Our Team



Carolyn Lavin | Wellesley Equestrian

Carolyn Lavin had a knack for losing brushes and a heart for competition. Tired of putting her name in sharpie on her personal belongings, she created her own high-end products with engraved plates. Her drive to create the items she needs helped to catapult Wellesley into a rider’s dream shop.

Carolyn grew up riding in New England. As a pony kid she rode with Emerson Burr at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. She attended the USEF Pony Finals 2002 and 2003. Moving into her junior years Carolyn competed in the big equitation under the instruction of Linda & Kenny Langmeier and Joanna Seaver at Kelianda Farm. Some accomplishments include Grand Hunter Champion at Lake Placid, 5th in the Taylor Harris National Children's Medal, top 12 at the NEEC Championships, and top scores at the USEF Talent Search East, USEF Medal Finals and Maclay Nationals as well as 1st in the 1.15 at the Fidelity Jumper Classic.

As an amateur Carolyn now rides and shows with the team at Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA including Greg Best, Cookie DeSimone, Carly Carbacho and Sarah Summers. In her adult career she won the 2017 SEHA Adult Medal Finals, was 6th at the 2017 & 2016 MHJ 18-30 Adult Medal Finals, 10th at the MHC 18-30 Adult Medal Finals and 12th at the NEEC Medal Finals.

Carolyn received her undergraduate degree in Business Strategy & Marketing Management. In her career she has worked for top companies such as Irving Oil, Connelly Partners, Aetna Healthcare and Vistaprint (NASDAQ: CMPR). Her experience is diverse ranging from brand management, new product introductions, public relations, marketing strategy and creative services. Traveling all over the world for work Carolyn learned the value that eCommerce brings to customers in different locations as opposed to your typical brick and motor store. 



Vice President of Public Relations & New Product Introduction
Julia Stento | Wellesley Equestrian


Julia comes to us from Wellesley, MA where she rides with the team Dana Hall School and Woodridge Farm. This past year she showed in the Big Eq aboard Jumping Spring LTD’s Upgrade and also competes in the hunter divisions aboard her own horse, Diogenes. She was the 2017 Reserve Champion at the MHC Junior Medal Finals.

Julia began her work at Wellesley Equestrian in the late spring with an avid interest in entrepreneurship and business in the equestrian market. She has helped launch two products while at Wellesley Equestrian including Fluff Monkeys and the JS Boot Cleaning Kit. She is also responsible for Wellesley Equestrian’s feature in the US Equestrian Magazine for USEF. She is going to be working on a new project to potentially launch new Wellesley Equestrian shirts and apparel.

While this year is her last year as a junior rider, she plans on continuing her riding career as an adult, attending Hamilton College and continuing to work at Wellesley Equestrian.