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.


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 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!

Andi and John be Jammin’

23 03 2010

John learning 2 point.

John Flint  (from the John and Tammy Show on 96.3 Star Country) and his coach, Andi Bill (from the Hoofer Riding Club) are making great strides. It helps that John has natural balance and rhythm. It also helps that Bailey, his horse for Ariat Jumping with the Stars!, is one of the

Balance is key!

sweetest, steadiest creatures on four legs! John is steering and posting the trot. In this lesson he learned to canter. He can canter and steer all the way around the ring! This is fabulous for the fourth lesson! Considering John recently tweaked his back, he is doing so well. Keep it up John, riding strengthens your back muscles!

Who will come out on top on April 18th? The competition gets tougher every day! This is definitely one team to watch!





A gorgeous day at Hoofer Riding Club.

Where’s Casey?

11 03 2010

Tammy, Casey and John at 96.3 Star Country.

If you listened to Casey FitzRandolph on John and Tammy on 96.3 Star Country, you heard the challenge he made to John. You also heard that Casey had arthroscopic knee surgery, giving John a head start. John has been riding Bailey under the guidance of Andi Bill at Hoofer Riding Club and has been doing great.

So what’s up with Casey? Well, Casey had his surgery. All went well. He hasn’t started his lessons quite yet but is reading a copy of Hunter Seat Equitation by George Morris. He also took some time to go visit his trainer, Carrie Zander at PrairieSun Stables in New Glarus and become acquainted with his horse for Ariat Jumping with the Stars!, Sluggo. He should start his lessons soon! We’ll be sure to have all the details!

Casey, his wife, Jenn and their cute kids visit Sluggo and Carrie.

Trainer Spotlight: Andrea Bill

28 02 2010

Andrea Bill

Andrea Bill’s first “outing” as a two-week old baby was to a horse show. Later, Andrea did a lot of leadline, both in and out of the show ring. Her first real teacher was an elderly and very small pony named “Tiny”. Andrea competed at Pony Finals every year from 1986 through 1995. At Mount Holyoke College, she successfully competed in Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and rode as an alternate on the United States Intercollegiate team in Luxembourg and Malmo, Sweden. Andrea was chef d’equipe for the winning American team in 1999 and was captain of the Mount Holyoke team in her junior and senior years. After graduating from Mount Holyoke in 2001 with a double major in Latin and Physics, she pressed on to earn her civil engineering degree from University of Massachusetts while serving as assistant coach of the Mount Holyoke team.

Andi Bill wearing her other hat.

Andrea moved to Madison in 2004, entered the graduate program in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and immediately searched for a way to ride and teach. She started teaching at Hoofer Equestrian Center in 2005, was Hoofer Riding Club President for two years and currently holds the position of Head of Instruction.

Hoofers is a unique organization. It is completely student run and adheres to all the regulations of the University of Wisconsin. It is open to students and the general public for lessons and boarding and serves as home to the University of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. There are around sixty horses at the facility and nearly a hundred students in the lesson program.

Andi is the Traffic Safety Engineering Program Manager at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin and Head of Instruction at Hoofers and somehow finds time to work on her Ph.D. She is teamed with John Flint from John and Tammy on Star Country 96.3 for Ariat Jumping with the Stars!