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High Level Show Jumping Hits Omaha!

HDVentiINTL13-1April 13, 2013


THE INTERNATIONAL OMAHA returned to Omaha's CenturyLink Center on April 12 & 13, 2013.  This high caliber event was a major success in it's inaugural year of 2012.  In fact it was such a huge success that the North American Rider's Group (NARG) listed The International Omaha in the top 25 competitions of 2012!!

The return of the event was met with much anticipation, especially since the 2013 version boasted two Internationally recognized events.  Namely the FEI Mutual of Omaha Bank $30,000 Speed Derby, and the FEI RFD TV $50,000 Grand Prix!  These events marked the first time an FEI event has been held in USHJA Zone 6, let alone Omaha! In addition to the FEI main events, The International provided a High TUKeatonINTL13-1Child/Adult division, a Low Jr/AO division, a High Jr/AO division, and a $15,000 National Standard Open Jumper Speed Derby, as well as a $25,000 National Standard Open Jumper Classic. 

Hannah DeLano and Tom Urban of Quail Run participated in the action. 

Tom Urban rode two horses in the High Child/Adult division.  He piloted Private Prospect and Astro Boy around the challenging courses set by Anthony D'Ambrosio, and ended up 9th place (just out of the ribbons) in the $5,000 Child/Adult Jumper Classic. 

Hannah DeLano had a beautiful speed round in the 1.30m Low Jr/AO Speed Derby, aboard her own Venti, TUAstroINTL13-1placing just out of the awards with a 4 fault round! 

Quail Run, who sponsored the $15,000 Open Jumper Speed Derby and provided several of the jumps for the event, was incredibly proud to have Tom and Hannah represent us in The International Omaha.  We can't wait for next year!!

Horsemanship and Helpful Hints with Melaine Smith Taylor

MST-1Quail Run had an excellent clinic with Olympic Gold Medalist Melaine Smith Taylor on March 23 & 24, 2013.  Melaine is a fantastic horsewoman who believes that good riding begins on the ground.  Success in the show ring doesn't come from good training alone, it comes from attention to detail and bonding with your horse on a much more intimate level. 

The riders performed exercises that helped them tune into the fine details of riding.  A major theme in the clinic was that Awareness develops Feeling.  Feeling develops Timing, and Timing leads to Accuracy.  Developing these tools can help a rider teach their horse the balance and control that is necessary to negotiate the difficult tasks of Show Jumping. 

MST-2Melaine has an excellent way of explaining the details.  Her clinics provide ample riding experience, but also in depth theory that provides insight to "why" we do things.  Quail Run was incredibly thrilled with the success of the clinic and cannot wait for the opportunity to have her back again!

Please visit Melanie's website TAYLORMADE HORSEMANSHIP!!

Upcoming Events

UEElogoWithWordsQuail Run's Indoor Hunter Days - April 18-21, 2013.

Quail Run's second leg of our indoor shows in April is a purely Hunter show.  A chance for those show hunters to shake off some rust and prepare for the outdoor season.  All the information regarding this show can be found here:


PEClogoPhoenix Equestrian Center April Show - April 25-28, 2013

THE PHOENIX EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Bellevue, NE will be kicking off their 2013 show season this April just following Quail Run's Indoor Hunter days.  An excellent opportunity to polish one's ride before heading off for the Summer season. 

MSHSNavyGoldMid States Horse Shows Spring Show - May 1-5, 2013

MID STATES HORSE SHOWS launches their 2013 season this coming May.  This marks the first year of the shows being run under the Urban Family.  They are very excited to continue the rich tradition of Hunter/Jumper shows in Mason City.  Entries close April 16th!!!

Come join us in Mason Smiley!

MLECMaffitt Lake Spring Gathering - May 8-12 & 15-19, 2013

The MAFFITT LAKE EQUESTRIAN CENTER and Hott Horse Shows are pleased to be kicking off their 5th season of competition on 2013.  MLEC is a top notch show facility and Quail Run is always pleased to participate.  This year they are even boasting a $30,000 Grand Prix at one of the Spring shows.