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.

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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!”

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Ariat Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair.

8 02 2010

Madison's beloved 3-time Olympian, Suzy Favor Hamilton.

The first ever Ariat Jumping with the Stars! is coming to the Midwest Horse Fair on Sunday, April 18 at around 12:30 PM.  We have five celebrity, beginner riders. They have been paired with Wisconsin hunter/jumper trainers. They have from now until April 18th to learn to walk, trot and canter and jump a course of fences and demonstrate their abilities. A panel of judges, all seasoned  horse professionals, will comment on the celebrity rides and score the teams. Audience members will have the opportunity to sign on to an SMS service to add their text vote on their cell phones. The winning trainer/celebrity team will walk away with a trophy, an Arc de Triomphe bridle, other prizes, and bragging rights.

Kidd O'Shea from Kidd and Elizabeth in the Morning" on 99.1 WMYX Milwaukee.

We have an incredible roster of competitors!  Your host for all the fun is horse enthusiast, George Mallet from Today’s TMJ4 in Milwaukee. Madison’s own Olympic runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton will train with Pamela Prince from Meinpferde Farm, Connie Kelly from the Connie and Fish morning show on WZEE-FM (104.1) and The Brew  (97.3) in Milwaukee will train with Kate Bomgaars Reuter (who, by the way, will ride in the  $40,000 Nutrena Grand Prix on Saturday night), evening anchor, Leigh Mills from WMTV NBC 15  in Madison is paired with Stephanie Veloff Histed from Timeless Farm. Kidd O’ Shea is the go anywhere, do anything co-host of Kidd and Elizabeth in the Morning on 99.1 WMYX  Milwaukee. He will train with Kathleen Caya from Cheska Farm in Waukesha. John Flint from the John and Tammy Show on 96.2 Star Country will head over to the Hoofer Equestrian Center to train with Andrea Bill.

Leigh Mills from NBC 15 in Madison.

The event benefits American Family Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center featuring nationally recognized pediatric specialists in fields from cardiology to cancer. Opened in 2007 and located in Madison, Wisconsin, the state-of-the-art facility continues to win widespread praise for the warm, soothing atmosphere that enhances a child’s ability to heal.

John Flint from the John and Tammy Show on 96.2 Star Country

Check by often. We’ll be chronicling all the fun leading up to the event!

Connie Kellie of the Connie & Fish Show on Z104 Madison and 97.3 the Brew Milwaukee