Almost Quarter Century on from Olympic team bronze, Michael Poulin Rides Thor to US Finals Grand Prix Freestyle Title-Championship Results

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Michael Poulin riding Thor to victory in the US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Freestyle Championships. © 2015SusanJStickle.com
Michael Poulin riding Thor to victory in the US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Freestyle Championships. © 2015SusanJStickle.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 7, 2015–Almost a quarter century on from an Olympic team bronze medal, Michael Poulin on Thor M won the US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Freestyle Championships Saturday night at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Michael, 70 years old and battling Lyme disease, scored 72.583 per cent on Thor, one of two horses that he has returned to CDI competition in the past two years after a long break from international shows.

This event is a national championship of both adult amateur and open classes from combinations qualifying through nine regional championships.

Michael, based in Deleon Springs near Orlando in central Florida, placed second on the 15-year-old KWPN gelding in the Grand Prix championship Friday, behind his daughter, Gwen, who did not compete Saturday night.

Emily Miles, of La Cygne, Kansas, on Weltdorff, a Hanoverian gelding, placed second on 71.208 per cent with Heather Mason of Tewksbury, New Jersey on Zar placing third on 70.917 per cent.

Michael confessed after the championship that he had barely rehearsed the Freestyle routine featuring music from the Brave movie soundtrack, improvising movements as he went along, including 37 consecutive one-tempi changes.

“I really didn’t practice it at all,” he said. “I ride a freestyle by the numbers in that I do it by ear and by timing, counting the number of beats. That’s just the way I do it and it works for me. And tonight I also threw new things in the test and just said ‘let’s give it a whirl’.”

Thor is owned by Pineland Farms, a 5,000-acre (2,000Ha.) working farm in New Gloucester, Maine that is a unique combination of a business campus and educational and recreational venue that describes its mission as providing programs that “enriches the community by demonstrating responsible farming techniques, offering educational opportunities and encouraging a healthy lifestyle through recreation.”

“He’s quite a clever horse and a tremendous giver,” Michael said. “You have to treat him with respect and kindness because he’s hot and sensitive, but that’s what makes him great.”

Results:

