It seems ironic that on National Teachers' Day, Team Knollwood lost one of their valuable equine instructors when Chepengo lost a brief battle with colic.
While he was usually not ambitious about his job performance, Chip taught riders many valuable lessons. His students learned to be persistent about what they wanted from him, to not take his responses personally, and to never give up before he did what they wanted.
A charismatic presence in the show ring, Chip enjoyed traveling to shows, and spent many a morning resting up before his academy performances. He showed off many of our academy riders over the years, and took many a victory pass as he was teaching his riders the value of persistence.
He was beautiful, he was quirky, and he taught his students how to persevere.
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.
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!
The sun is finally shining, the horses have shed out their winter coats, and kids are looking forward to the end of the school year.
Knollwood Summer 2017 is coming soon, and we hope you'll join us for all the fun!
Our classic summer riding school kicks off on Monday, June 19. We offer four sessions of our week long camps, and they're perfect for new riders, or those who have had a little experience with horses.
Running from Monday to Friday, these camps offer an immersion into the world of horses under the watchful eyes of our experienced instructors. Our instructors are assisted by carefully selected advanced riders from our lesson program.
Riders will learn how to safely work around horses while they groom and prepare their horse for their riding sessions. After riding, they'll spend more time caring for their horses and getting to know them better.
Our easy going horses love their jobs. They come in assorted sizes and colors, and they all enjoy what they do, and they love their people. Our lesson horses will create memories for a lifetime.
Campers will ride at least once a day, and will also enjoy learning about their horses in practical classroom sessions. They'll learn about horse breeds, tack and how to care for it, colors and markings of horses, and horse psychology, too.
We're happy to welcome Soul Fire Art Studio to our camps for crafts. Artists bring the studio to the farm so riders can create unique horsey crafts to remember their week at Knollwood.
We finish each week with a horse show at 11 AM followed by a cookout for families and friends. It gives the riders a chance to show off their new skills, and to introduce their friends to their favorite horses, too!
We're offering 4 weeks of summer riding school for 2017.
July 31 - August 4
Cost is only $475 per week, and you can sign up on our website, www.knollwoodfarmltd.com.
Of course, we continue our group and private lessons throughout the summer, too. If your schedule works better with a group lesson, or in private lessons, we have a schedule that will work with yours.
You can check out our group lesson schedule here, or call Nancy or Ann at 262-367-2391 to schedule a private lesson with our fabulous lesson horses.
We hope you can join us for the fun of Knollwood Summer 2017!