Posted by Ann Wilt

Last week, we came to you with news about the School Horse of the Year election for 2020, and ballots are pouring in.  Thanks to all the Knockout members who have renewed their memberships and voted already.

For those of you undecided voters out there, we're providing a little more information about the club members who are running for offices.

Each candidate supplied a brief statement, and then we added some inside information about each Knockout to of course, help you make an informed decision.

 

 

Your Knockout Co-Presidents for 2021 

Emma and Heather  

(pictured with their friend, Margit)

You just can't separate Tuesday night helpers!

Collectively Heather and I have been riding at Knollwood for over 10 years, we have also been a part of the Knockouts for the majority of our time here.  We are both looking forward to an amazing year with the Knockouts and can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us.  Please make sure to vote and find us at the barn to give us any of your new ideas!

 

Did you know:

Emma and Heather have been Tuesday helpers forever.

Heather loves Pony Frank, and once rode him in the park tiny tot saddle just to experience it.

Emma shows off her great sense of humor by wearing fruit print jods while counseling at camp.

 

 

Running For Knockout Secretary:

 

 

Maya  

My name is Maya and I have been riding for about 8 years, 5 of which with Knollwood Farms.  I’m hoping to become your secretary for the year 2021 for many reasons, one of which being I never shy from hard work, and I love being put to the test.  Riding and working for this amazing barn has been my passion for quite some time now, when I become secretary I would push to make the knockouts the best team we could be doing fun activities and building up the community as a whole.  Please consider me for secretary of the Knollwood Knockouts.  

 

Did you know:

Maya had the first scheduled lesson after quarantine ended.

Maya fits in the laundry shopping cart, so she rides in it. A lot.

 

Addison  

My name is Addison and I would absolutely love to be the secretary for the year 2021.  I was on the board this past year and it was a blast.  I think we should do as many outdoorsy activities so we can to keep social distancing.  One of those activities would be a painting project where we could get a ton of stencils of horses and Knollwood Knockout logos and we could paint them on wood.  Another outdoor activity we could do would be a scavenger hunt or an obstacle course just like the Helper Olympics.  I also think it would be a lot of fun to create a buddy system within the Knockouts so that older kids could “adopt” a group of younger kids during the show.  I think I should have the role of the secretary because I have a lot of new ideas and I really like being involved in the Knollwood Knockouts.   

 

Did you know: 

Addison is the life of the party. All the time. 

Addison is a neat freak, and cleans the arena bench every Saturday. 

 

 

Running For The Board 

Jules

 

Hi, my name is Jules, and last year was my first year on the Knockouts board.  I was really nervous at first but then learned that I have so many friends and people to help me along the way.  I started riding when I was three and it was a big part of my life.  I love not only the horses but all the people here too.  They have helped me so much and have made me feel good about myself.  Joining the board was a very good decision because I learned about other people and I got new friends along with it! The Knockouts are also a big part of this place, it’s our family.  I have been a part of the Knockouts for about 5 years now and it has been really fun each year.  This past year we continued our car wash and brat shack, our street clean up, even our parent’s night out! There is so much more we look forward to doing with all of you! Thank you for being a Knollwood Knockout!

 

Did you know:

Jules has been riding forever, and moved to the WTC division this year at the age of 10.

Jules has never met a horse she didn’t love.

 

 

 Mia

 

My name is Mia , I have been riding for 8 years, and have been a Knollwood Knockout for around 6 years.  I want to be on the board because I think it would be a great goal to achieve, I will contribute my time and effort into making 2021 a great year for the Knockouts.  I would be sure to come up with more fun activities for the Knockouts to get involved in.  Please consider me for the board of the Knollwood Knockouts!

 

Did you know:

With her long legs, Mia has been knocking cones over from the backs of horses since 2018. 

Mia has won both Knollwood Challenge Finals, and is now retired from future competition. And she’s only 11.

