Poulin Daughter & Father Place 1st, 2nd at US Dressage Final Grand Prix–Championship Results

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Gwen Poulin on William on thei way to US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Championship. © 2015 SusanJStickle.com
Gwen Poulin on William on thei way to US Dressage Finals Grand Prix Championship. © 2015 SusanJStickle.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Nov. 6, 2015–Gwen Poulin rode William to the US Dressage Final Grand Prix Championship Friday with her father, Michael, on Thor M runnerup in the third year of the annual event.

Gwen, 34 years old, is less than half the age of her father, Michael, aged 70, who rode Graf George on the United States bronze medal team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Gwen and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding scored 68.533 per cent for the victory while Michael on Thor M scored 68.400 per cent. Heather Mason of Tewksbury, New Jersey on Zar placed third on 67.467 per cent.

The Poulin family is based out of De Leon near Orlando in central Florida. Kate Poulin, who is a year older than her sister Gwen, rode Brilliant Too on the U.S. team that won gold at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

“He was on fire,” Gwen said after the ride, “it was just awesome.”

Belinda Nairn-Wertman, the owner, called Gwen 2 1/2 years ago to offer her the ride on William.

“I never turn down an opportunity because you never know how it can turn out and what you can learn from it.” she said. “We really clicked–he’s very sensitive and emotional, so I’ve taken my time with him so that he wouldn’t feel too much pressure. And now he offers everything to me, and it makes my heart so happy that I can’t help but grin from ear to ear.”

Her father, who is battling Lyme disease, was gracious in defeat. “I’m so proud of her, she hung in there and fought for it,” Michael said. “It was beautiful, and it means more to me for her to win.”

 

About 370 combinations from 36 states are competing at the third annual US Dressage Finals created to provide a showcase of adult amateur and open competitions for horses and riders who qualified from Training level through Grand Prix at nine regional championships this Fall.

These championships are unrelated to the Dutta Corp. Grand Prix and Intermediate national championships scheduled for the Global Dressage Festival grounds in Wellington, Florida next month.

Results:

Grand Prix Championship Open
Judges: E-Kristi Wysocki C-Lois Yukins M-Janet Foy

 
Horse 
Rider 
 
Total 

William

Gwen Poulin

67.600% (3) 66.200% (7) 71.800% (1)
1

Thor M

Michael Poulin

69.200% (1) 68.000% (2) 68.000% (3)
2

Zar

Heather Mason

65.800% (6) 68.400% (1) 68.200% (2)
3

Bahai

Nora Batchelder

67.700% (2) 67.300% (3) 65.600% (9)
4

Wakeup

Emily Miles

67.300% (4) 66.600% (5) 66.500% (6)
5

Equestricons Et Voila

Marcus Orlob

65.500% (7) 65.800% (9) 66.700% (5)
6

Sandro Paix

Heather Mccarthy

65.300% (8) 66.700% (4) 65.200% (10)
7

Weltdorff

Emily Miles

66.100% (5) 63.300% (12) 67.600% (4)
8

Ellegria

Lauren Sprieser

63.300% (10) 66.500% (6) 66.400% (7)
9

Leonardo

Judy Kelly

62.700% (12) 66.100% (8) 66.000% (8)
10
Grand Prix Championship AA
Judges: E-Joan Darnell C-Jayne Ayers M-Lisolette Fore
Horse 
Rider 
Total 

