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SUA Student Rides Her Way to Gold at United States Hunter Jumper Association Competition

Adeline Pavlin on Ragazzo Carino


Cincinnati, Ohio, August 22, 2019 – Saint Ursula Academy student Adeline Pavlin ’21 of Hyde Park recently competed in the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Jumper Championships in Chicago and brought home the gold medal in the team portion and bronze in the individual portion of the prestige event.

These recent wins by Adeline come after many years of hard work and hours spent at Kneipp Farm in Hamilton County with trainer Maria Kneipp. Adeline’s love of riding began at the age of five when her parents took her to visit the farm as a birthday present. From there, taking lessons with Maria fueled Adeline’s passion for the sport. Before she knew it, she went from competing in basic walk, trot, and crossrails competitions to more experienced and complex competitions. 

Three years ago, Adeline bought her horse, Elliot, known in the showing arena as Ragazzo Carino (“pretty boy” in Italian).  Elliot was bred in Holland for extreme levels of jumping and/or dressage. Adeline credits her hard work, her talented horse, and the support of her family and her trainer for her success in the USHJA competition.  She and Elliot will compete in the upcoming USHJA Jumping Seat Finals, NHS Maclay Regionals, USHJA National Gold Star Jumper Finals, and many other elite competitions that she qualified for earlier this year.

At Saint Ursula Academy, the 2019-2020 school year will focus on becoming a “Thinker” and students will be studying women who have made a difference in the world.  For Adeline, Maria Kneipp is one of those women. 

“Maria has invested her time, her knowledge, and her heart into my future not only as a rider, but also as a person.  She is one of the biggest female role models in my life,” said Adeline.

As Adeline stood on the podium to receive her medals, she spent some time reflecting on her friends, family, and her trainer who helped her become successful at such a high level.  She realized those who are closest to her are the ones encouraging her when the intensity of the training takes its toll.  She also realized that the ups and downs of her career challenge her to be the best she can be in her sport. She emphasized how eternally grateful she is for her family and Kneipp Farm’s endless support and investment in her future.

Although Adeline is in her junior year at Saint Ursula Academy, she is already looking at college riding teams in hopes of continuing to ride under the name of a Division I University.

Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 90 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area.  The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of Saint Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. The Class of 2018 earned college scholarships totaling more than $21-million.


Photo caption: Saint Ursula Academy student Adeline Pavlin ’21 of Hyde Park brings home gold and bronze with horse Regazzo Carino at USHJA Jumper Championship.