• It's Almost Show Time!

    0 comments / Posted by Ann Wilt

    We can hardly wait for our October in-barn show next weekend. With 102 riders competing over three days, the event is going to be most memorable.

    We’re starting inside at 6:00 PM on Friday night. Judge Terri Anne Ullman will preside over two Knollwood Challenge qualifiers and eight pattern classes.

    Included in the pattern line up is our blockbuster 10 and under walk and trot pattern rider group of 19 competitors. We’ve divided it three ways!

     

    We’re moving to the big outdoor ring on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM to showcase our walk, trot, and canter riders.

    After our most experienced riders compete, we’ll showcase our walk trot riders who are 11 and older, and finish up with our premier walk trot riders, who compete away from home at academy shows.  The premier class will feature 10 hard riding competitors, and will be VERY competitive.

    After a brief break, we’ll finish Saturday with the finals of the Knollwood Challenge.  Finals riders have qualified by finishing first or second in a qualifying class at one of the in-barn shows. Riders will compete on the rail, and then will complete a pattern that will be posted after the final qualifier on Friday evening.

    Finals winners get to keep a traveling trophy until next year, and get a free custom shirt from deRegnaucourt!

     

    We’ll move to the little outdoor ring for our Sunday performance at 9 AM.  We’ll start with our leadline riders, and then feature our maiden walk trot riders showing for the first time.

    Our four splits of up and coming 8 and under riders will compete, followed by the 9 and 10-year-old walk trotters.

     

    If the weather doesn’t cooperate with us, the Saturday and Sunday performances will be rescheduled to the following weekend.  Friday night will remain unchanged, as we’ll be inside.

    Right now the weather for show weekend looks glorious, so please keep your fingers crossed!

     

    Here is LOTS of helpful information for show weekend:

    Here’s a reminder of required clothing for all of our show riders. Of course, your Knollwood jods will look great with your purple shirt. Please talk to your instructor with any questions. 

    Our used clothing selection is ready for shopping in the show barn lounge. We have a great assortment of jods and boots, and we have lots of adult sizes at the moment.

    Have some jods or boots that the rider in your house has outgrown? Please bring them to the barn and help support the retired school horses, the beneficiaries of all used clothing sales.

     

    We’re pleased to have Hanna Agathen Photography covering the show. She has a great eye to capture horses and riders, and seems to always be in the right spot at the right time to catch those special moments.

     

    It takes a lot of people to run a show for 100+ riders,  and we’re fortunate to have so many families that join the adventure. If you haven’t volunteered yet, please consider signing up to help here.

    You’ll meet great people, and help make the weekend a memorable one for Team Knollwood.  No matter what your skill sets are, we have a job for you!

    This is one of the last opportunities for Knockout members to get their 2022 service hours in. Remember that all members must have a minimum of two hours of club service in order to be eligible to earn a high point award at the banquet.

     

    Important dates Coming Up:

    10/2   Lunch pre-orders are due

    10/5   Gift basket donations are due in the show barn lounge

     

     

    Other News?

    We’re in full ordering mode for Woodwear.

    You can purchase the classic navy Knollwood jacket through October 9.

    It’s our uniform for a good portion of the year, and comes with your name embroidered for only $125. It’s available in misses sizes XS-XL.

     

    You can purchase a warm ¼ zip for kids or adults in a pretty powder blue color. It’s perfect for chilly days in the barn, and pretty much sheds hay and other barn debris.

    Best of all, it will be embroidered with the Knollwood Logo, and is only $65. 

    We’re ordering these beauties through October 16.

     

    We have new Jellybean Jods coming for fall and winter!

    They’ll be a heavier fabric than the navy version, and will be black. The jods will have the same fantastic tan suede knee patches, and Knollwood embroidery.  Best of all, they’ll come with one cell phone pocket, and you can customize these jods in a million ways.  You can add more pockets, add or subtract length, or add beltloops. Please consult the order blank for charges for changes to the standard model.

    We’re ordering these jods through October 16.

     

     

     

    While you’re thinking about holiday gifts, remember that stirrups always make a perfect gift for the rider in your house. Please talk to Ann if you are interested, We’ll order them for you, and you’ll be using the same equipment that the pros use. (And they’ll last forever!)

    New for 2023, all academy show riders will be required to purchase their own stirrups for showing. They're the perfect holiday gift.

     

     

    Our show horses are at the St. Louis National Charity Horse show through the weekend.

