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The Seasonal Swing

November 12, 2013

The equestrian lifestyle is a non-stop, 24/7, 365 days a year committment.  We seasoned horse men and women are rarely slowed down by the swinging of the seasons.  We work, practice, play, and show rain or shine, and regardless of temperature.  During the End of Summer at Quail Run show, managed by URBAN EQUINE EVENTS we experienced scorching hot temperatures, but not this morning.  This morning the pendulum has swung the other way.  It was a balmy 12 degrees outside this morning at the time this article was composed, and although it is expected, no one is ever really ready to feel how cold it really is.  Of course, this will not stop us hardy equestrians.  We will still show up to the barn to ride, albeit in layers upon layers of clothing.  We will still trudge through the snow and biting wind to fetch our mounts from pasture for those few moments of bliss whlie we are in the saddle.  We still train and compete just the same as we did in the Summer months, but we now do it indoors!

BuddyTeach1As the Seasons Swing Quail Run gears up for some Winter activity.  Coming up at the beginning of December will be another fabulous clinic with Buddy Brown.  I believe this is Buddy's 5th visit to the Quail Run Horse Centre, and we are always excited to host him. 

For all the information on the Buddy Brown clinic, please click here -->  WE'RE BRINGING BUDDY BACK!

Also appearing on the agenda for Quail Run are several returns to the NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER for the ST. LOUIS WINTER FESTIVAL hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS.  In fact a few members of the Quail Run team just recently returned from a week of showing in St. Louis with good results.  Quail Run will return to the area from December 11-15, the week following the Buddy Brown clinic, for another excellent week of showing!  If you are at all interested in participating, be sure to let a Quail Run staff member know ASAP! 


Congratulations to Quail Run barn manager Tom Urban and Quail Run professional Dannee Risler on their recent engagement!!  The best of luck to you both!  We love you!



BUDDY BROWN CLINIC - December 6-8, 2013. 

LAKE ST. LOUIS WINTER FESTIVAL - December 11-15, 2013

Summer Showing 2013

July 23, 2013

APR13rainSpring to Summer

The wet Nebraska Spring finally gave way the hot summer sun.  To many of the Quail Run staff and clients, this seemless transformation was more of a blur than anything.  It began with The Beginning of Summer at Quail Run horse show that was held at Quail Run.  During this show trainer Dan Urban had to take a leave of absence to welcome the newest member of the Urban family.  Dylan Jameson Urban, was born on May 30, 2013, right in the middle of the horse show.  

The craziness continued the very next week as Quail Run packed up and traveled to Mason City, IA for the Mid States Horse Shows Summer shows.  Two weeks of continued weather and horseplay made for a crazy Spring to Summer transformation.  During the shows in Mason City, the weather began to turn for the drier in Nebraska, and by the time the team was home it was Summer!

Summer in the Rockies

HannahVenti-Winning-CHP13After a few weeks back at home, several members of the Quail Run team packed up and headed for Parker, CO and the COLORADO HORSE PARKHere several weeks of high quality shows are produced by Pat Boyle and SHOWPLACE PRODUCTIONS.  The two weeks of showing in Colorado saw much success.  Chloe Heng and her new mount "Blue" experienced some excellent bonding time in the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountain foothills.  Hannah DeLano saw tremendous success winning the $5,000 Low Jr/AO speed derby the first week, and moving up to the High Jr/AO jumpers for the first time ever the second week.  Trainer Dannee Risler had an excellent show with her mare "ZeZe Money" and ended up Champion in the 1.15m jumpers.

GO Show!

While one part of the the QR crew was tearing it up in CO, another group headed down to Oklahoma City, OK for the GO SHOW! GO stands for "Greater Oklahoma".  This show is managed by Phil DeVita.  Competition during the first week saw a Championship in the Green Working Hunter division by "Cousteaux" and Dan Urban.  Later that week "Cousteaux" and owner/rider Patrice Urban rode to an excellent 2nd place finish in the handy round of a very competitive Amateur Owner division.  Tom Urban's "Astro Boy" also found great success during the week.  With rider Dan Urban, "Astro" placed 4th in the Welcome Stake and thenTom came to the show to lend a helping hand, as well as to hop on "Astro" and end up with a win in the NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic!


USHJA Central Region Child/Adult Jumper Championships - GO Show!

ushjalogoContinuing on with the second week of competition here in Oklahoma should be very exciting.  Tomorrow (Wed 7/24/13) begins a week of competition that includes a very special inaugural event.  The USHJA has created a Regional Child/Adult Jumper Championships that runs in a Nations Cup format, and the very first event was scheduled for OKC!  This competition is designed to get more competitors exposed to the world of International Show Jumping in a very relatable way.  This could lead to a stronger United States Equestrian Team in the future. 

logoSeveral Quail Run riders are present for this exciting event! 

  • Tom Urban is here with his Holsteiner "Astro Boy".  After coming off of last weeks win, the prospects for Tom and "Astro" are promising.  
  • Susann Berry joins the team with her veteran "Grigsby".  The pair is fearless and fast, and can be a serious competitor. 
  • Grace Mortensen represents Quail Run as well with her brand new mount "Second Wind".  Go get 'em Grace!

