John and Tammy Raise More than $475,000 for AFCH!

10 05 2010

Ronda Reese from Midwest Horse Fair, Stephanie Veloff Histed, Leigh Mills, Jeff Poltawsky VP AFCH, Andi Bill, John Flint and Tammy Lee at the check presentation.

Although Leigh Mills from NBC 15 and Timeless Farm trainer, Stephanie Veloff Histed, won the riding competition, John Flint from 96.3 Star Country and his trainer, Andi Bill from Hoofer Riding Club raised the most funds for American Family Children’s Hospital and had an additional $5,000 check donated in their name by the Midwest Horse Fair. Then John took it a step further. John and Tammy held a three-day radiothon- Champions for Kids and raised over $475,000 for American Family Children’s Hospital. John’s response, “It’s simply the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.” Congratulations to all!


George Mallet Tells Brahma’s Story on Derby Day

2 05 2010

George and Brahma at Cheska Farm

George shares the story of his horse, Brahma in a report on Today’s TMJ4 in Milwaukee. It’s the perfect story for Derby Day!

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Brahma Fear in the winners circle.

Leigh Mills with John and Tammy Part 2

21 04 2010

Hilarity ensues with NBC15’s Leigh Mills on 96.3 Star Country John and Tammy in the Morning- Part 2

John and Tammy Interview Leigh Mills Part 1

21 04 2010

Madison, WI – 96.3 Star Country’s John and Tammy in the Morning interview NBC 15’s Leigh Mills, winner of the ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair.

Video of Leigh and Dan!

21 04 2010

Courtesy of Todd Brown and Vanishing Point Design

Team Timeless Win With Perfect 10s!

19 04 2010

Robin and George with the line-up of celebrity riders and trainers.

A great time was had by all at ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair! A record Sunday crowd was there to cheer on their favorite celebrities smartly dressed in Ariat apparel and boots and Troxel helmets. John Flint from 96.3 Star Country, trained by Andi Bill from the Hoofer Riding Club was first on course and rode a very respectable course on Bailey. His on-air partner, Tammy Lee hosted with the judges. She said later  that she was so proud John, she got a little choked up. Three-time Olympic runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton coached by Pam Prince of Meinpferde Farm and  her horse, Iphicles made it clear just how much fun she was having. Kidd O’Shea from 99.1 WMYX demonstrated his natural talent, trained by Kathleen Caya from Cheska Farm, navigating Tyler around the course in a workmanlike way. Then Leigh Mills from NBC 15 on Stand By Me, wowed the judges and the crowd with a polished round,

Suzy Favor Hamilton beams after her ride.

earning perfect 10s! Her trainer, Stephanie Veloff Histed from Timeless Farm, called her a prodigy as she brimmed with pride. After the text votes, which counted for 30%, were tallied with the judges scores, counting for 70%, Leigh and Stephanie came out on top to win the trophy, Arc de Triomphe bridle and bragging rights. All the other riders and trainers received medals for their hard work, including Connie Kellie from the Connie and Fish Show on Z104 and 97.3 The Brew, who had to drop out due to a non-riding related injury and her trainer Kate Bomgaars Reuter from Newstone Farm. Olympic Gold Medalist Speedskater, Casey FitzRandolph and and his trainer, Carrie Zander from PrairieSun Stables had also dropped out due to Casey’s knee surgery, but were on hand to say hello to the crowd and help with the award ceremony.

ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! distinguished judges panel included jumper judge, horse show manager and announcer, Oliver Kennedy, University of Wisconsin Equestrian Team Coach and Hunter/Jumper trainer, Mark Aplin, and well-known Hunter/Jumper trainer, Ginny Dvorak.

Leigh Mills and Stand by Me.

The accomplished trio of hosts who led the event were Today’s TMJ4 Milwaukee Anchor and Reporter, George Mallet riding Dallas, generously donated for his use by Kathleen Caya and Cheska Farm, veteran radio personality and horse show announcer, Robin Ellis, and Tammy Lee from 96.3 Star Country.

During the award presentation Kylee Carolfi Malik introduced Jill Vance and her son, and Kade Vance. Kade’s life was saved at American Family Children’s Hospital in 2004 after injuries sustained in a serious car accident. Kade gave a touching “Thank You” to the participants and presented the trophy to Leigh Mills.

There’s still time to donate online on your favorite teams behalf to American Family Children’s Hospital! You have until Friday the April 23rd at 5:00 pm. To donate click here.

George, Leigh, Stephanie and Kidd.

John Flint and Bailey are on the same wavelength.

John and Bailey on the same wavelength!

Casey FitzRandolph, Carrie Zander, Kate Bomgaars Reuter and Connie Kellie.

Our Hosts: Tammy Lee

15 04 2010

ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! is thrilled to have Tammy Lee from 96.3 Star Country, and the on-air partner of John Flint, round out our hosts. Expect some laughs and hi-jinx as she leads our judges! Here’s what Tammy has to say about herself:

“I was a very creative child and my sisters and I made “radio” tapes as kids…the news, sports, even our own commercials. What I wouldn’t give to find one now. My Step-Dad is in radio and I guess as much as I ran from it, I ended up coming around to the idea it was in my blood to do this. Either that, or like my Dad says, “You might as well get paid to talk since you never shut up!” That is a true story because my Dad often paid me $20 not to talk for 20 minutes. I should have kept that up – it was good money. I’m so glad to be working with my Dad and my sister Robin, aka “The Big Giant Head”, our News Director which means she is her Father’s boss!!”

“My husband and I have 5 babies between us. Our house is very loud. With the kids already making messes on the carpet, we thought it would be fun to add pets to the mix: our cat, Star, and our adopted greyhound, Jolee.”

“I happen to be married to MacGyver. He can catch a mean Walleye, takes the kids to school, makes the BEST chicken marsala, blows up stuff in the backyard in July, fixes the car, remodels the house, scrubs the tub, helps the kids with homework, builds furniture, and designs and then makes many of my clothes! Yeah, he’s a keeper.”

“I’ve worked in radio in Madison since 1992, with two years spent in Tucson AZ. I love rooting for the UW and the Packers. Especially because we have brats and lots of beer for the games. We don’t care about body image at the games. That’s comforting when you have to wear your “fat pants”! Plus, we have brats…Did I mention that I love brats?”      – Tam