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Bobby, Buddy, and Bjorn! Oh My!!

The ever approaching winter season has done little to curb the amount of activity taking place at Quail Run.  In addition to the normal traffic of our regular clients and their horses we have construction workers, more specifically roofers, making their presence known as they make much needed repairs and improvements to our facility, as well as all the additional traffic that hosting quality clinics creates. 

BobbyTeach2So far this year we have run two fantastic clinics and we have another one fast approaching.

On November 11-13. 2011 Bobby Dreyer visited Quail Run and put on an excellent Hunter/Jumper clinic.  It was three days of gaining confidence and excellent experience over more colorful obstacles and courses.  Bobby is so laid back and positive it is almost impossible not to have a great time!  The clinic took place over 3 beautiful days in a continuation of what has been an excellent Nebraska Autumn.  With the great weather and enough riders to fill 4 excellent groups each day, it truly was an ideal clinic scenario. 

Pictured on the right is Bobby Dreyer in mid instruction.

ElaineCody1_-_Bobby_Dreyer_2011Here we have Elaine Wilwerding aboard her own Cody, soaring over a jump in the clinic. 

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On the right is Tiger with owner Gita Deonarain in the irons.

BuddyTeach1A little less than a month later we were visited by Olympic veteran Buddy Brown.  On December 2-4, 2011 Buddy gave an excellent Show Jumping clinic at Quail Run.  Buddy is a horseman who has been there and done that, and loves to come in and teach a clinic illustrating what is necessary to get the best jump out of your horse for competition.  Buddy teaches a clinic that gets the riders to use their position and balance to influence the horses energy and balance to bring out the most athletic jump possible.  His way of teaching is an excellent blend of classical training and equitation mixed with the right amount of "git 'r done".  This was Buddy's 3rd consecutive year at Quail Run, and with as much fun as we have, we hope to have him back for a 4th. 

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Buddy Brown and the Quail Run staff.
From left to right:  Kelly Parisi, Buddy Brown, Dannee Charlesworth, Jim Urban, and Dan Urban

QRMediaDuring both the Bobby Dreyer and Buddy Brown clinics Quail Run had the opportunity to participate in a special event.  Coming to Omaha's Century Link center in April of 2012 is a major horse sport event called The InternationalThe International is an amazing event for the Omaha horse community as it promises to bring in big names in the industry as well as sufficient exposure to the non horse people in the area.  The horse show is being managed by Queenie Productions and Buddy Brown will be the course designer. To promote this event two separate media crews came out to Quail Run to see first hand what show jumping was all about. 

During the clinics, several reporters came out to watch professionals Dan Urban and Dannee Charlesworth do a riding demo.  Dan was aboard Astro Boy and Dannee was aboard Hannah DeLano's Venti.  After watching the pros make it look easy, the media got a chance to experience riding for themselves.  Dan, Dannee, and trainer Kelly Parisi each taught a lesson to the willing participants in what was dubbed "Riding 101".  It truly was a great way to show off that riding is a lot harder than it looks.

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BjornIkastComing up on January 13-15, 2012 we will be having another clinic, this this time it will be with excellent horseman Bjorn Ikast.  We originally had Bjorn scheduled for October, but plans had to change and we now have the rescheduled clinic planned for January.  Bjorn is originally from Denmark but has relocated to the United States.  He travels to major competitions with his excellent horses and loving family.  Bjorn's focus is getting the horse to work for the rider, and getting the rider to relax and stay out of the horse's way.  This is a clinic you will not want to miss. 

For more information on the Bjorn Ikast clinic, or to express your interest in participating, please contact Dan Urban at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Thanks!