Hunt Seat Candidate

Lainie Rubin

for 2023


Hi, my name is Kathryn McLain Rubin but everyone calls me Lainie.
I’m currently a senior at Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina. I am an equestrian who has focused on the hunter/jumper/equitation rings  for about ten years.  I do my best to balance the demands of my challenging classes at school and the maintenance and training needs of my green horses. That work doesn’t leave much time for other activities, but I have enjoyed being a part of the National Honor Society at school and being a part of the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association’s junior committee.
I have also been a member of the Tally Ho IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team for the past several years. I love getting the chance to ride different horses and I enjoy spending time with my friends and other equestrians. Riding can be a pretty individual sport, so being a part of a team and having the chance to feel more connected to the sport and to my equestrian community through IEA has been wonderful!

Although I love to compete, I am most proud of the behind-the-scenes work that I do that helps my horses get to the show ring. Long hours spent cleaning stalls and water buckets flow into even longer hours grooming and training at home. I also enjoy helping my Mom with our small family horse/pony business. In helping to train and then lease or sell our ponies and horses over the years, I’ve learned a lot about how challenging the equestrian industry (and owning a business) can be in addition to learning how to select, train, and market our animals. This small family business has allowed me to continue to afford to train and show and has also allowed me a very personal look into how a small business operates.

I am so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given to catch-ride for my trainers and other professionals on both the local and A circuits. These opportunities have led to working student and grooming positions that have really helped my overall horsemanship and given me an entirely new level of appreciation for all the hard-working trainers, grooms and farm staff who make having horses possible.


Qualified for 2023 IEA Regionals in Varsity Open Flat and Over fences
Overall PSJ Champion Junior Hunters and Reserve Champion 15-17 Equitation
Overall NCHJA 'C' Champion Junior Hunters and Reserve Champion 15-17 Equitation
Overall BRHJA Champion Junior Hunters and 15-17 Equitation
Overall SCHJA Palmetto Circuit Champion Junior Hunters and 15-17 Equitation
Won the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Palmetto Junior Medal Finals
Won the Progressive Show Jumping Junior Medal Finals
Nominated for SCHJA Best Child Rider on a Horse
Qualified for 2022 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals
Participated in the Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session
Qualified for SCHJA Governor's Cup Finals
Placed 1st at IEA Regionals in the Open Flat division
Qualified and competed at IEA Zones in the Open Flat division
Champion for 2021 in the 15-17 equitation division for the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association
2021 BRHJA Year End 15-17 Equitation Reserve Champion
Won Fourth Place in the Practicum Section of the 2021 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge; awarded Fourth Place OVERALL in the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge
Reserve Champion for 2021 in the 15-17 equitation division for the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association
Third place overall for 2021 in the Palmetto Junior Medal Standings
Fourth place overall for 2021 SCHJA year end in the Children’s Hunters with Dejavu de Laume
Fifth place overall for 2021 SCHJA year end for the Green Hunter division with Havana
Sixth place in the Child/Adult Jumpers with Havana
Reserve Champion for 2021 in the 15-17 age group equitation division for the Camden Hunter Jumper Circuit year end awards
Third place winner for the 2021 Mary Ann Parmelee Excellence in Equitation Finals
Sixth Place Winner of the PSJ 2021 Junior Medal Finals
2021 Year End Third Place Winner for the PSJ 15-17 age group equitation division
Third Place Year-End Winner for the Children’s Hunter division
USHJA National Finalist - Horsemanship Quiz Challenge
Qualified for PSJ, SCHJA and BRHJA Junior Medal Finals
Zone 4 IEA Horsemanship Test Winner - 3rd Place
Zone 4 Regional High Point Award Winner - Over Fences
Qualified for IEA Regionals in the over fences and flat sections, and rode for the Tally Ho IEA team in both the over fences and flat team competitions
2020 12th Place overall winner nationally in the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge
2019-2020 Zone 4 IEA Horsemanship Test Winner-5th Place. Also qualified for Zone 4 Regionals in the over fences and flat sections
Qualified large green pony Dorian Grey for 2020 National Pony Finals in the regular pony division (although it was the pony’s green year)1
2020 National Pony Finals was cancelled due to Covid, so Dorian Grey’s green year was reinstated.
2019 Large Pony Division Winner on Luck Dragon for the Camden Hunter Jumper Series
Third place overall at 2019 National Pony Finals in the large green model with my pony “Luck Dragon”; 20th overall at National Pony Finals (2019) with Luck Dragon; and 9th overall in the large green Owner/Rider category at 2019 National Pony Finals
Won first place in the 12-14 age group Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant at 2019 National Pony Finals
Second Place overall in the Mary Ann Parmelee Equitation Finals Challenge
Brought along a series of green ponies
2017 received the SCHJA Pine Hollow Trophy for Best Child Rider on a Pony Award
2017 Competed at IEA Nationals on the flat (individual final) in the middle school division as a 6th grader (Central Carolina Equestrian Team)
2017 USEF National Pony Finals - piloted my regular medium pony Makloud to a 36th place finish out of 168 ponies (31st place overall in the Regular Medium Ponies over Fences)
2017 SCHJA 6th place finish in the year-end Mary Ann Parmelee Pony Medal Final on catch ride “Greymeadows Can Do Katee”
2017 Third Place Year End Award for the BRHJA Association Medium Pony Hunter Division


