Team Knollwood enjoyed a classic horse show weekend in Madison. The show featured beautiful weather, great hospitality, and terrific deep competition. With horses from near and as far away as Kentucky, it was a great show to watch from start to finish.
Of course, we were there in numbers, and we thank everyone who pitched in to take great care of the Knollwood horses. They always look fabulous, and we appreciate all of the hard work that goes into making the horses shine in the ring.
Naturally, we have stories to share!
New Riders Shine
Team Knollwood introduced three new riders to the show horse world for the 2023 season. These Knollwood Kids were stars in the academy division, and have used their strong foundations to make strong debuts.
Mia showed the always energized Thaylee for the first time in Madison. Mia and Choo Choo Dakota made a splash in their debut, and finished with a strong 4th in a BIG class. The wild women returned to the championship and moved up to third.
These two are going to be a blast to follow this season!
Maddie and Ava are making their mark in the equitation divisions. Last year’s academy champ is learning the ropes of the highly competitive pleasure equitation world in the Midwest and is really enjoying the process.
Maddie and Ava, officially known as Castle Booty, made their debut at FASH, and showed to good ribbons there and at Madison.
This team is going to be a blast to watch.
Tess and Lola made their debut at FASH, and continued their success in the tough pleasure division at Madison.
An academy star last season, Tess is using her cool, calm, and collected personality to navigate big classes and to help Lola, officially known as We’re All Nuts, shine in the crowd.
These two have charisma!
Last Year’s Class Continues to Impress
Brooklyn and Gamora made their debut last season, and continue to move up in their second season. They’re already qualified for some of the Fall finals, and Brooklyn got to show a horse for Hollow Haven at Madison earning a good ribbon in the process.
Maiya and Riddle are in their second season together, and they returned stronger than before. These two won the Pleasure Equitation championship at Madison, and are shining bright.
Lily and Fergie, officially known as Impressive Asset made quite a show in their first appearance this season, earning top ribbons in the packed single bit division at Madison.
New Combinations Made Their Mark
Four new teams have started this season for Team Knollwood, and they’ve made quite an impression.
Shaye showed her new horse Teddy, officially known as Fox Grape’s Fort Defiance, at both FASH and Madison, and is making a splash. Shaye and Teddy look like they’ve known each other forever, and have already won some classes and qualified for some Fall finals.
Amelia has teamed up with the queen of Knollwood, CH-EQ Brookhill’s Passion Punch. Leila and Amelia have already become a team, and we can’t wait to watch them progress even more this season.
Emma made her debut with new partner Eli and Madison. Owned by the Duerr family, Undulata’s Crystal Illusionist is a character with a heart of gold. He and Emma make an athletic combination, and are so fun to watch!
Kerry is showing Uno and is enjoying it while Tatum recovers from a knee injury sustained in her nonhorse athletic adventures. They’re making their mark in the amateur park division and judging from the smiles, are loving every minute of it.
Academy Stars Shone
Our academy team made us proud again in some great competition.
Our experienced walk trot and canter riders showed their horses like pros and nailed the pattern selected by Judge Melissa Moore.
Leighton represented us in the walk and trot division and made quite a performance with Baxter who loved every minute of their passes off the rail. Their workout was clean as can be, and was personality plus as Baxter showed the crowd how much he loves his job.
College Girl Finn was back from the University of Michigan to show Jade in the amateur gaited classes, and hopped on Riddle to win the UPHA Adult Challenge Cup. Those equitation skills never go away!
Margit and Charlie, officially known as CH Ken Folett, are right back at the top of the 5 gaited show pleasure division, winning both their qualifier and championship. Margit and Charlie had great rides in the 3 gaited show pleasure division, too.
Richie and Payton competed at the top of the equitation classes, and were both a sight.
Richie also showed Allen in Junior exhibitor 5 gaited to two strong second place ribbons, and showed a pleasure horse for Rosewood Farms, winning both classes.
Tori and Stella were a beautiful pair again in the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure classes at both FASH and Madison.
Natalie and Mariah made their Knollwood debut with clean classes. They’re on their way!
What’s Coming Up?
Prairie State Classic
We’re off to Woodstock this weekend with 13 academy riders and two ‘B’ riders for the sold out Prairie State Classic show. We’ll post the schedule soon. Please come cheer us on!
Food Drive Ends!
Get your 5 food kits in by Saturday to support our neighbors in need through the Food Pantry of Waukesha County. Plus, you’ll be on an Olympic Team for the June 10 games!
Street Clean Up
Saturday, June 10 at 1:00 PM
Join the Knockouts to clean up Nagawicka and Oakwood Roads. It’s a great way to earn your service hours for the Knockouts, and to help keep the neighborhood beautiful.
Saturday, June 10 at 6:00 PM
Food Kit Donators, join us in the big outdoor ring for ‘games of skill’ to celebrate your help for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.
Midwest Charity Horse Show
The show horses are off to one of the biggest shows of the early season. They’ll travel to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield to meet some of the best competition in the country.
Knollwood Summer Show is Coming Up!
Entries close for the Knollwood Summer Show