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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.




Happy Valentines Day!!

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.


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