Cover Story - Vol. 50, No.4A, Issue #9
Conway Arabians … Ready For 2019 U.S. Nationals
by CATHERINE COLE FERANDELLI
Fresh from a terrific Canadian Nationals, Conway Arabians, owned by Peter and Lori Conway, is a formidable family operation eagerly moving forward toward U.S. Nationals 2019.
Lori Conway enthusiastically elaborates, “This year is particularly significant for Conway Arabians. Yes, 2019 has been a fantastic journey in the show pen thus far, but what makes it monumental for us is our daughter Anna’s debut as a professional.” Lori proudly smiles, “Canadian Nationals was Anna’s first foray at the national level. Working side by side with our trainer Jen Schmitt, Conway Arabians & their clients earned roses at the ‘Royal Red’ in multiple disciplines and classes—both in the Open and Amateur divisions.”
But the U.S. Nationals awaits. Lori lays out the plan, “Conway Arabians has embraced the diversity of the Arabian horse in nearly all the disciplines offered in our show pen. This year we are focusing to some degree on our younger horses, mainly in the western pleasure, country and English pleasure divisions.” Lori continues, ‘Our young purebred horses competing in western pleasure include our black bay stallion Cool River Kid in the AWPA with Jen Schmitt, Onzia FMA in Western Pleasure Junior Horse, and Khalifornia Khrome J in the Western Pleasure Amateur Maturity and AAOTR with myself. Jen’s Half-Arabian 3-year-old chestnut mare Tezza Rozza will compete in the Half-Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity as well.”
Returning to the western show pen has been a reunion of sorts for Lori. “Back in the late 70’s-early ‘80s, I always had a western pleasure horse to show. Somehow, I got away from it, focusing on our hunters and English horses. While English continues to be a ‘natural’ for me, I’ve realized that western pleasure with its fine tuning and detail is easy on the body and challenging on the mind. I really love it.”
Conway Arabians aims to bring five English horses to U.S. Nationals, showing in the Open and Amateur divisions.
The youngest entry is their 2016 bay stallion CSP Rolling Stone. Purchased earlier this year, he will be shown in the Arabian English Pleasure Futurity with trainer Ryan Strand.
Conway Arabians homebred stallion Rightful Heir CA, is their entry for the AEPA class with trainer Joel Kiesner, no stranger to the AEPA winners circle.
Leah Beth Golladay will return with multiple National champion Noble Rendezvous, seeking to encore their 2018 Unanimous U.S. Arabian Country English Pleasure championship.
Winning two unanimous championships at 2019 Canadian Nationals, Lori and bay mare Afires Rejoice are competing in the Arabian Amateur Country English divisions. Daughter, Rachel Conway Schieffelbein, rounds out the Amateur Country English divisions in the Jackpot Breeders Sweepstakes class with her purebred bay mare Natalya Afire.
As busy a show schedule this may be, Conway Arabians is just as involved with giving back to the industry. This year’s AHDF fundraiser is no different.
Lori shares, “A group of forward-thinking people decided to change things up a bit and bring several disciplines into the charity event. The final Friday night session will have an AHDF Calcutta-type auction, with competing teams representing the AWPA, Mare halter, AHPA and AEPA classes. Everyone will have a chance to vie for top bid on their favorite pick for each event. We all will definitely ‘party down,’ enjoying a live band, open bar and cool prizes available for all. It’s optional, but we are ‘pushing’ festive, formal dress attire.” AHDF’s goal is to make this event a strategic fundraiser for horsemen in need amidst festivity and fun. Lori and AHDF encourage all to attend, enjoy and give.
Peter Conway describes the horses of Conway Arabians as “doing horses.” Lori and Peter themselves, both personify this depiction; true “givers and doers.”