Sharon Rose (Ashton) Poulin 1949-2022

Wednesday, December 28, 2022
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Sharon Rose Poulin, 73, of Deleon Springs, FL passed away on November 28th, 2022 after a tenacious fight with metastatic breast cancer. She was surrounded by her husband and four children who loved her deeply.

Sharon was born in Norway, ME on April 1, 1949 as the youngest daughter to the late Vincent H. Ashton & Thurley L.J. (Tucker) Ashton. She was the baby of the family having joined her older siblings Susan, Linda & Johnny more than a decade later.

Sharon and Mike Poulin
Sharon and Mike Poulin

Sharon’s father, Vinnie, was her great supporter, buying her first horse, Whiskers. He helped Sharon establish a summer riding school at their Norway home. Many other horses followed and Sharon enjoyed riding a variety of disciplines as well as participating in local parades (she made quite a beautiful sight!).

Graduating from Oxford Hills High School in 1967, Sharon then attended college at University of Maine at Orono, class of 1971. In 1970 Sharon met Michael Brian Poulin and promptly married him on November 28th, 1970. Several years later, they had four children, Shannon (Poulin) Palace, Michael V. Poulin, Katherine Poulin and Gwen Poulin.

Sharon and Michael joined forces and ran a successful horse farm and dressage training facility in Fairfield, ME while wintering in Florida to participate in the winter show circuit.

Sharon’s many accomplishments in dressage include:

Earning USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, holding an “S” (Senior) judge’s license with the USEF, competing and placing in two Olympic Sports Festivals, and training numerous horses to the Grand Prix level, including stallions Pyrmont, Boleem and Brilliant.

Sharon herself would say that one of her greatest accomplishments would be her students. She mentored and trained many young riders, professionals and adult amateurs to the highest level in dressage, with passage and one tempis being her forte. Known to many as “Mrs. P”, she coached countless students to regional & national championships as well as the Pan American Games. Sharon felt especially lucky to be able to coach her two younger daughters, Kate and Gwen, throughout their own dressage careers.

Mike, Kate and Sharon Poulin
Mike, Kate and Sharon Poulin

Sharon shared her nearly 60 year career with her husband and partner, Michael. She supported every aspect of his successful road to the Olympics while simultaneously being the glue that held the family and business together.

Sharon spent much of her free time gardening and cooking, passing these interests on to her children. Her daughter, Shannon, is an avid gardener and many visits to plant nurseries and botanical gardens were made. Recipes were frequently shared, trialed and discussed with her family and Sharon was well known for her cherry cheesecake.

Gwen, Shannon, Sharon, Mike and Kate Poulin
Gwen, Shannon, Sharon, Mike and Kate Poulin

She regularly shared her cooking with Gwen at the farm, or with her son Michael V. while he worked on his cars in their garage, both whom she got to see nearly every day - a great joy in all their lives. She also loved a good competitive game of Rummikub or Skip-Bo, especially when she won! She was stoic yet playful, smart, kind, earnest and loving. A true Mainer and a wonderful mom.

Sharon is predeceased by her sisters Susan (Ashton) York-Wilbur, Linda (Ashton) Richards and her brother Johnny V. Ashton. Sharon is survived by her husband, Michael B. Poulin, daughter Shannon (Poulin) Palace & son-in-law Michael Palace, son Michael V. Poulin, daughter Katherine Poulin, daughter Gwen Poulin, and her beloved grandchildren, Henry & Tess Palace. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws, all whom she loved very much.

A memorial service will be organized and announced in the future.