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The best lesson horses in the world had some inside days during the wacky weather last week, and used it productively, as expected.

The topic of conversation was 'What is your holiday wish?'. As you'll see as you read through their answers, some of the horses are brilliant, while others are, well, not.

In somewhat alphabetical order, here are the wishes of the horses who start the careers on many, many horse loving kids.

Bee is looking forward to sunny days and camp in the big outdoor ring.

Bilbo’s wish is to be as fit as fellow Hafflinger Jelly.

Always deep thinking Duke would like world peace.

Fred would like bigger round bales. It’s so hard to nap in the current ones while other horses are munching hay around you.

Hugo is asking for more tiny tot riders. They’re his favorite.

Jelly would like the pairs class to come back to the Knollwood show so he can showcase Hafflingers with his new friend Bilbo.

Leon would like everyone to stop calling him a unicorn, and just admit that he’s a Saddlebred.

Pony Frank would like smaller round bales. He’s tired of giant beds, and would like pony sized bales.

Mac asks, ‘What’s a wish?’

Marge would like to be in the middle of the arena. All the time.

Picasso wishes for more game days. Yahoo!

Pumpkin would like to do more lessons. He’s looking for a career in endurance.

Sparky wishes for nothing, his life is perfect.

Thomas wishes for unassigned stalls so he can choose where to go each day.

Vaughn just wants the scary holiday lights in the lounge to come down.

Baxter wishes for a worthy successor to ‘School Horse of the Year!’

Beau would like more academy walk trot adventures

Cashew would like more outdoor recess.

Eddie wishes for more pattern classes.

Hooper wants to make everyone’s life as pleasant as his, and would like front close clothes for everyone.

Klem is hoping for stock in the Taffy Town company so he can drive the price up by eating lots of their product.

Murphy would like to start a school horse beauty contest.

Sport wants to meet more new riders, and would like to join Klem’s investment plans. Anything for taffy.


What's Coming Up?


December 31

Last day to purchase lessons at 10% off

Last day to pay your 2023 dues and vote for School Horse of the Year




December 31 and January 1

We're closed for two days, and will not be holding lessons.

Accounts will be credited for the missed lessons.


Saturday, January 7

7 PM to 9 PM

Midwest Saddleseat Private Shopping Night

Jon us at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oconomowoc to shop Jen's great selection of consignment show clothing before the shop opens to the public on January 8.

This event was originally scheduled for the 6th, and has moved to Saturday the 7th.


Saturday, February 4

11 AM to 2 PM

Knollwood Academy Clothing Sale

Come and shop Knollwood's own consignment sale in the show barn lounge. We'll have experienced show moms to help with selection and fit.

If you have show clothes that you've outgrown and would like to sell, please bring them on hangers with tags stating your name, phone, email, and the price you'd like for each item. 

Deadline for donations is January 28.



Saturday, February 11

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Academy Demo Night

Academy parents and riders, please join us for a fun filled evening of information and demonstrations. Some of our seasoned academy stars will showcase correct attire, show riding, and sportsmanship in the arena and beyond.

Sign up sheets will go up soon, so we have enough appetizers for everyone!



Saturday, February 18

6:30 PM

Knollwood Knockout Banquet

All Knockouts and their families are invited to join us at The Legend at Merrill Hills for an evening of all things Knollwood. 

Dinner, awards, meeting new officers and saying goodbye to last year's team, speeches, slideshow, dancing, and the announcement of 2022's school horse of the year make it a fantastic evening you won't want to miss.

Invitations will go out to all Knockout members shortly after the first of the year.

Not yet a member? We'd love to have you! Please talk to your instructor or office admin to join the fun.



Saturday, February 25

Times TBD

Academy Vest Measuring

Trish, our tailor, will be at the farm to measure riders for custom academy vests and shirts.

You can pick your fabric, and get measured for your custom look at your appointment. 

Please talk to Ann if you're interested in meeting with Trish for a custom shirt and/or vest.


IASPHA Spring Show

April 14-15

Beyond Stable Farm

Our first show of the 2023 season!




See you soon at the barn!





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