    Home to two pleasure equitation finals, Team Knollwood will be well represented in the junior equitation division by Brooklyn and Amelia, and in the senior division by Alexa, Emma, and Payton.

    Also competing are Tori and Stella, Richie and Leila, Margit with Robert AND Shane, Allison and Joe, and Kerry with Henry AND Uno.

    It’s a favorite show, and we’ll update with results as they come in.

    You can watch the show free at Eventmix.com, or on the USEF Network.

     

     

     

    See you soon at the barn, or at the in-gate!

     

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  • Stories From Futurity, and So Much More

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    Team Knollwood is all at home this week after a memorable Wisconsin Futurity last week. With everything from beautiful show horses to a busy academy performance, a good time was had by all, and we have stories to share. Here are a few of our favorites!

     

     

    Lily and Fergie Make Their Mark.

    In her first year out of academy, Lily is quickly becoming a team with the one and only Fergie. Officially known as Impressive Asset, this expressive mare is known for her strong opinions and her athletic ability.

    Lily is figuring out how to control Fergie’s enthusiasm and athleticism. This energetic duo excelled in the single bit division, winning both their qualifier and their championship.

    Lily and Fergie were a sight to be seen.

     

    Jane and Willis Rock Adult Country Pleasure

    Jane and Willis had a fabulous show at Futurity.  Beautiful Willis, officially known as Garden of Roses, enjoyed the show almost as much as Jane did.

    He thrives on all the extra attention that horse shows bring, and loves to hug everyone who comes into his stall.

    He was feeling especially energetic and aware in his championship class, and made quite a performance.

    Jane and Willis won both their  qualifier and championship at the show.

    Willis even worked at the academy performance on Saturday afternoon after his Country Pleasure duties were complete. More about that later.

     

    Tori and Stella’s Mutual Admiration Society

    Tori and her beautiful new mare Stella have become a real team in record time. Registered as Stella’s Stilettos, this striking bay mare loves every minute she spends with Tori, and brilliant Tori is learning many, many things about the mind of a show horse.

    After just a few shows, these two have been showing together for much longer. They’re a joy to watch, and were stars at Futurity, winning both their qualifier and championship!

     

    The Academy Team Brought Their Game

    Twelve Knollwood academy riders made the trip to Madison, and made a strong show. Each of our riders showed to the top of their experience level, and learned many, many things.

    All the classes were big and deep, with seasoned academy competitors working the ring for the three judges.

    We’re so proud of all of our riders!

     

    What’s Coming Up?

    Photo Shoots with Hanna

    Sunday, September 25

    Hanna will be at the farm on Sunday the 25th for photo shoots with you and your favorite horse. She can also do family photos, or other shots.

    There are a few spots left, and you can sign up here.

     

    St. Louis National Horse Show

    September 28 – October 1

    St. Louis, MO

    Team Knollwood will be making the trip with big numbers. The show hosts two pleasure equitation finals, the ASHBA National Championship of Pleasure Equitation, and the Saddle and Bridle Pleasure Equitation Medallion Finals.

    The facility is beautiful, the management is fabulous, and the hospitality can’t be beat. Everyone wants to go to St. Louis, and Knollwood has many competitors joining the adventure.

    We’ll update with webcast and schedule info soon.

     

    Knollwood Fall Show

    October 7-9

    It’s coming up fast!

    Horse assignments are done, and we’re just waiting for show shirts.

    Here are a few reminders:

    ALL pattern classes will be held Friday night, October 7. The performance starts inside at 6:00 PM.

    Walk Trot and Canter classes as well as walk trot classes for riders 11 and up, and our academy walk trotters will be held on Saturday. The performance starts at 10:00 AM in the big outdoor ring.

    Leadliners, maiden riders, and 10 and under walk trot riders will show in the little outdoor ring on Sunday. The performance will begin at 9:00 AM.

    If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the Saturday and Sunday classes will move to the following weekend, October 15 and 16. We can move the show indoors that weekend should the weather decide to not help us two weekends in a row.

    Patterns will go on inside Friday the 7th rain or shine.

     

    It takes a lot of volunteers to run a three-day show with more than 100 riders. We’d love your help with the concession stand, show set-up or teardown, or with donating food items to the show. We also have a few items needed for gift baskets, and you can check those out on the tackroom door in the school barn.

    Remember, all Knockout members must volunteer at least two service hours to be eligible for an end of the year award at the banquet!

    You can sign up to help here.

     

    We also have two special items:

    You can bid to ride in a special pattern class.

