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QRcrewCHP12-3July 23, 2012

SUMMER IN THE ROCKIES

It is interesting to ponder what thoughts might have been going through the heads of the early pioneers as they packed up their livelihoods and traveled across the huge expanse of the Great Plains.  Day after day they traveled, slowly moving through endless prairie and badlands with nothing but open sky on the horizon.  One can only imagine their longing for the sea spray of the Pacific Ocean to mist upon their faces as they meandered westward each day.  What sort of bittersweet emotion must have consumed them as the landscape rose up in front of them in the form of the ominous and impressive Rocky Mountains?  Relief must have been tied closely with despair as the mountains provided an impressive change of scenery, but also a formidable barrier. 

These are the things that one might ponder as they make the trek across the expanse of Nebraska and into Eastern Colorado on the way to the Rockies.  Driving a truck pulling a trailer full horses is certainly a much more expedient way to make the journey, but the sense of awe and respect of Mother Nature remains the same.  The sight of the mountains certainly evoked more of a sense of relief than despair for the Quail Run crew, as it foreshadowed the end our travels to THE COLORADO HORSE PARK in Parker, Colorado.  The Quail Run team travelled the supposed* 8 1/2 hours to Parker for 3 weeks of Hunter/Jumper competition hosted by SHOWPLACE PRODUCTIONS of Chicago, IL. 

DanJacquesCHP12*For some the travelling was far beyond the 8 1/2 hours.  Just ask Tom and Dannee.  :-)

The Quail Run team arrived on July 2, 2012 for week IV of a six week circuit.  Competition started that week on July 4th, and what better way to be patriotic than to celebrate the fact that we are free to travel about the country and show our wonderful horses!  Quail Run found success right away with Patrice Urban's Cousteaux having a great showing in the 3'6" Performance Hunters.  Cousteaux secured the Reserve Champion in the division with Dan Urban in the irons.  Cousteaux went on to have success in the Amateur Owner division later on that week with Patrice Urban as the pilot. 

DanChevyCHP12Dan Urban brought his young guns Cornelius and Colonel Crusher to the Horse Park for some valuable experience.  During their stay in Parker, both horses showed tremendous progress.  Cornelius put down several excellent rounds, that included moving up to the 1.25m division for the first time with Dan.  Colonel Crusher showed his exuberance for being at a horse show, and also moved up to the 1.10m division.  The Quail Run trainers are excited for what the future might hold for these two powerhouses. 

Chloe Heng had a fabulous time at the Horse Park with her own Dancing Solo.  The pair competed successfully in many classes, including equitation and jumpers, but the highlight of the circuit was their Champion of the Low Ch/Ad Jumper division.  When Chloe and Solo are on their game, they can be clean, fast, and very tough to beat. 

Check out the following video of one of their rounds:

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Trainer Dannee Charlesworth joined us for the 2nd and 3rd weeks and piloted Dancing Solo to a 3rd place finish in the always exciting Match Race!

ZZCHP12In addition, Dannee brought up her new mount ZZ Money, and young mare, to her first ever "AA" rated horse show.  The pair successfully piloted several courses during the 2 weeks they were there, and each round showed improvement.  During the second week of competition the pair were fault free, and Champion of their division!  Way to go Dannee and ZZ!!  Looks like a bright future for that pair. 

Also joining us the second week was barn manager Tom Urban.  Tom does countless things for Quail Run, including driving back and forth to CO several times, and it is always fun to see him ride at the shows.  His usual style is to show up and try to have a great time whether he is working, showing, or hanging out.  Probably the most amazing part is that he hardly practices but shows up and competes with overwhelming success.  Showing for just one week, Tom won the $1500 Marshall & Sterling Ch/Ad classic, and then came back the next day and won the $2500 NAL TomWinningCHP12Ch/Ad Classic aboard his own Astro Boy!!  Excellent showing Tom!

Participating in all 3 weeks of competition that Quail Run attended, the DeLano girls, Katie and Hannah were of course awesome.  Hannah did an excellent job juggling the riding styles of both the equitation ring and the jumper ring aboard her own Venti. The pair competed in the major Medal competitions, including a 2nd place finish in the USEF Hunt Seat Medal, as well as riding quite well in the Low Junior/AO jumper division. Well done Hannah!! Katie DeLano and Ioupi des Cerisy stuck with the jumper ring, but did it very well.  The pair competed so well in the first two weeks of competition in the Low Junior/AO jumper division, that they moved up the second week and competed in a few High Junior/AO jumper classes.  That is certainly a remarkable feat!!  Great job DeLano girls.  It is always a pleasure to show with you!!

HannahVentiCHP2The shows at THE COLORADO HORSE PARK are always a blast to attend.  Our horses seem to love it there, the weather gives us a break from the intense heat at home, the show staff are friendly and certainly hard working, the competition is good, and the company is great!  Come join us next year when we return for the Summer in the Rockies!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Coming off the high of Quail Run's success we look forward to what's next!

Quail Run is very excited for the fast approaching End of Summer at Quail Run.  Our second "A" rated horse show will be taking place August 29 through September 2, 2012. 

THE PRIZELIST CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE!

Other notable events coming up in the near future will be:

The Two Rivers Summer Fest I & II held at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Des Moines, IA. This top quality show venue is only 160miles from Quail Run and plays host to several "AA" rated horse shows that boast a $25,000 National Standard Grand Prix each week.  The summer shows will be held August 8-12, 2012 and August 15-19, 2012.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run Staff member if you are interested in participating.  Entries close July 25, 2012!!

The Midstates Horse Shows Fall Show will take place September 12-16, 2012 at the NORTH IOWA EVENTS CENTER in Mason City, IA.  The show is managed by Kris Rame and MIDSTATES HORSE SHOWS.  It is always a good time in Mason City, with good competition, good people, and good places to eat.  Come on out with Quail Run and have some fun in Northern Iowa.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run Staff member if you are interested in participating.  Entries close August 27, 2012!!

In September the Quail Run team will be returning once again to the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER for the Madison County Fall Classic and Madison County Fall Challenge taking place September 19-23, 2012 and September 26-30, 2012 respectively.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run Staff member if you are interested in participating.  Entries close August 29, 2012!!

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