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HannahVentiUEEGPJanuary 23, 2014

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"  -Winston Churchill

It was a crisp Friday afternoon in December.  That kind of chilly where the whole world seems fresh.  You could feel the cold on your cheeks, but the sun was shining and the wind was absent.  A recent dusting of snow had fallen adding a nice winter color to Quail Run.  The horses were happy to be out and about after being kept in due to the weather earlier in the week.  It was a beautiful winter day.

The Quail Run team had recently returned from a very successful horse show in St. Louis.  All who had competed at the show had an excellent week including several blue ribbons and some great rides in the Welcome Stake.  However, one pair shone above the rest that week.  Hannah DeLano and her mount Venti were having an excellent year.  The team had made significant progress throughout the season and had even competed in their first and second Grand Prixs! Both of which were excellent rides.  But, it was in the High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic held on Sunday of the 2nd week of the December Queenie Productions show where the pair hit a high note.  A beautiful ride secured the pair a win against some very tough competition and in addition solidified their qualification for the North American Young Riders Championship.  A very HannahVentiFlyingprestigious competition, and a serious goal for this horse and rider combination.  Hannah and Venti no doubt had a blast, and everyone that supported her couldn't be more proud!

After such an excellent week, both horse and rider were awarded a well deserved break.  While Hannah had to attend to some scholastic duties before winter break, Venti enjoyed a few days of eating, resting, and hanging out with his buddies.  On that beautiful winter day in December Venti could likely be heard squealing enthusiastically as he and his pasture mates were let outside into the cool morning air. 

As the day was winding down and the sun was setting lower in the sky, the horses were gathered and returned to their stalls.  But not Venti.  A terrible accident had forced him to stay.  This magnificent athlete remained out in the farthest corner of the field, amongst the trees in one of the most beautiful locations at Quail Run.  As the sun sank below the horizon, and as the cold crept deeper into the air, Venti took his final breath.  But not before those that cared the most about him gathered to say goodbye. 

It was a terribly tragic end to a story that was filled with so much success.  And though the cold penetrated our bones, and the darkness surrounded our hearts, we HannahSittingOnVenticould eventually take comfort and warmth in the fond memories of a horse who lived, and loved, his life to the fullest. 

This tragedy affected many.  But, not one person could fathom how deeply it could affect the other member of this dynamic duo.  Our hearts go out to this brave young girl, who has shown tremendous strength through this ordeal.  She had this to say:

"Venti was not only my best friend, my partner in crime and my number 1, he was the best horse in the world.  We had the exact same personality, a special connection, and losing him feels like losing myself.  I can go on knowing that he is in a better place and hopefully going crazy squealing up there in Heaven.  He is and forever will be the best horse I will ever own.  I will never forget him because he has a part of my heart.  I love you so much Venti, and I can't wait to see you again one day. RIP".

Hannah DeLano

Thankfully, this is not the end.  This is a chance to move on, and cherish the memories of this wonderful horse and the beautiful relationship he had with his rider.  This is a farewell to a friend. 

Rest in peace Venti.  You were lost, but you will never be forgotten. 

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Their final ride:

 
We're Bringing Buddy Back!!

November 12, 2013

BuddyBrownKilkennyRandallZQuail Run Horse Centre is pleased to announce the return on one of our favorite clinicians, Buddy Brown! 

Buddy is an excellent horseman who has been there and done that.  Buddy is a living legend in the industry.  He was represented the United States on the Equestrian Team in numerous international competitions, including the Olympic games, Pan Am games, and Nations Cups.  As a Junior he won the USEF Medal and today is a sought after course designer and clinician.

This is certainly an excellent opportunity for any one to participate in! 

Currently the clinic is FULL, and we have a waiting list.  If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact Jim Urban 402-630-3368 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Clinic spots are reserved by filling out an application and providing a check.  If there are verbally confirmed spots that are not secured by a check, then closer to the clinic date those spots will be given to those on the waiting list. 

Althought the clinic is full to participants, come out and join us as an auditor!  Watching Buddy teach in a very informative experience, and there is plenty that can be learned 'on the ground'!

! ! !FOR ALL THE INFORMATION REGARDING THE CLINIC, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE CLINIC FLYER HERE! ! !

The clinic schedule will be constructed closer to the clinic date.

 
A Fond Farewell and Summer Camp!

September 18, 2013

LadiesHalloweenHello Quail Run Friends!

This certainly has been an epic year for Quail Run. 

  • We have had the hustle and bustle of facility construction throughout the year as new competition facility takes shape. 
  • We have had countless successes in the show ring throughout the Summer season.
  • Two excellent Summer Camps were held.
  • We gave a very bittersweet, fond farewell, to our beloved trainer and friend Kelly Parisi.

A Fond Farewell for trainer Kelly Parisi

KellyAnnickPadIt never mattered what the weather was like outside, there was always a bright and sunny attitude in the air at Quail Run when Kelly Parisi was there.  It could be snowing and biting cold, or blazing hot in the summer and Kelly always had a smile on her face to brighten up the day.  The horses loved her and her students loved her even more!  Kelly did an excellent job with the school program and sparked an equestrian interest in many young, and also young at heart, students during her tenure at Quail Run.  Many of these students have made tremendous progress under Kelly's tutelage and are well on their way to becoming future champions!

Kelly and her family have relocated to Sarasota, FL where they will begin the next chapter in their life.  Though her story continues, we at Quail Run will never forget the fond memories at Quail Run with Kelly.  Trainers Dan Urban and Dannee Risler are particulary thankful for Kelly's dedication, much needed assistance, and probably most of all her companionship while she was with us!  Good luck in your new endeavors Kelly, and know that you are sorely missed!!  ...and of course WELCOME BACK AT ANYTIME!!

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Quail Run Summer Camps

One of the last things that Kelly touched at Quail Run was the lives of several young and enthusiastic future horsemen and women.  Our first Summer Camp of 2013 was organized and coached by Kelly before she left for FL.  5 days of horsemanship, riding, arts and crafts, and fun and games were had by several young equestrians. 

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The second camp of the year was a joint effort between trainers Jim Urban, Dannee Risler, and our amazing volunteer Christy Drake.  Another week of learning and fun was held in tribute to Kelly!! 

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