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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. 



Urban Equine Events April Shows!!

UEElogoWithWordsMarch 9, 2013

Urban Equine Events launches their show circuit at Quail Run!

The new competition management company URBAN EQUINE EVENTS is pleased to launch their 2013 show circuit at the Quail Run Horse Centre. 

The circuit will begin with Quail Run's Omaha Jumper Preview and will take place on April 5-7, 2013.  This first show is a 3 day, Jumper only show that will provide an opportunity for horse and rider combinations to get geared up for the show season while still being under the dry roof on an indoor.  In addition this show takes place just one week before THE INTERNATIONAL OMAHA which will be held at the CenturyLink center in downtown Omaha.  Therefore this Jumper show is an excellent opportunity to get some practice doing jumper courses in an indoor ring with similar dimensions to what one will see at THE INTERNATIONALOur official for the week will be Vick Kaneps, and our course designers will be James Girolamo and Jim Urban.

logoNext on the list of UEE shows will be Quail Run's Indoor Hunter Days and this show will take place on April 19-21, 2013.  This is a 4 day Hunter show and will take place the week directly after THE INTERNATIONAL.  It is an excellent opportunity to bring those Hunters out of their stalls and shake the rust off in a few indoor trips before getting geared up for the outdoor season. Officiating for the week will be Sarah Good and the course designer will be Jim Urban.

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Stay tuned for more information about URBAN EQUINE EVENTS, upcoming shows, and the launching of a new website!

Showing Success in St. Louis

The Quail Run show team attended the 2013 St. Louis Winter Festival hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS and held at THE NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER on February 13-17. 2013.  Everyone who attended the show had a Queenie-LOGO-FINALfabulous week! 

Quail Run's own Dannee Risler had an excellent showing aboard Hannah DeLano's Venti.  The pair had an impressive fault free start in the 1.30m division, which set them up nicely for Thursday's $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake.  This was the first major Open Jumper competition that the pair had competed in, and they came away with a more than respectable showing.

Hannah DeLano continued Venti's success with excellent results in the Low Junior/Amatuer Owner jumpers.  Hannah's riding is really coming along, and Venti just keeps getting better.  The pair closed out the week as CHAMPION in the Low Jr/AO Jumpers. 

Patrice Urban's Cousteaux turned some heads in the hunter ring.  With Dan Urban in the irons, Cousteaux had some very respectable placings in a competitive combined 1st Year Green and High Performance Hunter division.  This included a win in one of the rounds with a score of 88, and a 4th place finish in the Open Hunter Classic.  Cousteaux's success continued as Patrice Urban took over as pilot and laid down several competitive trips in the combined 3'3" and 3'6" Amateur/Owner Hunters.

Tom Urban joined the team this time, and in usual fashion showed up, kicked butt, and came home happy.  Aboard his own Astro Boy Tom found his way to a 3rd place finish, a Win in the High Child/Adult Jumper Classic, and CHAMPION'S honors in the High Child/Adult Division.  Tom also held the reins of Quail Run's Private Prospect in the High Child/Adult Jumpers.  This show marked Private Prospect's triumphant return to the show ring!  The pair came away with a Win in the High Child/Adult Jumpers and a RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP in the division!!  Well done Tom, you should do it more often!

Dan Urban was extremely pleased with his own Cornelius.  After not seeing a competition ring since September, Cornelius showed significant progress and ended the week with a superb effort in the 1.30m division.  A first for Dan and Chevy at that height. 

Next on the Quail Run showing agenda is of course: Quail Run's Omaha Jumper Preview hosted by URBAN EQUINE EVENTS.

BeiningPic1Upcoming Events

Coming up on March 12-17, 2013 is a fabulous dressage clinic with Michael Beining


Joining us on March 22-24, 2013 will be Olympic veteran and renowned horsewoman MELANIE SMITH TAYLOR.  She will be joining us at m_smith_taylor2Quail Run for a Hunter/Jumper clinic that weekend.  Be sure to contact Jim Urban at 402-630-3368 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating in this wonderful opportunity.  Stay tuned for a clinic flyer!

BJORN IKAST will be making a return to the Omaha area at the end of the month.  PHOENIX EQUESTRIAN CENTER will be hosting a clinic with Mr. Ikast on March 29-31, 2013.  Quail Run has hosted clinics with Bjorn in the past and highly recommends taking advantage of this opportunity with the Weatherby's and PEC. 


Don't forget about the upcoming URBAN EQUINE EVENTS shows to be held at Quail Run:

Quail Run's Omaha Jumper Preview: April 5-7, 2013.

Quail Run's Indoor hunter Days: April 19-21, 2013.




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