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.

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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.





Trainer Profile: Kathleen Caya

10 04 2010

Kathleen Caya

George Mallet, from Today’s TMJ4 in Milwaukee, describes Kathleen Caya as a very observant instructor. She’s that and so much more. Kathleen has been training at Cheska Farm in Waukesha for the last seven years. Cheska Farm is well-known for fine quality hunters and jumpers. Kathleen has done double duty for Ariat Jumping with the Stars! She took on Kidd O’Shea, from the Kidd and Elizabeth Show on 99.1 WMYX as her student. Kidd has been a really fast learner, he is doing so well for the short time he has been riding. It helps to be tall, thin and fit. It also helps to have someone like Kathleen on the ground, coaching you along.

Kidd, Hannah and Kathleen afer their first lesson.

Kathleen offered to bring the horse George would ride to host Ariat Jumping with the Stars! She would give him some lessons to make certain they were good to go on April 18th. It just so happened that George was trying to bring his newly adopted, off the track, racehorse, Brahma, to Wisconsin to start his new career. Kathleen helped him with the shipping and has been helping George and Brahma get it all together.

We look forward to seeing Kathleen and her students, Kidd and George at the Midwest Horse Fair!

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George and Brahma in a lesson with Kathleen.





George and Brahma: A Love Connection!

3 04 2010

George Mallet, Anchor and Reporter  from Today’sTMJ4 in Milwaukee met Brahma on the day he was born. He was covering a story at a thoroughbred breeding farm. He never forgot that foal and followed his career for 5 years. When Brahma was to be retired from racing, George jumped at the chance to buy him and give him a great home. While prepping for his role as the mounted host of ARIAT Jumping with the Stars!, George met Kathleen Caya at Cheska Farm. Kathleen has been helping George and retraining Brahma in his transition from the racetrack.





Host Spotlight: George Mallet

9 03 2010

George and Brahma at Cheska Farm

George Mallet wanted to be a jockey when he grew up. There was only one problem. He grew up to be six-foot three! So, he thought, the next best thing to being a jockey was to be the guy on horseback interviewing the jockey after he won the race.

George joined TODAY’S TMJ4 team in 2007 after more than 20 years in journalism. George’s career began in 1983 at The Associated Press in New York City. But the television bug bit him quickly when he ventured across Rockefeller Center to join NBC News as a desk assistant.

George’s first on-air job was at KUAM in Guam, but it was a short stint. After two loads of wash, he decided to return to the mainland for a position at WITN in Washington, North Carolina. George’s next stop was WTVD, the ABC-owned station in Raleigh-Durham, NC where he reported and anchored the 5:30 evening news.

George covers the Kentucky Derby.

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During his 12 years in the South, George covered every hurricane to hit the fragile barrier islands of the Carolinas. He was always the first reporter out the door to cover breaking national news stories, including the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta and the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.

In 1997, George moved to Philadelphia and joined WTXF, where he quickly won two Emmy awards for his coverage of spot news. After six years of reporting/anchoring weekend broadcasts, George began hosting Good Day Philadelphia. During his time on Good Day, George realizes his dream of covering the Triple Crown races of Philadelphia’s colts including Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Barbaro and Hard Spun.

Brahma Fear in the winner's circle.

Covering a story at a thoroughbred farm in 2005, a colt of grandsire Secretariat, was born. George had to see the grand baby of the greatest racehorse of all time. He met Brahma Fear that day and never forgot him. Brahma went on to win over $100,000 in his racing career. George kept tabs on Brahma. Just recently Brahma was retired from racing, and George jumped at the chance to buy him. Brahma arrived in Wisconsin last week. He will go through a retraining process with Kathleen Caya at Cheska Farm to learn his new job.

George will ride another thoroughbred, Tyler from Cheska Farm, as the mounted host of Ariat Jumping with the Stars!





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.