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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Heather Dobbs and Carl Tanner, winners of the Media Celebrity Sports Challenge at WIHS. Photo by © 2006
Since 1958, The WIHS has been one of the nation's leading championship horse shows, hosting some of the finest horses and riders from the
The challenge combined teams of show jumpers and media celebrities in a face off with other jumper/celebrity pairs. Every pair was given an obstacle course in a relay race format and was scored based upon the time it took for them to complete the challenge. Each show jumper rode a horse, and every celebrity drove a Kawasaki Mule, which is a high powered golf cart. The winners of the challenge, were awarded a check for $1,000 made out to the charity of their choice.
The celebrities included:
Leon Harris- Anchor of ABC Channel 7. His charity is For Love of Children: www.flocdc.org . For Love of Children’s mission is to provide young children and high-risk youth with the resources to achieve educational and personal success through a continuum of educational services that prepares them to become confident, life-long learners and contributing members of their communities.
Carl Tanner- World renowned American tenor and
Jimmy Alexander- DJ for MIX 107.3’s Jack Diamond Morning Show. Alexander’s charity is Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF: www.jdrf.org . JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Marilyn Cooley- From WETA-FM, and owner of Nova Holistic Animal Care. Cooley’s charity is Animal Welfare League of
Leon Harris described why he chose For Love of Children ashis charity of choice. “When I moved to
The equestrians that competed in the challenge were:
Haylie Jayne- recipient of the Christy Conard Perpetual Trophy for Equestrian Excellence at the 2006 Winter Equestrian Festival
Julie Welles- 2005 winner of the WIHS Equitation Classic and USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals
Brianne Goutal- winner of all four major Equitation Finals and Individual Gold Medalist at the 2005 NAJYRC
Hillary Dobbs- Individual Gold Medalist at the 2006 Prix des States at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Heather Dobbs- winner of the Marantz Family High Junior Jumper Classic at the 2006 Hampton Classic Horse Show
The Celebrity Ride and Drive was off to a fast start when Hillary Dobbs rode Quincy B, and Alexander took off on the Kawasaki Mule over the obstacle course with a vengeance, incurring four seconds in penalties each, making their final time 98.437.
Goutal and Mon Gamin had a very quick round. She and Cooley were next to challenge, and both ladies put in fault free performances and had a lightning fast time of 84.479.
Heather Dobbs and Tanner were the third pair to go. Dobbs had a great time but an unfortunate rail, and Tanner went all out and finished without hitting any cones. Their time was an astounding 84.036.
Welles and Harris were the last team to compete in the Challenge. Welles had a blistering time, but had two rails down, and Harris went around clean, giving them a third place time of 86.860.
Final Results of the Celebrity Sports Challenge
1. Heather Dobbs/Carl Tanner 84.036
2. Brianne Goutal/Marilyn Cooley 84.479
3. Julie Welles/Leon Harris 86.860
4. Hillary Dobbs/Jimmy Alexander 98.437
“I want to drive the mule again,” Tanner exclaimed. He did get to take one more pass as the winning pair entered the winner’s circle, then he turned the keys over to Dobbs who took a turn speeding around on the Kawasaki Mule. “I would do it again in a minute,” Tanner said. “Just don’t make me ride a horse!”
The winners of the challenge, Heather Dobbs and Carl Tanner, were awarded a check for $1,000 made out to The Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aides Foundation.
Photo Credit: Heather Dobbs and Carl Tanner, winners of the Media Celebrity Sports Challenge at WIHS. Photo by © 2006