IASPHA Shows are the best!
We returned from a beautiful weekend at Beyond Stable Farm where we competed with 12 academy riders, 2 ‘B’ riders, and 6 show horses with Carol and Lin.
What can we say? The facility is beautiful, clean, and the ventilation is beyond belief. The show management is a bunch of friendly efficiency experts, so the show runs seamlessly.
The food. There’s free food for exhibitors at the evening performances, a really good food truck during the day, and new this year, they added an ICE CREAM TRUCK!
Lily and Fergie's Smashing Debut
Lily K made her show horse debut this weekend with Fergie. Officially known as Impressive Asset, Fergie is a real personality, and likes to Go Go Go. Showing in the popular single bit division, Lily had a very impressive ride in her qualifier on Friday night, and even earned a 6th place ribbon.
Lily came back in her championship after making some adjustments, and finished the champion at her first show with Fergie. We could not be more thrilled for Lily and her family.
Hanna and Frito Make Their Mark
Hanna A also got to show this weekend, and got to ride Frito, one of Scott and Carol’s young horses. Registered as ‘Go Fund Me,’ Frito is a really good guy learning how to be a grown up. He and Hanna made some adjustments after their first class, and finished Reserve Champions in the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure championship.
Hanna was also our hair stylist with assistance from Karina and Nicole, and Hanna was also working for National Horseman taking pics. She’s a busy lady!
Adult Academy Classes
Often overlooked at academy shows, IASPHA offers separate qualifiers and championships for grown-up academy riders. Their forward thinking led to really healthy adult classes of 9 riders, and four of them represented Knollwood.
Fully half of our walk, trot, and canter academy riders were 'grown-ups!'
Adventures of the Saturday Helpers
If the barn felt a little different last Saturday, it was because all of the World Famous Saturday Helpers were showing at IASPHA!
These horse girls have been friends for over 6 years, and they’ve never had a horse show weekend together. Of course, the Walk trot and canter riders helped and walk and trot riders on Sunday, and walk trotters helped the more experienced riders on Saturday.
They made the show a lot easier for us, as they helped the whole weekend, too!
Taylor has been part of the Saturday team, but was never really sure if showing was for her. She took the plunge at IASPHA, and competed in the Green division, for riders competing in their first year.
She and Eddie were smooth as can be, and even finished reserve champions of the division at her first show. Many of the riders at the show have been showing since the spring, so it was quite a feat.
Congratulations to Taylor!
Nacho, Just Superman Nacho
Nacho is making a name for himself.
Another of Scott and Carol’s young horses, Nacho is being groomed to be a lesson horse extraordinaire. He has some big shoes to fill, and he’s learning his lessons so well.
At IASPHA, he showed in the Single Bit division with Mary and finished second in his qualifier. Later that evening, he wore his double bridle and helped Amelia qualify for the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion Final in St Louis.
On Saturday, Nacho and Mia were undefeated in the walk trot and canter academy division. Nacho looked like he was having the time of his life.
After a rest, Nacho showed in the Single Bit Championship and finished 5th.
Sunday, Super Nacho finished in the walk and trot academy division with Maddie and made quite an impact.
He’s going to be a great one!
What’s Coming Up?
ASAW Summer Showcase
Ozaukee County Fairgrounds
Team Knollwood is traveling with 14 riders, including 10 rockstars making their show ring debuts at the show. Our new riders will be showing Sunday afternoon, and it’s worth the trip to come watch.
If you’re interested in helping with set up or show help, please talk to Nancy.
The World's Championship Horse Show
The Big Dance is almost here, and Knollwood will be there on the green shavings of Freedom Hall.
We'll post updates, and you can also buy the live feed from Richfield if you'd like to watch lots of horse show. We'll post the link later!
Knollwood Summer Show
It’s almost here!
100 riders strong, this is going to be the event of the summer!
Please make sure your Knockout membership is up to date, so we’ll collect your points.
There’s still time to bid on the luxury suite, and to sign up here to help with show operations.
We can hardly wait!
Saturday, February 18
The Legend at Brandybrook
Yes, it’s happening in person. We moved locations as Bristlecone will be undergoing renovations at our usual banquet time. We’ll have everything you loved about the earlier banquets, and the food will be just as delicious.
Be sure to save the date!