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Quail Run Summer Camps 2014

May 27, 2014

Summer is rapidly approaching, and that means it is time for the Quail Run Summer Camps!!

Our summer camps are designed to give the students a well rounded experience of what working with and riding horses is all about!  This includes care, grooming, riding, arts and crafts, and quaility barn time! 

The camps will be run Mondays through Fridays from 9am - 1pm on the following dates:

JUNE 9 - 13, 2014

JULY 7 - 11, 2014

The camps are best suited for beginner/novice/intermediate riders and ages 7 - 12 are preferred.  The cost is $350 per week.  Quail Run's newest instructor Angie Connor will be operating these events.  Feel free to contact her with any interest or questions:  402-289-2159 barn.  703-927-0410 cell.



New Trainer at Quail Run

AngieConnor4March 7, 2014

We at Quail Run are very excited to announce a new additon to our team!  Beginning March 11, 2014 QR will have a new trainer and instructor to help provide our services to our clients.  Professional Angie Connor will join us and will handle many of the beginner and novice lessons, as well as helping Dan and Dannee with customer training rides and lessons in general. 

Angie worked for Quail Run several years ago and we are THRILLED to have her back again.  She will make an excellent addition to our staff!  We are particulary excited about the fact that Angie will often times stay home when the other trainers head off to competitions so that training rides and lessons can continue at Quail Run in their absence. 

Here is Angie's Biography:

Angie Connor

AngieConnor3Angie "Irwin" Connor took her first riding lesson at Quail Run in 1990.  During her time as a student at Quail Run she showed a great interest and determination and was given the opportunity to be a working student at QR throughout her Junior High and High School years. 

As a Junior rider, she had many successes in the Junior Hunters, the Equitation Medals, the Junior/AO Jumpers, and even a few smaller Grand Prixs.  All these accomplishments took place on her thoroughbred "All That Jazz", a horse she bought as a 4 year old and brought along herself.  With "Jazz", she had the privelege of representing Zone 6 in 1998 and 1999 at the National Junior Jumper Finals and Prix des States in Harrisburg, PA. 

At the age of 18, Angie turned professional, and began riding and teaching for Quail Run.  Part of her duties at that time were to teach a AngieConnor2horseback riding PE class through Creighton University.  While teaching one of those classes, Angie met her now husband Sean Connor.  The pair have been married since 2005, and they recently welcomed their first child in June of 2013. 

After living away from Omaha since 2006, Angie is very excited to be coming home to continue pursuing her passion of riding and teaching riders of all ages and levels. 

Welcome to the team Angie!!! 

If you are interested in setting up a lesson with Angie, please do not hesitate to contact her:

Angie Connor
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Farewell to a Friend

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. 



Their final ride:

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