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VDayHeartFebruary 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day from St. Louis

The Quail Run crew will be spending St. Valentine's Day at the 2013 St. Louis Winter Festival.  The shows are held at THE NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Lake St. Louis, MO, and are hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS.  With nice jumps, good competition, and great management, these shows are always fun.

This show will mark the return of Quail Run's "Private Prospect", aka "Keaton" to the show ring.  After spending some time off we at Quail Run are excited to see what Keaton can do with professional Dannee Risler in the irons. 

As a rare occurrence, Tom Urban will be joining us this week for the show.  He is coming up to ride his own "Astro Boy".  Although Tom doesn't spend much time in the irons him and Astro always produce a great result!  In addition, Tom also plans to pilot Keaton around a few Adult Jumper courses.  Good Luck Tom!!

Partrice Urban is here as well.  She will be competing her own "Cousteaux" in the Amateur/Owner hunters.  Patrice rides very well and Jacques is always game for a week of horse showing.  Best of luck to the pair!

Dan Urban brought his own "Cornelius", aka "Chevy" along for the ride.  Chevy has been polishing his skills at home and hasn't shown since October, but Dan feels quite confident that he is geared up for this show.  They will compete in the 1.20m division with hopes of moving up to a 1.30m class by the end of the week.

Quail Run is excited to have Hannah DeLano with us for the week.  Her horse "Venti" has been jumping amazing and professional Dannee Risler plans to ride him in the $3000 Welcome Stake.  On Friday, Hannah will take over as pilot and likely compete in the Low Jr/AO jumpers.

Good Luck to the whole Quail Run team!!

Updated Events Calendar

Be sure to check out the CALENDAR on the Quail Run website!  Events are posted all the way through May!  In addition ALL the shows hosted by URBAN EQUINE EVENTS and MID STATES HORSE SHOWS are listed for the whole year!  This inlcudes ALL the shows at Quail Run and Mason City, IA. 

UEElogoWithWordsThe Dates at Quail Run are:

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

Quail Run's Indoor Hunter Days: April 18 - 21, 2013

The Start of Summer at Quail Run: May 29 - June 2, 2013

The End of Summer at Quail Run: August 28 - September 1, 2013

Indian Summer at Quail Run: September 4 - 8, 2013

MasonCityLogoThe Dates in Mason City are:

Mid States Horse Shows Spring: May 1 - 5, 2013

Mid States Horse Shows Summer I: June 5 - 9, 2013

Mid States Horse Shows Summer II: June 12 - 16, 2013

Mid States Horse Shows Fall: September 11 - 15, 2013

We hope to see you at all our shows!

Upcoming Events:

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following upcoming events!

In March we have:

BeiningPic1Dressage with Michael Beining:

Quail Run is excited to host another excellent dressage clinic with Michael Beining.  Michael is extremely knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience teaching.  Come on out and join us for a week of dressage.  You are guaranteed to learn something!

The clinic will be held March 13 - 17, 2013.  Please contact Dan Urban at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating.

Melanie Smith Taylor Clinic:

Coming to Quail Run Horse Centre for her inaugural clinic will be Olympic Veteran and renowned horseman Melanie Smith Taylor.  Melanie always has the best interest of the horse in mind and has a lifetime of experience in the industry.  You certainly will not want to miss this experience. 

The clinic will be held March 22 - 24, 2013.  Please contact Jim Urban at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating.  This clinic is expected to fill quickly.

Looking ahead to April:

Quail Run's Omaha Jumper Preview:

Come join us at the Quail Run Horse Centre for our first show of the season!  We will be hosting a 3 day jumper only show held in our 22,000 square foot arena.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your horse to polish your skills in an indoor ring before the show season.  Also a wonderful opportunity for a tune up before "The International Omaha" the following week.

This show will be held April 5 - 7, 2013.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run professional if you are interested in participating. 

international_logoThe International Omaha:

After a hugely successful inaugural year, THE INTERNATIONAL will be making it's triumphant return to Omaha.  This competition is held at Omaha's CenturyLink center and is guaranteed to be a good time.  This year boasts two FEI recognized classes including a $30,000 Speed Derby and a $50,000 Grand Prix.  In addition there will be a $25,000 USEF Grand Prix, and many competitive classes for Juniors and Amateurs. 

The International will be held April 12 & 13, 2013.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run professional if you are interested in competing in this fabulous event. 

Quail Run's Indoor Hunter Days:

There seems to be a lot of opportunity for Jumpers in Omaha this April, but what about the Hunters?  Quail Run is offering a 4 day Hunters only show in our large indoor arena!  Come on out and join us for this excellent opportunity to polish your show hunters skills before the outdoor season kicks off.

This show will take place April 18 - 21, 2013. 


An Excellent Clinic with Kyle King

KyleKing1January 19, 2013

Kyle King Clinic 2013

Quail Run Horse Centre began the New Year with a bang by hosting an excellent clinic with Grand Prix veteran Kyle King on January 4-6, 2013.  This was Kyle's inaugural visit to Quail Run and we were happy to see an excellent turnout. 

