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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!


Quail Run makes the News!

MaryR-KKC2013January 24, 2013

Quail Run in the News!

As Quail Run launched the New Year with the Kyle King clinic held  January 4-6, 2013, we were also fortunate to get some local air time with two separate News stations. 

During the first day of the Kyle King clinic, while riders where polishing their skills by going through a cavaletti style course while only using one hand, KETV Channel 7 came out to do a little coverage.  They were interested in highlighting horsesport in the area to tie in with the 2013 version of "The International". 

Mary Roskens was highlighted in this first bit of media coverage.   She talks about how she working with her horse "Higgins" to get better and better, and hopefully someday ride in "The International". The clip also includes some commentary from Kyle King and various other shots of other clinic participants.



As the clinic rolled on, Quail Run was again contacted by the local media.  This time KPTM Fox 42 wanted to come out and do a story, and so we arranged for them to come out during the final day of the clinic.  This bit of media coverage has a variety of clips involved in it.  They shoot some video of Kyle King riding Brooke Cudmore's "Superbad", as well as having Kyle make a few comments about training horses in general.  In addition local rider Haley Mick and trainer Dan Urban have provide the equestrian layperson with some insight on what we do, and why we have top quality trainers come to work with us. 



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Kyle King Comes to Clinic!

KyleKing1December 3, 2012

Kyle King Clinic - January 4-6, 2013

Quail Run is very pleased to announce the inaugural clinic with Grand Prix veteran Kyle King!!

Kyle King is an exceptionally experienced, and 2nd generation professional horseman.  Throughout his career he has claimed more than 50 Grand Prix wins!  In addition to being a Grand Prix veteran, Kyle is a very versatile catch rider and works with any and all horses in every level from the grass green to Grand Prix. 

He is a talented clinician with a simple, positive, confidence-building teaching style.  His goal is for all riders, no matter what level, to leave feeling more balanced and confident in their skills.

KyleKing4During his stay at Quail Run, Kyle will also be available to sit on any horses before or after teaching hours. 

The clinic will be taking place Friday January 4th through Sunday January 6th.  If you are interested in participating please see the clinic flyer and entry form below.  Spots may be secured by sending in a check.  Refunds will only be given if your spot is filled by another participant.



If you would like more information regarding this clinic or clinics in general at Quail Run, please contact Dan Urban at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you!!!  We hope to see you there!


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