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February 10, 2014

St. Louis Bound on the Morrow

Tomorrow morning a group of Quail Run horses will be headed back towards the St. Louis area to participate in another one of QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS excellent horse shows.  The St. Louis Winter Festival VI will take place at THE NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN center in Lake St. Louis, MO on February 12 - 16, 2014.  GOOD LUCK, to Grace Mortenson and her horse "Second Wind", and to Hannah DeLano with her new mounts "Byacinthe" and "Lord". 

Previous Success Stories

DanBuddyBrownSTLDerby14This return trip to St. Louis comes after a highly successful showing at the St. Louis Winter Festival V show that was held January 15 - 19, 2014.  At this show Quail Run riders Chloe Heng and Grace Mortenson had an excellent time.  Grace jumped some excellent fences in the Children's Adult Jumpers and both horse and rider gained valuable experience doing it!  Meanwhile, Chloe Heng, and her relatively new horse "Motley Blue", piloted there way over some Children's Adult rounds as well as moving up to the Modified Jr/AO jumpers.  The pair finished quite strongly, and much fun was had by all. 

However, this time is was the professional's turn to shine.  After a bit of a rocky start Dan Urban and Patrice Urban's "Cousteaux" found some hard earned success in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The pair were fairly early in the class and went in and laid down a good first round.  The two scores received were 80 and 81, plus 2 points for the high options, resulting in a first round score of 163.  Jacques got a bit of a breather as Dan stayed up at the ring to watch the rest of the competitors.  As the first round came to a close Dan and Cousteaux found themselves sitting in 3rd place! 

The ususal 12 horses were called back for the handy round in the class.  Jacques and Dan came back with a good plan and laid down a decent handy round as well.  Only a few minor stumbles held them back and placed them 4th in the handy round.  However, combined with the first round score, this was enough to secure the horse and rider combination a FOURTH PLACE FINISH OVERALL!!  It was a fun night with a fabulous horse. 

DanneeKypGPSTL14cropThe success continued the following night as Quail Run professional Dannee Risler geared up for the Grand Prix.  Dannee and her horse "Kryptonite" have consistently beed doing well in the Open Jumper division, and the pair seemed particularly game on this night.  Course designer Buddy Brown of CA designed a technical but flowing track that changed the field of 17 riders.  Dannee and Kyp entered the ring with some final words of encouragement, "Trust his scope..".  And trust his scope she did.  Dannee and Kyp rhythmically conquered the course with the only mistake coming at element B of the triple combination. 

The 4 fault effort was an excellent ride, and the pair finished the night in 12th place.  We can't wait to see them in action again!

Upcoming Events


Coming up in March the Quail Run team will head due South for warmer weather and good horse showing.  QR will be headed to Katy, TX and THE GREAT SOUTHWEST EQUESTRIAN CENTER for the PIN OAK CHARITY HORSE SHOW to be held March 19 - 31, 2014.  This is a high quality show, and many QR riders have already signed up to go.  If you have any interest, be sure to contact a Quail Run professional today!  Entries close March 3, 2014.


Immediately following the shows in Texas, the QR team will return home, and the facility will play host to URBAN EQUINE EVENTS horse show Quail Run's Omaha Jumper Preview.  This indoor, Jumpers only show, will take place April 4 - 6, 2014 inside the fabulous indoor ring at QR.  It is an excellent opportunity to come out and have fun jumping over quality courses, or to get yourself prepared for THE INTERNATIONAL OMAHA which will be held the following week. 

international_logoTHE INTERNATIONAL OMAHA will be making a return to Omaha's Century Link center for 2014.  This high caliber competition will be held April 11 & 12, 2014.  Come join the QR crew at this exciting event!  You might even see some of our jumps!!  Tickets are required for the evening performances. 

UEElogoWithWordsFor all those Hunter enthusiasts who have to deal with 2 weeks of Jumpers only shows in Omaha, will be happy to attend URBAN EQUINE EVENTS horse show Quail Run's Indoor Hunter Days.  This indoor, Hunter's only show, will take place April 17 - 20, 2014.  It is a wonderful opportunity to come enjoy showing your hunter over nice jumps and good courses, or to shake off the rust for the upcoming outdoor season.  SNEAK PEEK: The judge for this show will be BOBBY DREYER!!!

Who is ready for some outdoor showing?  Well you will get your chance if you attend URBAN EQUINE EVENTS Springtime Sunshine at Quail Run show!  This show takes place over a new date for the Quail Run venue.  This 5 day Hunter/Jumper show will take place April 30 - May 4, 2014 in QR's beautiful new outdoor rings.