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Michael Beining: Dressage Excellence in Elkhorn

BeiningPic1February 18, 2013

The Quail Run Horse Centre, Inc. in Elkhorn, NE strives for excellence in horse sport, regardless of discipline.  The company's founder, Jim Urban, gained an interest in equestrian sport at a young age and was involved in Fox Hunting, Eventing, some Hunter/Jumper shows, and the United States Pony Club.  Along with his wife Patrice, Jim built Quail Run into a full service equestrian facility that encompassed this diversity of disciplines into their program.

Although the Quail Run Horse Centre now operates primarily as a Hunter/Jumper facility, the horsemanship ideals and philosophy that grew out of Jim's diverse background are evident today.  The training of the horses at Quail Run is heavily dependent on high quality "flatwork" to improve each horse's athleticism, ride-ability, and overall performance.  In this case the term "flatwork" is synonymous with dressage work.  In this regard, Quail Run has been exceptionally fortunate to be able to work with a very gifted and extremely knowledgeable dressage instructor by the name of Michael Beining on a regular basis.

BeiningPic4Michael Beining, originally from Germany, has spent a good portion of his life devoted to teaching dressage.  Over the many years of working with horses and riders he has developed a comprehensive and structured approach to his teaching.  The end goal is always to produce the best quality out of the horse, by producing a rider who has mastered dressage technique and therefore greatly reduces the suffering of the horse under the rider.  As a result the lessons are geared to improving the sensitivity, feeling, awareness, technique, and knowledge of the rider, so that the rider can be a better teacher for the horse. 

Michael has regularly taught clinics in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States since 1985.  This includes organizing a U.S. tour for dressage master Willi Schultheis in 1986 and 1987.  After organizing these clinics. Michael had the opportunity to train with Schultheis, and his then bereiter Rudolf Zeilinger (Danish Olympic dressage coach), thus furthering his BeiningPic6knowledge and his drive.  While working with the dressage elites, Michael lived and breathed dressage by living in Warendorf, Germany, which is home to the German National Federation (FN) and acts as the "Mecca" of the dressage world.  The amount of talented horses and riders in the area certainly sets the dressage standard high. 

We at Quail Run are thrilled to have the frequent opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable instructor.  Michael has always had enthusiasm and drive for teaching riders and horses at any level.  He enjoys working with students who have respect and love for the horse, who are patient and motivated, and who are willing to work on their own short-comings and not let the horse suffer under them.  This certainly has been the case during the many years of teaching at Quail Run.  Through Michael's efforts the quality of riding and therefore the quality of horses is always improving.

As his clinic series continues at Quail Run we invite you to come and experience Michael's wealth  of knowledge.  Our next clinic is taking place March 13-17, 2013.  Auditing for Michael's clinics is free, so come on out and see what Michael has to offer.  In addition Michael and the clinic organizers will be hosting a "knowledge night", in which Michael will be discussing relevant dressage topics in an un-mounted setting.  This will take place on Friday March 15, 2013.  If you are interested in participating in the clinic or the "knowledge night", be sure to contact:

Dan Urban
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If you are unable to participate this time, no worries!  Quail Run has Michael return frequently for his excellent clinics.  To get on the mailing list regarding upcoming clinics at Quail Run, be sure to email Dan Urban at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thanks!  We are looking forward to seeing you in the saddle!