Posted by Ann Wilt

We just finished our first full week of lessons after our 10 week closure, and we couldn’t be happier.

  (Neither could our lesson horses who missed their students beyond belief.)

We tried to stay in touch through social media, and even resorted to pasture visits that involved blowing bubbles (which terrified some of our largest lesson horses) and fancy carrot cupcakes (which none of the boys would eat.) We interviewed Scott, and kids along the bridle path, too. 

We're sure that our horses would agree with us when we say that even though those events passed were entertaining, nothing compares to having customers back with the horses

 

Our experienced riders who returned for limited private lessons discovered lesson horses who looked and felt terrific after their break.  Both riders and horses looked thrilled to be working together again!

It’s also been fun teaching privates for some of our students who previously rode in group situations. We’ve enjoyed getting to know these riders better, and watching them ‘eat up’ all the personal attention that private lessons provide.  

Stay tuned in July for an increase in private lessons when we open up for new beginners and some tiny tots.

 We need to give a special shout out to our 'super helpers' who have helped us reopen for lessons. These experienced Knollwood Kids have taken on added responsibilities of getting all horses ready and bringing them to lesson riders, sanitizing reins, and doing this all while wearing masks in the barn. We are in awe of the work these riders have been doing while helping us all improve our processes while we work through this different world.

Camps are also starting up in July, and they’re filling up fast! 

We DO have some room in our Classic Camp running August 24-28, and have some limited openings in our Tiny Tot camps as well. 

Our special Knollwood show prep camp running August 10-14 has some openings for our riders to prepare for our in-barn show on August 22-23.  Come enjoy 5 days in the great outdoors while learning all about horse showing and horse care.  You’ll make some new horsey friends, and learn new skills to be ready to compete.  This camp is NOT listed on our website, as it’s only for our current riders looking to show in house.  Please contact your instructor if you’d like to join the fun!

While we’ve had shows cancel this season, we’re hopeful that the ASAW Summer Showcase will go on as planned on August 8-9.  We offer a special camp for our riders attending this show to prepare them for their first ever out of barn show. 

The camp is held at Knollwood on July 27-30, and at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds on August 7.  The riders will make their show ring debut on Sunday, August 9 with all the friends they’ve made at camp.

Ann teaches this camp, along with some wonderful experienced riders who serve as mentors to our new show stars.  The cost of the camp is $650, with each camper receiving a $100 discount off their show bill if they attend both the camp and the horse show.

Please talk to Ann if you think your rider might be interested in this wonderful experience. We have a few spots left, and we expect them to go fast!

 

 

Our Covid policies have been embraced by everyone, and we thank you for your understanding.

After our first full week, we do have a couple of reminders:

Masks are to be worn in the show barn lounge area for everyone’s protection.

Any time you have to be within 6 feet of another person in the arena, please be sure to have your mask on as well.

 

We’re all working together to make it through these times, and know that you support the protective measures we have in place to protect our customers and staff.  We thank you for your help.

 

After a week of super helpers doing it all on the days they work, we’ve decided that our certified super helpers can come into the barn and get their own horses ready for their lessons, and take care of them afterwards.  These experienced helpers have been trained in all of our Covid policies, and they can now spend some more time with their horses on lesson days.  The horses will enjoy it as much as the riders!

 

 

We'll keep you posted as events evolve this season.  Known for our pivoting abilities both on and off horses, this is looking like an adventurous Knollwood Summer 2020! We're glad you're joining us for the ride!

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