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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!!

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

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!! 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO ON THE RICHARD LAMB CLININC

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. 


 
Top Placings at the Two Rivers Summer Festival

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Dan Urban and Cousteaux win the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center!!

The Quail Run Horse Center returned to the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (MLEC) in Des Moines, IA this past August for the Two Rivers Summer Festivals I & II horse shows.  After an excellent week of showing with Emily Adams, Hannah DeLano, Mikayla Schmidt, and of course all their wonderful horses, the week was highlighted by Dan Urban and Cousteaux's entry in the $10,000 National Hunter Derby.  The class boasted a field of about 21 entries to compete over a well designed course full of beautiful jumps. 

When it was their turn, Dan and Jacques laid down a beautiful first round and earned a first round score from the judges panel, consisting of Tucker Erickson, Richard Wilkinson, and Bobby Dreyer, of 78 plus 4 bonus points.  This score of 82 was good enough to put them into the lead with only a few trips remaining in the first round.  At the completion of the first round Dan and Cousteaux secured the top placing and the pole position for the handy round.     

The top 12 competitors were brought back to the Graham Grand Prix ring for the Handy round of the competition in the reverse order of placings.  Dan and Jacques would be coming back last.  Several other riders, like Kim Barone and Alex Granato, put the pressure on by beautifully executing their handy rounds.  When Dan and Cousteaux came back for their second round, Dan knew that there was little room for error. 

Despite the pressure, the Quail Run pair laid down a very decent handy round which would keep them in the running for the derby win.  It seemed like forever as the judges panel took plenty of time to tally the scores.  In the end they announced a handy round score of 80 with 4 bonus points for the higher options, and 6 (out of 10) handy points.  This gave Dan and Cousteaux a score of 90, which placed them 3rd in the Handy round.  However, this 90, combined with the 82, of the first round gave Dan and Cousteaux the highest combined score of 172 and therefore the win!! 

Congratulations to Dan and Cousteaux on a job well done!!

If you recall the above mentioned win was the icing on the cake, but the rest of the showing that week was excellent as well.

Emily Adams and Mikayla Schmidt came out and joined us at the show aboard their horses Chilado CWF aka "Panchero" and Cathalido's Boy aka "Chamz".  Both girls did an excellent job navigating the spooky Grand Prix ring aboard their young horses, and they both had lots of fun playing around in the hunter ring as well.  Thanks for coming girls!  You both did an excellent job and it was fun showing with you!

Susann Berry and her wonderful horse Grigsby also joined us for the weeks festivities.  Grigsby had an excellent trip in the 1.10m jumpers at the beginning of the week, placing first with Dan Urban as the pilot.  Susann also found success in the 1.10m division, and Grigsby ended up champion.  Both horse and rider gained valuable experience galloping around the large Grand Prix field.  Great job Susann!  We hope to see you at more shows at MLEC.

AstrosWallHannah DeLano joined us at the show once again with her fabulous horse Venti and her sister's Ioupi des Cerisy.  In efforts to qualify and prepare for the ASPCA Maclay regionals, Hannah and Venti spent a lot of time in the Hunter/Equitation ring this show.  Each day the pair showed talent and confidence, and flirted with magnificence as the medal classes drew closer.  At the end of the week Hannah came away from the USEF Hunt Seat Medal, where she put down a gorgeous first round to qualify her for the call back, with a 5th place finish, and she had a good showing in the ASPCA medal where she placed 4th.  Unfortunately, this left her with just one more point to collect to qualify for the Maclay regional.  Hannah would have to wait for next week in order to have another chance to qualify. 

Astro Boy continued his successful competition streak with top placings as well.  Early on in the week, with just 1 time fault, Dan and Astro came away with the 8th place finish in the $5000 Welcome Stake.  This provided them some good ring time and confidence in hopes of competing in the $25,000 Harley Hudson Hott Grand Prix.  Dan and Astro Boy did compete in that class and with the crowd roaring and cheering them on as they came down the last line, the pair came away with just one rail in Astro's first ever $25,000 Grand Prix.  This 4 fault round produced a 7th place finish overall and a very happy rider!

Dannee Risler and Hannah DeLano capture 3rd in the $2500 Pro-Am Hunter Derby

Continuing on into week II of competition at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER, the Quail Run team found continued success. 

