Posted by Ann Wilt

It’s hard to believe we’re on our last week of Classic Camp, and that our last Tiny Tot camp is coming up next week.

 

Where does the time go?

We’ve been having a ball traveling to horse shows, teaching lessons and summer riding school, and enjoying everything about Knollwood Summer 2021.

 

It’s catch up time!

 

 

Last weekend, both our academy and show teams traveled to Roscoe, Illinois for the Mid-America Horse Show Association’s Signature Show. Held outside in a beautiful arena with shady seating overlooking the ring, the show has an ‘old timey’ feel.

Team Knollwood enjoyed a lot of learning last weekend. Our show riders gained valuable experience at this pretty relaxed show. Many of our academy riders ‘rode up’ on horses new to them and learned many, many lessons along the way.

Highlights of the weekend?

Hanna returned to the show ring aboard Riddle for the first time in three years, competing in the Good Hands qualifier and the championship. On the academy side, Amelia really started getting the hang of Murphy, and got better and better with every ride.

 

Oh, and Sport.

He really got into the summer horse show thing. He wore Carol's hat and became addicted to popsicles while living the dream in the academy division while also serving as Payton's steed in the Good Hands qualifier.

He's one in a million.

 

 

 

 

This weekend, we’re off to the IASPHA Summer Show at Beyond Stable Farm in Woodstock, Illinois. We’ll be the first show to compete in the new covered outdoor arena. With the sides open to let the breezes flow and the roof to keep the sun off the horses and riders, it promises to be a fantastic horse show weekend.

You can see all the entries here.

On the show side, Jane and Maddie will be showing in the pleasure divisions and Lily will be showing Tucker in equitation.

We’re traveling with a full academy crew with a little bit of everything. We have adults, and kids on Saturday, and even a first time show rider.

On Sunday, we have Cecilia and Sophia making their show ring debuts, Stella showing for the third time, and two of our experienced stars as well.

It’s just a short drive to the show, and we’d love an audience to cheer us on!

 

 

What’s Coming Up?

 

The Knockouts are busy!

The officers and board members are hosting one of their popular 'Parents Night Out' events on Saturday, August 7. From 5:00 until 8:00 PM, Knockout members will play games, eat dinner, and make signs for the car wash happening the next day.

Best of all, this fun activity is only $25 to be paid at sign up.

If you're not yet a Knockout, you can oin in the school barn and participate in all the fun club activities. Annual dues are only $5 for kids, and $10 for adults.

They’re hosting their annual car wash and brat bash at the Hartland Piggly Wiggly on Sunday, August 8. By now, all the Knockouts have received phone calls to sign up for a shift at the fun event. Please be sure to volunteer for a shift or two to help our club raise funds for all the activities it provides. These fundraisers also make the annual banquet possible.

Whether you’d like to wash cars or work in the shack, please sign up for your shift the next time you’re at the barn.  Parents are of course welcome, too!

 

 

The following weekend, the Knockouts are joining with the American Saddlebred Horse Association to host the Summer Showcase Horse Show at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds.

Primarily an academy show, this outdoor event hosts a number of ‘B’ classes as well over the two day run.

The show is a starting point for many of our riders. This year, Team Knollwood is bringing 10 riders who will be competing at their first horse show!

The Knockouts are responsible for show set up and take down, for center ring staff, and for the concession stand.

Our youth group splits profits from the show 50/50 with the ASAW Scholarship fund.

Please save the weekend to help the Knockouts put on a memorable weekend for the riders participating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re reordering our popular tank tops in both lavender and black. Be sure to place your order in the school barn by August 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Our final in-barn show of the year is coming up on October 9-10. We’ll start accepting entries on August 1, and all entries are due by September 1.  We have to get our shirt order in for the pretty dark green show shirts our competitors will be wearing.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll be resuming our popular ‘Welcome to Knollwood’ introductory class and our mini-camps starting in September. Look for dates and pricing coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Friendly reminders:

Please arrive 15 minutes early for your lesson.  We want our riders to get as much time on their horse as possible.

With school starting soon, your instructor will be reaching out to check on lesson schedules around school and fall activities.

 

 

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

And at the car wash, for sure!