Gwen Poulin, from De Leon, Springs Florida is topping off her first year at Grand Prix with not only Carol Lavell’s Pan American Games veteran the Much Ado, but her own Pyrmont, a horse she bred, raised and trained with the help of her legendary parents, Michael and Sharon. After the results were tabulated, Poulin placed first, with Much Ado 68.830, and third with Pyrmont 62.766; a perfect warm up for a weekend of competition at the GAIG/USDF Region Three Championships, managed by Wellington Classic Dressage held at the Jim Brandon Palm Beach Equestrian Center this weekend. Finishing second was Melissa Jackson, another year round Florida resident with Wellington (64.894)
Photo by Pat Girard - Horse Sport PhotographyAfter Poulin and Much Ado (KWPN by Quattro B) earned a 68.830 with an electric ride under judges Lois Yukens and Dinah Babcock, she tried reaching Lavell who is still in her summer location in North Carolina. “I was so excited and could not wait to tell her, so I called and left a message.” said Gwen, daughter of Olympian Michael Poulin. Lavell, also a member of the equestrian Olympic Alumni called back and asked how she could “permanently save the message.”
Gwen spent the summer working out of her family’s training facility in Deleon Springs, Florida, travelling to as many shows as she could get to, to get the mileage. “”I am becoming more and more comfortable riding the Grand Prix.” Poulin said. “Much Ado and I are getting to know each other with every show and every week we spend in training.” Poulin is equally as proud of her “baby” Pyrmont, and home bred by her mother’s stallion Brilliant and out of a thoroughbred mare. With two horses in the Grand Prix, and a barn full of students and horses in training, Poulin is looking forward to an exciting year in 2010. “I am hoping to earn an invitation to the training sessions presented by USEF.” said Poulin.