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Team Knollwood is back from a wonderful Midwest Charity Horse Show in Springfield, Illinois. The show has struggled in a temporary arena for the past few years, but the Coliseum of Champions is now better than ever.

Midwest is back!

Of course, we have stories to share.



Competition and the weather were hot, hot, hot.

Our riders rose to the occasion and had a fantastic show.




Finn and Leila won both their USEF Medal qualifier and the Senior Equitation Championship. 

Heather won her age group, and was second to Finn in the Medal class.



In her first season competing in the senior division, Payton won the UPHA Senior Challenge Cup qualifier, and finished a strong 4th in the Senior championship.


The Equitation star of the show was our own Laney.

No one works as hard as Laney, and she has just about lived on a horse during the off season. She and Aaron have become quite a team, and all her work paid off at Midwest.

The Pleasure Equitation division was big and deep, and Laney ruled it. She and Aaron won the Pleasure Challenge Cup qualifier, the Pleasure Equitation Medallion qualifier, and the Pleasure Equitation Championship with 11 hard-riding competitors.


Congratulations to Laney!!




Richie was a very busy young man at Midwest.

He and Sophie showed off their hard work as well, winning their age group, the Good Hands qualifier, and finishing second in the Junior Equitation Championship.


Richie and Fergie were second in both their qualifier and championship in the 13 and under Show Pleasure division.  He and this quirky mare have reached some sort of agreement, and it’s working!


Richie also had the privilege of showing a road pony both driving and under saddle. He and Regal’s Overnight Success, owned and trained by Rick Wallen, make a great team. We can’t tell if Richie or the pony is having more fun.




Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make Midwest come back!



What's Next?



The show horses will be home for a bit until the ASAW Summerfun Horse Show.  Held at Wisconsin State Fair Park July 8-11, we consider this our ‘home show,’ and we compete with lots of horses.


In addition to the show horses, Summerfun hosts a huge academy performance on Saturday afternoon with some of the most accomplished academy riders from around the Midwest.

Please join us at the show!



While some horses are competing at State Fair Park, another set of show horses will be making their way to Lexington, Kentucky for the prestigious Lexington Junior League Horse Show.  Carol will leave with the horses, and Scott will catch up with her in Kentucky as soon as Summerfun is a wrap.


The Knollwood Summer show is coming up fast on July 17-18, and we have some updates to share.



New for the summer show, we have set times for the walk trot divisions on Sunday

Leadline will start at 9:00 AM, or at noon if rain forces us inside.

Maiden classes will start at 10:30, or at 1:30 PM if weather dictates.

Traditional walk trot classes will start at 12:30 PM, or at 3:30 PM if we have to move indoors.

We ask that all riders be at the show dressed and ready to go 30 minutes before the start time of their competition.


Sign up sheets are posted for gift baskets.  Please consider donating an item or two to help the Knollwood Knockouts in their fundraising.

Opportunities will be posted soon for the concession stand, show set up, and other activities to help.


The horse assignment ‘wall’ is now up, so riders can see who they’re showing.




The Knockouts are looking forward to their annual day at the Hartland Piggly Wiggly. On Sunday, August 8, they’ll man the brat shack and wash cars to raise funds for the club. Please save the date so you can help us and have fun at the same time.




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



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