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Top Placings at the Two Rivers Summer Festival

DanJacquesCHP12September 4, 2012

Dan Urban and Cousteaux win the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center!!

The Quail Run Horse Center returned to the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (MLEC) in Des Moines, IA this past August for the Two Rivers Summer Festivals I & II horse shows.  After an excellent week of showing with Emily Adams, Hannah DeLano, Mikayla Schmidt, and of course all their wonderful horses, the week was highlighted by Dan Urban and Cousteaux's entry in the $10,000 National Hunter Derby.  The class boasted a field of about 21 entries to compete over a well designed course full of beautiful jumps. 

When it was their turn, Dan and Jacques laid down a beautiful first round and earned a first round score from the judges panel, consisting of Tucker Erickson, Richard Wilkinson, and Bobby Dreyer, of 78 plus 4 bonus points.  This score of 82 was good enough to put them into the lead with only a few trips remaining in the first round.  At the completion of the first round Dan and Cousteaux secured the top placing and the pole position for the handy round.     

The top 12 competitors were brought back to the Graham Grand Prix ring for the Handy round of the competition in the reverse order of placings.  Dan and Jacques would be coming back last.  Several other riders, like Kim Barone and Alex Granato, put the pressure on by beautifully executing their handy rounds.  When Dan and Cousteaux came back for their second round, Dan knew that there was little room for error. 

Despite the pressure, the Quail Run pair laid down a very decent handy round which would keep them in the running for the derby win.  It seemed like forever as the judges panel took plenty of time to tally the scores.  In the end they announced a handy round score of 80 with 4 bonus points for the higher options, and 6 (out of 10) handy points.  This gave Dan and Cousteaux a score of 90, which placed them 3rd in the Handy round.  However, this 90, combined with the 82, of the first round gave Dan and Cousteaux the highest combined score of 172 and therefore the win!! 

Congratulations to Dan and Cousteaux on a job well done!!

If you recall the above mentioned win was the icing on the cake, but the rest of the showing that week was excellent as well.

Emily Adams and Mikayla Schmidt came out and joined us at the show aboard their horses Chilado CWF aka "Panchero" and Cathalido's Boy aka "Chamz".  Both girls did an excellent job navigating the spooky Grand Prix ring aboard their young horses, and they both had lots of fun playing around in the hunter ring as well.  Thanks for coming girls!  You both did an excellent job and it was fun showing with you!

Susann Berry and her wonderful horse Grigsby also joined us for the weeks festivities.  Grigsby had an excellent trip in the 1.10m jumpers at the beginning of the week, placing first with Dan Urban as the pilot.  Susann also found success in the 1.10m division, and Grigsby ended up champion.  Both horse and rider gained valuable experience galloping around the large Grand Prix field.  Great job Susann!  We hope to see you at more shows at MLEC.

AstrosWallHannah DeLano joined us at the show once again with her fabulous horse Venti and her sister's Ioupi des Cerisy.  In efforts to qualify and prepare for the ASPCA Maclay regionals, Hannah and Venti spent a lot of time in the Hunter/Equitation ring this show.  Each day the pair showed talent and confidence, and flirted with magnificence as the medal classes drew closer.  At the end of the week Hannah came away from the USEF Hunt Seat Medal, where she put down a gorgeous first round to qualify her for the call back, with a 5th place finish, and she had a good showing in the ASPCA medal where she placed 4th.  Unfortunately, this left her with just one more point to collect to qualify for the Maclay regional.  Hannah would have to wait for next week in order to have another chance to qualify. 

Astro Boy continued his successful competition streak with top placings as well.  Early on in the week, with just 1 time fault, Dan and Astro came away with the 8th place finish in the $5000 Welcome Stake.  This provided them some good ring time and confidence in hopes of competing in the $25,000 Harley Hudson Hott Grand Prix.  Dan and Astro Boy did compete in that class and with the crowd roaring and cheering them on as they came down the last line, the pair came away with just one rail in Astro's first ever $25,000 Grand Prix.  This 4 fault round produced a 7th place finish overall and a very happy rider!

Dannee Risler and Hannah DeLano capture 3rd in the $2500 Pro-Am Hunter Derby

Continuing on into week II of competition at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER, the Quail Run team found continued success. 

HannahDanneeProAmProfessional Dannee Risler and junior Hannah DeLano joined forces aboard Hannah's Venti to compete in the MLEC's first ever $2500 Pro-Am Hunter Derby.  The first round, ridden by the professional, was judged and scored as a traditional hunter classic, and the second round was a Handy round that was piloted by the Junior or Amateur.  Venti and Dannee put down an excellent round and came away with a score of 82!! A very impressive score indeed.  Then Hannah came back for the Handy trip and with a quality trip received a score of 78!  Way to ride with the Pros Hannah!! The combined score of 160 was enough to award the Quail Run team a 3rd place finish in this incredibly fun class!  Way to go girls!!

Building on the suspense from week I, Hannah DeLano was hoping to collect her last point in order to qualify for the ASPCA Maclay regional that is held at the ST. LOUIS NATIONAL CHARITY HORSE SHOW that will take place September 12-16, 2012.  After attending her first week of classes after the summer break, Hannah quickly returned to the show facility to prep for her medal classes. 

The week before she had a 4th place finish and since she needed only one more point, she know she needed a 4th or better to qualify.  After putting down a quality over fences round, Hannah, as usual, executed the flat portion very well.  Her riding in the two phases awarded her a 3rd place finish and the points to qualify for the Regional!  Congratulations Hannah on that superb accomplishment!

It certainly was an excellent set of weeks at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER!  Thanks to Tim and Libby Hott for all their hard work in putting on a top class horse show!


The Fall installment of MIDSTATES HORSE SHOWS is just around the bend in Mason City, IA.  This show is taking place September 12-16, 2012.  We have already passed the closing date for entries, so be sure to contact a Quail Run professional IMMEDIATELY if you are intersted in attending. 

Also occuring that week is the ST. LOUIS NATIONAL CHARITY HORSE SHOW, which is proud to host the Region 5 ASPCA Maclay Regional Medal.  Again the dates are September 12-16, 2012.  GOOD LUCK HANNAH!!

It looks as though the same week Michael Beining will be returning to the Omaha area for another of his fabulous dressage clinics.  The dates will be September 14-16, 2012.  Please email Dan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating. 

The MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER is again playing host to two more "AA" rated shows this season.  The MADISON COUNTY FALL CLASSIC and the MADISON COUNTY FALL CHALLENGE will be taking place September 19-23, 2012 and September 26-30, 2012 respectively.  The entries for this show are also closed, but we can likely get you in if you are intersted.  Contact us IMMEDIATELY!