Ruth Hogan-Poulsen’s current FEI mount is her own Dream Lady, a nine-year-old Hanoverian mare by Dream of Glory that she bought in Germany as a three-year-old. The duo made their FEI debut at Prix St. Georges in 2009.
“She’s a difficult one,” Ruth says of the 16.2-hand black mare, whose barn name is Pepper. “She has incredible talent and she’s hot, but now she’s become comfortable in her body and how to use all the movement she has. She is doing terrific. She can be a monkey. She gets very enthusiastic and on the score sheet, she can go from a 9 to a 2 and back to a 9 in a rapid hurry. My goal is to make her the best FEI horse that she can be. I would love to show her Grand Prix. I’m taking my time. She’s a diva and she’s very opinionated. I have to go one step at a time because when she thinks that it’s fun, it’s for free, but if she thinks it’s a chore, then I have to fill out an application to ride her.”
Ruth acknowledges that she’d love to compete Dream Lady internationally and represent the U.S. She plans to compete the mare in national classes during the 2009/2010 Florida winter season and if that goes well, she’ll do some of the CDI classes. “If she qualifies for a regional or a national championship, then she will go and that would be great,” Ruth says. “But I cannot ride her with an agenda. I have to ride her for her.”
In addition to Dream Lady, Ruth will continue to compete horses in Florida for several owners, including four and five-year-olds for their first season. “They’ll do schooling shows and Training and First Level just to get acclimated to showing themselves the first year,” Ruth explained.
Ruth’s students will also be coming down centerline at Second, Third and Fourth Level as well as two students at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I. Ruth’s barn manager Melissa MacLaren is aiming to qualify for the Brentina Cup. “That’s the Grand Prix for riders under 28,” Ruth notes.
Ruth and Bo Poulsen have leased the same farm in Wellington for the past five years. Bo shoes all of Ruth’s horses, so he travels with her to Florida, returning to Vermont once a month to work on the horses there. Ruth loves the leased farm and describes the details she appreciates most saying, “It’s a big property for Wellington – it’s 20 acres. It’s old, so there’s real habitat and trees and a pond. It’s great nature for the horses. They really like it. It’s quiet. It’s private. There’s hacking, pasture turnout, and I’m six minutes from the horse show. It couldn’t be better. It’s a little bit of a hidden place and I’m happy that I found it a long time ago.”
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