L.F. Lavery Passes Away
The Saddlebred world said goodbye to L.F. “Lonnie” Lavery Oct. 31. He was 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, CH Parading Peacock and countless others including Hackneys and Standardbreds, were winners all at big shows everywhere including the Kentucky State Fair. 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 was unsurpassed.
Having held a license for over forty years, Mr. Lavery was an internationally known judge who has had the privilege to judge nearly every major horse show in the country including The World’s Championships 3 times and the Morgan National Championships 8 time. Lonnie was very active in the United Professional Horseman’s Association served on the National Executive Board of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association for 10 years and was a two-time president of that organization and was instrumental in designating the UPHA American Royal as the National Championship Horse Show. 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.
Lonnie Lavery was small in stature but his presence and personality were huge and he was a friend to just about everyone he met. Though his health had been declining for several years he remained active in his retirement in Florida and maintained a presence through his “Ask The Trainer” online column. He will be missed.