1st Level Championship Open

Judges: H-Joan Darnell C-Jayne Ayers B-William Warren

Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Sternlicht Hilltop

Michael Bragdell

73.824% (1) 74.853% (1) 74.412% (1)
1

Furst Aurum

Stacey Hastings

73.529% (2) 74.265% (2) 70.000% (7)
2

Rapunzel Of Hillock

Kathryn Stoy

72.941% (3) 69.118% (10) 72.647% (3)
3

Sundancer

Lisa Giltner

71.765% (4) 72.647% (3) 69.412% (9)
4

Santino

Christine Landry

71.471% (5) 70.882% (5) 70.882% (5)
5

Dublin L

Mike Suchanek

70.294% (9) 69.559% (9) 73.088% (2)
6

Liberty

Elizabeth Landers

70.882% (6) 70.147% (8) 70.882% (5)
7

Lorelei

Lisa Giltner

69.559% (13) 70.588% (6) 71.029% (4)
8

Wiebekka

Mimi Benton

70.735% (7) 70.588% (6) 69.118% (10)
9

Franca Sympathica

Paige Peters-Windham

69.706% (11) 71.176% (4) 67.353% (13)
10

1st Level Championship AA

Judges: H-Natalie Lamping C-Lisolette Fore B-Christel Carlson

 
Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Razmitaz

Catalina Sherwood

69.118% (2) 69.412% (1) 68.824% (5)
1

Hampton

Ashlee Watts

67.647% (5) 68.235% (4) 68.971% (2)
2

SS Seraphina

Heather Fultz

66.324% (9) 68.971% (2) 68.971% (2)
3

Fascination

Amy Itkin

69.412% (1) 65.882% (10) 68.382% (6)
4

Hallah GGF

Carol Ann Head

66.176% (10) 68.088% (5) 68.971% (2)
5

Clearly Sunshine

Sara McConnell

66.471% (7) 67.500% (6) 68.382% (6)
6

Asta Lindebjerg

Amelia Hellman

64.118% (15) 65.735% (11) 72.353% (1)
7

Laxwell

Birgitt Dagge

67.353% (6) 68.824% (3) 64.853% (14)
8

Kir Royal

Pam Hara

67.941% (3) 65.588% (12) 65.588% (12)
9

Fs Djambo

Andrea Jackson

66.471% (7) 66.912% (8) 65.147% (13)
10

Crown Of Fire

Michelle Calongne

65.441% (11) 65.441% (13) 67.647% (8)
10

2nd Level Freestyle Championship Open

Judges: H-Kristi Wysocki C-Axel Steiner B-Janet Foy

Horse 
Rider 
 
Total 
 

HB Dschafar

Sara Schmitt

80.500% (1) 78.500% (1) 73.833% (1)
1

FWF Princess Juliana

Jonni Allen

73.667% (2) 70.667% (3) 73.167% (2)
2

August Rush

Morgan-Bailey Horan

70.500% (3) 74.167% (2) 71.167% (3)
3

Xenia fan Willow View

Linda Strine

69.500% (5) 69.333% (4) 70.333% (6)
4

Guateque IV

Stacey Hastings

69.167% (6) 68.333% (5) 71.000% (4)
5

Finian

Anthea Kin

65.833% (12) 68.000% (6) 70.167% (7)
6

Mirror Image

Shelley Van Den Neste

66.833% (9) 64.500% (12) 71.000% (4)
7

Sammy D sf

Elizabeth Gagliardi

68.667% (7) 64.667% (11) 68.667% (8)
8

Kiss-Me-Quick

Renee Peters

69.667% (4) 65.000% (10) 66.500% (11)
9

Devon F/T Friesian Connection

Stacy Posthumus

68.000% (8) 65.500% (8) 66.500% (11)
10

2nd Level Freestyle Championship AA

Judges: H-Kristi Wysocki C-Axel Steiner B-Janet Foy

 
Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Eye Candy

Amy Gimbel

78.500% (1) 73.833% (1) 76.667% (1)
1

Feinest Proof

Jamie Reilley

65.833% (6) 69.167% (2) 72.000% (2)
2

Rhiannon

Cariann Wlosinski

71.167% (2) 65.833% (6) 69.667% (3)
3

Remington

Sandra Cohen

69.300% (3) 68.333% (3) 66.167% (6)
