DRESSAGE FOUNDATION AWARDS $10,000 TO INSTRUCTORS

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Emily Wagner and Wakeup. © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

LINCOLN, Nebraska, Dec. 20–Sarah Geike, a dressage judge and trainer, is one of three instructors to be awarded a Maj. Anders Lindgren scholarship by The Dressage Foundation.

Sarah of Connecticut, a dressage trainer for 30 years, was awarded $6,000 to train with Kathy Connelly.

Sara Schmitt of New Jersey, an instructor for 25 years, received $2,000 to train with Belinda Nairn-Wertman.

Emily Wagner of Kansas, who has been an instructor for nine years and with her homebred, Wakeup, represented the U.S. at the 2010 World Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany, was awarded $2,000 to train with Lilo Fore.

Maj. Lindgren was an accomplished dressage rider, the 1971 Swedish Dressage Champion and rider on the 1972 Swedish Olympic Team. Among significant contributions to U.S. dressage was teaching almost 1,000 instructors his systematic, structural approach to teaching dressage at the USDF/Violet Hopkins National Seminars for Dressage Instructors. He died in 2010 at the age of 85.

Applications for the three Lindgren scholarships are due to The Dressage Foundation by Sept. 30 each year.