Ariat Jumping with the Stars!

At the Midwest Horse Fair®

“This is so much fun! I am addicted!”

- Leigh Mills to the crowd after her winning round

Ariat Jumping with the Stars! at the Midwest Horse Fair® paired Wisconsin hunter/jumper trainers with local celebrities. All beginner riders, the  celebrities took lessons for 3 months to learn how to walk, trot, canter and jump a course of fences. Participating celebrities include Madison’s beloved Olympic runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Connie Kellie from the Connie and Fish morning show on WZEE-FM (104.1) and The Brew  (97.3) in Milwaukee, evening anchor, Leigh Mills from NBC15 in Madison, John Flint from John and Tammy on 96.3 Star Country in Madison, Casey FitzRandolph, Olympic Speed-skating Gold Medalist, and Kidd O’Shea from Kidd and Elizabeth in the Morning on 99.1 WMYX. Hosts included Tammy Lee from the John and Tammy show, George Mallet, anchor from Today’s TMJ4 in Milwaukee and veteran radio personality, Robin Ellis. The participants were completely suited in apparel and boots from title sponsor, Ariat and helmets from Troxel. The Celebrity riders’ progress was posted on the Ariat Jumping with the Stars! blog, on Facebook and Twitter and followed closely by fans.

At the Midwest Horse Fair® they demonstrated their abilities over a course of jumps to a record Sunday audience. A panel of judges comprised of distinguished horse professionals scored the teams. Audience members had the opportunity to text vote on their cell phones. In the end, Leigh Mills and trainer, Stephanie Veloff Histed, wowed the crowd with a polished performance and walked  away with a trophy, an Arc de Triomphe bridle, other prizes, and bragging rights.

The event benefited American Family Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center featuring nationally recognized pediatric specialists in fields from cardiology to cancer. Opened in 2007 and located in Madison, Wisconsin, the state-of-the-art facility continues to win widespread praise for the warm, soothing atmosphere that enhances a child’s ability to heal.