Show season 2019 is in full swing, and team Knollwood is having a blast.
After some trips to smaller events, the show horses enjoyed a trip for their first ‘big’ show of the season. FASH is a favorite show, with ‘Minnesota nice’ hospitality in a beautiful venue. And the competition? It was deep and plentiful.
Some of our favorite stores from FASH?
Richie’s Debut with Sophie
Last season’s walk and trot equitation star has moved on to the 13 and under walk, trot, and canter equitation division with star mount Sophie. This new team looked like they’d been together forever, winning their age group and the UPHA Challenge Cup qualifier.
Finn and Leila’s Premier
Finn had a very successful season last year, showing Sophie all the way to the national equitation finals. For the 2019 season, Finn has a new partner, the one and only Leila, officially known as Brookhill’s Passion Punch. Last year’s triple crown winning mount looked picture perfect with Finn, and the new duo won their Good Hands qualifier as well as the all ages equitation championship.
Hanna and Tucker’s Reunion
Hanna will be showing Tucker (CH Fine by Me) in her final year in the 13 and under equitation division. They made a splash at FASH, finishing reserve in the Good Hands, in the 13 and under qualifier, and 3rd in the all ages equitation championship.
Payton’s New Eq Partner
Remember last season when we joked that Payton’s mom was never getting her horse back? Well, it’s official as Payton showed Dos to great success in her equitation classes. At FASH, Payton won both the 13 and under pleasure equitation qualifier and the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup qualifier.
In addition, Amanda and Smyth are clicking and finished reserve in their Country Pleasure championship which was won by Richie and TInk. TInk really seems to enjoy those extended trots in her new division!
Laney and Robert are really getting into equitation, while Gabby and Charlie are back in the winners’ circle just like they finished last season.
Bella and Garfield are starting strong, and finished reserve champs in Minesota, while Allison and Kim had a great Mother Daughter weekend showing Michael and Maddie.
And last year's triple crown winner became the first amateur to show Scott and Carol's young horse Roger in the Junior Exhibitor Park division. Showing moments of brilliance in his amateur appearance, the pair will again be showing at Madison Classic.
This weekend, most of Team Knollwood will be in the state capitol to compete at the Madison Classic Horse Show. Always a favorite, this year’s edition is going to be a whopper, with horses coming from as far away as Kentucky and Missouri. There are so many horses competing that the show has taken over both New Holland Pavillions, and an extra warm up arena has been added.
Add the World’s Largest Brat Festival on the grounds at the same time, and you can be sure it’s going to be a weekend you don’t want to miss!
The following weekend, our academy team will head out to the Prairie State Classic show in Woodstock, Illinois. Primarily a Morgan show, the event lets our riders compete against different riding programs than at Saddlebred shows, and the Morgan hospitality can’t be beat.
Our biggest charitable event of the season continues, with our food drive benefiting the Food Pantry of Waukesha County ending on June 8. Please consider donating some food kits, or making a financial contribution to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.
Remember, for every food kit you donate, you receive a ballot to give new arrival Cinco his official Knollwood name!
Each rider who collects a minimum of 5 food kits or cash equivalents ($15 per food kit) is entitled to participate in our first ever video scavenger hunt on June 8. Days of the week are competing against each together for prizes and personal satisfaction. Be sure to label your bags or check with the name of the rider you’d like to support.
Summer riding school starts with a sold out Tiny Tot edition on June 10, and Classic Camp starts on June 17. We have very limited openings for classic weeks, and still have some room for Knollwood Kids August 19-23 for their very own show prep week. Please talk to your instructor to join the fun!