Posted by Ann Wilt

The World’s Championship Horse Show is in full swing, and all the Knollwood Kids are heading back to school. Before it fades to memory, let’s appreciate our 5 favorite things about Knollwood Summer, 2021.

 

Camps

Wow.

 From our Tiny Tot Camps to Classic Summer Riding School to our Show Prep and Pattern Camps, it can safely be said that a great time was had by all.

Our youngest riders were introduced to our superb beginner horses as they learned to care for and ride these gentle souls. Sparky, Pony Frank, and Nigel were the favorites of our tiniest riders.

Classic Camp was a complete sell-out, with plenty of of familiar faces joining us for another summer of fun. These camps included craft sessions with our friends from Soul Fire Art Studio, LOTS of riding, and a demonstration for parents to finish out the week.  Best of all? Many of our new campers have joined our program on an ongoing basis!

Show Prep and Pattern camps are often the start of a Knollwood Kid’s academy show career. We spent a week with kids prepping for the Knollwood Summer Show, and another week with riders prepping for their academy show debut at the ASAW Summer Showcase.

We also enjoyed two weeks of pattern camp for our academy riders.  These weeks are priceless as riders strengthen their friendships with their horses and barn buddies. Oh, and the campers ride. A LOT.

We enjoyed exploring the latest edition of the UPHA pattern book, working with Jelly on patterns, and practicing our showing skills.

And, we had a ton of fun playing games on horses, with horses, and with friends.

 

New this year was our Counselor Camp. Held the last week of Knollwood Summer, we invited our camp counselors to enjoy a week just for them. We’re hoping to make this an annual tradition.

 

We couldn’t possibly have a successful camp program without the amazing Knollwood Kids who serve as helpers and counselors to our riders.  Helpers dig right in and teach new riders grooming and tacking, and serve as personal assistants in the arena as well.

Counselors assist the instructor, teach classroom sessions, and oversee the barn chores, too.

We are beyond grateful for these terrific kids who make it all happen.

 

 

Friends

Summer is a time to enjoy your barn besties, and to meet new horse kids. There’s nothing like bonding during helper rides, while you’re pulling down sides in the little outdoor, or enjoying popsicles after a day of camp helping.

Barn friends are there when school is tough, when you need some support, or when you want to talk about, what else, horses.

 

KF Summer Show

Our July academy show was a record-breaker, and we had a blast. We enjoyed perfect weather in two arenas, the Knockouts raised some funds from the concession stand and events, and the personal assistants made sure the show went off without a hitch.

It looks like our October show is going to be even bigger!

 

Horse Shows

Nothing says summer like traveling to horse shows.

We’ve been all over Wisconsin, Illinois, and the show horses are currently in Kentucky.

What could be better than hanging out with your horse friends, cheering each other on, hanging out in hotel pools, and well, just being in the horse show world? We don’t think there’s anything better!

 

 

Horses!

Horses are certainly the backbone of all lesson programs, but we stand behind our statement that we have the best lesson horses in the world.

From the smallest, most apprehensive Tiny Tot rider to the world champion riders that we produce, we have the perfect lesson horses.

While the patient-beyond-belief beginner lesson horses are teaching tiny tot and beginner camps, our starter academy show horses are teaching our newer academy riders their patterns, and our advanced and show barn lesson horses are keeping our 'A' level show riders progressing in their riding educations. 

 

 

 

 

What’s Coming Up?

 

Entries for the Knollwood Fall show are due on Wednesday, September 1.

The show is October 8 and 9

with backup rain plans of October 15 and 16.

 

Knockouts Street Clean Up

Saturday, October 1

1:00 PM

Knollwood Fall Show

Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9

 

 

Holiday Photo Shoots

November 21 and 28

11:00 AM both days

 

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