Yesterday evening, longtime AQHA members, breeders, and active horse enthusiasts, Kathy and Jerry Tobin, took their show on the road to New York where they had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch their son perform on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In their day-to-day life, the duo divides their time between Arizona and Texas caring for their show horses, evaluating new prospects, and promoting their beloved stallion, “Al,” with guidance from trainers Jim and Deanna Searles. Al, who was once described as the equine version of Tom Selleck, is the 2000, 16.2 hand, bay AQHA stallion, who also just happens to be a multiple AQHA World and Congress Champion sire.
But yesterday, the Tobin family took a break from the equine industry to hobnob with a few celebrities and rub shoulders with the one and only, late night TV host, David Letterman. The occasion for making the journey to the Big Apple came about when they were notified a month ago that their son, Hayden Tobin, would be performing as part of the band with Hanni El Khatib.
For the evening’s performance, the band decided to play “Family” from the artist’s second album, Head In The Dirt. While the crew prepared the set, Hayden generously “warmed up” the guest chair for Matt Damon.
Caption: Hayden “warming up” the chair for Matt Damon, Letterman’s guest. Photo provided by Kathy Tobin.
“Letterman tapes in the old Ed Sullivan Theater, where as kids, Jerry and I watched The Beatles perform on our old black and white TVs,” Kathy Tobin says. “We never thought we would step foot in that theater.”
“Hayden played a piano he had just found on Craigslist that morning. He also played guitar in the song and got to shake Letterman’s hand afterwards. We sat in the balcony cheering them on!”
If you weren’t awake at 11:30 last night, don’t worry, you can watch a replay of the entire show on CBS.com by clicking here. Or watch the band’s performance on YouTube by clicking here. Be sure to watch for Hayden. He’s the talented musician that had to juggle playing the piano and guitar during the same song!
“It was definitely an unexpected thrill of a lifetime for Hayden and us,” Tobin says.
Caption: Like mother, like son. Photo provided by Kathy Tobin.
Congratulations to our friends on this exciting accomplishment. We wish Hayden and the band the best of luck in the future.