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The holiday season is upon us, and we have the perfect gift items for all the Knollwood Kids in your life.



A Knollwood Knockout Calendar

The Knockouts have designed a 2024 calendar that features photos and information about the school horses, and all things Knollwood.

Calendars are only $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Knockouts.

You can pay for, and order your calendar in the school barn through November 30. The Knockouts are accepting cash or checks made out to the Knollwood Knockouts.





An Updated Lesson Outfit

Does the rider in your house keep growing? We have some great ideas to upgrade gear for lessons and Knollwood shows.

You can get terrific clothing to fulfill your lesson clothing requirement from our friends at Freedman’s.

Freedman’s products offer great craftsmanship, and their products are tested by professional horsemen during the design process.

Team Knollwood uses their products daily, and highly recommends them. If you purchase their products, please enter ‘Knollwoodfarmlt’ in the trainer referral code area.


Their jods are available in both kids and ‘grown up’ sizes.

Kids sizes are offered in black in both regular and long lengths for $99.

Misses sizes are available in an array of colors for $129. Camo prints are $149. Lengths range from petite to long.

We love these jods because they offer 4-way stretch compression fabric for comfort and performance, have silicone knee patches for grip, and offer reinforced tie down buttons.




Freedman’s boots are also available in either kids or adult sizes.

All boots feature a rubber sole for stirrup grip and comfort, and are available in black. They’re super comfortable, even when you’re on your feet for hours at shows.

Kids sizes are $89, and misses sizes are $139.

Size note, misses sizes are in British sizing, which run a whole size larger than US sizing. It’s recommended that you order one whole size down from your usual size.





We love the Ovation Deluxe Schooler helmet for all of our academy stars.

It features exact fitting with the dual adjustment system, has a removable washable liner, and is well ventilated for comfort.

Plus, it has sleek lines which make it appropriate for the show ring or daily lessons.

After purchase, please be sure to get your rider's name in the helmet!


Warm Riding Gloves

Let’s face it, riding in the winter can be a little chilly, even in the heated arena.

These kids gloves from Kerrits can take the chill off, they’re only $25 from SmartPak, and they come in two different prints.



Show Coverage

Do you have a horse show junkie in your house?

How about gifting a Richfield Video subscription? For roughly $25 a month, your horse crazy family member can access the archives of horse shows, and can watch many shows live throughout the season.




How about a subscription to Saddle Horse Report? It’s available in both online and print editions, and offers show coverage, show results, and even posts judge’s cards.



Saddle Rental

If you have a growing academy rider in your house, why not gift them their saddle rental? For only $250, your rider will have a wonderful saddle for one year of lessons and shows.

Please speak to your instructor who can help find the perfect size and model for your rider.

Friendly reminder that if you’re currently renting a saddle, renewals are due January 1.




All of our academy riders are required to own their stirrup irons and leathers for a couple of reasons. First of all, owning stirrups saves a lot of time in lessons. You just pop your stirrups onto your rental saddle, and you’re ready to ride.

Having your own stirrups also ensures that your stirrups are always the correct length, and that they’re even. Plus, it’s a great feeling to own your first bit of horse equipment!

We’re happy to order your stirrups for you to take the care of the guesswork of leather length and iron size. Please talk to Ann by December 1 to get in on our holiday order from Freedmans.  You can get the best irons and leathers out there for $200.



The Best Gift Is On Sale!

Starting November 24, the day after Thanksgiving through December 31, you can purchase any amount of enrollment and get 10% off!

You can purchase online or in-person. Please use promo code online  HOLIDAY2024 at check out to receive your discount.

It’s the perfect gift for any Knollwood Kid, and can be purchased in any amount. All purchases will be applied directly to your account.



What’s Coming Up?

 Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November, 23

No lessons, all of Team Knollwood will enjoy a day off.



Parents’ Night Out

Saturday, November 25

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

We have a few spots left for our evening of fun and service.

We’ll be wrapping gifts for our adopted families, and enjoying dinner and games.

We still need a few gifts as well, so please check the sign up sheets on the tackroom door.



Enrollment Updates

Month of December

Academy riders will be meeting with their instructors throughout the month to set up 2024 enrollments.

If you’re not yet an academy show rider, and would like to include Knollwood shows or camp in your enrollment, please talk to your instructor or admin. We’ll have a senior instructor get in touch for a meeting to build an enrollment just for you.

All 2024 changes are due December 24.




Polls Open

December 1

You can start voting for School Horse of the Year on December 1! Just pay your 2024 Knockout dues to receive a ballot. We always welcome new members, and would love to have every Knollwood Kid join the fun.

The polls close December 31!




Stirrup Orders Due

December 1

Be sure to have your stirrup orders to Ann, so we can place the big order for holiday delivery.





Academy Demo Night

December 2

6:00 PM

We had a spirited parent meeting last weekend about our academy program. Part 2 is our always exciting demo night in the arena.

New academy parents and riders will get to watch some academy stars demonstrate what it’s all about. We’ll also have experienced academy parents on hand to answer any questions.  We will, as usual, have refreshments for the meeting.

Please sign up in the school barn so we can prepare food for everyone.




Knockout Holiday Party

Saturday, December 9

6:00 PM

All Knockouts are asked to join fellow club members for their holiday party and election of officers and board members for 2024.

We’ll have a scavenger hunt, so please dress warm. The clues will no doubt take you all over the farm!

After pizza, we’ll elect officers and board members. If you’re planning on running for any office or board, please talk to Thea or Adrienne.

We’ll finish the night with an optional gift exchange. If you’d like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift valued at $25.

Parents are welcome to BYOB.




Holiday Closures

December 24 and 25

December 31 and January 1





Midwest Saddle Seat Consignment

January 5

We’ll have a private shopping night on Friday from 7 PM - 9 PM! It's a wonderful opportunity to get set for the season, and Jen's customer service can't be beat.





Knollwood Knockout Awards Banquet

February 24

Merrill Hills

Save the date!

Please plan on joining us for our annual celebration of all things Knollwood. We'll enjoy social time and a delicious dinner followed by an evening of awards. We celebrate high point awards for both in-barn and out-of-barn academy riders and hear from club officers. We finish up with a slide show, Scott's entertaining 'state of the farm' address, and dancing the night away.

Invitations will go out to all members in January. If you're not yet a member, please join as we'd love to have you.

Just a reminder, country club dress code is enforced at the facility.

No denim of any kind is allowed.

Men must wear collared shirts, and all shirts must be tucked in. 

Please help us make the celebration enjoyable for everyone as we congratulate all the winners and adhere to the dress code.




See you at the barn!


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