4

I’m Full of Stuff

Jennifer Strauss

67.500% (4) 66.667% (4) 68.333% (4)
5

Hot-Royal Hit

Jean Rude

64.933% (8) 66.000% (5) 67.833% (5)
6

Point D’esprit

Rebecca Ruthberg

65.000% (7) 65.333% (7) 65.500% (7)
7

Laxwell

Birgitt Dagge

66.000% (5) 64.833% (8) 64.833% (9)
8

Lecartier

Amy Richwine

64.000% (10) 63.500% (10) 65.333% (8)
9

Belle Amie

Janet Hill

64.667% (9) 63.667% (9) 61.500% (10)
10

3rd Level Freestyle Championship Open

Judges: E-Jeanne McDonald C-Anne Gribbons M-Lois Yukins

Horse 
 
Rider 
Total 
#

Griffindor

Brianna Zwilling

73.000% (1) 66.167% (6) 77.833% (1)
1

His Highness Crusador

Elizabeth Landers

67.500% (7) 74.500% (1) 69.167% (6)
2

Town and Country Elancourt

Reese Koffler-Stanfield

71.000% (4) 69.000% (4) 70.333% (3)
3

Maggio

Kathryn Stoy

71.333% (3) 70.333% (2) 68.167% (9)
4

Hollywood

Marline Syribeys

69.167% (5) 70.000% (3) 68.333% (8)
5

Denmark

Joni Abney

71.833% (2) 65.667% (7) 69.667% (4)
6

Rainier

Kathryn Stoy

68.500% (6) 67.333% (5) 68.500% (7)
7

Boegely’s Mauricio

Tillie Jones

67.500% (7) 64.833% (9) 69.333% (5)
8

Trijntje v.d. Bokkefarm

Stacey Hastings

66.167% (10) 64.667% (10) 70.500% (2)
9

Winterlilie

Elizabeth Gagliardi

66.333% (9) 65.000% (8) 63.167% (12)
10

3rd Level Championship AA

Judges: H-Lisolette Fore C-Natalie Lamping B-Christel Carlson

 
Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Donneur

Katherine Lewis

72.564% (1) 67.051% (4) 74.103% (1)
1

Rhiannon

Cariann Wlosinski

68.718% (4) 67.949% (2) 71.026% (2)
2

Eye Candy

Amy Gimbel

69.359% (2) 69.231% (1) 67.949% (3)
3

Dartesch

Camilla Van Liew

68.846% (3) 67.051% (4) 67.308% (5)
4

Duchesse du Pre

Jennifer Huber

68.462% (6) 65.128% (14) 67.564% (4)
5

Devotion

Amy Schaaf

68.718% (4) 65.897% (9) 65.128% (9)
6

Sadira TWF

Amy Hedden

67.308% (7) 67.949% (2) 64.103% (12)
7

Wohltat

Amanda Silver

67.051% (8) 65.641% (12) 66.154% (6)
8

Donata

Antonella Bath

67.051% (8) 65.128% (14) 65.897% (7)
9

Crusedor

Gardner Bloemers

66.154% (10) 66.026% (6) 63.590% (13)
10

4th Level Freestyle Championship AA

Judges: E-Anne Gribbons C-Lois Yukins M-Jeanne McDonald

Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Welt Erbe

Amalia Boyles

72.333% (1) 71.000% (2) 66.500% (4)

Be Cool Metall

Nelson Long

68.000% (3) 72.000% (1) 65.833% (5)
2

Zidane

Becky Shealy

68.500% (2) 67.667% (3) 68.667% (3)
3

Walk Of Fame

Birgitt Dagge

67.333% (6) 63.333% (7) 71.667% (1)
4

Teodor

Alexandra Tomson

67.667% (4) 63.667% (6) 68.833% (2)
5

Valentino

Terri Sue Wensinger

66.667% (7) 65.500% (4) 65.667% (6)
6

Talisman BHF

Torrey Wilkinson

67.500% (5) 64.333% (5) 64.500% (7)
7

Reliance

Susan Jones

62.500% (8) 61.167% (8) 59.667% (10)
8

Shamrock H

Lynda Chesser

61.333% (10) 61.000% (9) 60.000% (8)
9

Vin Diesel

Sarah Alder-Schaller

62.500% (8) 59.833% (10) 59.833% (9)
10

4th Level Championship Open
Judges: H-William Warren C-Joan Darnell B-Jayne Ayers

Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Corenzo

Mike Suchanek

68.778% (7) 71.444% (1) 72.000% (1)
1

Faolan

Bridget Hay

69.778% (3) 70.000% (2) 71.667% (2)
2

Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon

Jessica Jo Tate

70.222% (2) 67.556% (9) 71.222% (3)
3

Floretienne

Emily Miles

71.111% (1) 66.444% (11) 70.667% (4)
4

Bright Lights

Jane Arrasmith

67.667% (9) 69.889% (3) 69.444% (5)
5

Romantic Man

Cyndi Jackson

69.556% (4) 69.111% (4) 68.111% (7)
6

Celtic Grace

Jonni Allen

69.000% (5) 67.778% (7) 68.222% (6)
7

Madoc Gareth

Allison Cyprus

67.667% (9) 68.222% (6) 68.111% (7)
8

Barroco

Melissa Maclaren

69.000% (5) 67.778% (7) 66.667% (10)
9

Santiago SF

Kailee Surplus

66.444% (12) 68.444% (5) 67.778% (9)
10

 Intermediate I Freestyle Championship Open

Judges: E-Lois Yukins C-Jeanne McDonald M-Anne Gribbons

Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Saphira

Heather Mccarthy

70.250% (3) 76.375% (1) 72.750% (3)
1

What Happen

Heather Mendiburu

69.625% (6) 73.125% (3) 76.000% (1)
2

Shakespeare RSF

Marcus Orlob

71.250% (2) 73.750% (2) 73.125% (2)
3

Risky Business

Cyndi Jackson

70.125% (4) 68.375% (4) 70.000% (5)
4

Romantico SF

Heather Mason

70.000% (5) 68.000% (6) 68.000% (9)
5

Rondo del Rey

John Mason

69.375% (7) 67.750% (9) 68.000% (9)
6

Un Ami

Shelley Van Den Neste

66.125% (10) 68.000% (6) 69.750% (6)
7

Police

Stacey Hastings

64.125% (13) 68.375% (4) 69.125% (7)
8

Zaida

Jennifer Conour

65.000% (12) 67.875% (8) 68.250% (8)
9

Casaro

Kristin Wasemiller-Knutson

66.875% (9) 63.750% (12) 70.250% (4)
10

Intermediate I Freestyle Championship AA

Judges: E-Lois Yukins C-Jeanne McDonald M-Anne Gribbons

Horse 
Rider 
Total 

Bonifaz S

Colene Stevens

64.250% (3) 65.750% (2) 68.375% (1)
1

Damani

Alexandra Krossen

70.250% (1) 62.250% (4) 65.375% (2)
2

Fabio

Jenifer Gaffney

60.625% 67.500% 65.125%
0

Festina

Holly Spencer

66.000% (2) 62.375% (3) 59.000% (5)
4

Lauren

Kristine Kuchinski-Broome

62.375% (4) 61.000% (6) 62.750% (4)
5

Decorus

Laurie McCullough-Leibfried

55.750% (6) 61.500% (5) 58.500% (6)
6

Grand Prix Freestyle Championship AA

Judges: E-William Warren C-Axel Steiner M-Kathy Rowse

Horse 
 
Rider 
Total 
#

Elfenfeuer

Alice Tarjan

70.000% (1) 72.750% (1) 70.500% (1)
1

Fynn*/*/*/*/*/

Candace Platz

69.000% (2) 65.250% (2) 66.000% (2)
2

Wietze G

Lynnette Wadsworth

59.875% 61.750% 63.000%
3

Edykts Enchantres

Courtney Varney

60.750% (3) 58.000% (4) 55.625% (4)
4

Grand Prix Freestyle Championship Open

Judges: E-Axel Steiner C-Lisolette Fore M-Natalie Lamping

Horse 
Rider 
Total 
#

Thor M

Michael Poulin

70.625% (3) 73.875% (1) 73.250% (1)
1

Weltdorff

Emily Miles

71.500% (1) 72.000% (3) 70.125% (2)
2

Zar

Heather Mason

71.375% (2) 72.250% (2) 69.125% (3)
3

Ellegria

Lauren Sprieser

68.250% (4) 68.750% (4) 68.000% (4)
4

Bahai

Nora Batchelder

68.250% (4) 68.250% (5) 62.750%
5

Lamborghini

Tracey Amaral Olsen

64.875% (6) 66.125% (7) 66.375% (6)
6

Uiver

Terri Rocovich

64.875% (6) 64.750% (10) 66.875% (5)
7

Sandro Paix

Heather Mccarthy

63.875% (8) 65.125% (9) 65.000% (9)
8

Lou Bega

Andrea Manos

63.875% (8) 63.500% (11) 65.500% (7)
9

Catapult

Francesca Nicoletti

63.000% (10) 62.625% (12) 65.250% (8)
10