Hana Poulin learned to ride and drive horses as a young girl with her father Lawrence Poulin and mother Michal Gould. The family lived and worked out of Highland Dressage Center a 30 horse stall farm located in Falmouth, Maine. While Hana was growing up her father was selected to represent the USA at the World Pair Combine Driving Championships a total of 10 times. He also won 8 United States Equestrian Team, USET, championships here in the USA. Working as a groom for the USET Hana traveled around the USA and across the world to Germany, Austria, England, Poland and Hungary multiple times.... (read more)
At home Hana trained her Welsh Cob pony Panadama Merry Bell, ‘Cricket’, in riding and driving. Together they competed in pleasure driving and single pony combine driving in the USA and Canada. The pair has been awarded Canadian Classic Best Junior Driver, Canadian Classic Best Dressage Score, Maine Carriage Days 2x Best Junior Driver and New England Welsh Cob Champion. Their biggest accomplishment was single pony combine driving reserve champion at the Laurels in Unionville, Pennsylvania. Cricket, at the age of 27, is still with Hana and is used as a school master pony for riding and driving.
Hana graduated from Unity College in 2006, and considered a career in environmental science but horses were in her blood. Hana has worked with some influential trainers in the dressage field including: Rodrigo de Matos, Michael Poulin, Bill Warren, Bill McMullen, Michelle Gibson, George Williams and Judy Cross. In 2011, Hana made her FEI debut earning her United States Dressage Federation, USDF, Bronze and Silver Medals. In 2012 Hana purchased Agamemnon Da Raposa, ‘Agi’ an 8 year old Lusitano imported from Brazil. New England Dressage Association (NEDA) championship awards with Agi include fifth place at First Level Adult Amateur (AA), sixth place at Second Level Open, second place at Third Level Open, fourth place at Fourth Level NEDA Championships Sweepstakes Open Class. The pair plans to continue to compete this year at the FEI level. To better understand all aspects of dressage both, performance and judging, Hana has started the ‘l’ judge program.
In 2014 Hana started working with Sable Oak Equestrian Center and Sherrye Johnson-Trafton. Here Hana worked as an assistant trainer, riding instructor and driving instructor. This ongoing experience has taught her the basics of Western Riding, among many other things. Continuing her passion for dressage Hana trained many horses and ponies of various breeds to drive single, as a pair and under saddle in and out of Sable Oak Equestrian Center. Hana competed a 4 year old green broke Fjord gelding, named Brittas Chance, owned by Melanie and Clint Wallace of Whispering Willow Fjords Farm, located in Woolwich Maine. Chance was a pony with little to no training for driving or riding. Under Hana’s tutelage for a period of one month, Chance and Hana were awarded single pony champion at The Maine Event located in Skowhegan Maine in 2015. In Tunica, Mississippi Hana competed Mimosa and Flirtini a gypsy pair owned by Bob and Kate Reed of Dungarvan Feather Farm located in Connecticut. The gypsy pair won all classes they were entered in. One class entered was a versatility class. The driving pair versatility challenge included going over a tarp, maneuvering through cones and opening a mailbox.
With the help of Sable Oak Equestrian Center Hana has now created her own business Hana Poulin Dressage & Driving LLC. She currently travels throughout Maine and New England helping clients with riding and driving instruction or other equine assistance. Hana continues her training and lesson program out of Sable Oak Equestrian Center and travels to outside venues.