So, I have been doing a lot of these Show Season rider style interviews, and I have been loving learning all about the fashionistas in our horse community. Having done quite a few of these style pieces now, it hit me that I haven’t done one on my closest horsie, loving partner-in-crime: my mom, Lori Lawrence.
The woman who introduced me into this horse-crazy world, she has been riding since way before I was born, starting at 5 years old (so basically all her life) on her sister’s pony.
“I started showing in my early teens, riding anything anyone would put me on – Quarter horses, Tennessee walkers, Saddlbreds… But I took a break when I started college and didn’t return until the early 1990s. It was then that I got involved with the Arabian breed.”
“I always had an affinity for Arabians – their beauty, intelligence and versatility. So when Carey and I got married we bought our first one – a beautiful grey halter horse – before we had even finished furnishing our house.”
“But it wasn’t until Nicole got old enough to ride and start showing with me that I bought my first Arabian saddleseat horse and put it in training with a barn about a mile away from our house with a trainer named Bridget White. It allowed me to combine my love for the saddleseat division with the most beautiful horse breed on the planet. Nothing better than that!”
About 20 years later my mom and I are now sitting on a plane together, conducting this interview, as we fly to go practice with Joel Kiesner in Tennessee.
Last year’s 2013 National Champion in the Half-Arabian English Pleasure 40 and over on Eves Fire, National Champion in the Purebred English Pleasure 40 and over on Nabasken Afire, and Reserve National Champion in the Purebred English Pleasure Maturity on NobleMis, Lori is gearing up once again for Nationals in October.
Learn all about this Show Season fashionista in this exclusive interview –
Show Season: Describe your riding fashion style.
Lori Lawrence: Melissa and Patti at Show Season know I like a classic suit with a little bling on the shirt and vest (well, maybe a lot of bling!). Having the perfect suit to complement my horse, and styled and tailored perfectly for me makes me feel great when I go trotting through the in-gate.
SS: What is your favorite head-to-toe riding outfit?
LL: My black satin suit paired with my turquoise vest that Show Season made for me the first year I showed Adams Fire back in 2007. Adam must have really rubbed some luck on it for me; I have won unanimously in it the past two years with his sister Eve. That makes it my favorite just for the sentimental value, for sure!
SS: Do you wear anything for good luck in the show ring?
LL: My Kiesner pin and my National Championship necklace that my mother bought me when I won my first Championship on Adam.
SS: What is one thing you never go in the ring without?
LL: Never without a good-luck wish from Nic and my Kiesner pin on my lapel!
SS: How would you describe your non-horse show style?
LL: Casual-chic. I live in San Diego so it’s jeans, t-shirts, maxi-dresses and flip-flops most of the year. But I still love to dress up with a great pair of designer heals in the evening! And maybe a studded shirt or two thrown in the mix as well.
SS: What are your riding goals for the future?
LL: My goals are to keep improving my riding skills each season, as well as turn in the best possible classes I can, come the Nationals!
SS: Who has been the most influential in your riding career?
LL: Joel Kiesner has certainly been the most influential in my riding career. His innovative training techniques and ability to convey them to me has lifted my horses and me to levels I never imagined we could achieve. Also, my relationship with my daughter Nicole, and our shared passion for the Arabians has had a huge impact on my riding career as well; It is so very unique and special to share it with someone you love.