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Team Knollwood returned from the Monarch Series Championship Horse Show on Sunday, and we have PLENTY of stories to share!

Our equitation riders were rock stars, winning a number of National titles.

The 13 and under riders dominated the junior divisions of the Pleasure Equitation Olympics, and the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup.

Shaye showed Teddy beautifully to earn national titles in both events, and Brooklyn and Gamora were reserve national champs in both events. Knollwood took all three medals in the Olympic event, with Maddie and Eva earning the bronze.


Our senior division riders were standouts, too.

 Maiya and Riddle had a great show in the senior division of the finals. They earned the silver medal in the Olympics for riders 14-17, and are national champions of the UPHA Pleasure Equitation Challenge Cup for senior riders.

In their first ever equitation finals, Natalie and Mariah made the top 10 in both national championships!!


In addition to the pleasure equitation riders, Mia and Thaylee showed in equitation for the first time, and earned great ribbons. Mia and sometimes sassy Thaylee even completed their first pattern at a show, and earned a third place finish in the championship!

Jane and Fergie just keep having fun and winning top ribbons. At Monarch, these two ladies won both their qualifier and championship.

Alexa and Joe are a team to beat. They won their qualifier, (in a borrowed suit, ask her about it…) and finished third in the championship in her own suit.


And then there’s superman Nacho.

He and Kim won their Monarch single bit qualifier, and were reserve in the championship.

Super Nacho then showed in the academy division with Samara, and the team won their equitation qualifier of 15 riders.

For those in the back, Nacho is a rock star.



What’s Coming Up?

Knollwood Entries Due Friday!



Wisconsin Futurity Horse Show

New Holland Pavilion in Madison

September 13-16

Come see some beautiful show horses, and young horses, too.



Knockout Movie Night

Saturday, September 23 at 6:00 PM

Come join the Knockouts to watch ‘Racing Stripes.’

It’s a free event, and the Knockouts are providing movie snacks.

Please sign up in the school barn lounge.


St. Louis Charity Horse Show

September 27-30

National Equestrian Center, St. Louis, MO

Finals season continues, with the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion final, and the ASHBA Pleasure Equitation National Championship.

The show also features National Championships in the Hunt Seat Division, and the Western division.

We’ll update with livestreaming info soon.



Mane Event Horse Show

October 11-13

Illinois State Fairgrounds

Springfield, Illinois

Home to the first of the ‘Big Three’ finals, Mane Event is always a highly competitive show.

Equitation riders from all over the country will be there to compete in the Good Hands Final, and oldest of all the finals. It’s for all riders 17 and under who have finished first or second in a qualifying class during the season.

In addition to the Good Hands, Mane Event draws terrific horses and ponies in possibly the most beautiful horse show venue in the country.



Knollwood Fall Show

October 13-15

It’s going to be a great season finale!

In addition to the traditional classes on Saturday, we’ll finish the performance with the finals of the Knollwood Challenge in both the walk trot and walk trot canter divisions.

Judge Kelsey Farnham will preside over all three days of showing. We’re thrilled to have Kelsey’s expertise as a lifetime Knollwood Kid, and a former World’s Grand Champion of Saddle Seat Equitation. (That’s in addition to many, many national finals.)

She’s an equitation guru.





Don’t forget to sign up for gift basket donations which are posted in the school barn lounge, and to work in the concession stand here.

We’re also offering class sponsorships for only $25. It’s a great way to honor a horse, a friend, an instructor, or anything, really.




Street Clean Up

Saturday, October 21

1:00 PM

It’s your last chance to earn Knockout service hours. Remember, that you need two hours of club service to be eligible for year end awards at the banquet.

Plus, it’s fun and makes our neighborhood look better! We’ll clean up Oakwood and Nagawicka Roads for the fall, and meet back at the farm.




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







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