Leo Conroy Loses Long Battle

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Leo Conroy, one of the country's most popular horseman, has passed away following a months-long battle after a massive stroke suffered while Conroy was attending the Hampton Classic Horse Show where he was initially found unresponsive in his hotel room.

Conroy's career extended over four decades. As a highly successful trainer, Conroy trained champions at almost every major competition in the nation, incuding Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Hampton Classic, the Winter Equestrian Festival and The National Horse Show. His roster of hunters included The Winning Edge, Overdressed, Calling Card and many others.

As one of the most requested judges, Conroy officiated at almost every major horse show in the United States and even branched out to judge at the Dublin Horse Show in Ireland. He also judged a number of the year-end equitation finals.

In addition to serving on a host of various USEF Committees, most recently, he served as Vice President of the National Horse Show.


He was named the 1997 Chronicle of the Horse Horseman of the Year. Conroy was just awarded the USHJA Lifetime Acheivement Award.

Conroy leaves behind three children.

A wake will be held on Friday, January 9 with a funeral service on Saturday, January 10.