The Poulin Dressage influence extended across four USDF Regional Championships in 2014, resulting in a strong force of family and students who have been invited to the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, Kentucky November 6-9. Olympian Michael Poulin, along with daughters Kate (USET Pan Am Games Team veteran) and Gwen, have racked up wins with multiple horses. The family’s matriarch, Sharon Poulin, is at the helm, training, supporting and coaching. Not only have the Poulins claimed titles this year, their many students have as well. This diverse group of riders are longtime students, professionals who started off as Poulin working students and dedicated adult amateurs who are fulfilling their passion. With the following list of 12 riders and 20 horses, the Poulin School of Dressage continues to produce results at all levels.
Michael Poulin, member of the US Bronze Medal Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, of Deleon Springs, Florida was Reserve Champion in the Grand Prix Open at the Region 8 USDF Dressage Finals with the 13-yr-old KWPN mare, Flair (Florestan I X Idootine) owned by Pineland Farms Inc. He also qualified Flair for the Grand Prix Open Freestyle US Dressage Finals. Michael has been spending the past two summers in his home state of Maine, developing the Pineland Farm horses and equestrian center. Pineland Farm will be hosting a clinic December 9-10 featuring Stephen Clarke and Gary Rockwell.
Kate Poulin of Shaker Heights, Ohio and member of the US 2007 Pan American Games Gold Medal Team, qualified for the US Dressage Finals at the USDF Region 2 Championships with two horses. At Prix St. George Open Division with her own 9-year-old Lusitano stallion named Belisario Interagro (Quixote Interagro x Urzelina Interagro) and also at Second Level Open with the 6-year-old KWPN/NA stallion named Count Sinclair (Lord Leatherdale x Krishna) owned by Sally Gries.
Gwen Poulin of Deleon Springs, Florida qualified with three horses. At Intermediare B (open division) she won her championships class at the USDF Regional Championships with a 74% while riding the 10-year-old KWPN/NA gelding William (Sir Sinclair x Kennedy) owned by Belinda Nairn-Wertman. With her own 6-year-old mare, De Nada (Johnson x Kristna), she won First Level Open Championships with a 74%. At Third Level Open she placed 6th with a wildcard score of 69% with her own 6yr old Hannoverian gelding named Fleury's Fanfare (Fleury x Likoto). Last year Gwen and Fleury placed 4th at the National Dressage Finals in the First Level Open championships with a 72%.
Traveling to her first US Dressage Finals after qualifying at the USDF Region 3 Championships Faye Flynn of Eustis, Florida qualified at both First Level and First Level Freestyle (AA division) with her own 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding Rosevelt, winning her championships class with a 78%. Flynn often works at Poulin Dressage to pay for her lessons. "Poulin dressage is a great facility to ride and learn at.” said the 22-year-old student. “Under the watchful eyes of Sharon Poulin, Rosevelt and I have been able to achieve our highest score to date. They have a beautiful facility filled with talented horses, riders, and grooms who focus their attention on improving the horses and riders. "
Lynnette Wadsworth of Palm Coast, Florida qualified for the Intermediare B (AA division) on her own 15yr old Friesian gelding named Wietze G. (Rypke x Wijke). Lynnette, who has been training with Sharon Poulin for 5 years, travels an hour each way for her lessons. A petite rider, she shows her 16.3 hand Friesen with elegance and presence, capturing the audience with her fun freestyles. "Sharon has not only shared her expertise on the technical elements of dressage with me,” said Lynette, “but has also stressed the importance of the relationship between my horse and me. I just hope my horse is as thrilled to go to Kentucky as I am!"
Another longtime Poulin Dressage student, Lisa Barahal Smit of Grant, Florida qualified for the Intermediare B and Grand Prix (open division) on her own 12-year-old Dutch gelding Ubilee II (Opus x Dionysus). Lisa, who started training with the Poulin’s as a working student, has been with them over 20 years.
Pineland Farms’ head trainer Gwyneth McPherson of New Gloucester, Maine qualified with two horses for Pineland Farms in Region 8. The 7-year-old Dutch gelding named Chopard (Ravel x Flemmingh) at Third Level Open, and at First Level Open with the 5-year-old Dutch Gelding, Eskandar (Zhivago X Ostara) Gwyneth has been training with Michael Poulin for six years and helps run the Pineland Farm Equestrian program.
Bringing four horses to Kentucky from Mooresville, North Carolina, Stacey Hastings has also been with Poulin Dressage for over 20 years and has a thriving business as a trainer and instructor. At Intermediare I Open, Hastings will be competing the 9-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Montana (by Rambo out of Lomani), owned by Brenda Duet. Dakota, the 8-year-old Danish Warmblood (by Rambo x Lomani) also owned by Brenda Duet, will be in the 3rd Level Open. The 8-year-old Friesian mare, Trijntje v.d. Bokkefarm (by Beart 411 out of Corrie V/D Bokkefarm) owned by Karen Guerra will be Hastings’ First Level Open entry and at Training Level Open she will be riding Ronald Woodcock’s 4-year-old Oldenburg gelding Furst Aurum (Furst Romancier x Kapela).
Aurora 1 (Jazz x Le Diamant), Susan Mitchell’s 9-year-old KWPN mare USDF 2014 Second Level Horse of the Year with a median score of 74.8%, is ridden by Kathleen Mitchell Petersen of Seffner, Florida and will be in in the First Level Open.
And the list continues!
Selena Pape of Louisville, Kentucky qualified with two horses. At Intermediare I (AA division) with her own 10-year-old Swedish warmblood, Captain Jack earned his spot at the Finals as USDF Region 2 Reserve Champion with a 70%. Pape who has been training with Gwen Poulin for 5 years, also campaigns her 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Vanity in Eventing at the Intermediate level and is bringing her to the Finals to compete in Third Level AA Division.
Kelly Grant of Shaker Heights, Ohio was Region 2 Training Level Champion in the Training Level AA Division (72%) with her own 5-year-old Dutch gelding Easton (Sinatra Song x Allure S). Kelly has been training with Kate Poulin for 10 years.
Amy Sturdevant of Painesville, Ohio qualified at First Level Amateur Division with her own 9-year- old PRE gelding named Amoroso (Valmi 1 x Engallado II)
With over 30 years experience, Sharon Poulin, leads a busy life of daily training, teaching and managing their 30-40 horse stable. She has trained many horses to Grand Prix and successfully competed up thru the levels to Grand Prix with three different stallions, Pyrmont, Boleem and Brilliant. She holds an “S” (Senior) judges license with the U.S. Equestrian Federation, she judges dressage competitions thru Grand Prix level throughout the U.S. The Poulin Dressage Dynasty continues to grow and spread their influence across many states, and will be well represented at this Year’s US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan.