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November 1, 2012 ... Saddle Horse Report

Ohio Greats L.F. Lavery and Paul St. Charles Pass Away

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Third-generation horseman L.F. (Lonnie) Lavery passed away yesterday, October 31. He had been battling several health issues over the past few years. He was born October 21, 1947. He died from a massive stroke that occurred in his sleep, passing peacefully.

Inducted in the UPHA/Tom Moore Hall of Fame in 2002, Lavery was an accomplished horseman, judge, teacher and storyteller. From the family’s famed Richlon Farm, Lavery trained and sold many industry greats including CH Our Golden Duchess, CH Flash Gordon, CH Little Sport Model, and CH Parading Peacock.

Ironically, good friend and fellow Ohioan Paul St. Charles died the same day. St. Charles was also a well known horseman and consultant, helping many different people over the years.

More details on these renowned horsemen will be added when they are made available.

Click Lonnie's image above to visit his "In Memory of LFL" page.

Biography of L.F. "Lonnie" Lavery

Oct 21, 1947 - Oct 31, 2012

(as Lonnie wrote it)

L.F. Lavery is a third generation horse trainer, whose family has specialized in the training of American Saddlebred horses for nearly one hundred years. As trainer at the prestigious Richlon Farms of Sharon Center, Ohio, from 1967-2006, he, along with his wife, Renee, and children, sold hundreds of horses and garnered over 70 World’s Championships. Under the Richlon banner, horses trained by him, such as WGC Flash Gordon, WGC Our Golden Duchess, WGC Bi Mi Sauvignon, WGC Specialty Item, WGC Callaway's Powerful Magic, WGC Little Sport Model and countless others including Hackneys and Standardbreds, became both very popular and historic figures as they were awarded their tri-color ribbons on the green shavings of Freedom Hall. Because of his excellent communication skills and his uncanny ability to fit a rider to a horse, Mr. Lavery is also accepted as one of the top instructors of the last several decades. Although known as an American Saddlebred specialist, he has also trained champion Morgans, Hackneys and Road Horses not to mention National Show Horses, Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Quarter Horses. His knowledge of training, showing and the conditioning of a horse is vast, to say the least.

Having held a license for over forty years, Mr. Lavery is an internationally known judge who has had the privilege to judge nearly every major horse show in the country and additionally holds the distinct honor of having adjudicated at The American Saddlebred World’s Championships 3 times, the Morgan National Championships 8 times, the National Show Horse finals 3 times and at both the Arabian and the Renai Horse finals.

He served on the National Executive Board of the United Professional Horsemen's Association for 10 years and was a two-time president of that two thousand member organization. He is extremely proud to have been inducted into the UPHA Tom Moore Hall of Fame and to be additionally honored as UPHA Horseman Of the Year. He is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation and sits on that organization's Drugs and Medication committee. Lonnie was co-founder and President of the $100,000.00 Breeder's Jackpot program (The richest class in the World for Weanlings of any breed) and was deeply involved in the record setting New Market Select Yearling Sale . He also is a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association and the Morgan Horse Association. Currently, Mr. Lavery resides in Akron, Ohio, where he is involved as a Horse Broker and Training Consultant for his business, Ask The Trainer.

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Lonnie's Favorite Stories
Pride's Starmaster (PDF format)
The Story of Ridgeview's Magic Colonel (PDF format)
I Get a Quarter Horse: The Story of Cerveza (PDF format)
A Boy & His Pony: Light hearted exchange between Lonnie and his friend, Dudley Abbot, submitted as a question to Lonnie, Sept 2008.
The Horse Guy Goes to Town: (PDF format)
I Get The Point, The Story of Super Jewel (PDF Format)
So You've Decided to Rescue an American Saddlebred A planning guide for what you need to keep a horse at home, originally written for Saddlebred Rescue, Inc..

So You've Rescued an American Saddlebred. Originally written for Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. (See our Links page for rescue site)