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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.


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. 



Please feel free to visit the website for THE INTERNATIONAL


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