Elfenfeuer

Alice Tarjan

67.100% (1) 70.000% (1) 69.900% (1)
1

Apollo

Rachael Hicks

67.100% (1) 66.600% (2) 67.700% (2)
2

Fynn*/*/*/*/*/

Candace Platz

63.600% (4) 60.200% (7) 66.000% (3)
3

Wietze G

Lynnette Wadsworth

63.700% (3) 60.500% (6) 62.100% (4)
4

Plato Carlos

Virginia Moon

61.200% (5) 61.100% (3) 60.500% (6)
5

Captain Jack

Selena Pape

58.600% (7) 60.700% (4) 61.700% (5)
6

Razzmatazz

Tina Cook

59.300% (6) 60.600% (5) 59.500% (7)
7

Blue and White Raven

Jennifer Drescher

58.600% (7) 60.100% (8) 58.200% (9)
8

Radcliffe

Amy Leach

58.500% (9) 58.500% (9) 59.100% (8)
9

Wies V/D Klumpert

Amy Paterson

58.200% (10) 55.500% (10) 56.300%
10
Intermediate 1 Championships Open
 Judges: E-Jayne Ayers C-Lisolette Fore M-Joan Darnell
Horse 
Rider 
 
Total 

Rocky Lane

Rebecca Knollman

72.632% (1) 69.868% (5) 67.895% (8)
1

Romantico SF

Heather Mason

67.632% (13) 71.579% (3) 70.921% (1)
2

Stratocaster

Lauren Sprieser

69.868% (3) 69.605% (7) 69.868% (2)
3

Risky Business

Cyndi Jackson

68.289% (8) 73.026% (1) 67.632% (10)
4

Saphira

Heather Mccarthy

69.605% (4) 69.868% (5) 68.816% (3)
5

Shakespeare RSF

Marcus Orlob

68.947% (6) 72.105% (2) 65.921% (17)
6

Doctor Wendell MF

James Koford

67.763% (12) 70.395% (4) 68.684% (4)
7

Zarcita

Debbie Hill

68.816% (7) 69.474% (8) 66.316% (15)
8

Zhivago

Shauntel Bryant

67.895% (10) 68.421% (10) 67.632% (10)
9

What Happen

Heather Mendiburu

70.395% (2) 64.868% (19) 68.553% (5)
10
Intermediate 1 Championships AA
Judges: E-Jayne Ayers C-Lisolette Fore M-Joan Darnell
 
Horse 
Rider 
Total 

Fabio Bellini

Rachael Hicks

67.500% 70.658% 67.500%
1

Damani

Alexandra Krossen

68.947% (1) 67.368% (3) 68.158% (1)
2

Madame Noir

Jennifer Huber

66.053% (4) 68.553% (2) 66.974% (3)
3

Bonifaz S

Colene Stevens

65.789% (5) 66.053% (5) 66.053% (4)
4

Roxy Royale

Patricia Fannin

67.500% (2) 65.789% (7) 64.211% (7)
5

Beatrix

Sarah Baggette

64.868% (6) 66.842% (4) 64.474% (6)
6

Claudia

Katherine Ratliff

63.553% (8) 65.921% (6) 63.421% (8)
7

Bailando 

Erin McHenry

63.421% (9) 64.211% (9) 64.737% (5)
8

Real Diamond

Laurie Simons

63.026% (10) 63.158% (10) 62.895% (9)
9

Zodiak

Barbara Wolfe

61.316% (11) 65.526% (8) 61.974% (10)
10
 4th Level Championship AA
Judges: H-Kristi Wysocki C-William Warren B-Anne Gribbons
Horse 
Rider 
Total 

Don Cartier

Rachael Hicks

72.222% (1) 72.778% (1) 71.556% (1)
1

Sir Frederico

Carden Burdette

67.111% (4) 67.444% (2) 68.889% (2)
2

Valentino

Terri Sue Wensinger

68.000% (3) 66.889% (3) 68.556% (3)
3

Welt Erbe

Amalia Boyles

69.000% (2) 64.111% (5) 65.333% (6)
4

Austin Chase

Sarah Pape Hester

66.889% (5) 64.000% (6) 65.889% (4)
5

Walk Of Fame

Birgitt Dagge

63.667% (7) 65.889% (4) 64.778% (8)
6

Don Rubin

Andria Allen

64.556% (6) 63.556% (7) 64.889% (7)
7

Vanity

Selena Pape

62.889% (9) 60.444% (13) 65.778% (5)
8

Dartesch

Camilla Van Liew

59.444% (13) 62.667% (9) 64.111% (9)
9

Winnie Too

Cecilia Cox

62.222% (10) 61.667% (10) 60.889% (12)
10
3rd Level Championship Open
Judges: H-Anne Gribbons C-Kristi Wysocki B-William Warren
 