 

 

 

Sofia  

I have been riding for about 8 years and I’ve been a part of the Knockouts for 4 years, and a board member this past year.  This year I was able to help with most activities and contribute new ideas as much as I could especially with the restrictions of covid and everything going on this year.  This year I plan to help carry out and think of new ideas to make the Knockouts even more fun, supportive, and inclusive for every member like maybe trivia or WTC kids giving motivational cards to WT kids like a mentor system.  

 

Did you know:

Sofia writes inspirational cards for our walk and trot academy riders.

Sofia loves the dance floor at the banquet!

 

 

Hanna   

 

Hello, my name is Hanna  and I am 15 years old.  I have been riding at Knollwood for 8 years and have been a Knockout member for about 6 years. During this time as a member of the youth group, I have attended many events and fundraisers, including my most recent photoshoots that had an incredibly successful turnout.  This youth group has taught me so much about what it means to give back to the community and has created so many lasting friendships.  I have served on the board twice before in 2017 and 2018 and am so grateful to have grown up as a member of the Knollwood Knockouts.  I hope you will consider me to be on the Knollwood Knockout board of 2021.  Thank you, Hanna

 

Did you know: 

Hanna can ride any horse any time because she grew up with a pony in her backyard.  This provided endless entertainment for her Mom. 

A born entrepreneur, Hanna runs her own saddle cleaning business as well as a photography studio.

 

 

Margit  

I’m Margit and I have been riding for 6 years.  I’ve been a member of the Knockouts for 5 ½ years. I’ve worked concession stands, helped with parents’ night out, done car washes, and helped with the street clean up.  My ideas for 2021 are to do more donations for people who were hit hard with COVID-19, more fundraisers for the Knockouts, and to do more barn clean up days.  Please consider me for a Knollwood Knockout board member!

 

Did you know:

Margit has the best vocabulary. Ever.

And she’s hilarious.

Oh, and she can rack her way down the rail with the best of them.

 

 

Adrienne  

 

I have been riding at Knollwood for almost four and a half years.  Over the years, I’ve met so many friends and learned quite a few life lessons.  Working with the horses has taught me so much, in and out of the arena.  Through being a board member, I want to share what I’ve learned with others.  I want to be a board member to not only share what I know, but to also continue learning.  I want to continue teaching kids about these amazing horses we have at Knollwood Farm.  I believe that being on the board is an amazing opportunity for me to learn and help others learn as well. 

 

Did you know:

Adrienne is the youngest of 10 children. 

Not one for the limelight, it's really hard to find pictures of Adrienne by herself. She's always doing something!!

 

Coming Up

 

Don’t forget to pick up your membership envelope in the school barn lounge. Just put in your dues, and be sure to vote for both school horse of the year and for Knockout officers/board members.

Polls close on December 31, even if poll watcher Richmond is sleeping on the job.

 

 

Coming Up?

 

We’re expecting our Woodwear for the holidays to arrive any minute, and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready.

 

Our cool new enrollment system will be 100% in place on January 1, and our annual sale goes through December 31, 2020.

 

You can purchase gift certificates and receive 10% off through New Year’s Eve.  You can pay enrollment fees or purchase a horse show or camp.

Your instructor is happy to help, or

you can call the school barn at 262-367-2391.

 

 

Show season 2021 is coming up fast, and Midwest Saddleseat Consignment is coming to help. They've set up a private shopping time on Friday, January 8 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Brookfield.

Come shop with us before the sale goes public on Saturday!

 

 

While we can’t gather in person for the banquet, we’re planning a virtual banquet on a Saturday night in February.

We’ll announce School Horse of the Year, High Point Award Winners, and enjoy some speeches about the year in review.

We hope to finalize a date soon!

 

We’re also planning our academy kickoff meeting in February or early March. This will be perfect for new academy riders and their parents, as we’ll enjoy demonstrations and discussions with current riders and parents.

 

Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

 

 

See you soon at the polls, and at the barn!