HannahDanneeProAmProfessional Dannee Risler and junior Hannah DeLano joined forces aboard Hannah's Venti to compete in the MLEC's first ever $2500 Pro-Am Hunter Derby.  The first round, ridden by the professional, was judged and scored as a traditional hunter classic, and the second round was a Handy round that was piloted by the Junior or Amateur.  Venti and Dannee put down an excellent round and came away with a score of 82!! A very impressive score indeed.  Then Hannah came back for the Handy trip and with a quality trip received a score of 78!  Way to ride with the Pros Hannah!! The combined score of 160 was enough to award the Quail Run team a 3rd place finish in this incredibly fun class!  Way to go girls!!

Building on the suspense from week I, Hannah DeLano was hoping to collect her last point in order to qualify for the ASPCA Maclay regional that is held at the ST. LOUIS NATIONAL CHARITY HORSE SHOW that will take place September 12-16, 2012.  After attending her first week of classes after the summer break, Hannah quickly returned to the show facility to prep for her medal classes. 

The week before she had a 4th place finish and since she needed only one more point, she know she needed a 4th or better to qualify.  After putting down a quality over fences round, Hannah, as usual, executed the flat portion very well.  Her riding in the two phases awarded her a 3rd place finish and the points to qualify for the Regional!  Congratulations Hannah on that superb accomplishment!

It certainly was an excellent set of weeks at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER!  Thanks to Tim and Libby Hott for all their hard work in putting on a top class horse show!

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Fall installment of MIDSTATES HORSE SHOWS is just around the bend in Mason City, IA.  This show is taking place September 12-16, 2012.  We have already passed the closing date for entries, so be sure to contact a Quail Run professional IMMEDIATELY if you are intersted in attending. 

Also occuring that week is the ST. LOUIS NATIONAL CHARITY HORSE SHOW, which is proud to host the Region 5 ASPCA Maclay Regional Medal.  Again the dates are September 12-16, 2012.  GOOD LUCK HANNAH!!

It looks as though the same week Michael Beining will be returning to the Omaha area for another of his fabulous dressage clinics.  The dates will be September 14-16, 2012.  Please email Dan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating. 

The MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER is again playing host to two more "AA" rated shows this season.  The MADISON COUNTY FALL CLASSIC and the MADISON COUNTY FALL CHALLENGE will be taking place September 19-23, 2012 and September 26-30, 2012 respectively.  The entries for this show are also closed, but we can likely get you in if you are intersted.  Contact us IMMEDIATELY!

DJU


 
Rocky Mountain High

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SUMMER IN THE ROCKIES

It is interesting to ponder what thoughts might have been going through the heads of the early pioneers as they packed up their livelihoods and traveled across the huge expanse of the Great Plains.  Day after day they traveled, slowly moving through endless prairie and badlands with nothing but open sky on the horizon.  One can only imagine their longing for the sea spray of the Pacific Ocean to mist upon their faces as they meandered westward each day.  What sort of bittersweet emotion must have consumed them as the landscape rose up in front of them in the form of the ominous and impressive Rocky Mountains?  Relief must have been tied closely with despair as the mountains provided an impressive change of scenery, but also a formidable barrier. 

These are the things that one might ponder as they make the trek across the expanse of Nebraska and into Eastern Colorado on the way to the Rockies.  Driving a truck pulling a trailer full horses is certainly a much more expedient way to make the journey, but the sense of awe and respect of Mother Nature remains the same.  The sight of the mountains certainly evoked more of a sense of relief than despair for the Quail Run crew, as it foreshadowed the end our travels to THE COLORADO HORSE PARK in Parker, Colorado.  The Quail Run team travelled the supposed* 8 1/2 hours to Parker for 3 weeks of Hunter/Jumper competition hosted by SHOWPLACE PRODUCTIONS of Chicago, IL. 

DanJacquesCHP12*For some the travelling was far beyond the 8 1/2 hours.  Just ask Tom and Dannee.  :-)

The Quail Run team arrived on July 2, 2012 for week IV of a six week circuit.  Competition started that week on July 4th, and what better way to be patriotic than to celebrate the fact that we are free to travel about the country and show our wonderful horses!  Quail Run found success right away with Patrice Urban's Cousteaux having a great showing in the 3'6" Performance Hunters.  Cousteaux secured the Reserve Champion in the division with Dan Urban in the irons.  Cousteaux went on to have success in the Amateur Owner division later on that week with Patrice Urban as the pilot. 