The first day of a new clinic is always a bit suspenseful as the participants aren't really sure what to expect.  However, it seemed that in this case everyone was pleasantly surprised.  Kyle had every group on the first day perform some warm up flatwork and some small gymnastic type exercise all while using only one hand on the reins.  He said that "horses are rear wheel drive vehicles" and that too many people try to ride the horses from the front to the back.  So having the reins short and in one hand forced the riders to ride to their hands instead of from them.  Some of the riders were a little skeptical at first, but it was truly amazing to see how happily the horses went, and how much better in balance the riders were. 

EmmaS-KKC2013The one handed riding continued throughout the course of the clinic, however the exercises increased in difficulty.  The second day included some bounce work, which is excellent for the horses and the riders, all using the one hand technique.  As we started to put some technical exercises together Kyle let the riders use both hands on the reins, but it was certainly interesting to see how much better horses and riders were going from doing the one handed work. 

The third day of the clinic used a completely different format that was designed to mimic being at a competition.  A whole course was set in the indoor ring, with the North end left for just one warm up fence on center line.  Kyle then worked with each rider individually helping them with the warm-up fence and then attacking the course. While Kyle was working with one rider over the course, the next rider would be on beginning to warm up and prepare for their turn.  This pattern continued throughout the day until each rider had their chance to work one on one with Kyle over the course.  This format was of benefit to each horse and rider because it enabled Kyle to modify the course to the specific needs of each horse/rider combination. 

ZiggyKatieD_-_Kyle_King_2013Overall it seemed that everyone was very pleased with the outcome of the clinic.  Kyle was very knowledgeable, positive, laid back, and very much a pleasure to work with.  We hope to have him back in the future!  Thanks Kyle!


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Upcoming Events

Queenie-LOGO-FINALSt. Louis Winter Festival VI

The Quail Run team will once again be returing to the NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Lake St. Louis, MO to attend the 6th installment of the 2013 St. Louis Winter Festival hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS.  The show is taking place February 13-17, 2013.  Entries have closed but if you are interested in participating please contact a Quail run professional ASAP so that arrangements can be made.


Quail Clinics and St. Louis

BBclinic12GROUP1December 14, 2012

A Great Clinic with Buddy Brown

The first weekend in December was welcomed with unseasonably wonderful weather and an excellent clinic with Quail Run's friend and fellow horseman, Buddy Brown.  The uncharacteristically warm weather provided perfect turnout weather for our horses, as well as allowing the hustle and bustle to continue around the property.  All the while excellent instruction and learning was taking place in the indoor ring. 

This was Buddy's fourth appearance for a clinic at Quail Run.  With each year that Buddy returns we feel that he becomes a bigger part of our team.  Four groups rode for 3 days and hosted horses and riders of various different skill levels.  Buddy's clinic highlights the rider's BBclinic12TEACH1ability to be able to use the full range of body positions to better influence and balance the horse.  Everyone specifically works on the "cowboy" seat to be able to load the horses hind end and get that front end light and soft.  Mr. Brown is devoted to his system and his success is the proof that it works.  We are very happy to incorporate his methods into our teaching. 

It was especially enlightening to watch him ride one of the more sensitive and difficult horses in the more advanced group.  The way in which he demonstrated what he was teaching and how we all could see the clear change in the horse through the course of the ride was truly incredible. 

Rumor has it that Buddy will be returning next year for his FIFTH year!  Thank you Buddy for coming out and BBclinic12TEACH2sharing your knowledge with us!!  We very much appreciate it!!

Kyle King Comes to Quail

Continuing on with our excellent clinic series, Quail Run is excited to welcome Kyle King to the facility for his inaugural clinic.  Kyle is an experienced horseman that has logged an impressive list of Grand Prix wins but loves to work with horses and riders of all skill levels. 

The clinic will be taking place January 4-6, 2013.  Spots are still available, so be sure to contact Jim Urban at KyleKing1(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.


Melanie Smith Taylor is Coming as Well

Keep in the loop for more information about a Melanie Smith Taylor clinic at Quail. 

This clinic will take place February 22-24, 2013.

Clinic flyer coming soon!!

Queenie-LOGO-FINALShowing in St. Louis

The Quail Run show team has headed off to St. Louis to participate in the St. Louis Winter Festival hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS and held at the NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Lake St. Louis, MO. 

The team includes:

Dan Urban riding Astro Boy and Cousteaux
Dannee Risler riding Allegro (owned by Laurel Lachowiez), Rico Suave (owned by Natalie Bobier), What a Tripp (owned by Gita Deonarain), Venti (owned by Hannah DeLano), and her own ZeZe Money
Patrice Urban riding her own Cousteaux
Chloe Heng riding Rico Suave
Gita Deonarain riding her own What a Tripp
Hannah DeLano riding her own Venti

The highlights will be the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby that Cousteaux will compete in, as well as the $25,000 Grand Prix that Astro Boy will compete in.



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