Fairfield man to be inducted into dressage hall of fame on Saturday

Posted Dec. 07, 2012, at 8:42 p.m.

Fairfield native Mike Poulin will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/United States Dressage Federation at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night.

The award goes to horses and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport in the United States.

Poulin has been a successful competitor, trainer, instructor and judge and was part of the bronze medal team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He helped form the USDF Instructor-Trainer program and founded the Dressage Foundation’s Advanced Young Rider Olympic Dream Program.

Poulin is a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) and U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) judge and continues to serve in various volunteer capacities with the USDF, USEF and the Dressage Foundation.

Ravel, a much-heralded 4-year-old gelding that teamed with rider Steffen Peters to place fourth individually in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will also be inducted. Ravel won the World Cup in 2009 and took the bronze at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“It is a real pleasure to be honoring these two Olympians,” said USDF President George Williams in a press release. “Not only were their contributions to the sport in the U.S. outstanding, but each of them had an impact on the international scene as well. Both continue to inspire us as they have shown what can be achieved through hard work, talent and generosity.”

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