The Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms is providing excellence in dressage education, with the goal of creating highly skilled professional and amateur riders and trainers to steward classical principles and ethical practices within the sport of dressage in the United States. Its holistic approach encompasses off-the-horse fitness; theory-to-practice; instruction on equine schoolmasters; and the athletic development of both rider and horse, while promoting the respectful treatment and longevity of these equine partners.

Gwyneth McPherson

Gwyneth McPherson, Director/Lead Rider/Head Instructor
Gwyneth's riding career began at a very early age. After taking a few riding lessons from local instructors, she was introduced to Maine native, two-time Olympian, and student of Michael Poulin, Lendon Gray. Gwyneth's ability in the dressage arena was quick to show itself, and she earned her first National Championship at age 12 - the youngest rider to achieve such an honor. She went on to win multiple national titles and began competing internationally at age 15. At that time, she rode a borrowed horse to an Individual and Team Gold Medal at the North American Young Rider Dressage Championships. Over the next six years she added two more medals, a Team Bronze and Team Silver, to her list of accomplishments. Gwyneth spent ten years with Lendon before moving on to ride with Carol Lavell, another Poulin protegé and member of the 1992 Olympic Bronze Medal Team.

Gwyneth joined The Equestrian Center's team of trainers in 2003. She began her relationship with Michael Poulin during her time with Lendon, and the two crossed paths a number of times over the years. Gwyneth now trains with Michael year-round, both in Maine at The Equestrian Center and in Florida at Poulin's facility. At present, they are developing three horses that carry their hope to represent the U.S. in international competition in the near future.