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Spring has Sprung!

QRsunset_panoApril 9, 2012

It has been a long time since Quail Run has seen the green show up this early in the year.  The pastures are coming in nicely, the trees are starting to sprout their leaves, and there rarely is better weather for riding out on the trails.  Make sure to take advantage of the beautiful weather while we have the chance!

The salutations of spring are also a reminder that the busy show season is coming up.  Part of the Quail Run team headed back to St. Louis and THE NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER for QUEENIE PRODUCTION'S St. Louis Winter Festival VII and VIII taking place March 21-25, 2012 and March 28-April 1, 2012.  These shows will mark Patrice Urban's triumphant return to the show ring, aboard her own Cousteaux, after taking more than 6 months off due to back surgery!  Welcome back Patrice!!

TomAstro_-_MaS2011But wait, who's that?  Is that Tom Urban in the irons again aboard his own Astro Boy?  Yes!! Tom made his return to the show ring as well, placing 5th in the Ch/AA Jumper Classic!! 

Also a CONGRATULATONS to Dan Urban and Astro Boy placing 2nd in the $15,000 Grand Prix on March 24, 2012!!  Check out their clear first round:

On March 25, 2012 another part of the Quail Run team will be traveled to Katy, TX to participate in the second week of the PIN OAK CHARITY HORSE SHOW taking place March 28-April 1, 2012 at THE GREAT SOUTHWEST EQUESTRIAN CENTER.  The team remained in Texas to compete the following week April 4-8, 2012 in the Spring Gathering horse show held at the same facility. 

Hannah DeLano had huge success aboard her own Venti.  In only their second show competing at the Low Junior/AO jumpers (1.25m) the placed 4th out of a field of 17.  Well done Hannah!  A new ride for Hannah, Ioupi des Cerisy placed 5th in the Children's Jumper Stake class and finished 9th in the Children's Jumper Classic with Hannah in the irons.  The young rider also found success in the equitation ring, coming back for the flat phase of ASPCA Maclay both weeks of competition, out of a large field of competitors. 



international_logoOn April 20 & 21, 2012 a premier show jumping event will be held at Omaha's Century Link Center featuring a $30,000 Open Speed Derby and a $50,000 Grand Prix.  These classes will take place as the evening performances and will be ticketed admission.  To purchase tickets please visit THE INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE.  During the day however the competition is free to the public.  Beginning at 9am there will be several classes for exhibitors.  There will be a Child/Adult divsion, a 1.20m Open division, a Low Junior/AO division, and a High Junior/AO division.  The event is being sponsored by RFD TV, among others, and offers a great deal more than just an exciting horse show.  There will also be a Equine Expo taking place on site.  With lots of activities and information on the horse industry as well as the exciting youth targeted Equimania! 

Quail Run will be participating in some of the exhibition classes and we will also have an informative booth at the Expo!! Come check us out!

Quail Run is proud to host another dressage clinic in April.  The Dressage with Michael Beining clinic will be taking place April 27-29, 2012.  There are still spots available, so be sure to contact Dan at (619) 820-3802 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in participating.  CLICK HERE for the clinic flyer. 


Success in St. Louis and Other Notable News!

March 5, 2012


On February 6, 2012 the Quail Run team made the trek back to Lake St. Louis, MO to the NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER for the St. Louis Winter Festival VI hosted by QUEENIE PRODUCTIONS. This time the team consisted of:

Dannee Risler-Charleworth and her mount WHIRLWIND.
Dan Urban and his rides Cornelius, Colonel Crusher, Cousteaux (owned by Patrice Urban) and Astro Boy (owned by Tom Urban).
Hannah DeLano and her horse Venti.

During the course of the show all the horses found success in the show ring but this time the show was highlighted by a few special accomplishments:

Dan Urban and Astro Boy have been working together since August of 2011 when Tom Urban and the Quail Run Horse Centre purchased the 9yo Holsteiner gelding from BJORN IKAST.  Since then the pair have spent the time getting to know one another and polishing their skills.  By the time the show rolled around Dan was very confident in Astro's abilities and thought that this show would be a good venue to move up to the Open division.  The pair entered the $3000 Welcome Stake on Thursday February 9, 2012.  Dan and Astro posted a double clear score which secured them the 3rd place finish in the class.

Check out the video of their rounds in the Welcome Stake:

Their success in Thursday's class boosted Dan's confidence in his mount to a new level and prompted an entry in the $10,000 Grand Prix scheduled for Saturday February 11, 2012.  After walking the course, Dan and Quail Run head trainer Jim Urban decided there was no time like the present to allow Astro to compete in his first Grand Prix.  Drawing the 3rd spot out of 17 competitors in the order of go, Dan and Astro laid down a smooth round ending up with only one knockdown in a fairly speedy time. The course designed by Dean Battaglia only allowed for 2 clear rounds out of the field of 17.  With the fastest 4 fault round Dan and Astro Boy secured the 3rd place finish!! 

Check out their round in the Grand Prix shot by CJMPhoto:

Quail Run is very excited to see what future success will come for Astro Boy!


