Team John Gives a Preview to Benefit American Children’s Family Hospital

12 04 2010

Andi and Bailey

On a gorgeous sunny day at the Hoofer Equestrian Center, Team John, made up of  John Flint, of  96.3 Star

Silent auction goodies.

Country’s John and Tammy in the Morning, Andi Bill, Head Instructor of the Hoofer Riding Club and Bailey, the sweetest aged Holsteiner you’d ever want to meet, put on an exhibition ride, meet and greet and silent auction to benefit American Family Children’s Hospital. Hoofer Riding Club President, Sarah Springborn and John and Andi welcomed the crowd. Then everyone took a walk up the hill to the outdoor arena. John’s on-air partner Tammy Lee arrived in time to see John show what he’s been learning in his lessons. All cheered as John walked, trotted, cantered and jumped a course similar to what he’ll jump next week at the Midwest Horse Fair.

John works the crowd.

Up the hill to the ring.

Afterwards, the silent auction heated up and cake was served. John thought it was only right that Bailey have a little cake! About $400 was raised in donations and silent auction sales. The ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! team that raises the most funds, has an additional $5,000 donated to American Family Children’s Hospital in their name by the Midwest Horse Fair. The race is on! To donate on behalf of your favorite ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! celebrity click here.

John and Bailey over the crossrails.

Tammy with water and camera at the ready.

Team John's fans ringside.


John to do an Exhibition Ride and Meet and Greet at Hoofers!

5 04 2010

John Flint, from John and Tammy in the Morning on 96.3 Star Country in Madison, will demonstrate the riding and jumping skills he has learned in training with Andi Bill  in preparation for ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair.

John, Bailey and Andi.

John will meet and greet friends and fans at the Hoofer Equestrian Center on Sunday, the 11th at 1:00 PM. There will be a silent auction to benefit the American Family Children’s Hospital. We hope to see you there!!!  Click here for all the details.

John Becomes a Real Horseman- He Falls Off!

2 04 2010

John and Tammy on 96.3 Star Country discuss John’s fall on the air. John is in training with Andi Bill at Hoofer Equestrian Center preparing for ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Sunday, April 18th at 12:30!

John and Andi Jumping into Spring!

1 04 2010

What could be better than a ride outdoors on a gorgeous day? JUMPING outdoors on a gorgeous day! John Flint of 96.3 Star Country in Madison  is having the time of his life lessoning with Andi Bill at Hoofer Riding Club preparing for ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair. You go John!

Host Spotlight: Robin Ellis

7 03 2010

Robin Ellis (Robin Histed) began his broadcasting career in 1991 on WSUP, Tri-State’s best rock-n-roll, out of Platteville, WI.

Hired by WIBA 101.5 in 1992, Robin hosted the alternative music show “Radio Free Madison”.  When 92.1 WMAD first signed on the air in 1993, Robin came on board at Madison’s New Rock Alternative Station. Along with his full-time shift as a popular DJ on 92.1 WMAD, Robin hosted the hugely successful Saturday night music show the “Underground Lounge” until 1998.

Back in the day, Robin hosted live remotes, introduced big name bands, interviewed famous musicians, and even investigated the death of Kurt Cobain.

Since then, Robin has worked on various projects including hosting a television pilot. He now works in the Madison area. For the last eleven years Robin has served as the announcer of the Timeless Farm Series of Horse Shows, managed by his wife and Ariat Jumping with the Stars! trainer, Stephanie Veloff Histed.

Robin will be in the ring to get the reactions of our Ariat Jumping with the Stars! trainers. Today’s TMJ 4 ‘s George Mallet, will lead the festivities as our mounted Master of Ceremonies and Tammy Lee from 96.3 Star Country will be with the judges for their responses to the rounds.

John’s First Lesson!

3 03 2010

Not only his first lesson, but his very first time on a horse. He is amazing! He’s riding Bailey at Hoofer Equestrian Center, and the trainer is Andi Bill. Go Team John!

John Ride On!

23 02 2010

John, Bailey and Andi.

John Flint, from John and Tammy on 96.3 Star Country , was nervous for his first lesson. He did not know what to expect. John has never been on a horse. He is answering a challenge posed by Olympic Gold Medalist speed skater, Casey FitzRandolph,on the air to compete at the Midwest Horse Fair in Ariat Jumping with the Stars! on April 18th.


John on the lunge line.

Andi Bill, Head Instructor at Hoofer Equestrian Center is the perfect coach to take him from a complete non-rider to a confident competitor. Bailey is John’s ideal equine partner to support the effort. Bailey is an aged Holsteiner gelding that belongs to Andi. She competed him  to great success in his younger days. Now he focuses on teaching. He is kind, quiet and intelligent, an excellent match for John.

Everyone starts on the lunge so they can learn about body position, balance and rhythm before moving on to control. John has a natural relaxed way of moving with the horse. He was amazingly quick to get the posting trot. There was quite a bit of activity at Hoofers during John’s lesson.

Off the lunge line!

Everyone watching the lesson remarked on John’s natural abilities. John not only looks great in his Ariat outfit and Troxel helmet, he is definitely a contender! This is no sausage boy! Look out Ariat Jumping with the Stars competitors! John could be really good at this sport. Andi took John and Bailey off the lunge and they worked on steering and control. Well done!

A successful first lesson!

After the lesson, John gave Bailey some well-deserved candy canes and remarked, “I had no idea it would be this much fun!”