It seems ironic that on National Teachers' Day, Team Knollwood lost one of their valuable equine instructors when Chepengo lost a brief battle with colic.
While he was usually not ambitious about his job performance, Chip taught riders many valuable lessons. His students learned to be persistent about what they wanted from him, to not take his responses personally, and to never give up before he did what they wanted.
A charismatic presence in the show ring, Chip enjoyed traveling to shows, and spent many a morning resting up before his academy performances. He showed off many of our academy riders over the years, and took many a victory pass as he was teaching his riders the value of persistence.
He was beautiful, he was quirky, and he taught his students how to persevere.