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Quail Run's Second "A" Rated Show!

Stirrup2September 8, 2012

The End of Summer at Quail Run took place at the Quail Run Horse Centre, Inc. from August 29 - September 2, 2012.  This was the second USEF "A" rated horse show to be held at the Quail Run facility. 

After several weeks of planning and prepping the Quail Run facility began to shape itself into a showgrounds.  In the weeks before the show we saw heavy equipment, such as road graders and a large flat roller, truckloads of materials coming back and forth, tents being set up, and an overall bustle of activity in preparation for the competition.  The biggest change to be seen on the property was the transformation of the old outdoor ring into a wonderfully usable all weather competition surface.  Mother nature threw a kink in the plans and delayed the construction for a day or two, but in the end the ring was completed just in time to see schooling on Wednesday night, before competition kicked off in the outdoor ring on Thursday. 

PathtoOutdoor2JmpRing4This second show, managed my Jim Urban of Elkhorn, NE had a 5 day hunter schedule (Wed - Sun), and a 4 day Jumper schedule (Thur - Sun).  Judging the Hunter and Equitation was Bobby Dreyer of Louisville, KY, and joining us in the Jumper ring, judging Jumpers and Equitation, was Carol Dean-Porter of Rolling Hills Estates, CA.  Joining us as steward and representing the UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION (USEF) was June Watkins of McPherson, KS.  Designing the courses in both rings was Jim Urban of Elkhorn, NE.

The schedule for the show worked out nicely since the Hunters started a day earlier than the Jumpers.  On Wednesday, with only the Hunter schedule to complete, nobody was rushed and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time showing their hunters.  The day ended at a very JudgeBoothGitaDTripp3reasonable time, giving everyone the extra chance to school if necessary, or to head home and be rested for Thursday's competition.  This show saw an increase in the amount of entries from the Beginning of Summer at Quail Run show, but it was just the right amount.  The number of entries afforded both rings to start a bit later than the posted 8:00am start and afforded the trainers the opportunity to attend both rings without too many conflicts. The light schedule at the beginning of the week allowed for everyone to be able to attend a Pizza Party of Friday evening, hosted by the horse show. with pizza from the delicious Dante Pizzeria in Omaha. 

The traffic around the facility began to pick up on Saturday and Sunday as all the juniors, families, and friends came to the see the spectacle.  One of the most exciting things to watch, and certainly a EmilyGSteely2HntFencefitting finale for the show, were the opportunity classes.  A chance for all those future top competitors to gain valuable experience in the show ring.  Check out these pictures!

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The Quail Run staff would like to thank everyone who came out and attended our show in any capacity.  Exhibitors, trainers, coaches, parents, grooms, brothers, sisters, friends and anyone else who set foot on the property that week!  It means a lot to us to see each and every one of you there, and we certainly couldn't continue without you! 

QRribbonsA very special thanks to our crew:  Tom Urban (facility manager, tractors/equipment, crew, etc.), Mikey Urban (crew manager, assistant facility manager, tractors/equipment, etc.) Matt Stewart (crew, Jumper In Gate), Chris Rathfon (crew, Hunter In Gate), Tim Creamer aka "Junior" (crew), TJ Feldhaus (crew), Andrew Stickman (crew), Theresa Heye (Horse Show Secretary), Michael Dwyer (EMT), the Nebraska Equine Veterinary Clinic and Kim Houlding (Horse Show Veterinarians), and Mike Blose (Horse Show Farrier)

A very very special thanks to all our Volunteers!!  Especially Gail Dwyer and Karen Jordan.  You ladies are awesome!

A very delicious thank you to the Ponca Pony Club for providing the concessions!

Last but certainly not least is a big thanks to Jim and Patrice Urban for the tireless effort and hard work and of course use of this wonderful facility!

As this show comes to an end we look forward to the next year with the plans to continually upgrade the show facility and to host several more weeks of competition this next season.  We very much hope that you will come back and join us showing at the Quail Run Horse Centre!!

Thanks again everyone!

DJU