Eighteen year old Gwen Poulin, from DeLeon Springs, FL, surprised audience and fellow competitors by claiming the individual silver at the 1999 North American Young Riders' Championships. Poulin already showed flashes of her potential and competitive mind during the Dressage in Florida circuit which organized several NAYRC qualifiers. By scoring an approximate average of 65% in the selection shows Gwen and her mount Fuest Paldi hooked up for the Region 3 team. At Tempel Farms the pair scored 63.00% (9th place) in the preliminary, won the team championship test (68.67%) and was thus the biggest contributor for the team gold medal. In the individual finals they set a 67.53% score, claiming second position and the silver medal.
Fuerst Paldi, a massive Westphalian gelding, is owned by Judith Thompson and Michael Poulin and was purchased in Switzerland at Daniel Ramseier's stable.
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