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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.



Quail Run is Shaping Up

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The Great Dirt Movement

If one has been to Quail Run in recent weeks it would be hard to miss the changes that are taking place.  Quail Run was very pleased with the success of the inaugural show season at the facility, and really wanted to ramp things up for the 2013 show season.  Next year hopes to see even more competitions at the facility as well as greater attendance, and in GP2order for this to become a reality, a major face lift was required. 

The most dramatic change on the property took place on the West side of the building.  In the area where the old dressage arena used to be, and where the tent stabling was for the The Beginning of Summer at Quail Run and The End of Summer at Quail Run, lies the beginnings of a brand new Grand Prix ring.  Heavy machinery zipped back and forth, day after day. Earth was scraped up from the South East upper pasture, and moved to the West side of the building, where the dirt was deposited and shaped to provide the flat surface of the ring and schooling area.  All this was done without removing a single tree, which will add to the ambiance of the GP ring. In addition there is a tiered area that will provide excellent seating and viewing opportunities for the anticipated spectators.

The McARDLE GRADING COMPANY handled the duties of shaping Quail Run into what it will be.  While they were busy molding the new GP ring, barn manager Tom and his hard working SEpasture3crew removed, and prepared to relocate, the existing fenceline that acted as the turnout chutes for the QR horses.  This made way for a third ring placed in the South West lower pasture, and meanwhile they extended the already existing outdoor ring (where the jumpers were held in the Fall) all the way to the South pasture.  While the big machines were on site, they repaired the water drainage problems in the upper pastures and completely restructured the areas where the old turnout chutes were.  This will drastically improve the quality of the facility for the existing boarders while providing 3 top show quality outdoor arenas. 

Quail Run is very excited about what this means for the future shows and the home base business.  If you haven't made it out to see what's going on, it would certainly be worth the trip.

Buddy Brown Returns

BuddyBrownKilkennyRandallZThe Buddy Brown clinic is less than a week away!  This is Buddy's fourth clinic here at Quail Run, and we keep having him back because of his high quaility clinics.  With his experience as a high performance competitor, trainer, instructor, and top notch course designer, any horse/rider combination will leave the clinic with a polished set of skills for the upcoming season. 

There are still a few spots available, so if you are interested in participating please contact Jim Urban at (402) 630-3368 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP!!

For all the information on the clinic please CLICK HERE

St. Louis Bound

Queenie-LOGO-FINALThe Quail Run team will be headed back to THE NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Lake St. Louis, MO for the St. Louis Winter Festival hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS.  The show boasts a $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby as well as a $25,000 Grand Prix.  Many top quality horses, riders, and trainers will be in attendance as they prepare to head to the warmer winter circuits.  Quail Run is sending several of its horses and students!  GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

Entries have closed, however if you wish to participate be sure to contact a Quail Run professional ASAP in order to secure a stall. 

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars in January and February for the upcoming Kyle King and Melanie Smith-Taylor clinics.

Kyle King, a grand prix veteran and enthusiastic teacher, will be coming to Quail Run on January 4-6, 2013

Melanie Smith-Taylor, an Olympic veteran and incredible horsewoman, will also be teaching a clinic at Quail Run on February 22-24, 2013

More on these excellent clinics to come!


To the Winners Circle Please!

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Patrice Urban and Cousteaux awarded top honors at the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center!!

The MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (MLEC) in Des Moines, IA offered up several top rider bonuses for those that competed at their shows throughout the season.  A $1500 bonus was awarded to the top Professional Jumper Rider, Professional Hunter Rider, Amateur Jumper Rider, Amateur Hunter Rider, Junior Jumper Rider, and Junior Hunter Rider. 

Quail Run Horse Centre's own Patrice Urban, along with her wonderful Amateur/Owner Hunter Cousteaux, rode very well throughout the season and were awarded the $1500 prize for the High Point Amateur Hunter Rider.  This included a top placing in the Hunter Derby held during the May shows at MLEC.  CONGRATULATIONS Patrice!!!

Astro Boy continues to perform very well!

