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The Outdoor Season Begins!

logoMay 24, 2012

A GREAT START TO THE OUTDOOR SEASON

MIDSTATES SPRING SHOW

The Quail Run team has been quite busy this Spring.  During the first week of a May a small group of competitors from Quail Run headed North and East to Mason City, IA to participate in the MIDSTATES HORSE SHOWS Spring show taking place May 2-6, 2012.  The weather in Iowa in May can often times be questionable, but this time we lucked out with some rain storms during the night, but mostly sunny weather during the competition hours. 

The Quail Run team quickly found success with Chloe Heng dominating the 12-14 Equitation division.  Winning the first over fences class and the Under Saddle, Chloe would go on the next day to secure the Champion in that division.  Aboard her own horse "Dancing Solo", Chloe also flirted with magnificence in the Jumper ring.  Moving up a division into the High Child/Adult Jumpers, Chloe and Solo consistently found a smooth effective ride.  In the High Child/Adult Classic, the team secured a clear first round and elected to return at the end of the class for the Jump Off.  The pair were the last to compete and you could see it in Chloe's eyes that she was going to go for it!  Chloe and Solo laid down a very fast track, which gave them the winning time, but an unlucky rail bumped them to a 5th place finish!  Well done Chloe!

Astro_-_GP2_STL_FEB_2012Success for the QR team continued that week with Tom Urban's "Astro Boy".  So far this season Astro has done nothing but great things, and this week was no different.  As a warm-up class Dan Urban piloted the 9yo Holsteiner gelding around 1.30m Stake class securing a 3rd place finish.  That same day Tom Urban also rode him around the High Child/Adult class with a fault free first round that secured him a Blue Ribbon without having to Jump Off.  Then Saturday rolled around and Astro was entered in the Grand Prix.  The weather was gloomy and the footing wet, but the track set by Mauricio Garcia was set and ready to go. 

Dan and Astro were the 7th entry out of a field of 10 and they posted a smooth, conservative, clear round that was just barely within the time allowed of 69 seconds.  They were the second pair to complete the course fault free and assured the crowd of a Jump Off.  In the end just 3 horse and rider combinations were to return.  Kim Barone aboard her own "Rival", Dan Urban and "Astro Boy", and Heidi Hildebrand about "Laurant".  At this point the weather could just not hold anymore.  The gloomy sky turned into a downpour as they prepared for the jump off.  Kim and "Rival" were galloping to !0a & 10b, when a huge bolt of lighting lit up the sky.  Kim continued her trip only to find a bit a trouble at the last oxer.  A refusal at the last jump gave the pair 4 jumping and some time faults.  Dan and "Astro" entered the ring next.  The pair were tidy and smooth and most importantly laid down a clear trip putting the pressure on Ms. Hildebrand.  Heidi began her round and appeared to be just a bit quicker that Dan and Astro until they also found trouble at the last jump.  With a refusal, Heidi tipped her hat and called it day, and just like that Dan Urban and "Astro Boy" had won their first Grand Prix!!!  Not only was it the horse's first GP win but it was Dan's as well!!  CONGRATULATIONS!!

MAFFITT LAKE SPRING GATHERING I

Heading straight on from Mason City the QR team travelled halfway back home to the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Des Moines, IA for the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center's Spring Gathering I, May 9-13.  Here, amongst unseasonalby wonderful weather, the QR success continued. 

