Posted by Ann Wilt

We had so much fun!

Due to a scheduling conflict, the UPHA Chapter 10 show was moved to a brand new facility in Woodstock, Illinois last weekend.  We were fortunate to be part of the first ever event to be held at Beyond Stable Farm, and we loved our new surroundings!

Our horses loved the wooden stalls that created a quiet atmosphere for them.  In fact, many of the best lesson horses in the world spent their mornings napping in their vacation homes! 

Klem was, of course, nickering and asking everyone passing by to bring him treats. All weekend...   

Both the 'B' and academy classes were well filled, with some splits required on Sunday afternoon.

Team Knollwood's riders shone in the new surroundings.  Horses and riders enjoyed the spacious warm up ring and the comfortable show arena.  With semi permanent seats, sponsored tunes from Spotify and a delicious concession stand, everyone enjoyed their new space.

Our 'B' riders enjoyed some great rides at the show, competing in some BIG classes.  The show pleasure championship on Sunday was an exciting one with 13 horses in the ring.  JD and Panic held their own in the eventful class with Jodi and Mary enjoying the fun along the way.

Our walk trot and canter riders turned in strong performances on Saturday afternoon.  We were especially proud of Maddie who was showing in only her first cantering show.  She and Eddie were strong contenders in both their rail classes and the pattern class as well.

Our up and coming walk and trot riders were stars as well on Sunday afternoon.  In some nice deep classes, our horses and riders showed like experienced contenders.  Everyone rode to the best of their ability, enjoyed some adventures, learned some lessons, and had a great time with their horses.

We couldn't be happier with their performances.

 

Next Up?

This weekend, we're building a permanent gazebo both Saturday and Sunday in the big outdoor ring. We're looking forward to avoiding moments like the one in the picture!

If you'd like to join the construction crew, please contact Nancy.

We're also cleaning up Oakwood at Nagawicka Roads at 1:00 on Saturday.  We'd love to have you join the Knockouts on their service project!  We'll meet in the school barn at 12:45.

Following the clean up, we're gathering for a club meeting in the show barn lounge at 2:30.

Show horses are off to St Paul for the big FASH show the following week.  We'll be hosting the famous Mom's Day ride on Saturday, May 13.  We have ONE spot left, so call soon if you'd like to join.

On May 20. we're hosting our Open House from 11-3.  Please invite your friends who might be interested in lessons at Knollwood.  New customers can enjoy free mini lessons, tours, and a 10% discount on lessons purchased at the Open House.

On the evening of the 20th, the Knockouts are hosting their biggest charitable event of the year to benefit the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.  Helper Olympics VII marks the end of the food drive hosted by Knollwood's helpers.  Please bring your donations to the farm, and be sure to mark your bag with the day(s) of the week you'd like to support.

Each helper is required to collect a minimum of 5 food kits to participate in the games of 'skill' in the competition, and the team that collects the most food kits over their goal wins a prize.

Of course, it's our neighbors in need who benefit the most from all our foodraising and fun.

 

We hope to see you there!