We have a saying around Knollwood that there's never a dull moment. With plenty of lesson horses, plenty of show horses, kids and adult riders, you never know what will be happening.
Throw in the cats and dogs and some pretty chilly weather, and normal becomes nothing but a cycle on a washing machine.
Join us for an update of the week, and some information about all the excitement coming to Knollwood in the upcoming weeks.
Richmond Adopts A Bar Stool
You heard that right.
A leather covered stool appeared in the school barn lounge, and we all think that Richmond has been busy on FB Marketplace. After making sure it was positioned right in front of the heating vent, it has become his home base. So, don’t be shocked if you see a cat looking like he’d like to order a drink from whoever is behind the counter.
A Change of Leadership on Tuesdays
After a six year run, the ultimate Tuesday helper team has grown up and disbanded. For now.
Emma, Heather, and Margit have been helpers on Tuesday nights since they were wee Knollwood Kids. They’ve learned how to work and have lots of fun in the process, learned how to interact with customers of all ages, learned how to take care of the best lesson horses in the world in all kinds of weather, and have become invaluable leaders in the process.
They’re mentors to current young riders, are active in Knockout leadership, and were instrumental in reshaping the roles of helpers during the crazy Covid days.
Oh, and they ride the hair off their horses.
While their high school and pre-college activities may disband the dream team for the moment, they’ve passed on their wisdom and sense of humor to Cecilia, the newest Tuesday leader. Cece and her young team look forward to following in the footsteps of Emma’s organization, Heather’s communication, and Margit’s unique sense of humor. We know they won’t miss a beat.
This is so exciting.
Finn finished up her Junior Exhibitor career last season with a Reserve World’s Grand Championship in Equitation, and Top 10 finishes in all three of the national equitation finals.
This season, you’ll see Finn showing Riverdreams Masquerade in the 5 gaited division. The Coopers purchased this beautiful mare from Kay Marschel at the American Royal with Lauren Burin acting as her agent.
Now studying at the University of Michigan, Finn and mom Liesl made a Knollwood trip last weekend. Finn and Jade commanded everyone’s attention during their lesson, and we couldn’t tell who was having the most fun, Finn, Jade, or Scott.
We can hardly wait to watch this talented team hit the ring in 2022.
What’s Coming Up?
Our in-house customer camp scheduling ends on Sunday, January 30. Be sure to catch up with your instructor, or give us a call if you’d like to purchase camp before session dates are opened to the public.
All of our academy show dates are up on our website under ‘Calendar of Events.’
The Knollwood show dates are there as well!
New for this year, we’re running pattern classes and Knollwood Challenge qualifiers on Friday evening, to lighten up the Saturday schedule.
Spring Show is May 13-15
Summer Show is August 19-21
Fall Show is October 7-9
New for 2022, we’ve added a clothing requirement page complete with links to our website. You can just click on 'riding equipment' on the banner at the top of the home page. Please talk to your instructor with any questions you may have.
In-House Consignment Sale
Saturday, February 5
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Academy show riders, please join us in the show barn lounge on Saturday, February 5.
Please have your clean donations tagged with your name and price of items to Lisa by February 2.
We’ll have experienced academy moms at the sale to help riders put together the perfect outfit for the upcoming season. Plus, Jodi will be there with all her accessories including her wonderful ties.
Virtual Knockout Banquet
Saturday, February 19
Get ready for the festivities!
You can watch from home, or bid for a seat in the arena. Our seat auction runs through 2/13 with a minimum bid of $35, and all proceeds go to the Knockouts. Seats will also include a swag bag.
Did someone say Swag Bag? You can order yours the next time you’re in the school barn. They include treats and a School Horse of the Year 2022 magnet!
Academy Season Kick Off and Demo Night
Saturday, February 26
All new academy riders and parents are asked to join us for an evening of information and demonstrations for the upcoming show season.
We'll have experienced academy stars dressed for the occasion, and their parents who will be happy to answer any and all questions about showing.
Please sign up in the school barn lounge so we know how to plan our refreshments!
Patchwork Pony Road Show
Saturday, March 12
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Holiday Garden Inn
on Pabst Road in Oconomowoc
The Patchwork Pony Road Show is stopping in our neighborhood with their huge assortment of academy clothes. Our own equitation super mom Sue will be there in the morning to help our riders select their outfits for the upcoming show season.