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.

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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.


ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! Judges: Mark Aplin

15 04 2010

Mark Aplin

Mark started riding at 9 years old and started showing at 12 with his first horse, an Appendix named Josh. After progressing from Short Stirrup to Children’s Hunters, Mark moved on to more serious competition, showing in Medal/Maclay classes, Junior Hunters, Regular Working Hunters, and Ch/Ad Jumpers. His junior accomplishments were placing 2nd at Zone 2 Medal Finals twice, qualifying for USET Finals, and the 1993 Syracuse PHA Junior Rider Sportsmanship Award. When he was 15, he started buying horses and schooling them from the Pre-Greens to Training Jumpers before them. As an amateur riding at John Madden Sales, he competed in the A/O Hunters and Jumpers before turning pro in 1994.

As an instructor, Mark derives his influence and style from his own trainers, Susan Lowe, Michael Page, and John Madden. After successfully coaching students to Medal/Maclay Finals on the East Coast, Mark decided to try his hand at intercollegiate equestrian competition, and in 2003 he moved to Wisconsin to coach the UW-Madison Equestrian Team. Since becoming the head coach, UWET has had two individual National Champions, won seven Regional Championships and one Reserve Championship, had six IHSA Nationals appearances, and of those six has placed in the top ten four times. Mark also coaches students privately, assisting them at A, AA, and NIHJA shows. His riders have achieved Zone 6 Reserve Championships in the Adult Amateur Hunters and Jumpers and have made appearances at USEF Pony Finals.

Mark’s students value him for his experience and knowledge as well as for his caring attitude. Every student and every horse is important, regardless of ability or show experience, and his quality instruction has helped even the most timid rider build confidence and poise in the saddle.

Mark Aplin is the Coach of the UW Intercollegiate Equestrian Team.