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.

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Connie and Abby are on Course

29 03 2010

Connie Kellie of the Connie and Fish Show is training with Abby Mazza at Newstone Farm in preparation for ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair on Sunday, April 18th.





Team Connie is Cookin’

19 03 2010

Connie trots some poles.

Connie, of the Connie and Fish Show, and Abby from Newstone Farm have been working hard and it shows! Connie has developed a great position and really strong legs. She is doing great. Mario got a little under the weather  for a few days. So, rather than stress him out, the Newstone team decided to have Connie give Robin a try. Robin is a solid Paint mare. She and Connie make a great team.

Abby, Connie and Robin.

Abby coaches Connie over a pole.

Next week Connie will be on vacation in Cabo. She’s thinking she might just take that horseback ride on the beach, now that she knows a thing or two about riding. Go for it, Connie!





Connie’s first lesson-posting!

27 02 2010

Check out this video of Connie’s first lesson. She’s riding Mario and you’ll see her learning to post. Go Connie!! Her trainers are Kate Bomgaars Reuter and Abby Mazza of Newstone Farm in Oconomowoc. That’s Abby in the video. For the story behind this video, read an earlier post called Connie Cathes on Fast! (posted Feb. 18, 2010)





Connie Catches on Fast!

18 02 2010

Connie and Mario.

Connie Kellie had her first lesson with Abby Mazza yesterday at Newstone Farm in Oconomowoc. Abby is Kate Reuter’s right hand person, while she’s away showing her Grand Prix jumper, Linus,  in Florida. Abby does all the round pen work, and breaking of the young horses at Newstone Farm. She teaches lessons to their clients and rides all the horses.

George Mallet  from Today’s TMJ4 in Milwaukee, showed up to say hello and try on his duds! We all converged in the ultra-homey Newstone Farm lounge around the fireplace, and Connie and George tried on their clothes. Meanwhile, Mario was all tacked up and ready to go. Mario is an ex-Grand Prix show jumper with a heart of pure gold. What a sweetie-pie!

Connie did great! She has an excellent sense of rhythm and learned to post very quickly. Kudos to Abby and Connie for accomplishing so much in the first lesson! Check out Connie & Fish’s website at www.connieandfish.com, and click here to go to their  hugely popular Facebook site.

George Mallet in his new Ariat and Troxel duds.

Connie on Grand Prix show jumper, Mario, and trainer, Abby.






Trainer Spotlight: Kate Bomgaars Reuter

11 02 2010

Kate began riding at the age of four at the Paddock in Rochester, Minnesota, where she was born and raised. By age 16 she began riding with Olympian, Laura Kraut in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She commuted four hours each way every week for the opportunity. As an amateur she won every major high amateur owner classic at every major event, including: Palm Beach, Madison Square Garden, Spruce Meadows, Cincinnati, Ocala, Chicago, Detroit, Lake Placid and more.

Kate Bomgaars Reuter, shown here with Linus, from Newstone Farm in Oconomowoc.

With her Grand Prix stallion, Online (Linus) Kate won seven Grand Prix in 2008 and two more in 2009, with top placings in many others around the country. More recently, Kate has trained with Olympic trainer, Frank Gombolay.

Kate owns and operates Newstone Farm in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a premier hunter/jumper facility. Go to www.newstonefarm.com for more on Kate and Newstone Farm. Kate and Newstone Farm Assistant Trainer, Abby Mazza will train Connie Kelly, from the Connie and Fish Show on Z104 Madison and 97 the Brew in Milwaukee: www.connieandfish.com.