LINCOLN, Nebraska, Jan. 14–Jennifer S. Williams with her American-bred H.S. Wistar has been awarded a $25,000 (€17,225) Anne L. Barlow Ramsay grant to train in Europe.
The annual grant, administered by The Dressage Foundation, is designed to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by U.S. citizens to train and compete in Europe.
Jennifer of Yelm, Washington, and her Hungarian warmblood will train with Catherine Haddad at Vechta, Germany, and will compete at CDIs in Oldenburg, Germany, and Odense, Denmark next fall.
“Jennifer’s dedication, qualifications, and desire to gain international experience impressed the Selection Committee,” said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Manager of The Dressage Foundation.
“Training and competing in Europe will give Wistar and me experience in how the European show system works, will give us experience with larger crowds and venues and will help acclimate us to the highest level of competition – international competition,” Jennifer said. “The Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant will allow me to experience and learn from competing abroad, something I only dreamed about before the award.”
Dr. Anne Barlow Ramsay who lived in Fernandina Beach, Florida established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust in 1999. She worked with John Boomer, then president and CEO of The Dressage Foundation. “The remainder funds were designated to come to The Dressage Foundation in 2009,” said Boomer, “and now her sizable fund will yield the $25,000 grant annually well out into future years.”
“Dr. Ramsay is a Renaissance woman — a wife, mother, medical doctor, business executive, volunteer, world-traveler and equestrienne,” said John Boomer. “In 2009, Dr. Ramsay established a second Charitable Remainder Unitrust, with the remainder funds again coming to The Dressage Foundation in 2019, to continue her schedule of $25,000 annual grants far out into the future years. Anne Ramsay’s creative, distinctive gift is remarkable for its longevity–it will be helping dressage riders and American-bred horses for a very long time to come.”