Posted by Ann Wilt

Some people think we’re crazy, always traveling to horse shows and maintaining lessons and events at home. 

We may be a little crazy, but mostly we like to have fun and adventures. 

We’ve been really good at it lately!

 

 

 

Last weekend was a winner at home and at Mane Event.

Our show horses were competing at the Mane Event show in Springfield, and what a show they had.

Gabby and Charlie did it again, unanimously winning the gaited show pleasure qualifier and championship for junior exhibitors.  This team is such a blast to watch.

Richie and Tink along with Bella and Garfield were stars in the junior exhibitor country pleasure division, and even finished second and third in the championship.

Linda and Warheart were stars in the 5 gaited country pleasure division, finishing second in their qualifier and coming back to win the championship on Sunday.

Our equitation riders rode fabulously, and Richie and Finn made the cut in the Good Hands national final.  Laney and Payton turned in fabulous rides in the Jackpot class with Laney finishing reserve champ and young Payton finishing a strong 5th.

 

The best part of Mane Event was the fun. 

 

 

Knollwood Kids are always finding things to celebrate, and this weekend was no exception.

Laney turned 16, and a grand party was held, which only led to more jumping around and goofing off. We certainly know how to enjoy those special moments.

 

 

 

 

Did someone say party?

Halloween on Horseback was a hit last Friday night at Knollwood.  A dozen costumed horses and riders entered the ring for fun and games.  Some of our favorites were Tess and the Pony as Shrek and Donkey, Mark as a princess and Samara as a toad, and Duke as a knight with Brooklyn as a princess.  Klem enjoyed his first party, and thought he looked fabulous with Lyla, both sporting blinking pumpkin lights.

 

Believe it or not, he liked the games even better, and was especially fond of musical towels.

 

 

 IASPHA Fall, Here We Come!

This weekend, 13 horses are headed to Gurnee for the final academy show of the season.  We’re looking forward to a great show with our friends from IASPHA.  The show sold out before entries were due, and classes are HUGE.  All of the academy classes are 10 or bigger, and our riders can hardly wait to play in traffic, just like they do in their group lessons.

 

Some of our newest show riders are making the trip for the ‘green’ division, and some of our most seasoned stars will be rocking it as well.

 

Saturday night features class 1313, the costume class.  Great thanks to Jules’ Mom for organizing our entry, starring Klem as a zoo keeper.  And yes, he WILL be sporting a custom made costume.

Please come join us at the show. It’s a short drive, and it’s going to be a great weekend!

 

 Order Your Fall Woodwear! 

We’re now taking orders for our new line of Woodwear. We’re offering tees, quarter zips, helmet bags, and fun hats with pom poms.  Size samples are available in the school barn lounge, and pre-paid orders are due Sunday, November 10 to ensure holiday delivery.

 

 

 Knollwood Fall is Almost Here!

 

The grand finale is coming up fast! The Fall Knollwood Show will be held on November 9 and 10, and we can hardly wait.  It features the finals of the 2019 Knollwood Challenge, and it’s a big show.

We’re still looking for donations to our helper gift baskets, and for some help at the concession stand, especially on Sunday.  You can sign up here for the stand.

We’re excited to welcome Kelsey Nicole Farnham as our judge for the weekend. Kelsey grew up a Knollwood Kid, and achieved great success in the equitation world, winning numerous finals and the World’s Grand Championship of Saddle Seat Equitation.  

We can't wait  to celebrate the progress of all of our riders.

 

 Here Comes the Royal!

 

While we’re enjoying the in-barn show, our show barn crew will be prepping horses in Kansas City for the UPHA  American Royal National Championship Horse Show.   The last show of the 2019 campaign, the Royal features national championships in many divisions, as well as the last of the equitation finals.

Our horses and riders will be competing in many divisions for national titles.

Knollwood’s Equitation Kids will be competing in both the UPHA Challenge Cup National Finals and the USEF Medal Final.  Look for Finn, Heather, Laney, Payton, and Richie to be riding their hearts out at their last show of the season.  

             

The show will be webcast for a fee, and we’ll update with information as soon as it’s available.

 

 

 Fall Fest at Knollwood!

 

The Knockouts are holding their first ever Harvest Day celebration on Saturday, November 16.  All Knollwood riders and their friends and families are invited to join the celebration from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Admission is 2 food kits for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, and visitors can enjoy pumpkin carving and painting, bobbing for apples, and pictures with horses.

 

The Knockout officers have designed a challenging relay race, and you can sign up a team before Harvest Day in the school barn lounge.  The entry fee for these 2 or 3 people teams is another food kit.  Join the fun in the arena at 6:00 PM for the race start.

 

We hope to see you at all of these events!  You won’t want to miss any of them!

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