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Is there anything better than Fall in the midwest? 

The nights are cooler, the leaves are beautiful, and it’s still horse show season!

Our academy riders and horses enjoyed their last out of barn show last weekend in Gurnee, Illinois. The show, run by IASPHA, is always a favorite, and this fall was no exception.  We traveled with 13 horses, 20 academy riders, and 4 show horse riders.

The facility, Fields and Fences is wonderful, with the whole show under one roof.  While it rained all day Saturday, everyone stayed warm and toasty all day.

Klem really appreciated it!!

Our riders finished the show season strong with good rides and ribbons to boot.  The progress from the start of the season is amazing, and we’re so proud of all our riders.

A couple of stand outs?

Korinne showed Willis at his first academy show this weekend.  She did a fabulous job helping this future academy star navigate through BIG classes with lots of traffic. Willis gained confidence in every class thanks to Korinne's horsemanship skills.

Maddie finished her 13 and under career this weekend with personality-plus Panic.  This dynamic duo went on to the senior division with a bang, winning all of their classes.  Panic was so caught up in the day that he racked all of his victory passes.  Well.


Lily lives in Philadephia, and doesn’t get a chance to ride as much as she’d like.  She joined us at IASPHA for her first walk, trot, and canter classes and did a fabulous job.  She even won her pleasure class and her equitation class!



Klem wore his zookeeper outfit with style in the costume class.  He was joined by a couple of elephants and a tiger.  We think he really liked his hat, as he never put his ears back all through the class. 


Denise dominated the ‘grown up’ walk, trot and canter division, winning all three of her classes on JD.  IASPHA is popular with adults, as it gives them their own championship class.


We’re always known for dominating pattern classes, and IASPHA was no exception.  On a fun note, our riders won both splits of the walk and trot pattern class.  Maiya on Cashew won the first split, and Maya on Baxter won the second.


Finally, we were joined by several of our newest show riders, some even showing at just their second show.  They rode like pros, using the arena like they’ve been doing it forever.  These newbies are destined for great success in the future.



Next Wednesday, November 6 is a Knockout fundraiser night at the Hartland Culvers. A percentage of all purchases made between 5 and 8 PM will be donated to our youth group.  What a great reason to meet some friends at Culvers!




The Knollwood Fall show is coming up on November 9 and 10.  Please sign up here to support the Knockouts at the concession stand.  We’re also looking for donations to the helper gift baskets, which you can assign up for in the school barn lounge.

Great thanks to our friends at Soul Fire Art Studio for sponsoring our concession stand for the Fall show!

They're moving to a new location at

636 Main Street in


soon, so stay tuned!



Orders for fall Woodwear are due on Sunday, November 10 so we can have the styles in time for the holidays.  Size samples for tees, and quarter zips, and embroidered samples of the hat and tote as well as order blanks are available in the school barn lounge.



Show horses are off for Kansas City next weekend to show at the UPHA National Championship American Royal Horse Show.  We’ll update with schedules and webcast information as soon as they’re available. You won’t want to miss watching all the national championship classes and the last 2 equitation finals that make up the triple crown.  Knollwood riders are sure to be in the thick of the deep competition!


The Knockouts are hosting their first Harvest Day on Saturday, October 16.  From 3-6 that afternoon, you can come and bob for apples, paint pumpkins, carve pumpkins, and have your photo taken with a horse.  The admission is the donation of 2 food kits for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

To end the festivities, the Knockout officers have designed a killer relay race in the arena which will take place at 6 PM.  The entry fee is one extra food kit per racer, and you can sign up on the bulletin board in the school barn lounge.


Voting for the 2019 school horse of the year will start on December 1.  When you pay your 2020 Knockout dues, you’ll receive a ballot for the election.  The winner will be announced at the banquet!


Don’t forget that the Knockout Holiday party is coming up soon on December 14 at 6:00 PM.  We’ll be electing officers for 2020, and if you’re thinking of running, please talk to Erika or Korinne for more details.


Point totals are being tabulated, and high point awards will be announced at the Knollwood Knockouts awards banquet on Saturday, February 8.  Please plan to join us at Bristlecone for an evening of celebration. All Knockouts will receive an invitation in early January.  Not a member?  We’d love to have you.  Please see your instructor for more details.




Hope you can join us for all the fun we have planned at Knollwood.

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


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