Emily Wagner & WakeUp awarded $25,000 Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant

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Wakeup ridden by Emily Wagner. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Wakeup ridden by Emily Wagner. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dec. 1, 2014

Emily Wagner and her American Warmblood stallion, WakeUp, have been awarded this year’s $25,000 Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant that will be used to train in Germany, the Dressage Foundation announced Monday.

Emily, aged 26, of Overland Park, Kansas and WakeUp were Regional Champion in Intermediate B and Grand Prix, and nationally WakeUp and Emily were Developing Grand Prix Finals reserve champion.

The pair won the 2011 National Championships for six year olds, were 2012 Developing Prix St. Georges reserve champion and won the title in 2013 division, and in 2013 won the Championship title.

Emily plans to take the nine-year-old stallion to train with Elmar Schmiehusen in Warendorf, Germany. She also hopes to compete in CDIs at Verden and Neumünster, Germany.

“I am beyond excited and thrilled that WakeUp and I have been chosen to receive the Anne Ramsay grant to train and compete in Europe,” Emily said. “I feel WakeUp is at a pinnacle moment in his career. He is strong, fit and comfortable in the Grand Prix work.

“This opportunity for concentrated training in Germany will show us that next step forward to precision and brilliance. I feel so lucky to be able to ride such a fantastic horse and proud that he can represent horses bred in the United States.”

Dr. Anne Barlow Ramsay, Florida established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust with The Dressage Foundation in 1999. The remainder funds were designated to come to The Dressage Foundation 10 years later and those funds were used to start the Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant. In 2009, Dr. Ramsay established a second Charitable Remainder Unitrust, with the remainder funds coming to The Dressage Foundation in 2019, to continue her schedule of $25,000 annual grants in future years.