As if Astro's success wasn't enough, Hannah DeLano finished out the week with some major success of her own.  Hannah acquired her mount Venti in April of 2011 and spent the last year growing as a team with her horse.  The pair began competing in the Children's and Adult Jumpers at the COLORADO HORSE PARK in July of 2011, as well as equitation classes such as the APSCA Maclay, USEF Hunt Seat Medal, and most recently the USEF Talent Search class.  While continuing to compete in the equitation classes, Hannah and Venti quickly moved up the divisions to the Modified Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers. 

At this show however, Hannah and Venti were performing exceptionally well and her trainers felt confident to allow her to move up yet again and compete in the Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumpers.  Finishing well in her first class in the division, Hannah went on to compete in the Low Junior/AO Jumper Classic held on Sunday February 12, 2012.  Putting down an excellent ride, Hannah and Venti secured the 2nd place finish!! Well done Hannah!

Check out the following video of Hannah competing in the Low Jr/AO classic:

Congratulations to the whole Quail Run team for their success in St. Louis!!


Quail Run has decided to add two weeks of Horseback Riding summer camps this year!

The camps are designed for new and beginner riders.  They will provide the opportunity for youngsters (ages approximately 7-12yrs in age) to learn all about horses and have the opportunity to ride daily. 

The dates of the camps will be:

June 11-15, 2012.

August 6-10, 2012.

Both weeks will run 9am-1pm from Monday through Friday.  These camps are designed for first time riders ages 7-12 years old.  It is a wonderful opportunity to gain exposure and insight to what english horseback riding is all about. 

Quail will also hold a camp for existing Quail Run students.  This will take place:

July 16-20, 2012. 

The times will also be Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm. 

The cost is $300 per week.  There is limited enrollment, so please be sure to contact Kelly Parisi (501) 952-3502 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any interest in participating in these clinics. 


Quail Run wishes to extend congratulations to two people.

Congrats to Katie DeLano for being awarded a scholarship from the Kansas State University Equestrian Team.  Katie is in her second semester and has already grabbed the attention of her teammates and coach.  The scholarship includes 15% off her tuition and all her books are covered.  Congratulations Katie!! Well done!!

Congrats also to Eden Twyford.  Eden recently purchased a wonderful chestnut mare as her first horse!  Best of luck to Eden and Camie as they begin their journey together as a horse and rider team!! 


At the end of March Quail Run will be heading to a couple of competitions. 

Dan Urban and some horses will be traveling back to Lake St. Louis for the last to weeks in the St. Louis Winter Festival.  This show will be taking place March 21-25, 2012 and March 28-April 1, 2012. 

Dannee Charlesworth will also be traveling with some horses to a competition around this time.  She will take several horses and clients to Katy, TX for the second week of the PIN OAK CHARITY HORSE SHOW taking place March 28-April 1, 2012.  The crew will remain there another week and participate in the Spring Gathering horse show taking place April 4-8, 2012.  Both competitions are held at THE GREAT SOUTHWEST EQUESTRIAN CENTER

Good luck to both crews at the shows!!


Quail Run Holiday Party and Upcoming Events

February 2, 2012


Quail Run's Annual Holiday Party

Amidst all the wonderful, unseasonal weather that has been this Nebraska winter, clients and friends of Quail Run Horse Centre gathered Saturday evening (Jan 28, 2012) at the Heartland Cafe in historic downtown Elkhorn to celebrate another year of "goings-on" at Quail Run.  Jim, Patrice, and the rest of the staff hold this holiday party every year, after the actual holidays have calmed down a bit, to celebrate their faithful clients.  For any small business, the customers are the most important thing, and this is Quail's way of showing their immense appreciation. 

It was an evening filled with cocktails, delicious food, good company, and great conversation!  A chance to share stories of the past year and to bring the whole group together to strengthen the Quail Run team.  Speaking on behalf of the staff, this makes us very proud!

DanneePatrice_QRpartyAs a token of appreciation, Jim and Patrice supply everyone with a gift.  This year everyone received brand new saddle pads monogrammed with "Quail Run" on one side and their horses name on the other.  The very next day Dan already saw people using them!  Those kind of things bring a smile to our faces. 

I hope everyone had as much fun as we, the staff, did!!


The Quail Run team is gearing up to head to Lake St. Louis, MO next week (February 6-12, 2012) for the St. Louis Winter Festival VI hosted by Queenie Productions.  John McQueen and his staff always put on a good show, and Quail Run is excited to return.  This time the team will include:

Dan Urban:                              Astro Boy
                                              Colonel Crusher

Dannee Risler-Charlesworth:     Whirlwind

Hannah DeLano:                      Venti
                                               Ioupi des Cerisy

Good Luck everyone!!

The Dressage with Michael Beining clinic is also fast approaching.  This will take place from February 16-20, 2012.  Quail Run is excited to bring Michael's expertise back to the area.  Beining has worked with some of the top professionals in the world and spent a great number of years in the very heart of the German dressage community.  Riding under such an educated and knowledgeable eye can really bring out some results with your horses.  There are still a few slots available!! Be sure to contact Dan ASAP if you have any interest in participating.  Auditing is always free!!

Dan: (619) 820-3802.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

THANKS AGAIN to all our wonderful boarders and clients!!  Without you all, none of what we do would be worth it!



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