December 7, 2018 – The Dressage Foundation has announced that Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval have been selected to receive this year’s $25,000 Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant. The purpose of the Grant is to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by United States citizens, by providing money to train and compete in Europe.
Harmony’s Duval was bred by Harmony Sporthorses in Kiowa, Colorado, and is owned by Duval Partners LLC. 2016 was the first season at the CDI small tour level for Lyle and Duval, which culminated in a third-place finish at the USEF Festival of Champions. Duval continued developing and won his first national Grand Prix. The tall grey gelding has been accepted into the USEF Developing Program. Lyle and Duval will use the funds to travel to Europe in the summer of 2019 for training and competition.
“I am incredibly honored to receive the Anne Ramsay Grant from The Dressage Foundation!” Lyle said. “This wonderful grant will make it possible for me to showcase Harmony’s Duval, an American bred Grand Prix horse, in Europe next summer. It is imperative that our horses get exposure in Europe if they want to be top contenders, but the costs of traveling and competing over there would be inhibitive without the support and generosity of people like Anne Ramsay, who have a desire to help American dressage grow and succeed on the world stage.”
Dr. Ramsay’s passion and support of U.S.-bred dressage horses is exceptional. Through a Charitable Remainder Unitrust that she established with The Dressage Foundation in 1999, she created a Fund to provide these $25,000 grants. From 2008-2014, five horse and rider teams each received $25,000 to travel to Europe for training and competition.
2008: James Koford and Rhett, bred by Shirley McQuillan
2009: Jennifer Williams and H.S. Wistar, bred by Charlene Summers
2011: Liz Austin and Olivier, bred by Madeleine Austin
2012: Lisa Wilcox and Pikko de Cerro HU, bred by Anne Sparks
2014: Emily Miles and WakeUp, bred by Beverly McLean
In 2009, Dr. Ramsay established a second Unitrust to extend the impact of the grants for many years into the future. Those funds are designated to come to TDF in 2019, but Dr. Ramsay made a generous gift to ensure that the grant could be awarded in 2018, as well.
For more information about the Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.