The off season is super exciting here at Knollwood.
In the school barn, riders are learning new skills, and stepping up to ride horses new to them. We have riders learning to canter, and falling in love with our newest lesson horse, Poppy.
Kittens Margit and Emma are entertaining all of us. Instructor Mary taught them how to play cat video games on her phone, and their screen time is being closely monitored. They’re growing every day!
Richmond is coming to terms with kitten life, and still seeks intelligent conversations with Hunter, and his human fans. He is still in love with Karina, Leighton’s mom, and even falls asleep on her shoulders.
In the arena, great things are happening.
The show barn team is finalizing leases for the season, looking for horses, and buying and selling some.
Our first exciting announcement is that Alexa and her family have purchased Sirtainly Stylish to show in the pleasure divisions. This beautiful gelding was previously owned by the Schuh family, and we’re excited that he will be staying at Knollwood.
Allison and Joe were stars in the show pleasure division last season, with championship wins at Summerfun and Oshkosh.
Alexa is a Knollwood Kid through and through. She came up through our lesson program and enjoyed great success in the academy division.
Last season, Alexa graduated to the show horse world when her parents Jeff and Sheri leased Aaron, officially known as Seven Oaks Heir Man. Alexa and Aaron showed in pleasure equitation throughout the Midwest, with wins at Wisconsin Futurity and St Louis.
We’re looking forward to watching Alexa and Joe enter the ring in 2023.
We even had a special lesson last Saturday night!
Shelby, Richie, and Brooklyn’s investment group raised $450 for the Knockouts which gave them the right to give one of their instructors a riding lesson.
Carol selected Murphy as Scott’s steed for the lesson, and the student arrived in the arena promptly at 6:00. His instructors presented him with his personalized helmet before the games began.
Believe it or not, Scott had an answer, and often a follow up question to his teachers’ requests. He maintained his sense of humor, and we think he shocked his students with his work without stirrups.
Following the lesson, Scott hosted a pizza party for the participants and spectators.
We’re thinking of other auction items like this for future shows. Please share your ideas with us!
What’s Coming Up?
Early Camp Enrollment for Current Students
February 1 – March 1
Currently enrolled students can sign up for Summer Riding School, including our Knollwood Show Prep weeks. Just tell your instructor which week you’d like to attend, so we can get you into your best week, and we’ll invoice in March.
Remember, if you select a show prep camp, you will be invoiced for the summer show as well.
Academy Clothing Sale
February 4 from 11-2
We’re hosting our academy show clothing sale in the show barn lounge. If you need vests, shirts, boots, or jods, be sure to stop by. Experienced academy moms will be on hand to help with sizing and selection.
Jodi will be here with her ties and bling, too!
LAST DAY TO TURN IN YOUR BANQUET RESERVATION!
Academy Demo Night
February 11 at 6:00 PM
Academy riders starting their show experience in 2023 are invited to join us in the arena for demos and discussion about the upcoming season. We'll have experienced riders and their parents here to answer questions about the season ahead.
Please sign up in the school barn lounge.
The 25th Annual Knollwood Knockout Banquet
February 18 at 6:30
We seriously can hardly wait!
The prizes are here, the ballots have been counted, and the slide shows are completed.
Make sure to join us for our favorite celebration of the year!
Academy Measuring Day
February 25 from 11 – 3
Trish will be here to measure for custom academy shirts and vests, and for alteration appointments.
Her schedule is full on the 25th, but she’s willing to add another day if needed. Please talk to Ann if you’d like help from Trish.
Parents’ Night Out!
April 8 at 5:00 PM
IASPHA Spring Show
Our first show of the season!
March School Horse Birthdays:
5th – Baxter
13th – Thomas
24th – Sport
29th – Alex
30th - Leon
Food Drive Begins!
Knollwood’s Food Drive for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County begins, and donations are due June 3.
Knollwood Spring Show Weekend!
See you soon at the barn!