Tom Urban's Astro Boy has really come along this season!  Astro started this year with excellent results and he has gone on to do nothing but impress.  Placing 3rd and 2nd, respectively, in his first two Grand Prixs held at the St. Louis Winter Festival held in Lake St. Louis, MO he then went on to win the $15,000 Midstates Spring Grand Prix.  Quite impressive for his 3rd Grand Prix start.  Later in the season Astro Boy and rider Dan Urban stepped up to compete in the National Standard Grand Prixs held at the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center.  In their first $25,000 class Dan and Astro piloted around a challenging but fair course and came away with just one knock down and a 7th place finish.  The pair could not be happier for such a placing in what was the biggest track the horse had yet seen.  After completing this class Astro Boy made his way on to the USEF ranking list for $25,000+ Grand Prixs!! 

Just this Fall the pair returned to MLEC to compete in the next two $25,000 Grand Prixs.  At the Madison County Fall Classic held September 19-23, 2012, Astro again put down an excellent effort.  Jumping clean over the course with the exception of the liverpool which Astro seemed to peek at a little bit.  With the 4 fault finish the pair ended up with another 7th place finish. 

The following week at the Madison County Fall Challenge, Astro and Dan again put forth an excellent effort coming away with 4 faults yet again, but this time coming out of a long combination.  The pair weren't the only ones to find trouble at that element during the class.  This time Dan picked up the pace after having the rail and ended up being the 2nd fastest 4 faulter and placed 10th.  It will be interesting to see where Astro ends up on the ranking list after these competitions have posted! 

Keep up the good work!

ChloeSoloMLECfall12Ridin' and Drivin'!

The Madison County Fall Challenge horse show at the MLEC had a very entertaining competition.  They held a class called a "Ride and Drive".  It is run like a speed class where the time begins as a horse/rider combination completes a portion of a course, and then the second half of the course is completed by a person driving a golf cart through a course of cones.  It sounds simple, and may be, but it is highly entertaining. 

Quail Run had two competitors in the competition.  Dannee Risler rode her own ZeZe Money in the class and was assisted by the driving skills of Tom Urban.  The team did fairly well, with only a couple of faults accumulated by knocking the tennis balls of the cones during the driving portion.  The pair ended up 3rd and came away with $100.  The second team was rider Chloe Heng and her fast little mare Dancing Solo.  Chloe and Solo put down a blazing fast time in the riding portion and finished with an incredible dismount!  Chloe contracted the driving skills of Tom Urban as well, but this time Tom was turning just a bit early coming out of the cones and accumulated some faults.  The team's fantastic effort gave them a 5th place finish!

Be sure to watch for possible Ride and Drive events at the upcoming horse shows at Quail Run!

GirlsatMLECfall12Adult Amateur Hour!

Joining us this time at the show was a group of wonderful and fun loving amateur ladies. 

  • Fran Noble and her horse Sam came up and and had a blast in the the large Grand Prix ring at MLEC.  The pair were competitive and most of all had fun in the low jumper classes.   
  • Emily Gordon rode Steely Dan in the Adult Amateur hunters and put down some great rounds and gathered some great miles.
  • Natalie Bobier showed here excellent pre-green hunter in the Adult Amateurs showing off his wonderful jump and great gaits.   Keep an eye out for this one, as he is FOR SALE!!

Thanks for joining us at the show ladies!  It was a blast!!


Don't forget about the upcoming Richard Lamb clinic taking place October 13 & 14 at the Quail Run Horse Centre!  This clinic is filling quickly so be sure to sign up with Beth DeLano ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) ASAP!! 


The next PHOENIX EQUESTRIAN CENTER Horse Show will be held October 11-14, 2012.  This is an excellent to get some "A" show experience close to home.  The people are friendly and the atmosphere is laid back.   Please contact a Quail Run instructor if you wish to participate. 

DRESDEN MANOR FARM will be playing host for a clinic with Anne Kursinski.  The clinic will be held October 26-28 at Dresden Manor Farm in Ashland, NE.  If you can, you wouldn't want to miss this opportunity to ride with such an excellent horsewoman.  Please contact Kris Killam at (402) 926-1813 to sign up!

Michael Beining will be returning to the Quail Run Horse Centre at the beginning of November for another one of his excellent dressage clinics.  The clinic will be held Nov 2-4, 2012.  Be sure to contact Dan Urban ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested. 

Quail Run is proud to announce the return of BUDDY BROWN!!  The renowned course designer, trainer, and Olympian, Buddy Brown will be giving a clinic at Quail Run on November 20 - December 2, 2012.  This clinic will fill quickly so be sure to contact Jim Urban ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) ASAP if you wish to participate. 

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