DanChevyCHP12Dan Urban brought his young guns Cornelius and Colonel Crusher to the Horse Park for some valuable experience.  During their stay in Parker, both horses showed tremendous progress.  Cornelius put down several excellent rounds, that included moving up to the 1.25m division for the first time with Dan.  Colonel Crusher showed his exuberance for being at a horse show, and also moved up to the 1.10m division.  The Quail Run trainers are excited for what the future might hold for these two powerhouses. 

Chloe Heng had a fabulous time at the Horse Park with her own Dancing Solo.  The pair competed successfully in many classes, including equitation and jumpers, but the highlight of the circuit was their Champion of the Low Ch/Ad Jumper division.  When Chloe and Solo are on their game, they can be clean, fast, and very tough to beat. 

Check out the following video of one of their rounds:

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Trainer Dannee Charlesworth joined us for the 2nd and 3rd weeks and piloted Dancing Solo to a 3rd place finish in the always exciting Match Race!

ZZCHP12In addition, Dannee brought up her new mount ZZ Money, and young mare, to her first ever "AA" rated horse show.  The pair successfully piloted several courses during the 2 weeks they were there, and each round showed improvement.  During the second week of competition the pair were fault free, and Champion of their division!  Way to go Dannee and ZZ!!  Looks like a bright future for that pair. 

Also joining us the second week was barn manager Tom Urban.  Tom does countless things for Quail Run, including driving back and forth to CO several times, and it is always fun to see him ride at the shows.  His usual style is to show up and try to have a great time whether he is working, showing, or hanging out.  Probably the most amazing part is that he hardly practices but shows up and competes with overwhelming success.  Showing for just one week, Tom won the $1500 Marshall & Sterling Ch/Ad classic, and then came back the next day and won the $2500 NAL TomWinningCHP12Ch/Ad Classic aboard his own Astro Boy!!  Excellent showing Tom!

Participating in all 3 weeks of competition that Quail Run attended, the DeLano girls, Katie and Hannah were of course awesome.  Hannah did an excellent job juggling the riding styles of both the equitation ring and the jumper ring aboard her own Venti. The pair competed in the major Medal competitions, including a 2nd place finish in the USEF Hunt Seat Medal, as well as riding quite well in the Low Junior/AO jumper division. Well done Hannah!! Katie DeLano and Ioupi des Cerisy stuck with the jumper ring, but did it very well.  The pair competed so well in the first two weeks of competition in the Low Junior/AO jumper division, that they moved up the second week and competed in a few High Junior/AO jumper classes.  That is certainly a remarkable feat!!  Great job DeLano girls.  It is always a pleasure to show with you!!

HannahVentiCHP2The shows at THE COLORADO HORSE PARK are always a blast to attend.  Our horses seem to love it there, the weather gives us a break from the intense heat at home, the show staff are friendly and certainly hard working, the competition is good, and the company is great!  Come join us next year when we return for the Summer in the Rockies!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Coming off the high of Quail Run's success we look forward to what's next!

Quail Run is very excited for the fast approaching End of Summer at Quail Run.  Our second "A" rated horse show will be taking place August 29 through September 2, 2012. 

THE PRIZELIST CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE!

Other notable events coming up in the near future will be:

The Two Rivers Summer Fest I & II held at the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Des Moines, IA. This top quality show venue is only 160miles from Quail Run and plays host to several "AA" rated horse shows that boast a $25,000 National Standard Grand Prix each week.  The summer shows will be held August 8-12, 2012 and August 15-19, 2012.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run Staff member if you are interested in participating.  Entries close July 25, 2012!!

The Midstates Horse Shows Fall Show will take place September 12-16, 2012 at the NORTH IOWA EVENTS CENTER in Mason City, IA.  The show is managed by Kris Rame and MIDSTATES HORSE SHOWS.  It is always a good time in Mason City, with good competition, good people, and good places to eat.  Come on out with Quail Run and have some fun in Northern Iowa.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run Staff member if you are interested in participating.  Entries close August 27, 2012!!

In September the Quail Run team will be returning once again to the MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER for the Madison County Fall Classic and Madison County Fall Challenge taking place September 19-23, 2012 and September 26-30, 2012 respectively.  Be sure to contact a Quail Run Staff member if you are interested in participating.  Entries close August 29, 2012!!

DJU

 
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