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Top-Notch Turn-Out
This guide to Top-Notch Turn-Out gives you the benefit of my 3 decades of experience as:

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  • Trailer packing list
  • Rider packing list
  • Horse packing list
  • Medical box packing list
  • Packing list for arena bag
  • Packing list for rider’s first aid kit

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Hi Everyone! They are finally done! The digital RIDING WITH SOUL ALBUMS. 14 total albums. All digitized and ready for instant download!


Ruth Hogan-Poulsen Mailing Address: May 15-November 15 3240 Upper Road Plainfield, VT 05667 Secondary Address: November 15-May 15 13360 Marcella Blvd Loxahatchee FL 33470 Phone: 561-346-4859 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              561-346-4859      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Cell Email: Website: and Date of Birth: 10-4-66 A professional FEI rider, trainer, and instructor, Ruth Hogan-Poulsen has been long-listed by the USET multiple times and has been awarded the USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal as well as the USDF Freestyle Gold Bar. Ruth is based out of East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vermont, each year from May through November. From November to May, Ruth runs her training and teaching business from Wellington Fl. Aside from her teaching and training business, Ruth owns and operates two other companies. Dressage and Details LLC is an educational and tutorial company that produces educational products for competitors and non competitors alike. Freestyles From A to C LLC is a company that creates, edits, composes freestyles for all levels of competitors. Ruth has had freestyles represented in the Pan AM games, the WEG selection trials, Young Riders Championships, Junior Championships, Para Olympic trials and multiple Regional Championships as well as many Freestyle Horse of the Year awards. Ruth’s freestyles are known for their unique and fun nature.
For the past few years, Ruth has been focusing on her students and horses careers. From 2012-2016 Ruth has trained horses and students in 5 divisions of regional championships, Including 3 years of representation at the Invitational US dressage nationals in KY. Highlights in Kentucky include top 10 in every division as well as reserve champion amateur Grand Prix and reserve champion Grand Prix Musical Freestyle. Visit her web site at

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The Difference Between Movements, Figures and Patterns Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

The Difference Between Movements, Figures and Patterns

Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

Many people ask me about the choreography of their freestyle pattern. One of the confusions surrounding a freestyle pattern is what is allowed and what is forbidden at a certain level. Before you can begin to build a pattern you need to know the difference between movements and figures so that you don't try something that is on the "forbidden" list at your level.

What is the… Continue

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 11:13pm

Practice and muscle memory

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

January 31, 2017 / Ruth Hogan-Poulsen

What is Muscle Memory?

If you've ever worked on your posture or a set of aids for a movement on your horse, you've probably heard the words "muscle memory.” But what is this mysterious thing? Is it something real or just a part of dressage riders’ folklore? Can we do anything to make our learning more efficient, or should we be suspicious of "automatic" riding as less creative?

Discursive… Continue

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

Questions you should ask BEFORE you get on that horse!

Last month we talked about the

questions that I ask every owner of a new horse coming into my barn.

Young or old, trained or untrained, it's essential to know as much about a new horse as possible.

This month I will talk about the

questions that I would ask BEFORE I (or one

of my staff) would get ON a new…

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 3:00pm

New information and rules about USDF Freestyle requirements!

Quick tips and facts about the new Freestyle requirements! 

1.  There is a maximum time limit but NO minimum time.  Maximum time limit for all USDF freestyles is 5 minutes.  Your time begins when your horse moves off after the entry salute and ends at the final salute.  …

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 12:31pm

How to change a flat tire on your horse trailer!

Yes, it’s true. S**t happens and yes, it happened to us on our trip to Fl. I thought I would share my experience and knowledge about changing a trailer tire so you can be more prepared if it happens to you.

1. Turn on your warning flashers for safety. As soon as you realize that you have blown a tire, start to slow down gradually…


Posted on December 10, 2010 at 7:21am — 2 Comments

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At 3:31pm on November 13, 2017, Tina Collins said…

Hi Ruth :)  Pleased to meet you!

At 6:35pm on April 2, 2010, Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez said…
OMG, I just got in mail the Dressage Salsa CD, LOL. I love it, I will be dancing in the saddle! Everyone should have this!
At 11:23am on March 3, 2010, Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez said…
I am so excited about meeting up with you. You can't imagine! I look forward to doing lots of work on my Flip Cam on you!
At 6:24pm on November 30, 2009, Ruth Hogan Poulsen said…

At 6:24pm on November 30, 2009, Ruth Hogan Poulsen said…
Now You Can Get In the Holiday Spirit By Riding To Music That Actually Suits Your Horse's Rhythm and Tempo!

Don't miss out on the fun of dancing with your horse to holiday music!

If you are interested, you can hear some samples and visit the site!!
At 9:40am on November 6, 2009, Tamara Hurst said…
thanks Ruth, great pics, encouraged by your accomplishments and the fun you are having along the way. Need one of those mechanical horses here in the Interlake,lol, as long as it comes with a coach.
Having a hard time getting my head around the fact riding is lifelong quest for improvement as I am an immediate results person (or else I dont go there) Good thing nobody pointed that out before I dove in.......
At 11:48am on September 7, 2009, Ruth Hogan Poulsen said…
Check out the short video of the Riding With Soul clinic i did for Hunter/Jumper kids!! They had a great time! Cross-Training&flvUri=&thirdpartymrssurl=
At 8:33am on August 25, 2009, Frankie & the Equicizer said…
You are "freekin" amazing Ruth!! So glad you are back in the saddle! Rocky is great for that isn't he.. letting you know "where ya at" before you actually get up and on :) Sandy is doing great!! Gets better a little each day. She will be rehabing and Mocha very soon I suspect! :) I LOVED the picture of your girls lined up!! I wanted to leave a comment somewhere about that.. but I guess I will just have to express right here in this message!lol.. I bet you are so proud!! Awesome! Much love from Ohio Ruth! Frankie & Sandy
At 8:45pm on August 24, 2009, Frankie & the Equicizer said…
Dropped by to say hi Ruth! "Riding with Soul" Looks and sounds amazing! ;)
Love Frankie & Sandy
At 4:29pm on August 1, 2009, Joy Lunn said…
Have joined thanks. Look forward to it.

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