December 7, 2018 – The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce 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. Last year was the first season at the CDI small tour level for Adrienne and Duval, which culminated in a third-place finish at the USEF Festival of Champions. Duval also won his first national Grand Prix and has been accepted into the USEF Developing Program. Adrienne and Duval will use the funds to travel to Europe in the summer of 2019 for training and competition.
Adrienne shared, “I am incredibly honored to receive the Anne Ramsay Grant from The Dressage Foundation! 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.
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.
The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels. For more information, please visit dressagefoundation.org.