Posted by Ann Wilt

Summerfun Is Simply The Best.

 

 

With 45 stalls at the show, Team Knollwood had the chance to experience both show horse and academy divisions at their finest. 

Classes were full and deep with talent, and we’d love to share some of our favorite stories.

 

While all of our show horses and riders enjoyed the show there are several who stood out over the course of the show.

 

Bella and Garfield are becoming the team to beat. 

The country pleasure division is a deep one, and these two are coming together in the ring at the perfect time.

Their classes at Summerfun looked effortless, and we honestly couldn't tell who was having more fun, Bella or Garfield.

 

We"re excited to have college girl Payton back from the University of Michigan for the summer. 

She showed Susan’s accomplished star Geronimo at the show, and got some nice ribbons. 

 

 

Gabby and Charlie remain undefeated in Junior Exhibitor 5 Gaited Show Pleasure this season. 

Charlie LOVES his job, and LOVES Gabby, so they’re a joy to watch.

 

 

Our Colorado contingent was here for the weekend, and what a show they had. 

 

 

Finn and Leila won both their qualifier and championship while Payton and Dos won the Good Hands qualifier as well as their age group.

 

 

 

On Saturday evening, we were proud to celebrate with Knollwood’s own Jordan as she received an ASAW Scholarship.

 

 

Jordan has grown up a Knollwood Kid, having made her way through the academy division before she moved on to the show horse world.

Jordan is currently enjoying this season showing the one and only CH Freaky Links in the Show Pleasure division.

In addition to riding, Jordan has been very involved in all things Knollwood.

She’s been a helper since she was 11, she’s been a camp counselor, President of the Knockouts, and a Tiny Tot instructor.

We don’t know what we’ll do without her as she heads off to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall!

 

Academy Excellence

Knollwood was well represented in the academy division with 18 riders across age groups and divisions. Our riders really enjoyed the new schedule which had show horse classes starting at 9 AM before the academy session started at 11 AM.

 

 

It takes an army to prep all these horses and riders, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our fabulous show barn mentors and a couple of wonderful adults. Great thanks to Finn, Heather, Laney, Payton D. Payton H, Jeni, and Laura for the expert care of our horses and riders. It also took five  stylists to get all the buns in place, so thanks to Sue, Laura, Abby, Jen and Lisa for their assistance!

We want to especially thank Sammy Jo from Lance Hayes Stables who stepped in and lent us a really nice academy horse after one of ours suffered a significant eye injury.

Sammy cleared her schedule so Erika could get three lessons in on Jack before she showed him, and it was time well spent as the new team won both their equitation qualifier and their championship.

We are proud to call Sammy a friend.

 

 

The academy classes themselves were exciting and deep.

The walk trot and canter equitation championship had to be split into a junior and senior division as there were 22 entries for the final.

 

Judge Lightner presided over the academy division, and tested riders in the championships with appropriate, challenging patterns. We thank him and show manager Vicky for individually working the top riders in each division.

We’re proud of all of our 18 riders who rode so well on Saturday. Riders are at different stages of their education, and they all rode above expectations.

 

We won a few classes, so special shout outs to Maddie who showed Panic for the first time, and was the 13 and under WTC champion, Erika and her fancy ‘loaner’ horse Jack who won the 14-17 WTC championship and to Lily T. who finished as reserve champion in the 11 and over WT championship.

Our youngest riders enjoyed pattern camp the week before Summerfun.  They spent their days playing 'cover up' with Forest and perfecting their work in the ring, and their efforts paid off at the show. Mia and Maiya traded first and second places in the 9-10 year old walk and trot division while Amelia enjoyed great success in the 8 and under classes.

 

What’s Next?

Entries are due July 25 for the Knollwood summer show on August 24 and 25.   If you can’t make the show, but would like to purchase a show shirt, you can order one for only $15 by July 25.

 

Parents’ Night Out is coming up this Saturday, and you won’t want to miss it. For only $10, you can enjoy a sub dinner and fun with your barn friends while you hang out with the Knockout officers and board members.

 

The academy horses are off to Roscoe next weekend for the Mid America Signature Show.  Held in the HUGE outdoor ring, the show is an exhibitor favorite. Team Knollwood will be well represented, and it’s the perfect place to watch a show. Please join us!

 

The Knockouts are looking forward to a couple of big fundraisers, and would love everyone to help out.

 

We’re running a car wash and brat sale at the Hartland Piggly Wiggly on Sunday, August 4. 

You can sign up here, or on the sheets in the school barn lounge.

 

The following weekend, the Knockouts are running the ASAW Summer Showcase at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds.  We’re looking for assistance with the concession stand, set up and take down, and many miscellaneous tasks.

You can sign up here.

 

 

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