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Quail Run is Shaping Up

GPpano3November 24, 2012

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. 

Top Placings at the Two Rivers Summer Festival

DanJacquesCHP12September 4, 2012

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!


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!


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