    You and two friends can bid to give Scott a lesson. He’s really looking forward to being taught by Knollwood Kids, so bid soon!

     

    Parents’ Academy Meeting

    Friday, October 14

    6:00 PM

    Parents, join us as we host a preliminary meeting about the 2023 season. We’ll start at the beginning, talking about what academy showing entails, what it can do for the rider in your house, and why we love it so much.

    We’ll host a kid-friendly meeting with demonstrations later in the fall.

    Parents, please talk to your instructor with any questions you may have. You can sign up in the school barn lounge so we’ll have enough packets ready for everyone.

     

     

     

    IASPHA Fall Show

    October 22-23

    The academy team is off to Beyond Stable Farm for the last IASPHA show of the season. We have many, many riders joining us, with many of our newest stars showing for the second time after making their debut at Showcase.

     

    Street Clean-Up

    Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 PM

    Join your fellow Knockouts as they clean up Oakwood and Nagawicka Roads for Fall. It’s a wonderful way to meet more horse loving friends, and to fulfill your club service hours.

     

    Ongoing

    Woodwear for Gift Giving!

    We’re ordering our classic jacket in misses sizes, and quarter zips in both youth and misses sizes. Order blanks and size samples are available in the school barn lounge.

    Orders will close the weekend of the Knollwood show.

     

    Jellybean Jods are Back!

    They’re making the fun jods in a heavier weight black fabric for winter. They’ll feature the same tan suede knee patches and embroidery, and will come standard with one cell pocket.

    Orders will close October 15.

     

     

     

    See you at the barn, or at the in-gate!

     

     

     

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  • A Local Show Weekend!

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    Woo Hoo!

    It’s a local show weekend!

     

    Thirteen show horses are ready in Madison for the Wisconsin Futurity Horse Festival which began tonight (Wednesday). The show is held in the New Holland Pavilion at the Alliant Center, and features everything from weanlings showing for the first time to seasoned show horses to the state championships of the academy division.

    We hope you can join us to see our show horses perform through Saturday morning, or join us for the academy performance which will start around noon on Saturday. We have 13 riders competing in academy, and the classes look nice and big.

     

     

    Come join us, and cheer on Team Knollwood! Be sure to stop by our aisle to say ‘Hello’ to your favorite horse, too!

    School barn lessons will continue as usual at home throughout the show.

     

     

    What’s Coming Up?

    The holidays are coming!

    We’re ordering classic navy Knollwood jackets through the Fall show. These navy beauties come in Misses sizes XS-XL, and only cost $125. Size samples are available in the school barn lounge. Unfortunately, we haven’t found anything comparable in youth sizes.

    We ARE looking at color availability in quarter zips in youth sizes, so stay tuned!

     

    We’re also ordering our popular Jellybean Jods in a heavier fabric for Fall and Winter through October 9. These will be black with tan patches and embroidery, and WILL include one cell phone pocket for the price of $99.

    Additional pockets and size adjustments are available for an additional fee.

    We have size samples in navy, and expect our black sample any day!

     

    The Knollwood Show is coming up fast!

    We’re looking for volunteers to help with set-up, the concession stand, and lots of other tasks that are essential to the success of the weekend. Helping at the show is a wonderful way to meet new friends, and fulfill your club service requirement to earn a high point award at the banquet.

    You can sign up here.

     

    Gift basket sign up sheets are ready for your donations.

    In addition to the traditional baskets, we have two new items!

    You can bid on a fun pattern class with all proceeds benefiting the Knockouts.

     

    You can also bid for the chance to give Scott a lesson.

    He volunteered for the chance to be taught by Knollwood Kids. So, the highest bidders get to teach World Champion trainer and instructor for half an hour...if they last that long!

    Scott is REALLY looking forward to this, and we expect it to be a high ticket item. Remember, all proceeds go directly to the Knockouts.

     

    Gearing up for Academy 2023!

    We’ve had many inquiries about academy showing in 2023, and we’re hosting a parent meeting on Friday October 14 at 6:00 PM. We’ll provide information including discussion about riding commitment and approximate costs.

    It’s a parent only meeting, since we’re talking about time and pricing. We’ll host a meeting for riders and parents later in the winter.

     

     

    See you soon at the barn, or at the in-gate!

     

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  • It's September! Equitation Finals are Here!

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    First of all, we’d like to thank everyone for their quick turnaround in getting our Fall academy show organized. With the Summer show being so late, everyone really had to spin to get the October shirt order in, so thank you. It looks like the next show is going to be just as big as the Summer extravaganza!

