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It’s go time!

The show barn just returned from a successful St. Louis National show, the Knollwood in-barn show is this weekend, and the show barn will be off the Springfield, Illinois soon for the Mane Event Show running October 13-16.

Let’s catch up first.

Show horses made the trip to St. Louis for two pleasure equitation finals, and a wonderful horse show last week.


Our junior equitation riders were stars, with Amelia and Eva finishing in the top 10 of the 17 and under pleasure equitation national championship sponsored by the American Saddlebred Breeders and Horse Association. Brooklyn and Gamora finished third in the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion national final for the junior division, and Amelia finished a strong 7th.

Congratulations to our newest stars in their first year out of the academy division.



In the senior division, Payton and Gigi were a sight, winning the pleasure equitation national championship, and finishing reserve champs of the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion national final for the senior division. Emma and Fergie were also a good 7th in that final.

Alexa won the Good Hands qualifier, and was second in the Medal qualifier, too!


Other stars were Richie and Leila, reserve saddle seat equitation champs, Margit and Shane, reserve champs in junior exhibitor 5 gaited, AND Margit and Robert finished 3rd in their show pleasure championship. Allison and Joe won their Veteran horse show pleasure class, and finished 4th in the adult championship. Kerry and Henry had great rides to finish 4th. Tori and Stella continued their successful season, finishing reserve Country Pleasure champs in St. Louis.

Kerry also debuted Tatum’s new horse, Uno in the three gaited ladies division and made a great start.




Knollwood has welcomed a couple of new horses recently.


The Honkamp family has purchased RWC Roselane’s First in Line for Tatum to show. Known as Uno, he was purchased from Barb and Keith Pionk with Wes and Sena Bowling of Taylor Creek Stables acting as agents for the sellers. Kerry Honkamp showed him at St. Louis and made a wonderful debut with the new member of the family. We can’t wait to see Tatum take over the reins!


The Dallen’s welcomed Reedann’s Dark Mystery to the family for Richie to show. This beautiful bay gelding was purchased from Matt and Kelly Craver with Scottfield Stables acting as their agent. He and Richie are going to make quite a team.



Final Knollwood Show Reminders

Weather Report?

No rain! It is going to be a sunny fall day, and feel free to wear layers under your fun purple show shirt.


Where do I park?

Anywhere but the curling club lot.

Our neighbors are hosting a BIG event all weekend, and they need their lot for their guests. Please help us be good neighbors, and don’t use their lot.




What’s the Knollwood Challenge?

Modeled after the UPHA Challenge Cup final, Knollwood kids must ride in a qualifying class at one of our in-barn shows, These classes require rail work, and the specified pattern for the class. Walk and trot riders will trot a non-inverted figure eight, while the walk, trot, and canter riders will trot an inverted figure eight. The top two places in each qualifying class will compete in the finals at the October show.

In the finals, riders work both ways on the rail before each one performs the posted pattern. Riders will not have practiced the pattern on their horse, but will have the chance to walk it on foot.

Winner of the final gets to hold onto a beautiful traveling trophy for a year, and receives a free custom shirt from deRegnaucourt, who outfits many of the show riders.

The final will be the last two classes of the day on Saturday. Please stick around to see what’s it all about!




Who are the important people to know this weekend?

Terri Anne Ullman of Winsome Farm in Oconomowoc will be judging all three days. We are grateful to her for giving her time and expertise for a whole weekend.

Hanna Agathen Photography will be capturing show memories all weekend.

Jeni is announcing on Saturday, and Wendy will call the show on Sunday.

Jane and Karina will be on concierge duty in the school barn on Sunday. Ask them anything!

Center ring will be staffed by experienced horse people to keep everyone on their best behavior.




How can I help the Knockouts this weekend?

Volunteer for a shift at the concession stand, or to set up or tear down.

Buy tickets for the gift baskets.

Eat at the concession stand.

Bid on Ann’s special pattern class.

Bid on the chance to give Scott a riding lesson. High bid is currently at $400!



Coming Up...

Jacket orders are due November 9.

Quarter Zip and Jellybean Jod orders are due October 16.



Mane Event

Springfield Illinois

October 13-16

Held in a beautiful historic coliseum, Mane Event hosts the first of the ‘Big Three’ finals of the Triple Crown of Saddle Seat Equitation. The Good Hands is the oldest of the finals, having started in 1929. Team Knollwood will be there in force. We’ll update with webcast info as soon as we can.



IASPHA Fall Show

Woodstock, IL

October 21-23

Many of our newest academy riders who competed in Cedarburg will be showing for the second time this weekend. Carol will also be there with a few show horses, and the ‘B’ horses will be there as well. Come watch!



Knockouts Street Clean Up

October 29

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join your fellow Knockouts as we clean up Oakwood and Nagawicka Roads for the fall. Meet new friends, fulfill your service hours, and stay for the Knockout meeting after the clean up.


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


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