Class of 2023
Dreher High School
Columbia, South Carolina
Senior Year Classes
AP Research
AP Chemistry and AP Chemistry Lab (double blocked)
AP English Literature
AP Computer Science
US Government Honors
Economics Honors
Junior Year Classes
AP Biology and Bio Lab (double blocked)
AP United States History
AP Psychology
AP Calculus AB
AP English Language
Spanish 3
Body Conditioning
Sophomore Year Classes
AP European History
AP Seminar
Chemistry Honors
English 3 Honors
Pre-Calculus Honors
Spanish 2
Physical Education
Dance 2
Freshman Year Classes
AP Human Geography
Biology Honors
English 2
Algebra 2
Spanish 1
Dance 1
Guitar 1
GPA- 5.205
(as of junior year-school has not yet updated)
Unofficial Transcript
STEM K-12 Pilot Program Participant (Senior Year)

Chemistry Olympiad Team Member (Senior Year)

Member of the Key Club and Co-Chair of the Harvest Hope Committee (Senior Year)

Dreher Ambassador (Senior Year)

IEA Team Tally Ho Equestrian (Senior Year) Open Varsity Rider

IEA Team Tally Ho Equestrian (Junior Year) Open Varsity Rider

IEA Team Tally Ho Equestrian (Sophomore Year) Varsity Intermediate

IEA Team Tally Ho (Freshman Year) Varsity Intermediate

South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Junior Committee Member

Eleanor Doggette Chapter of the National Honor Society Inductee


(As of January 2023)
  • Baldwin de la Jonquerelle
    aka “Baldwin”
    Baldwin is a 17.2 hand imported seven-year-old Selle Luxembourg Warmblood gelding. I have owned him for almost 2 years. I am training him to do the 3'6" equitation and he has already placed in the top six in three 3' medal finals with me.
  • Havana
    aka “Rosie”
    Rosie is a twelve-year-old 16.3h Westphalian (warmblood) mare. I have owned her for almost a year. She has worked hard this year to switch disciplines from jumpers to hunters and seems to really enjoy her new job. She is very sweet and easy to handle. Rosie is available for lease.
  • Space Cowboy
    aka “Cowboy”
    Cowboy is an nine-year-old imported Hanoverian gelding. I have owned him for over a year. He is an extremely cuddly and extroverted horse who is a barn favorite. He is currently showing in the 3'3 Junior Hunters and the 3'-3'6" equitation
  • Valentino
    aka “Tino”
    Tino is a twelve year old inspected and registered North American Sportpony.  He may eventually be for sale or lease.
Lainie Rubin Equitation Video 2022
Lainie Rubin and Space Cowboy THIS Medal Blowing Rock Charity Show July 2022-score of 82
Governor’s Cup Winning Round Aiken Charity Horse Show May 13, 2022
Lainie Rubin and Space Cowboy 15-17 3’6” Equitation NCHJA show 7/1/22
Lainie Rubin and Space Cowboy’s blue ribbon Governor’s Cup round-2022 Blowing Rock Charity Show
Palmetto Derby 9-5-2021 First round (161 score two judges) BRHJA Labor Day Spectacular Show


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