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The Wisconsin Futurity Horse Festival is starting tomorrow, and we can hardly wait.

Held at State Fair Park in West Allis, we consider it a ‘home show’ because we feel like we’re showing with a home field advantage.


We’re asking all of Team Knollwood to join us at the fabulous event.  We think it’s so exciting that we’re even cancelling lessons on Saturday because so many of our horses and employees are involved in the event.





Why should you come to the show?



The horses are beautiful,

and their riders are pretty great, too.

With classes ranging from equitation where the rider’s skill is evaluated to Open Jackpot classes where professional trainers show the most exciting horses, there’s always something to watch.


Young Horses are A Blast to Watch.

Futurity showcases the youngest horses shown, and you haven’t lived until you watch a class of weanlings being led in the arena.  They’re vocal, they’re beautiful, and they’re frequently opinionated about the whole thing.

The big Weanling Open Championship is Sunday morning at 9:30, and it’s the best.



It’s An Academy Showcase.

Futurity features the state championships for the academy division, ad Team Knollwood will be there with 15 riders ready to compete for the titles.

Academy riders will be treated to a 3 judge panel evaluating their skills, so there will be trained eyes all over the arena.  Great thanks to show management for giving the riders this great opportunity.

Team Knollwood will be represented by 10 riders in the walk, trot and canter classes, and 5 competitors in walk and trot categories.

Please join us at 9 AM Saturday morning to watch the fun and cheer on all our stars.



What’s Next?

On to St Louis.

Show horses will return home Sunday night, and head south on Monday for the St Louis National Horse Show.  Home to the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion National Final as well as the National Championship of Pleasure Equitation, St Louis is a favorite of exhibitors and spectators alike.

Held at the National Equestrian Center, the National is also home to finals for the Shatner Western Division, and the Hunt Seat Classics.

Team Knollwood will be in the thick of the action, and we’ll update with webcast info as it becomes available.


It’s Time for the Knollwood Show!


The grand finale of the 2019 academy show is coming up November 9 and 10 at the Knollwood fall show.  We’re taking entries through October 12, and are looking forward to a big show celebrating the accomplishments of all of our riders.

From our competitive lead line division to the finals of the Knollwood Challenge, it promises to be a heck of a weekend.


Save the dates to support Team Knollwood with the concession stand.

The show features a silent auction, and we’re looking for donations to help the Knockouts.  Please contact Nancy or Ann with donations.

The November show is also home to the helper basket challenge. Our helpers will be soliciting donations to the baskets for their day of the week, and the judge will pick her favorite entry.  The winning team receives a pizza party courtesy of the Knockouts.



Academy Photo Shoot

Clearly, it's time to update our photo.

All of our academy show riders will gather at the farm on Saturday, September 28 for a photo shoot for a National Horseman ad.

Professional equine photographer Emma Utoft will be on hand to capture our stars and has time for some individual sessions as well.  If you’re interested in a ½ hour session for your family, you and your favorite horse, or a holiday card shot, please contact Ann at the barn.  Spaces are limited, so act quickly!



Fall at Knollwood is beautiful, so be sure to spend some time watching Agnes and Ruby out playing, the lesson horses enjoying their round bales, kids riding outside, and show horses working in the clear fall air. 


Or, 'do a Hazel' and catch up with a friend on the deck while watching all the goings-on.




See you soon at the farm, or at the in-gate!




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