All of Team Knollwood is home after a very successful Mane Event horse show.
Our equitation riders shone in the deepest competition in the country.
Four of our riders made the first cut in the Good Hands final, the first of the ‘Big Three’ finals comprising the coveted Triple Crown of Equitation. Finn and Heather battled into the top 10, with Finn finishing a strong third, and Heather a fantastic 7th.
Not to be outdone by the Knollwood Kids, Allison returned to the equitation division after a highly successful juvenile career there, and won the Adult Good Hands Final on Ava.
Proving that equitation is the base for a successful riding career, Allison also showed her Mom Kim’s new horse Joe in Show Pleasure and finished a strong third in the championship after finishing second in their qualifier.
Kim and Allison enjoyed a ‘Mother Daughter’ weekend, with Kim showing Maddie in the Open English Pleasure division. Is there a better way to spend a weekend?
Margit and Charlie keep marching on together in this, their first season together. Winning both their qualifier and championship unanimously, you can see the value of all those academy shows in Margit’s riding education. She can find her way around the ring like a pro.
Payton and Rescue Riddle added another chapter to their Cinderella story by winning their USEF Medal qualifier at Mane Event. From the kill pen to most beautiful show ring in the country is a tribute to the Duerrs who took a chance on him, and to everyone who helped him get here. Thank you for saving this great soul.
The show horses are now prepping for the UPHA National Championship American Royal in Kansas City on November 9 – 13. The Royal is home to many national championships as well as the last of the Big Three finals that make up the Triple Crown, the UPHA Challenge Cup National Finals, and the biggie, the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final.
What’s coming up?
IASPHA Fall Show
Academy horses are off to Beyond Stable Farm this weekend for the IASPHA Fall Show. It’s a new location for this show, and we’re looking forward to enjoying the hospitality of Amy and staff.
And, the show is a sell out!!
Riders joining us, don’t forget to turn in your Covid release forms by Thursday evening if you’d like us to have your wristband waiting for you.
Embroidered size samples have arrived for the fashion ‘must have’ of the season, the purple ¼ zip pullover. Available in youth and misses sizes, it’s perfect for gift giving.
We’re also offering our classic embroidered Knollwood jacket in misses sizes, with an update for 2020. The latest version of the jackets will now say #Knollwoodstrong down the left sleeve.
We can also order these in mens sizes if requested!
We’re also ordering really warm vests in misses sizes, and the fashion accessory of 2020, Knollwood Face Masks!
Please place and pay for your order by November 10 to ensure holiday delivery.
Knollwood Challenge Final 2020
Friday, November 13 at 6:00
While the most accomplished equitation stars are battling it out at the American Royal, our stars of the show ring will be competing at home in the 2020 finals of the Knollwood Challenge.
Because of the current Covid climate, we’re limiting the event to riders and their parents. If there’s enough interest, we’ll FB live broadcast the event.
Academy Showing Information Session
Saturday, November 14 at 7:00
We’ve been hearing so much interest in academy showing next season that we’ve decided to get together for an early information session. This preliminary meeting will present an overview of the process, including different levels of shows, clothing requirements, what if offers for riders’ developments, and basically, why we believe in it so strongly. And, we have a whole lot of fun!
If you think you might be interested, please talk to your instructor to see if this might be for you and your rider. RSVP’s are due by November 10.
Holly Jolly Academy Show
December 5 – 6
The academy team is returning to Beyond Stable Farm in Woodstock for UPHA’s Holly Jolly Show. We’ve never shown in December before, and we’re looking forward to another new 2020 experience!
The facility is expecting another sell out, so please get your entries in soon to make sure we can get enough stalls.
It’s never too early to think about the perfect gifts for the horse person in your life!
We’ll publish a blog soon with links to our favorite equipment for Knollwood Kids of all ages.
Please talk to Ann by December 1 if you’d like her to order stirrups for your rider.
See you soon at the barn, or at the in-gate!