Posted by Ann Wilt

We made it!

It’s officially the first day of spring, the start of the new season of mud and shedding horses.  While the water levels are down in the pastures and the lesson horses are no longer talking of opening a horse swimming school, the icebergs are still in place in the lower pasture. We expect boats to be launched there soon.

But really, the arrival of spring means that we can officially look forward to the start of show season and all the excitement it brings. Here are some events you won’t want to miss!

 

Our show barn riders and experienced academy stars are welcoming guest trainers from Zubrod stables on March 29, 30, and 31. We will not be holding lessons on those three days. Please contact your instructor if you’d like to schedule a make up lesson. We’ll add the missed lesson to the end of your current package.

 

Entries for the Knollwood spring show close on Monday, April 1. Our shirt order goes in that day, so we can’t make exceptions.  We’re looking forward to our exciting new format, including a game division that our show barn customers can join, and hope that everyone will be joining us for our in barn kickoff show!

 

As part of our popular Friday passport series, we’re hosting an academy WTC strategy session at 6:30 on April 5.  Academy stars showing in the WTC division are welcome to join this class to strengthen their show ring skills.

 

 

Our hard working youth group, the Knollwood Knockouts , is hosting their spring meeting in the show barn lounge at 4:30 on Saturday April 6. Come meet your 2019 officers, board members, and make some new friends. Officers always have some entertaining activities planned, so come join the fun!

 

 

Our first out of barn academy show of 2019 is coming up April 12-14 at  IASPHA Spring  in Gurnee, Illinois. Always one of our favorite shows, the IASPHA series is held in an all enclosed facility with plenty of hospitality and good sportsmanship to enjoy. Scott and Carol are making the trip with some of their new teams for 2019 as well!

Our academy stars head off to Woodstock, Illinois for the UPHA Spring Show on April 26-28.

 

The big Knollwood Spring Show takes place on May 4-5, and we can hardly wait. The show features classes for all riders from leadliners to our experienced show horse riders competing in a fun gaming division.

It’s a major fundraiser for the Knockouts as well.

You’ll have a chance to donate to gift baskets, volunteer for a shift or 2 at the concession stand, or assist with set-up and take down. Here’s the link for concession stand staffing!

 

 

Our annual food drive also starts on May 4. We’re collecting food kits for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County through June 8. Every rider who donates a minimum of 5 food kits by Friday, May 31 is eligible to join a team for our special scavenger hunt on Saturday, June 8. Teams are formed based on the day of week each participant rides, and we’re looking forward to collecting a LOT of food, having a blast with the hunt, and enjoying a pot luck food feast to celebrate.

 

The Knockouts are cleaning up Oakwood and Nagawicka Roads on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 PM. It’s a perfect way to get your club service hours in for the year, and to enjoy a beautiful spring day. Sign ups will be up soon in the school barn, and available here!

 

 

 

Our popular Mom’s Day Ride returns on Saturday, May 11 at 5:30. 

Knollwood Kids can be their mom’s helper for a fun group lesson when the current riders show the new riders why they love riding so much. It’s only $45 and includes refreshments with the fun. You can sign up in the school barn lounge.

 

Friday Night passports continue on May 17 with another Walk and Trot show strategy session at 6:30. Whether you’re just starting your show career, or would like a refresher, it’s guaranteed to be an enlightening class!

 

 

June will start with Friday Passports’s Walk and Trot Pattern class on June 7 at 6:30. We’ll work on some beginning walk trot patterns for our newer show riders, and build confidence in new skills!

 

Tiny Tot Camp starts June 10, and Summer Riding School starts on June 17.  Sessions are filling up fast, and the July sessions of Tiny Tot Camp are already sold out. Be sure to get your registrations in soon!

 

We hope you can join us for all the fun we have in store.

See you soon at the barn!