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About Terry Conway

For the past fifteen years I’ve been a contributing writer to a variety of national & regional magazines, prominent daily news- papers and web sites.  Currently my work appears in Blood Horse magazine, Long Island Boating World magazine, The Hunt magazine, and PA Equestrian as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Delaware County Times, the Montgomery County Newspapers and Newsworks, the website of WHYY-TV (PBS in Philly).  I am a regular contributor to JustLuxe, JustSayGo,  Gallaghers Travels  and SeeTheSouth -- topflight travel websites - and have contributed travel articles to the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association website.

While many of my articles have spotlighted the world of art and special travel destinations, many folks ask, why horse racing? Well, it was America’s first sport. Andrew Jackson kept a stable when he was in the White House (1829-1837). Only four sportswriters have won the Pulitzer Prize and all of them wrote at one time or another about horseracing. It is all about chasing dreams, the fiercest rivalries, the wildest flukes and larger-than-life personalities, equine and human. The stories are personal, often laced with humor. And, unlike most professional athletes when you show up, the horse’s connections are pleased to talk with you.

 

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I have been a regular contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine since 2003, and I have been a racing correspondent to ESPN.com, where I focus on historical racing stories. My work also appears on America’s Best Racing - the website of the Jockey Club, Equidaily.com, and TheRacingBiz.com. I have covered racing for Pennsylvania Equestrian since 2006; wrote a Sunday column on racing for several years for the Chester County (Pa.) daily newspaper; and write about racing and the horse world for The Hunt magazine in the mid-Atlantic region.

I represented clients for nearly a decade in the areas of marketing and publicity such as the Kahunaville restaurant chain, Baldwin’s Book Barn and Thoroughbred Charities of America. In a former life I was the editor, publisher and owner of Life Sports Magazine.

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My wife Jane, our toller retriever Smarty and I live in the historic neighborhood of Wawaset Park in Wilmington, Del. A century ago it was the state fairgrounds, home to a top-tier standardbred racetrack. Today, the grand old track can be visualized on a stroll along a pair of crescent-shaped roads that together circle the inside of the park. A couple of hitching posts still remain and occasionally, a time-worn horse shoe is dug up. Life sure does turn circles.

 

Photos of Terry, Riding in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, and Smarty on the homepage - by Jane Conway.

 

 

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The Hunt Magazine
Summer 2015

A few years ago MacGregor Mann headed out on a global culinary walkabout.Junto 2

Mann applied for and was accepted as a station chef at Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen. Named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, it afforded Mann the opportunity to learn from Chef Rene Redzepi. He augments his pantry by foraging in the wild Demark coastlands, forests and fields where Noma's chefs uncover rich, unexpected flavors.  Diners book several months in advance, and can pay nearly $1,000 a couple for a wine pairing and tasting menu that includes dishes like fried reindeer moss, radishes served in soil, and live ants with yoghurt. Mann  likened his 2012 experience to a “PhD-worthy” sabbatical.

Returning to the states, Mann drove cross country and settled in Idaho, where he  took over as Executive Chef at Henry’s Fork Lodge, a premier fly-fishing destination. Located on a high bluff overlooking  Henry’s Fork River, the venue offers some of the finest accommodations and dining experiences along with the most diverse fishing programs in the entire Yellowstone Park region. To feed the anglers' appetites, typical favorites include bacon-wrapped trout, New York strip steaks seared directly on the coals, creamy butter beans, and  Dutch-oven cornbread dotted with fig jam.

Mann's talent and pedigree  were honed at Amada, part of  the esteemed Jose Garces group of restaurants. At the award-winning tapas bar in Philadelphia, Mann rose through the ranks of Amada (known nationally in creative Latin cuisine) to become chef de cuisine. He was even featured on Iron Chef America, cooking alongside Iron Chef Garces.

 
Food For Thought Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Summer 2015

As the sun dipped behind a grove of oak and hickory trees last September, a rising column of smoke caught the corner of my eye as I joined a stream of guests hiking up to a late 1600s bank barn at Haskell Farm. Then the aroma hit me, an intoxicating whiff of slow-roasting meat.  Sikora 1

Dressed in a green Garrison Cyclery T-shirt and shorts, chef Bryan Sikora breezily chatted up visitors while manning grill grates  laden with meaty racks of spice-rubbed hangar steak and luscious chicken wings preparing a farm-to-table bonanza for 90 fortunate patrons of Haskell's final dinner of the summer.  

Sikora understands how to coax the best flavor from the farm's late summer bounty. Gently dressed and lightly grilled, his gorgeous ode to freshly picked vegetables -- green, red and yellow peppers, zucchini, beans, squash and several varieties of corn -- is a platter brimming with colorful, hearty and healthy goodness.  The smoky flavor provided just the right accompaniment to the grilled local chicken. Equally pleasing was the hangar steak served with hominy or snugged into taco shells warm off the grill with queso fresco and luscious ripe tomatoes.

