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Knollwood Summer 2023 has been a ball, and it’s only July 5. Here are some of our favorite things about summer so far …

Summer Camps!

We’ve already had a pattern camp, 2 Tiny Tot camps, and 3 sessions of summer riding school, and we’re having a ball.

We’ve introduced new kids to horses, and hosted some of our current riders who wanted more ‘hands on’ time with the best lesson horses in the world.

We’ve enjoyed welcoming some out of state riders who come to camp every summer while they’re visiting family for the summer.



More Horse Time

With Knollwood Kids out of school for a bit, our horse kids are enjoying more time at the barn. They’re helping with camp and lessons, getting to spend time bathing and grooming after lessons, and hanging our with friends after lessons. Of course, there are always kittens to socialize, show horses to watch, and lessons to learn.



Summer Weather

The barn doors are open, the fans are moving the air, and we’re riding outside! Plus, bathing horses is much more enjoyable than blow drying!



Watching Animals ‘Enjoy’ the Heat

There’s nothing better than hanging out with melted kittens, and sitting with the kittens while they’re seeking shade in the lilac bushes.




The Arrival of Fiona

We recently welcomed a new faculty member to our staff, who we’re calling Fiona. Her original name was Hazel, but as you all know, we already have a Queen Hazel at Knollwood.

Horse Hazel became Fiona, and we love her already. She came from the same trainer that sold us the legendary Pumpkin, so we know great things lay ahead.



Watching Show Horses Work

It’s show season, and the show horses are in peak form after a long off season of conditioning and learning. There’s nothing better than watching Scott, Carol, and Lin work the beautiful show stars.



More Lessons

Summer is the perfect time to take extra lessons. With school out for a while, schedules are opened up, and it’s a great opportunity to intensify your riding education.



‘Melting’ Kittens

One of the joys of having kittens around is watching their sometimes dramatic behavior. We think that Emma and Margit have been educated by Richmond, as they’ve adopted his ‘melting’ pose which he perfected when a kitten.


Horse Shows!

We just returned from a fantastic weekend at the Oshkosh Charity Show where our show horses and academy riders had a successful outing. The academy classes were gigantic, and show horse competition was deep.


Next, everyone is off to Summerfun at Wisconsin State Fair Park for the ASAW Summerfun Horse Show. Most of the show horses are going, and we’ll have plenty of academy riders joining the fun as well.

The Knockouts are inviting members to come and watch the academy performance on Saturday morning  around 11:00 AM. Please join us for the show, and for the ice cream social immediately following. FYI, the Knockouts sponsor the social!

Upcoming shows include the IASPHA Summer and the Signature Show, both at Beyond Stable Farm.




Hazel’s Summer Schedule

During the winter, Hazel prefers to sleep in.

However, once camp season starts, she tries to get out of the house ASAP so she doesn’t miss a moment of time with the campers. She loves to spend the day at camp, even napping with the kids during lunch.

Can you tell, we LOVE Knollwood Summer!


What’s Coming Up?

ASAW Summer Fun Horse Show

July 13-16

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Join us for a big horse show. The Knockouts would love to see everyone there on Saturday at 11:00 to cheer on our academy stars. Stay for the Knockout sponsored ice cream social after the performance!


Knockout Car Wash and Brat Bash

July 23

Hartland Piggly Wiggly

Calling all Knockouts! We need many, many hands to make our fundraiser a success. Please sign up here to volunteer for a shift. You can also sign up in the school barn lounge.


IASPHA Summer Show

July 28-30

Beyond Stable Farm

Join us at this sold-out summer tradition. Great horses, great hospitality, AND we get to show in the beautiful covered outdoor ring!!


Mid America Signature Horse Show

August 3-5

Beyond Stable Farm

Another show in the beautiful outdoor arena! Academy classes are on Friday and Saturday morning. Please join us!


ASAW Summer Showcase Show

August 12-13

Ozaukee County Fairgrounds

Join us for our friendly, entry level show held in nearby Cedarburg! We’re introducing several riders to the show ring, so please come cheer them on! 



Knollwood Summer Show

August 18-20

3 days of horse showing!

Don’t miss the fun!

You can sign up to volunteer here. It takes everyone’s help to put on an event of this size.


World's Championship Horse Show

August 19-26

Louisville, Kentucky

Team Knollwood will be there with beautiful show horses and skilled equitation riders.





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





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