Our Team

CAROLYN LAVIN

 President

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 as well as the team at River Wind Farm including Carl Catani, Lia Chafee, Diedre Catani. In her adult career she won the 2017 SEHA Adult Medal Finals, was Reserve Champion 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. 

 

JULIA STENTO

Head of the Ambassador Program
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 Amateur Adult Hunter division aboard her own horse Resolute. 

Julia began her work at Wellesley Equestrian in 2017 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. 

 

ISSY THOMPSON

Dressage Marketing Specialist

Issy Thompson | Wellesley Equestrian | Horse Gifts | Dressage Gifts

 

Issy Thompson comes from Cohasset, MA. She has been riding all her life with a focus on dressage. She trains in Harvard, MA with Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen of Millennium Dressage. Issy has competed in the FEI Juniors and Young Riders, most recently showing her horse Denzel BC at major CDI's in Wellington, FL and qualifying for NAJYRC with the Region 8 Young Rider team.

When she is not busy in the saddle, Issy attends Babson College where she is studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She is excited to be working with Wellesley Equestrian; it combines both her passion for horses with business.

MEREDITH RIPPERT

Public Relations Intern

 

 

Meredith comes to us from Boston, MA. She currently attends Boston University.