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Knollwood Knockouts Annual Award Banquet

Award banquet season got off to a rousing start with the Knollwood Knockouts Annual Award Banquet last Saturday!

A record gathering of more than 130 members turned out to celebrate the 2011 show season and to look forward to 2012. The Legend at Bristlecone once again provided a beautiful setting for this formal, yet fun event.

 Team Knollwood enjoyed a lively social hour to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. With the large group in attendance, it was easy to meet lots of new interesting people to talk horses with!

  We enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and then settled in for the evening's awards presentations.  2011 Knockout President Sydney Budzinski  recapped all the events of the past year, including the inaugural helper Olympics, ASAW car wash, supporting our troops overseas, and the many other charitable activities for the group.

 2012 President Shelby Hader then addressed the crowd and promised to continue the great work Syd had done in her term.  Shelby and her officers are looking forward to trying some new events as well this year, including support of the Honor Flight Network.

Awards were presented for both 'in barn' and 'out of barn' academy showing as well as for the 'A' and 'B' circuits.  In addition, high point awards were presented for each circuit.  Champion and reserve high point winners all received garment bags, rolling duffels, or tote bags, each embroidered with their name and title!

Academy riders who earned medallions from the ASHA were also recognized.

 A year in review video highlighting the people and animals of Knollwood entertained the crowd with memories of Knockouts riding, planking and having fun.  Images of Forest, Skeet and Dean provided comic relief from the animal set.  Scott then took the microphone and entertained the crowd with his unique perspective of the 2011 season and hopes for 2012.

Following his presentation, the Knockouts continued the celebration on the dance floor until the Bristlecone Pine staff politely suggested it was time to end the evening - truly a sign that a good time was had by all! 

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