I've been asked to speak on behalf of the best lesson horses in the world, to tell everyone what we love about summer at Knollwood. Because I'm never at a loss for words, I happily accept the challenge, with a little help from my friends.
Personally, I love my fan. Yes, my own personal fan. Because my 'people' hail from Norway, I'm not a hot weather horse. And let's face it, I'm a little on the short side, so the big aisle fans kind of blow right over me.
So, I am the unique slip stall lesson horse who enjoys his own personal fan. You'll find me napping while enjoying the breeze!
I've heard that Scandinavian people are very comfortable with their own bodies, and I'm proud to say that I am as well. In the winter, I feel constricted by my big winter coats which feel a little tight. Summer is quite a relief when I can go out totally naked!
There's nothing like a warm bath after a day of lessons. Because of my heritage, I sometimes need a little extra help staying cool, and I get cold water baths to make me feel comfortable. I am special!
During camp, I even enjoy drinking the bath water and watching the responses of the new riders.
Summer is horse show season, and even I get to ride on the cool big rig and travel! While the fancy saddlebreds and Morgans go to lots of shows, my specialty is the ASAW Summer Showcase at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in August. That show understands the importance of diversity and welcomes school horses of all sizes and colors. Heck, they even have a separate division for school horse pleasure where we're all stars. This year, the show is August 12 and 13, and you won't want to miss it!
The Knockouts run the show, and offer really fun things like lunch delivery, exhibitor parties, and even snow cones during the Sunday afternoon performance. I hope someone remembers to get me one this year!
Actually, we all agree that the best part of summer is the kids who come to camp. We enjoy 4 weeks of 'classic' summer riding school with lots of beginners who are crazy about horses. We teach them how to take care of us, and how to ride. Actually, the instructors and helpers teach them a lot, too. Sessions are filling fast, so be sure to check out dates on the website!
We also have a week for the kids we teach during the year, helping them get ready for the summer Knollwood show. From July 17-21, we'll be hosting horse show crazy kids who want more riding time before the show July 22 and 23. I personally can hardly wait to start camp!
I also get to play with the advanced riders during Knollwood's pattern camps. Over the years, I've taught patterns to riders who have used my lessons all the way to the Worlds Championships.
It just never gets old!
On behalf of all my fellow lesson horses, we're looking forward to Knollwood Summer 2017.
We hope you can join us for all the fun!