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A Rare Clinic Opportunity - Melanie Smith Taylor

m_smith_taylor2March 10, 2013

A Clinic with Olympic Gold Medalist, Melanie Smith Taylor!

Quail Run Horse Centre is pleased to announce a clinic with Melanie Smith Taylor!!  Melanie is an extremely accomplished and renowned horsewoman, and this is an opportunity you won't want to miss!

Melanie's list of accomplishments is quite impressive.  As an amateur rider, she worked with George Morris in the early 1970's finding many successful finishes in the Amateur/Owner Jumper division before graduating to the Grand Prix level.  In 1978 the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) granted Melanie the Lady Rider of the Year award, as well as the overall Rider of the Year award.  Due to her outstanding performance, it was determined that women could compete on a completely level playing field as men, and therefore the AGA did away with the Lady Rider of the Year award.  In addition, her horse Val de Loire was named AGA Horse of the Year.

Melanie is one of only two riders to ever win the "Triple Crown of Show Jumping".  This includes the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby, and the American Gold Cup.  She is the only rider to ever win the "Triple Crown" on the same horse, Calypso

MST1Melanie was a member of the 1979 Gold Medal Team at the Pan American Games that were held in Puerto Rico, and also won Individual Bronze at the 1980 "Alternate Olympics".  She ended her impressive competitive career with a Team Gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. 

Although she has retired from competition, Melanie has continued to serve the equestrian community in many ways.  She has been a television commentator for major Show Jumping events, including the Olympics, for many years.  She has been a very successful coach of the Developing Riding Tours that won several competitions and Nations Cups in Europe.  Melanie also played a major role in organizing the Emerging Athlete's Program.

We at Quail Run are thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity to the Omaha area.

The clinic will be held March 22-24, 2013 at the Quail Run Horse Centre.  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 .


Please visit Melanie's website TAYLORMADE HORSEMANSHIP.