Horse 
 
Rider 
Total 

Carzanola

Nancy Hinz

71.667% (1) 72.692% (2) 76.923% (1)
1

Floretienne

Emily Miles

71.026% (3) 67.692% (8) 71.795% (3)
2

Romantic Man

Cyndi Jackson

69.103% (5) 73.590% (1) 66.795% (11)
3

Happenstance

Laura Sevriens

71.538% (2) 67.692% (8) 69.744% (5)
4

Natasha B

Katherine Poulin

70.128% (4) 69.487% (5) 67.436% (10)
5

Hot Date

Kymberly Pullen

67.564% (9) 69.615% (4) 69.615% (6)
6+

Faolan

Bridget Hay

67.564% (9) 71.154% (3) 68.077% (8)
7

Coltrane

Elisabeth Austin

67.308% (11) 67.692% (8) 70.641% (4)
8

Hero L

Mike Suchanek

66.923% (13) 65.897% (16) 72.051% (2)
9

Lili Marlene

Luke McLaughlin

67.949% (6) 67.308% (12) 68.590% (7)
10
2nd Level Championship AA
Judges: H-Axel Steiner C-Janet Foy B-Natalie Lamping
Horse 
Rider 
Total 

E. Felix

Kristen Ortt

70.610% (3) 72.805% (2) 70.000% (4)
1

Eye Candy

Amy Gimbel

67.683% (5) 73.293% (1) 70.854% (2)
2

Rhiannon

Cariann Wlosinski

71.951% (2) 70.244% (4) 69.268% (5)
3

Smile

Barbara Wolfe

72.317% (1) 68.171% (6) 70.244% (3)
4

Wohltat

Amanda Silver

66.463% (7) 68.780% (5) 70.976% (1)
5

Leisl TF

Molly Schiltgen

66.707% (6) 70.732% (3) 66.341% (7)
6

Rough Diamond

Sara McConnell

69.390% (4) 66.098% (7) 67.195% (6)
7

Finlanndia

Sandra Piazza

65.610% (9) 66.098% (7) 65.976% (8)
8

Carmen

Theresa Hunt

65.732% (8) 65.122% (12) 63.902% (14)
9

I’m Full of Stuff

Jennifer Strauss

63.537% (13) 65.610% (9) 64.634% (11)
10

Training Level Championship Open
Judges: H-Jeanne McDonald C-Lois Yukins B-Kathy Rowse

Horse 
Rider 
Total 

Heartsong

Debbie Hill

75.227% (3) 74.091% (2) 78.182% (1)
1

Rapunzel

Kayla Mckay

74.773% (4) 71.364% (4) 73.864% (3)
2

Wiebekka

Mimi Benton

76.364% (1) 70.000% (5) 71.818% (5)
3

Dauntless

Kristin Stein

73.182% (6) 69.773% (6) 74.773% (2)
4+

Briel B

Gwen Poulin

73.864% (5) 72.045% (3) 71.818% (5)
5

Bojing

David Collins

67.273% (11) 75.455% (1) 73.182% (4)
6

Qrown Prince

Lisa Schmidt

76.136% (2) 68.182% (8) 71.136% (8)
7

Edisto

Anne Yanney

72.955% (7) 66.136% (12) 71.364% (7)
8

Dublin L

Mike Suchanek

68.636% (10) 65.909% (13) 69.091% (9)
9

Paolucius

Nicole Trapp

69.318% (9) 66.591% (11) 65.909% (12)
10