Jacques_jump1Patrice Urban returned to the show ring for her second competition since having back surgery in November.  She had competed earlier in the season at the indoor shows in St. Louis, but this would mark her return to the outdoor shows.  After some early week preparation, Patrice was ready to get back in the ring about her own "Cousteaux" and the pair competed in the 3'6" Amateur Owner Hunters.  Patrice and "Jacques" instantly found success with a "clean-sweep" of the division on Saturday, winning both Over Fences classes and the Under Saddle.  The second hunter round was the first round of the Junior Amateur/Owner Hunter Classic and the team came away with a score of 82.  Sunday's competiton provided Patrice with more victories!  The pair closed out the A/O division securing the Champion, and while doing so laid down an excellent hunter classic round that won them the Blue!!  But wait, it gets better!  "Jacques" and Patrice entered the $5000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Saturday May 12.  The pair laid down a very nice 1st round giving them a 7th place finish out of 17 and a chance to come back for the Handy round.  After looking at the course intently, Patrice and her trainers decided on a competitive track complete with inside turns and a funky roll back to a trot fence.  Patrice rode the plan and came out of the ring with a smile as she knew she was competitive.  Patrice and one other rider, Grand Prix rider Laura Linback, were the only amateurs to return to the ring for the Handy round.  When all was said and done, Patrice and "Jacques" came away with an 8th place finish overall!!  Excellent job Patrice!!

MAFFITT LAKE SPRING GATHERING II

After juggling a few horses and riders the QR team was ready to continue their success in Week 2 of the horse shows at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER. 

This time Gita Deonarain joined us at the horse show and found success in the 3' ring aboard her own "Tiger".  Earlier in the week "Tiger" brought home the Champion in the Non-Thoroughbred division with Dannee Charlesworth in the irons, and that trend continued when "Tiger" earned a second Champion.  This time the success was in the Children's Hunter division with Gita in the saddle.  The pair also finished 2nd overall in the Children's Hunter Classic.  Well done!!

Chloe Heng made the trek from Omaha to compete in the second week of competition in Des Moines.  With her horse "Dancing Solo" she went on to win the 12-14 Eq over fences!  The pair also found many good ribbons in the High Child/Adult and placed 6th overall in High Child/Adult Classic.  Not too shabby for the second horse show in the High Child/Adult division!  Great job!!

Emily Adams made her return to the show ring aboard her very cute and talented "Chilado CWF".  "Chilado" found many ribbons in both the Pre-Green Hunters with Dannee Charlesworth and the Children's Hunters with Emily in the irons.  Excellent job, especially considering it was the horses' first show at the 3' height.  We expect much more future success for Emily and "Chilado". 

The DeLano family joined us yet again at the horse show.  This time Beth DeLano made her return to the show ring aboard Quail Run's "Millie on Air".  "Millie" secured a champion in the Maffitt Lake Hunter division and helped Beth find 3rd place in the INHJA medal.  Glad to see you back at the show, and in the saddle Beth!

Katie DeLano made an appearance at the show after completing her first year at Kansas State University.  Riding her own "Ioupi des Cerisy", Katie came away Champion in the High Child/Adult division and placed 2nd in High Child/Adult Classic!!  Well done!!  "Ioupi" was also Champion in the 1.00m jumpers with Dannee Charlesworth as the pilot. 

Joining us at the show this time was Joe Nash from Kansas City.  Joe secured the Champion in the Amateur Owner divsion, and allowed Katie DeLano to show his second mount in the Adult Amateurs.  Here Katie and the mare were Reserve Champion.

Overall all the horse shows in May have proved to be an overwhelming success!!

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

DanJacques_-_2011Let's hope that the above mentioned success continues as Quail Run approaches the launch of our own horse shows!!

The START OF SUMMER AT QUAIL RUN kicks off May 30-June 3 at the Quail Run Horse Centre, Inc in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Check out the following link for all the information about the show!!  QUAIL RUN HORSE SHOW

Other activities include:

The PHOENIX EQUESTRIAN CENTER Hunter Jumper Show taking place May 23-27. 

The MIDSTATES HORSE SHOWS will be hosting the second installment of the series, "Summerfest" June 6-10, 2012 at the North Iowa Event Center in Mason City, IA. 

QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS is hosting their 2012 Lake St. Louis Festival from June 19-July 1, 2012.  There will be 4, 3-day "A" rated horses run during this time period.  That is 4 chances to get points!!  Especially in the Equitation divisions!!

Festival I:  June 19-21, 2012

Festival II: June 22-24, 2012

Festival III: June 26-28, 2012

Festival IV: June 29-July1, 2012

Be sure to let a QR staff member know if you have any interest in participating in the above events.

DJU