Team Knollwood is participating at the World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky.....and at the same time we’re having a blast with a prep camp for the Knollwood Summer Show this weekend enjoying every minute in both states.
In Louisville, many of our riders advanced on their horses to their World Grand Championship classes by placing high enough in a qualifying class.
We couldn’t be more proud of these Knollwood Kids.
Any ribbon in Freedom Hall is an achievement for a lifetime, and we’ve gotten some good ones.
Finn and Laney will be showing in the Senior Equitation Final Thursday night at 5:30 PM our time.
If you’d like to watch the best the equitation world has to show, feel free to join Ann in Carol’s office at 5:30 PM to watch the class.
The riders and horses are amazing.
Richie will be showing Sophie in the Junior Equitation Final late Friday morning, and it should be a great class.
Saturday morning will be busy with Finn showing Frankie in the Show Pleasure Final for riders ages 14-17, while both Bella and Haley will be showing in the Country Pleasure Final for riders 14-17.
Team Knollwood will finish the show with Gabby showing Charlie in the 5 Gaited Show Pleasure Final late in the morning.
A couple of Knollwood Kids have been honored to show some horses for other trainers as well.
Our young riders are sought after for their horsemanship skills which makes them up to the challenge of showing an unfamiliar horse.
All those lessons on all those different horses? It creates good thinking riders who have a really broad to base on which to draw.
Richie will be showing Ro and Me’s Alacazam for Northern Tradition Farm in the 13 and under Show Pleasure Final while Haley will be showing 2 horses for 2 different barns.
(In addition to her interviewing duties on the live feed broadcast for Richfield...)
She’ll be showing Kalarama’s Out of the Ordinary from Hollow Haven Farm in the 3 Gaited Show Pleasure Final for riders aged 14-17, and The Davinci Treasure for Stachowski Farms Junior Exhibitor 5 Gaited final for riders aged 14-17.
We wish everyone the best of luck as they enjoy the Louisville experience both in and out of the ring.
Meanwhile, back at the home office…
We have 11 Knollwood Kids enjoying our annual show prep camp.
It’s the perfect ‘step up’ from our traditional summer riding school sessions which are tailored for our newer riders.
This group of riders is preparing to show at our summer academy show coming up this weekend, and many of them are showing for the first time.
They’re learning all about showing horses and caring for horses and having a lot of fun, too.
Our show runs both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and we're thrilled to welcome Knollwood Kid Shelby Hader back to judge all events.
Shelby grew up here, and started as a TIny Tot in the leadline division. She grew up to be president of the Knollwood Knockouts, an equitation star, and enjoyed great success on several nice horses including Callaway's Newscaster and Believin'.
Shelby is a graduate of Lawrence University, is currently working in the medical field, and is planning to attend medical school in the near future.
Rumor has it that she may join the games division of the show on Saturday!
We're looking forward to a big show, with the largest classes being in the Adult Walk, Trot, Canter and Leadline divisions.
The fine print about the show:
Walk Trot Canter classes start at 1:00 PM on Saturday, and Walk Trot classes start at noon on Sunday.
Riders can pick up their shirts and back numbers from their instructor ahead of time, or on the day of the show.
We're still looking for help filling the gift baskets and the concession stand staff. If you'd like to help with either, please check out the sign ups in the school barn lounge. You can also sign up for the concession stand online here.
If you've signed up to donate to the baskets, please have your items at the farm by Thursday night. Baskets will be assembled during the day on Friday.
We're so very grateful to our friends and partners at Merton Feed Company for their generous sponsorship of the concession stand for the show.
Their expertise and service are a big reason why all our horses look and feel so good. We couldn't do it without them. (And they have the best chickens. Ever.)
Parking can be challenging, so thanks to our friends at the Kettle Moraine Curling Club for allowing us to use their lot this weekend. Please enter off Oakwood Road, not Horseshoe Bend.
Want to watch Stake Night at Louisville? You can join us in the lounge on Saturday night at 6:00 when we'll project the live feed. Bring some snacks to share and enjoy watching the best in the world!
Whether you're in Louisville or Hartland, we're looking forward to great competition, sportsmanship and friendships. Oh, and spending time with some marvelous horses, too!