Good luck to all those competing this week!  It shall prove to be a very exciting event!  Have fun and Good Luck!

Upcoming Events

After this weeks show in Oklahoma there is LOTS to do!

MLECThe first event is the Two Rivers Summer Festival Premier held at the gorgeous MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Des Moines, IA.  July 31 - Aug 4, 2013

Competition will continue the following week at MLEC with the Two Rivers Summer Festival I.  August 7-11, 2013. 

Directly following that competition is also another week at MLEC with the Two Rivers Summer Festival II.  August 14-18, 2013.

UEElogoWithWordsThen fast approaching are the two "A" rated shows held at Quail Run!! Hosted by URBAN EQUINE EVENTS!

  • The End of Summer at Quail Run - August 28 - September 1, 2013
  • Indian Summer at Quail Run - September 4-8, 2013

Entries close August 17!  For all the pertinent information regarding this show please CLICK HERE!!  Or visit URBAN EQUINE EVENTS.com!

MasonCityLogoClosing out several weeks of competition will be MID STATES HORSE SHOWS FALL SHOWMid States Fall is held at the NORTH IOWA EVENTS CENTER in Mason City, IA.  September 11-15, 2013. 

A Great Start to the Show Season

JmpRing_-_Apr2013April 30, 2013

Quail Run and URBAN EQUINE EVENTS kicked off their first set of shows for the 2013 season.

Quail Run's Omaha Jumper Preview kickstarted the action at the Quail Run Horse Centre.  This 3 day, Jumpers only show was held April 5-7, 2013.  Participants from the area came out and enjoyed the nice Spring weather, the excellent looking show ring, and the fun courses designed by James Girolamo of Orange County, CA. 

There was a large range of classes available including low level jumpers all the way up through a TomAstro_-_Apr2013$1200 1.35m Jumper Classic.  The schedule also included several "Opportunity Classes" designed for the non-experienced competitor to get a taste of an "A" rated competition. 

Scoring all the action was Vick Kaneps of Parker, CO and representing the USEF, Robyn Eden of Omaha, NE acted as the show steward. 

Quail Run and UEE are very excited about the future of this Jumper Preview show as it is an excellent opportunity to shake the rust off the summer show season, but probably most importantly it is an excellent tune up opportunity for those that are wishing to compete in THE INTERNATIONAL OMAHA show that is held in downtown Omaha at the CenturyLink Center. 

SoloFace_-_Apr2013We can't wait to see the show grow!

Quail Run's Indoor Hunter Days followed just 12 days later.  This Hunters only show was held on April 19-21, 2013.  The show was supposed to begin on Thursday April 18, however, winter decided to come back to Nebraska and visit for a few days which prompted management to push back the start of the show by one day.  This proved to be an excellent decision.  Although the weather was quite cold, there were no major elemental obstacles to overcome during the actual competition. 

HntLine_-_Apr2013Action at the Hunter show included a combined 1st Year Green and High Performance division, complete Junior Hunter and Amateur/Owner Hunter divisions, and a Pony Hunter division.  We even scrounged up enough entries to run the ASPCA MACLAY and USEF Hunt Seat Medal classes!

Judging for the week was handled by Sarah Good of Belton, MO, and our official steward was Loretta Waltner of Sioux Falls, SD.  A special thanks to Dr. Kim Houlding for acting as our show veternarian on short notice!

It seemed that everyone had a good time riding around flowing hunter courses designed by Jim Urban of Elkhorn, NE inside our large indoor ring, which looked spectacular for the show.

ChloePrince_-_Apr2013Both April shows ran very smoothly and gets us excited about hosting the next show which will take place Memorial Day weekend!

Upcoming Events


MSHSNavyGoldThe Urban family is proud to be holding the reins of MID STATES HORSE SHOWS.  The Spring show will mark the first time the show has been run under new management since it's inception 28 years ago. 

The Quail Run team will be sending some competitors, and we are all excited to be showing outdoors again!  Let's hope that the weather is cooperative!

MAFFITT LAKE SPRING GATHERING I & II - MAY 8-12, 2013 & MAY 15-19, 2013

MLECThe MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER and Hott Horse Shows are excited to be kicking off their 5th season of competiton at their new equestrian center.  Tim and Libby Hott have added a week of competition later in the year, and are also pleased to announce a $30,000 Grand Prix held on Saturday of the Spring Gathering I. 

We at Quail Run always have a blast showing in Des Moines, and we are thrilled to see the competition in the Midwest ramping up.  You will definitely find us at MLEC. 


UEElogoWithWordsURBAN EQUINE EVENTS and the Quail Run Horse Centre are please to announce the Beginning of Summer at Quail Run!  This is the second year of this show and it should prove to be better than before!  Construction in underway at Quail Run with the hopes that the new outdoor rings will be ready for riding in time for this competition. 



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