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Team Knollwood is all at home this week after a memorable Wisconsin Futurity last week. With everything from beautiful show horses to a busy academy performance, a good time was had by all, and we have stories to share. Here are a few of our favorites!



Lily and Fergie Make Their Mark.

In her first year out of academy, Lily is quickly becoming a team with the one and only Fergie. Officially known as Impressive Asset, this expressive mare is known for her strong opinions and her athletic ability.

Lily is figuring out how to control Fergie’s enthusiasm and athleticism. This energetic duo excelled in the single bit division, winning both their qualifier and their championship.

Lily and Fergie were a sight to be seen.


Jane and Willis Rock Adult Country Pleasure

Jane and Willis had a fabulous show at Futurity.  Beautiful Willis, officially known as Garden of Roses, enjoyed the show almost as much as Jane did.

He thrives on all the extra attention that horse shows bring, and loves to hug everyone who comes into his stall.

He was feeling especially energetic and aware in his championship class, and made quite a performance.

Jane and Willis won both their  qualifier and championship at the show.

Willis even worked at the academy performance on Saturday afternoon after his Country Pleasure duties were complete. More about that later.


Tori and Stella’s Mutual Admiration Society

Tori and her beautiful new mare Stella have become a real team in record time. Registered as Stella’s Stilettos, this striking bay mare loves every minute she spends with Tori, and brilliant Tori is learning many, many things about the mind of a show horse.

After just a few shows, these two have been showing together for much longer. They’re a joy to watch, and were stars at Futurity, winning both their qualifier and championship!


The Academy Team Brought Their Game

Twelve Knollwood academy riders made the trip to Madison, and made a strong show. Each of our riders showed to the top of their experience level, and learned many, many things.

All the classes were big and deep, with seasoned academy competitors working the ring for the three judges.

We’re so proud of all of our riders!


What’s Coming Up?

Photo Shoots with Hanna

Sunday, September 25

Hanna will be at the farm on Sunday the 25th for photo shoots with you and your favorite horse. She can also do family photos, or other shots.

There are a few spots left, and you can sign up here.


St. Louis National Horse Show

September 28 – October 1

St. Louis, MO

Team Knollwood will be making the trip with big numbers. The show hosts two pleasure equitation finals, the ASHBA National Championship of Pleasure Equitation, and the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion Finals.

The facility is beautiful, the management is fabulous, and the hospitality can’t be beat. Everyone wants to go to St. Louis, and Knollwood has many competitors joining the adventure.

We’ll update with webcast and schedule info soon.


Knollwood Fall Show

October 7-9

It’s coming up fast!

Horse assignments are done, and we’re just waiting for show shirts.

Here are a few reminders:

ALL pattern classes will be held Friday night, October 7. The performance starts inside at 6:00 PM.

Walk Trot and Canter classes as well as walk trot classes for riders 11 and up, and our academy walk trotters will be held on Saturday. The performance starts at 10:00 AM in the big outdoor ring.

Leadliners, maiden riders, and 10 and under walk trot riders will show in the little outdoor ring on Sunday. The performance will begin at 9:00 AM.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the Saturday and Sunday classes will move to the following weekend, October 15 and 16. We can move the show indoors that weekend should the weather decide to not help us two weekends in a row.

Patterns will go on inside Friday the 7th rain or shine.


It takes a lot of volunteers to run a three-day show with more than 100 riders. We’d love your help with the concession stand, show set-up or teardown, or with donating food items to the show. We also have a few items needed for gift baskets, and you can check those out on the tackroom door in the school barn.

Remember, all Knockout members must volunteer at least two service hours to be eligible for an end of the year award at the banquet!

You can sign up to help here.


We also have two special items:

You can bid to ride in a special pattern class.

You and two friends can bid to give Scott a lesson. He’s really looking forward to being taught by Knollwood Kids, so bid soon!


Parents’ Academy Meeting

Friday, October 14

6:00 PM

Parents, join us as we host a preliminary meeting about the 2023 season. We’ll start at the beginning, talking about what academy showing entails, what it can do for the rider in your house, and why we love it so much.

We’ll host a kid-friendly meeting with demonstrations later in the fall.

Parents, please talk to your instructor with any questions you may have. You can sign up in the school barn lounge so we’ll have enough packets ready for everyone.




IASPHA Fall Show

October 22-23

The academy team is off to Beyond Stable Farm for the last IASPHA show of the season. We have many, many riders joining us, with many of our newest stars showing for the second time after making their debut at Showcase.


Street Clean-Up

Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 PM

Join your fellow Knockouts as they clean up Oakwood and Nagawicka Roads for Fall. It’s a wonderful way to meet more horse loving friends, and to fulfill your club service hours.



Woodwear for Gift Giving!

We’re ordering our classic jacket in misses sizes, and quarter zips in both youth and misses sizes. Order blanks and size samples are available in the school barn lounge.

Orders will close the weekend of the Knollwood show.


Jellybean Jods are Back!

They’re making the fun jods in a heavier weight black fabric for winter. They’ll feature the same tan suede knee patches and embroidery, and will come standard with one cell pocket.

Orders will close October 15.




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





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