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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!



Bobby, Buddy, and Bjorn! Oh My!!

The ever approaching winter season has done little to curb the amount of activity taking place at Quail Run.  In addition to the normal traffic of our regular clients and their horses we have construction workers, more specifically roofers, making their presence known as they make much needed repairs and improvements to our facility, as well as all the additional traffic that hosting quality clinics creates. 

BobbyTeach2So far this year we have run two fantastic clinics and we have another one fast approaching.

On November 11-13. 2011 Bobby Dreyer visited Quail Run and put on an excellent Hunter/Jumper clinic.  It was three days of gaining confidence and excellent experience over more colorful obstacles and courses.  Bobby is so laid back and positive it is almost impossible not to have a great time!  The clinic took place over 3 beautiful days in a continuation of what has been an excellent Nebraska Autumn.  With the great weather and enough riders to fill 4 excellent groups each day, it truly was an ideal clinic scenario. 

Pictured on the right is Bobby Dreyer in mid instruction.

ElaineCody1_-_Bobby_Dreyer_2011Here we have Elaine Wilwerding aboard her own Cody, soaring over a jump in the clinic. 


On the right is Tiger with owner Gita Deonarain in the irons.

BuddyTeach1A little less than a month later we were visited by Olympic veteran Buddy Brown.  On December 2-4, 2011 Buddy gave an excellent Show Jumping clinic at Quail Run.  Buddy is a horseman who has been there and done that, and loves to come in and teach a clinic illustrating what is necessary to get the best jump out of your horse for competition.  Buddy teaches a clinic that gets the riders to use their position and balance to influence the horses energy and balance to bring out the most athletic jump possible.  His way of teaching is an excellent blend of classical training and equitation mixed with the right amount of "git 'r done".  This was Buddy's 3rd consecutive year at Quail Run, and with as much fun as we have, we hope to have him back for a 4th. 


Buddy Brown and the Quail Run staff.
From left to right:  Kelly Parisi, Buddy Brown, Dannee Charlesworth, Jim Urban, and Dan Urban

QRMediaDuring both the Bobby Dreyer and Buddy Brown clinics Quail Run had the opportunity to participate in a special event.  Coming to Omaha's Century Link center in April of 2012 is a major horse sport event called The InternationalThe International is an amazing event for the Omaha horse community as it promises to bring in big names in the industry as well as sufficient exposure to the non horse people in the area.  The horse show is being managed by Queenie Productions and Buddy Brown will be the course designer. To promote this event two separate media crews came out to Quail Run to see first hand what show jumping was all about. 

During the clinics, several reporters came out to watch professionals Dan Urban and Dannee Charlesworth do a riding demo.  Dan was aboard Astro Boy and Dannee was aboard Hannah DeLano's Venti.  After watching the pros make it look easy, the media got a chance to experience riding for themselves.  Dan, Dannee, and trainer Kelly Parisi each taught a lesson to the willing participants in what was dubbed "Riding 101".  It truly was a great way to show off that riding is a lot harder than it looks.



BjornIkastComing up on January 13-15, 2012 we will be having another clinic, this this time it will be with excellent horseman Bjorn Ikast.  We originally had Bjorn scheduled for October, but plans had to change and we now have the rescheduled clinic planned for January.  Bjorn is originally from Denmark but has relocated to the United States.  He travels to major competitions with his excellent horses and loving family.  Bjorn's focus is getting the horse to work for the rider, and getting the rider to relax and stay out of the horse's way.  This is a clinic you will not want to miss. 

For more information on the Bjorn Ikast clinic, or to express your interest in participating, please contact Dan Urban at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Thanks!

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