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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ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! Judges: Oliver Kennedy

13 04 2010

Oliver judging Ocala.

ARIAT Jumping with the Stars! is excited to have Oliver Kennedy as a member of our judges panel. Oliver will also announce the $40,000 Nutrena Grand Prix on Saturday night.

Oliver resides in Brookeville, MD where he and his wife and son Will operate their ESP Farm. He is a United States Equestrian Federation “R” Jumper Judge and is also an FEI “I” Jumper Judge. He maintains a busy judging schedule that has included the Royal Winter Fair, Winter Equestrian Festival (Wellington, FL),Washington International, Hampton Classic, Vermont Summer Festival, Ocala Winter Circuit, Indio Desert Circuit, KY Spring and Summer Shows along with two USET Pan American Games Trials and the 1996 USET Olympic Trials. Oliver has managed such shows as the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Legacy Cup, St. Christopher’s, Wachovia Jumper Classic at Beacon Hill, Columbia Benefit Grand Prix, Great Meadow Invitational, and the Syracuse Invitational Sport Horse Tournament. Along with his management and judging duties Oliver announces a number of a major horse shows such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, Washington International, USEF Pony Finals, Ocala Winter Circuit, Keswick, KY Summer, Lexington Spring Premier, and Upperville. His Television duties have included commentating for CBS, OLN, the BBC, Fox Sports, Prime Sports Network, MSG Network, and Yorkshire Television.

Oliver is the Vice Chairman of the USHJA Jumper Council, Chairman of the USHJA Zone III Jumper Committee, and a member of the USHJA Show Management Committee. He is a past president of the Maryland Horse Shows Association and a member of the Board of the American Hunter & Jumper Foundation.