For the Lawrence family, showing and breeding Arabian horses is truly a family affair. Carey and Lori's love for horses was part of who they both were long before they met. Lori's affection for the Arabian horse travels back to when she was a little girl and admired the stunning babies turned out in the arena at a farm down the street from her family's home. "I was struck by their incredible beauty, the way they flagged their tails, arched their necks and snorted around; they were the proudest, most beautiful creatures I had ever seen." She knew someday they would be in her life, but it wasn't until she married Carey in 1982 that her dream was realized.
Carey's involvement with horses was a little less glamorous, but his love was just as strong. As a boy he lived within walking distance of a stable which allowed him to spend many hours around horses. "I have always felt connected to horses and they fill a place in my heart".
In I983 they bought their first Purebred Arabian, but the family's passion really blossomed when their daughter Nicole took an interest in riding.
In 1999 when she was just 9 years old, Nicole began competing in the Country English Pleasure division. She had no interest in the walk-trot classes, and happily competed against the much bigger kids in the 17 and under division. "I loved to canter, and had no fear of the horses. It didn't matter what color ribbon I got, I just thought if was fun to go out there and show!" says Nicole. From that point on, the horses and shows became a focal point in the Lawrence's lives.
Starline has owned and bred horses that have garnered over 50 National Championships to date with most of the wins coming with Lori or Nicole in the saddle. The Lawrence’s have accomplished another dream of theirs; to breed, own and show National Champions. Utilizing the talents of Kiesner Training for over a decade and now the national winning talents of Stachowski farms, Starline Arabians looks forward to many more competitive show seasons and watching the progress of the up and coming stars they have bred.
In addition to Arabians, American Saddlebreds also caught Lori's eye as a youth. She attended many shows in CA where she admired the high trotting fancy Saddle horses, but it was not until 2020 that Lori and Carey bought their Saddlebred through the careful guidance of Jimmy Stachowski.
HS Knocking on Heavens Door captured a UPHA Park Pleasure Classic Championship win at 3 years old. In 2021 he was twice Reserve World Championships in Junior Park Pleasure also garnering another National (unanimous) win at the American Royal in Three-Gaited Stake with Jimmy Stachowski and Reserve Champion Three-Gaited 15.2 and under with Lori's for her debut show.
In late 2021 Jimmy paired Lori up with the stunning WCC, WC, RWGC HS Brilliant Heiress. She had been on Lori’s radar for over 2 years since she first spotted her going World Champion as a Junior horse in Louisville. In November 2021 at their first show together, The American Royal, they were named unanimous National Champions in the Amateur Ladies Three-Gaited division. Heiress is a “new beginning” of sorts for Lori, and she considers her a heart horse already.
At home in California they have a small, state of the art barn on their beautiful property in Rancho Santa Fe, California, which has provided them with the joy of being able to spend time with three of their retired National Champions, Adams Fire, Shadow Fire SSM, Nabasken Afire, as well as raising babies up before they go to join the show string.
Carey and Lori are delighted that not only does Nicole continue to share their passion, but now their granddaughter Opal joins them at all the horse shows! Definitely a horse lover too and she has leg up on everyone by starting to ride at just two years old on legends like Nabasken Afire and Adams Fire!