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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.  I am a regular contributor to JustSayGo,  GallaghersTravels  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.



Down on the Farm Print E-mail

Foodies Flock to Haskell's Summer Dinners

July 2014

Think about it. What's the best way to enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience? I vote alfresco dining on an actual farm. This summer Haskells Farm, on the outskirts of Chadds Ford, will be staging three such farm dining adventures.CSA 1

As the sun dipped below the trees last Friday, a mixed bunch of guests tromped along the land viewing fields of plentiful produce that spread out toward the horizon. They were on their way up to a bank barn that dates back to the 1600s that was festive with arrangements of local wildflowers, strings of twinkling lights and a vintage chandelier. The sounds of crickets, conversation and music ebbed and flowed in the gentle calm of the farm's natural beauty. Friends and family were set to savor a bounty of food harvested just hours before it lands on the plate.  

"As a grower, some of the most rewarding things are seeing how the chefs use our products and how creative they are at putting these delicious dishes together," said proprietor H. G. Haskell. "I also enjoy talking with our guests. They are quite curious as to how we're able to grow such a variety of crops and how  the farm operates."

Stone Harbor Celebrates Centennial Print E-mail

July 2014

They're perched 400 feet above the Atlantic, hanging below a large bright blue  parachute. The man and woman are parasailing, soaring through the sky like a pair of shorebirds. Below, a towrope keeps the couple tethered to  the speedboat racing through the coastal waters of Stone Harbor, N. J.SH01a

Just another day in paradise. The picturesque beach town of Stone Harbor is located on the southern end of a narrow barrier island it shares with Avalon between The Wildwoods and Ocean City. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of Stone Harbor’s incorporation.

The beach is Stone Harbor’s star attraction, and great effort is taken to preserve it. Last summer upwards of 800,000 cubic yards of sand were dredged offshore and added to the Stone Harbor beaches, the first line of defense during any coastal storm.

Beachgoers over age 12 must carry beach tags, sold in daily, weekly or seasonal increments. In part the fees help support healthy living sand systems full of trees, shrubs, and plentiful reed grass with roots that fan out beneath the dunes. Dynamic systems that grow and shrink, the dunes rise to more than 40 feet in places in Stone Harbor.

Lure of the Brandywine Print E-mail

July 2014

For more than two centuries the Brandywine Valley has been celebrated for its picturesque streams, rich farmlands, dazzling gardens, the abundance of mills and its distinctive architecture.Lure 02

The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art provides a fascinating look at the art of the region through the lens of land conservation in its current exhibition, "Lure of the Brandywine: A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration." It pays homage to generations of top-flight artists who have drawn inspiration from its natural beauty and its historic sites.

The show celebrates the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art’s dual mission-- to display art from the Brandywine region and to preserve the environment. Organized by an interdepartmental team of staff members, it runs through August 10.

“The core of our mission is to protect the Brandywine watershed and associated waterways. Our programs focus on a multifaceted approach to conservation, aimed to preserve and restore water quality and quantity,” said Sherri Evans-Stanton, director of the Brandywine Conservancy.  

Canine Detectives Print E-mail

The Hunt
Summer 2014

On a crisp blue sky morning at the South Bank campus, Thunder sits quivering on the opposite end of a leash from his handler.  Thunder is ready to roll.

The 14-month old chocolate Labrador Retriever is a member of the inaugural class of seven canines at the University of Pennsylvania’s Vet Working Dog Center program that trains and researches detection dogs.  Sometimes referred to as “sniffer dogs,” they utilize their sense of smell to identify and uncover particular odors associated with explosives, drug stashes, or missing people in search-and-rescue operations.Hunt Dogs1

Wearing a helmet, heavy clothing and thick canvas gloves, trainer Jonathan Bell has already scrambled over a mountain of broken pallets, concrete blocks and rubble to drop himself  into one of several half-buried plastic barrels. Bell yanks a wooden lid tight over the opening.

Roughly 100 yards away Thunder’s leash is unclipped and the command “Find!” is given. Thunder tears across the scrap yard, scaling the mountain of rubble to launch a frenzied, yet methodical search. The Lab stops to sniff a barrel where Bell climbed in and out. Then he zeroes in on the one where Bell is hiding.  Thunder barks loudly 25 times. Suddenly, Bell’s hand pops up through the lid into the sunlight presenting Thunder with a hefty rope, and a brisk game of tug-of-war commences.  “Attaboy, Thunder, thank you for finding me,” Bell shouts in congratulations.

Showdown on Race Day Medication Print E-mail

PA Equestrian
July 2014

Tick, Tick, Tick. It could be the sound of the countdown for the Feds jumping into medication oversight and tough enforcement.

But in the run up to the Belmont Stakes that sound was actually the  scathing "60 Minutes Sports" segment that aired on the Showtime network on  the pervasive drug problems in thoroughbred racing.  PAE July14 01

Travis Tygart-- the man who dropped the hammer on professional cyclist Lance Armstrong-- stated the use of performance enhancing drugs in American horse racing has reached a critical point. Tygart heads the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which has been approached by both Congress and the racing industry to clean up the sport. Will he take action?

“I think it’s down to the wire,” remarked Tygart.

Congressman Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania is co-author of a bill to restore integrity and safety to horse racing. Pitts introduced the bill last spring, and since then, it has been in committees awaiting a chance to be voted on by the full House.

Soft Shell Crabs: Crunch Time! Print E-mail

June 2014

There's no getting around it. Soft shell crabs cause quite a ruckus. You either love them, or not so much.SSC 06

Grab a hold of one when raw, it's slimy and slippery. Prepared in a sandwich, their spindly legs and grabby claws poke out from the slices of bread which can cause some die-hard blue crab lovers to exclaim "those softies creep me out ."

On the flip side,  the softies have been touted as a culinary luxury on par with truffles and caviar. Really?  Well, maybe. Dusted with flour or dipped in the lightest batter, the soft shells are sautéed until their lacy crusts turn honey brown, signaling the sweet, juicy meat within the papery shell is ready to eat. Forget the intricate maneuvers of picking meat from hard-shell crabs. With soft-shells, you eat the whole darn thing.

The soft-shell is actually the very same species of blue crab that is cracked and eaten all summer around the mid-Atlantic region. Getting the perfect soft-shell -- a delicately crunchy and juicy one -- requires rapid fire timing and precision in the chain of command-- from waterman to processor, distributor to chef. The soft-shell crab season’s arrival coincides with May’s first full moon, the traditional marker for crabbers when they start turning up on menus all over the region.

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