Haskell's SIW farm stand is a go-to spot for Sikora during the growing season. Sikora delicately loads up his bounty of veggies just picked that morning-- yellow and green squash, Doc Martin lima beans, heirloom tomatoes, an array of varieties of eggplant, and cherry tomatoes. He transports it all to La Fia where he spills out the still-wet-with-dew veggies atop the kitchen table.

 
Horace Pippin: An American Original Print E-mail

Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
August 2015

Once obscured by a unruly bush, visitors had to hold back the branches to see the gravestone. Today, at the Chestnut Grove Annex Cemetery on the edge of West Chester, a simple stone marker proudly proclaims: "HORACE PIPPIN  1888-1946   PFC CO. K-369TH INF.  WORLD WAR."Pippin 01

Pippin was also one of the leading figures of 20th-century art, known for his insightful, expressive and bold paintings. A self-taught artist, his engaging compositions depict a range of subject material--from intimate family moments and floral still lifes to powerful scenes of his service in World War I to American history as it related to African Americans. He wasn't discovered until he was nearly 50 years old.

A tall, quiet man, Pippin once famously said: “Pictures just come to my mind. I think my pictures out with my brain and then I tell my heart to go ahead.”

The Brandywine River Museum of Art has assembled the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in this country in more than two decades, "Horace Pippin: The Way I see It."  The landmark exhibition features 65  works from museums across the country and distinguished private collections. It's on display through July 19.

 
High Hopes For "Winn-Dixie" Stage Show Print E-mail

Newsworks
WHYY-TV (PBS)
July 2015

Bud Martin pushed hard to acquire the musical stage production of the landmark film "Diner" and bring it to the riverfront's Delaware Theatre Company. In the end, he was outbid by Signature, a prominent Arlington, Va. theater company.WinnDixie 01

There was a silver lining. Instead, Martin brought in the musical adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s 2000 best-selling novel "Because of Winn Dixie" that tells the heartwarming story of a 13-year old girl and her preacher father who move to a trailer park in the Florida panhandle. Opal goes into the local supermarket and quickly befriends a lively stray dog. She dubs him Winn Dixie after the store. The scruffy but charming mutt shows how the smallest act of kindness can ripple into a celebration of a once broken community.

"This was definitely serendipity going on here," related Martin, Delaware Theatre Company's artistic  and executive director.

"A friend, Scott Landis, whom I'm involved with in other shows, called me, 'Bud, this needs a home. I think you'll like it.' He sent me some clips of it from a previous show in Arkansas which piqued my interest. I talked to my two granddaughters who told me it was their favorite book. I bought the book and I loved it."

It's a story of joy and magic. It will melt your heart.

 
Giovanni's World Print E-mail

The Hunt
Spring 2015

Like his wines, Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini boasts a rich history.BF Gio 01

Directly descended from Italian royalty, Giovanni spends much of his time guiding the family winery that lies at the foot of the majestic Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. Perfect rows of vines scallop the surrounding hillsides where Barone Fini grapes are grown in as natural a manner as possible in the Trentino-Alto Adige region that shoulders up against Austria.

Cultivating vineyards has been a family business since 1497 when the two noble Venetian families of Bonmartini and Fini united in marriage. Reports say they made wine for the famed Medici family.

Want more? The family history is haunted by the ghastly killing of Count Francesco Bonmartini of Bologna, a wealthy and titled landowner in 1902. The scandal was the talk of Europe and America for three years. It centered around the role played by Bonmartini's widow, Linda, known as "The Enchantress."  The story was turned into a political thriller in the memorable 1974 film La Grand Bourgeoise, starring Catherine Deneuve as the murderess wife Linda Murri. Linda is Giovanni's great-granny.

 
Upstart a Prime Derby Contender for Violette Print E-mail

PA Equestrian
May 2015                                                                                                                   

When you've just won a $400,000 Derby prep race and you're headed to the winner's circle, it's never good to see a flashing inquiry sign. Trainer Rick Violette, Jr. was getting ready to celebrate after watching his talented three-old Upstart roll to a 2 3/4 length victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 21.PAE 0415 Upstart

After a lengthy review, the 4-5 favorite Upstart was disqualified and placed second behind the stakes debuting Todd Pletcher trainee Itsaknockout. Violette and Upstart's owner Ralph Evans quickly departed the winner’s circle.

"Bad call," said a clearly upset Violette after the race. "They (stewards) have to understand that when the horse gets hit behind the girth (by a tiring and drifting-out Frosted), the only place the horse can go is to the right. It's disappointing. The horse ran great, we just don't get credit for it."

With Jose Ortiz in the irons, the New York-bred Upstart closed steadily in the 1 1/16-mile Derby prep to take control from 7-2 second choice Frosted in the final sixteenth. But Upstart bore out under steady left-handed urging from Ortiz against Starlight Racing's Itsaknockout in the deep stretch. Upstart raced wide throughout and the Trakus measurement system showed that he covered 20 feet more than Itsaknockout and 54 feet more than third place finisher Framment.

 
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