Dr. Lavin, a past-president of the AAEP, is recognized for his service by that organization each year when it awards the Lavin Cup, an honor presented to a non-veterinary organization or individual that has “demonstrated exceptional compassion or developed and enforced rules and guidelines for the welfare of horses.”
His energy and passion have led Dr. Lavin to assume leadership roles in the horse industry in Kentucky and beyond. He work includes his current duties as a director of the Keeneland Association and vice chair of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Other industry leadership roles include service as a steward of The Jockey Club and a trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (“TOBA”) and the Breeders’ Cup Ltd.
The most recent honor accorded Dr. Lavin was his recent designation as one of three Honored Guests at the Thoroughbred Club of America’s Testimonial Dinner at Keeneland Race Course. Other honorees were Dr. Larry Bramlage and Dr. Edward H. Fallon.
Dr. Lavin and his family operate Longfield Farm in Goshen, Ky., which is located a short distance from Jones’ beloved Hermitage Farm.