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Carolyn C. Lavin wins the 18-30 MHC Adult Medal Finals

at the 37th annual MHC Days of Champions Championships

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Douglas, MA – September 29th, 2018 – There's an unspoken curse that riders talk about during finals season. If you win the open class, you are doomed to win the final. But today for Carolyn Lavin that was not the case. 

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Starting off the day Lavin won the section B of the 18-30 Open with a score of 82.00.  Going 9th in the final she quickly set the pace with a score of 83.25 landing her in 3rd after the first round behind Elysse Ruschmeyer with a score of 85.00 and Jillian Piesco with a score of 86.50. 


The Adult Medal course designed by Mike Nielsen was one that tested the riders ability to be patient yet forward. The last line proved to be the most difficult question on course. It was an option, you could do five or six strides in between jumps 8 and 9 and then it was a five stride to jump 10. Both Piesco and Ruschmeyer had done five strides in round 1 yet Lavin chose the option to do the six strides. 

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"My trainer knew that I could get the five done in the first round but we wanted to create the best jump for the horse I was on," said Lavin. "We therefore chose to do the six strides so that he could jump in the best form over jump 9, the square oxar."


That lined proved to be tough all morning. Of the top twelve that made the second round only seven of the riders had scores in the 80's. 


In the second round, which was more of a handy-hunter course, viewers saw a lot of movement in the standings. Lavin's second round score of 81.43 put her in fourth place.

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The top four riders were called back into the ring. Including Lavin in 4th, Lindsey Davitt who rose to 3rd, followed by Katelyn Billington who climbed to 2nd and finally Elysse Ruschmeyer who was on top. They were given specific instructions that were would be no conversations between themselves or from outside of the ring. They were each on their own. 

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The test was as follows: Canter jump 8 to Jump 2. Trot Jump 6, Canter Jump 7. Halt and return to line at a sitting trot. Jump 8 to jump 2 was the option line from the fist round where riders could do five or six strides. Lavin who was lined up first was only about five strides away from jump 8.


"As the test was read over the loud speaker I thought to myself, of no! If I'm lucky I"ll have about five strides to jump 8 from where I'm standing. If I wanted to move up from 4th I needed to show off which I knew would be doing the five strides. However, we had been standing still for several minutes and my horse was tired.  The judges liked my first round and I wanted to make sure my horse jumped well. So as they read the test for the last time I decided I was going to be smart and do six strides."

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Lavin would be the only rider who would do six strides. She executed the test flawlessly, but wondered what that first line would do for her. Next went Lindsey Davitt who when trying to get her horse to go forward quickly to get the five strides had a bit of resistance from the horse, but then had a perfect test. After Lindsey Katelyn Billington took her shot and when really moving up for the five strides had a rail down. Last was Elysse Ruschmeyer. Similar to Katelyn, Elysse also really moved her horse up to get the five strides done taking down the same rail.

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As results were announced in reverse order it was down to Lavin and Davitt. As both girls held hands you could see Lavin start to cry once she realized she had won the class.


"MHC Finals has been one of my favorite finals since I was a kid. As a junior I had always been so close to winning but it never came together. Winning the younger adult medal is really an honor and something that I've been working towards for a long time. I rode more this year than I have in a long time. I practiced and trained for this," said Lavin. 


Training with the team from River Wind Farm and aboard Sarah Hyde's Charleston Z, Lavin cantered away with the win. "Charlie is a very special horse," she said. "He's incredibly smart and competitive but at the same time doesn't get nervous."

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Behind Lavin finished Lindsey Davitt taking home the Reserve Championship aboard Greg Prince's Fifth Avenue. Elysee Ruschmeyer finished in third and Katelyn Billington in fourth.


For the complete list of results, see scores from EquestrianLive.com.  Photo credit to Jessica Windhurst and Melody Taylor-Scott.


18-30 MHC Adult Medal Finals Results

1 CHARLESTON Z, CAROLYN C. LAVIN

2 FIFTH AVENUE, LINDSEY DAVITT

3 DIMACHO, ELYSSE RUSCHMEYER

4 CORMACK, KATELYN A. BILLINGTON

5 CARAT D`LOUVER, MARIEL A. SACCUCCI

6 BILLY GRAFFITTI, TAYLOR GOODRIDGE

7 SANTEUR, KELLY ANNE SIOK

8 CASSINO ROYALE, JILL PIESCO

9 IN THE PURSUIT, OLIVIA VAN DER MEER

10 FRESCO, SKYLAR DUNN 

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