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.

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John’s First Lesson!

3 03 2010

Not only his first lesson, but his very first time on a horse. He is amazing! He’s riding Bailey at Hoofer Equestrian Center, and the trainer is Andi Bill. Go Team John!





Trainer Spotlight: Andrea Bill

28 02 2010

Andrea Bill

Andrea Bill’s first “outing” as a two-week old baby was to a horse show. Later, Andrea did a lot of leadline, both in and out of the show ring. Her first real teacher was an elderly and very small pony named “Tiny”. Andrea competed at Pony Finals every year from 1986 through 1995. At Mount Holyoke College, she successfully competed in Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and rode as an alternate on the United States Intercollegiate team in Luxembourg and Malmo, Sweden. Andrea was chef d’equipe for the winning American team in 1999 and was captain of the Mount Holyoke team in her junior and senior years. After graduating from Mount Holyoke in 2001 with a double major in Latin and Physics, she pressed on to earn her civil engineering degree from University of Massachusetts while serving as assistant coach of the Mount Holyoke team.

Andi Bill wearing her other hat.

Andrea moved to Madison in 2004, entered the graduate program in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and immediately searched for a way to ride and teach. She started teaching at Hoofer Equestrian Center in 2005, was Hoofer Riding Club President for two years and currently holds the position of Head of Instruction.

Hoofers is a unique organization. It is completely student run and adheres to all the regulations of the University of Wisconsin. It is open to students and the general public for lessons and boarding and serves as home to the University of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. There are around sixty horses at the facility and nearly a hundred students in the lesson program.

Andi is the Traffic Safety Engineering Program Manager at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin and Head of Instruction at Hoofers and somehow finds time to work on her Ph.D. She is teamed with John Flint from John and Tammy on Star Country 96.3 for Ariat Jumping with the Stars!





Live Interview on the John & Tammy Show!

17 02 2010

Early this morning, listeners of WMAD 96.3 Star Country radio in Madison were treated to a live interview with our newest celebrity competitor. He is a two-time Olympian and Gold Medal winner. Can you guess who our famous mystery rider is? Join our Facebook fan page and post your guess – you could win a free Ariat ball cap! In the meantime, be sure to visit John & Tammy’s blog. The interview is posted along with a great photo, and you can listen to the interview!

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