     

    Equitation Finals Season is HERE!

    The show horses are in Indianapolis at the All American Horse Classic. It’s a BIG show that features many, many different areas of competition. The Indiana Futurity is held at the show, which means there are lots of weanlings on the grounds.  Competition for the big money All American Horse Classic takes place at the show, and there’s a lot of money on the line. Being in Indiana, there are also plenty of Dutch Harness Horse classes, in addition to a full slate of horse show classes.

    Team Knollwood is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the first two pleasure equitation finals of 2022.  Our riders will compete in the National Pleasure Equitation Olympics where riders will ride for gold, silver, and bronze medals. They’ll also compete in the UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup National Finals.

    Both finals are split into senior and junior age divisions. Emma and Payton will be competing in the division for riders aged 14-17, while Amelia will compete in both junior finals, and Maiya will compete in the challenge cup for riders 13 and under.

    You can catch the action live on Richfield Video, and we’ll update as we get news from the road.

     

     

    Join Us At Wisconsin Futurity!

    The show horses will return home for a couple of days before they head off to the Wisconsin Futurity Horse Festival in Madison September 14 - 17. This will be an ALL Team Knollwood affair, with plenty of academy riders making the trip for the academy performance on Saturday afternoon.

    With the show only an hour away from the barn, it’s a great chance for Knollwood Kids to see show horses, top level academy riders, and to enjoy the hoopla of a big horse show. Please join us, and be sure to come back to the Knollwood aisle and say ‘hello.’

     

     

    Academy Season 2023 Is Coming!

    Speaking of showing, we’ve been getting lots of questions already about academy showing for next season. We’re going to hold an introductory information session about why we love academy showing so much. Please join us on Friday, October 14  at 6:00 PM in the show barn lounge as we share much information on academy showing.

    We ask that this is a parent only meeting, as we will discuss boring things like costs and schedules that are of much more interest to the adults.

    Please let your instructor know if you’d  like to join us. Because the event is at Knollwood, snacks will be provided.

     

     

    Stirrups Aren’t Just For Holiday Gifts!

    We’ve also been getting many inquiries about purchasing stirrups for academy riders. Ann is happy to order our preferred stirrups at any time, and you’ll own the same stirrups and leathers used by our champion show riders. And, they’ll last forever!

     

    Jackets Are Coming Back For The Holidays!

    We’ll be ordering the classic Knollwood navy jackets until October 9, the last day of the fall show. These beauties are only $125, and come with the rider’s name embroidered, so they’re very hard to lose in piles of jackets in the middle of the arena.

    Note: Some of the size samples came in royal blue because of supply issues. Jackets will ALL be ordered in navy, unless someone would like to order the samples (one available per selected size).

     

    Knollwood Fall Show October 7-9!

    Stay tuned for news about the October show. Volunteering at the show is one of the best ways to get more involved with the Knollwood community, to meet new horse friends, and to have a lot of fun with a bunch of wonderful people.

    The show committee ladies have some great ideas about fundraising.

    Oh, and Scott’s involved.

    Ponder that…

     

     

    See you soon at the barn, or at the in-gate!

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  • A Grand Soul Passes

    4 comments / Posted by Ann Wilt

    Team Knollwood lost a bit of grandeur yesterday when RWC CH Fine By Me passed away after a brief battle with colic.

    Known to all as Tucker, he was born on April 4, 2001.  After showing in Park and Park pleasure in his early days, he found his first niche in the  pleasure division.

    The beautiful bay gelding excelled in the big midwestern show pleasure classes for owner Alicia Sacotte.  Usually at the top of the ribbon order except when his beautiful pushiness got the best of him, he earned a reserve grand championship in adult country pleasure at Louisville in 2015.

    Tucker came to Knollwood in 2016 where he became the foundation of Scott and Carol’s leasing program and started his second career as an equitation rockstar.

    He was paired with Frannie that season, and this beautiful pair went on to win the World Championship for 17 year old equitation riders.

    During his Knollwood years, this grand horse introduced many riders to the ways of a show horse. His students included Hanna, Heather, Lily, and Kim.

    As an equitation star, he won 6 national titles in 4 years.

    Everyone who was lucky enough to know him will miss his physical beauty, his enthusiasm for being a horse every day, his willingness to please, and his beautiful pushiness. He was a show horse through and through.

    Great thank to Matt for his care of Tucker.

     

    He was well loved, and will be missed by many, many fans.

    Peace to you, Tucker.

     

     

     

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