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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Trainer Profile: Pam Prince

4 04 2010

Pam Prince

Pam Prince and her partner, Phil Meinholz run Meinpferde Farm in Deerfield, WI. Together, they run a busy riding school and breeding program. Not only does Pam devote much her time to teaching and training, she also is  a Geneticist at the University of Wisconsin and a mom! Pam is training 3-time Olympian, Suzy Favor Hamilton, for ARIAT Jumping with the Stars at the Midwest Horse Fair on Sunday, April 18th.

On a recent visit, Pam introduced many of her horses. It is obvious Pam has a big heart. Her herd includes some rescues mixed in with the warmbloods.

 

Pam, Suzy and Lara

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Meinpferde Farm’s rolling hills provide a relaxed atmosphere to learn and enjoy horses. Sable and Seamus, the Meinpferde Farm dogs, announce your arrival with enthusiasm!

Sable peers into the indoor arena.

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Don’t forget to support your favorite celebrity team and American Family Children’s Hospital by visiting:

http://ourkids.uwhealth.org/jumping





Suzy and Pam Having a Blast!

31 03 2010

Suzy Favor Hamilton rides Iphicles in a lesson with her trainer, Pam Prince from Meinpferde Farm (with a special appearance by Seamus, the dog!).





Suzy is Full of Surprises!

22 03 2010

Pam coaches Suzy on position.

Suzy Favor Hamilton brought her friend, Lara along for her lesson with Pam Prince at Meinpferde Farm. Lara is a rider and is very excited to see her friend take lessons. Ariat sent a new jacket for Suzy to try, which fit perfectly. She thought it would be fun to wear it  in the lesson.

Suzy surprises us on so many levels. First, she learns so quickly, second, she is so confident,  she wants to jump NOW, and third, she asks us, “Does anyone do this naked?  You just feel so free!” She was warned. That was going in the blog!

Suzy and Iphicles over the cross rails.

Team Suzy hasn’t lessoned as much as some of her competitors, but she is a quick study. Her horse, Iphicles is a tremendous partner for a new rider. If things were ever to fall apart, he would just stop. She was able to trot in to a line of ground poles and canter away. That was her first canter. She stayed balanced and together. Pam thought this was a good time for Suzy to feel what it is like to jump. She rode the line of cross rails. What an amazing team! Suzy has the potential to be really good at this sport. Go Suzy and Pam!

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Pam, Iphicles, Lara and Suzy.





Suzy’s First Lesson!

5 03 2010

Suzy is rocking and rolling in her first lesson on Iphicles at Meinpferd Farm with Pam Prince and Phil Meinholz. She learned posting, two-point and  a little steering. Go Suzy, go!





Keeping up with Suzy!

25 02 2010

Suzy Favor Hamilton is raring to go. The three-time Olympian had her first lesson with Pam Prince at Meinpferd Farm first thing in the morning. Her horse, Iphicles or “Iph” was Phil’s (Pam’s partner) jumper for many years.

Pam, Iph and Suzy.

Nowadays Iph, an extremely sweet warmblood gelding, spends his time teaching people to ride and jump. He is the perfect companion and teammate for Suzy. Iphicles is named after one of Hercules’ half brothers in Greek Mythology.

Suzy learns to steer.

Suzy, with her striking good looks, was the picture of elegance in her Ariat togs, boots and Troxel helmet. It was a chilly morning and she wore a polar fleece top embroidered with the logo of a Madison speed skating club. Her friend and Ariat Jumping with the Stars! competitor, Casey FitzRandolph introduced Suzy to speed skating. Now they will both be learning a sport that is not about speed- but about rhythm and control. Suzy is an incredible athlete! She catches on fast! After the lesson Suzy sped off to meet a client. Go Suzy!

Pam Prince is a geneticist and Meinpferd Farm (which means “my horse” in German) is the perfect breeding ground for RPSI (Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International) sport horses. Pam and Phil also have an active lesson program and boarding clients.

Pam shows Suzy how to hold the reins.