Trainer Spotlight: Stephanie Veloff Histed

14 04 2010

Stephanie Veloff Histed has been riding horses for over 30 years. she has been a professional trainer/riding instructor for over a decade and opened Timeless Farm in the summer of 1999. Stephanie is paired with Madison’s NBC15 anchor, Leigh Mills for ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! on Sunday April 18th at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison. She calls Leigh one of the most talented and focused students she’s ever had the pleasure to teach. Stephanie and her Timeless Farm have

Stephanie and Coruscation

been hosting the successful “Timeless Farm Series” of ten horse shows per year since the first annual “Fall Cool Down” schooling show in October of 2000. Throughout the past decade, Stephanie has created an opportunity for beginner riders, seasoned veterans, and horses “green” and “made” to gain invaluable experience whether riding for pleasure or aspiring to national levels of competition .

Stephanie and Leigh

Stephanie’s own group of riders and horses have excelled. One of her key training philosophies is “Not only train the horse but train the rider to ride and show their own horse”, her students have acquired countless championships and year-end awards at the largest venues in the Midwest from Baby Green Hunters to the High Amateur Owner Jumpers. Most notably, having coached her sister Julie Veloff-Helmer on her 1999 home-bred Warmblood, “Time Honored”, to the Zone 6 Championship in the High Amateur Adult Jumpers in 2007, and then going on to ribbon at the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Finals that same year. In 2009, Stephanie coached Julie and “Time Honored” in the Low and High Amateur Owner Jumpers with much success.

Stephanie started riding in the 1970’s.  In 1985, her family bought their first horse of many. “Sparky” was the 36 inch tall, $13 pony that lived in the back yard. Stephanie went on to work with top Dressage riders and trainers and also competed to the mid-levels of Dressage and Eventing. Focusing in on the Hunter/Jumper ring in the late 80’s, Stephanie won many Championships and Year-End awards. She also organized and produced her first horse show in 1992. With her green Thoroughbred, “Somewhere In Time”, Stephanie was Grand Champion of the entire Midwest Winter Series at Ledges in the High Adult Amateur Jumper in 1996. She went on to win Zone 6 Champion that year as well as Zone 6 Grand Champion in 1997. In 1998, Stephanie and “Somewhere In Time” embarked on the Amateur Owner Jumper Division with much success and championships. 1998 also brought new excitement when, while planning her wedding to Robin, Stephanie decided to take a break from showing to breed Somewhere In Time to Corrado USA by the famous “C” line of Holsteiners. “Coruscation” was born in 1999.

Stephanie and Cruscation

As a professional, Stephanie brought “Somewhere In Time” back from maternity leave to compete at the highest levels of show jumping in the area. From the Modifieds at Ledges in 2000 to the Open Jumpers at Lamplight in 2001 and 2002, also qualifying to compete at the Capital Challenge horse show in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, after setting their sights on the Grand Prix campaign trail, “Somewhere In Time” sustained an eye injury at a show that forced her early retirement into maternity in 2002. As karma would have it, horse and human baby arrivals coincided.  Having had to take time to regain the athleticism required for upper level show jumping competition, Stephanie is looking forward to the much-anticipated 2010 with “Coruscation”, while starting his full sister and brother, “Suspended In Time” and “Bid Time Return”.

Stephanie is most proud of the fun, supportive, family atmosphere that is Timeless Farm.  You can follow the progress of Stephanie and the Timeless Farm family at www.timelessfarm.com !

Leigh, Stephanie and Dan

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