Thursday, March 4, 2010
San Diego for the Spring of 2010
Just a quick note, my name is Ashley McEntyre. Jennifer has been very busy training and teaching, so I have offered to take on the role of keeping everyone updated on her successes. That being said, 2010 is off to a great start. Jennifer left early Saturday, February 27, with a full trailer. She will be staying in San Diego, with Steffen Peters, for the months of March and April. This year Jen brought six horses and her assistant, Jessica Warner, down with her.
Jennifer's own Wrevolution, the 5 year old full brother to Warado, will be training for the FEI 5 year old tests this season. Are the West Coast Young Horse Championships, held in Flintridge, CA in this teams near future?
Wista, an 8 year old Wistar mare, also went with the group. Owned jointly by Charlene Summers and Jennifer, she is schooling the Prix St. Georges. Wista is for sale, and videos can be seen at http://www.summervalefarm.com/mares.htm.
Double Jeopardy, aka DJ, is an 8 year grandson of Wishes and Dreams. The beautiful black gelding is going to gain exposure. He is also for sale, and can be seen at http://www.summervalefarm.com/geldings.htm.
Wellie, a Dutch/Clydesdale owned by Leanne Norseth, is also along for the ride. Affectionately called in the barn, Clutch, he is going with Jennifer to add some polish to his Dressage.
Whrapsody, aka Sammy is a coming 5 year old Wistar Gelding owned by Paula Helm. Paula plans to come down for April and show, but until then, he will be learning the ropes.
Klapton, owned by Tekla Jungaro and Rod Gregg, is the veteran rounding up the group. Tekla will be showing 3rd/4th level and enjoying learning on this handsome boy.
Jennifer decided to leave Wistar and Warado home this spring, for some R&R. She wants Wistar fully rested so that he will peak on the European tour this November.
The groups' first show is Dressage Affaire, March 12-14. The best of luck, and we look forward to hearing the great results!
Jennifer S. Williams Awarded $25,000 Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant From the Dressage Foundation
January 14, 2010
The Dressage Foundation has announced that Jennifer S. Williams, of Yelm, Washington, has received the 2010 "Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual $25,000 Grant." The purpose of the Grant, established at The Dressage Foundation, is to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by United States citizens, by providing money to train and compete in Europe.
Jennifer and Wistar
Photo Courtesy of Susan J. Stickle
"Jennifer's dedication, qualifications, and desire to gain international experience impressed the Selection Committee," said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Manager of The Dressage Foundation. "The Dressage Foundation is proud to provide her and her horse, H.S. Wistar, the funding to help showcase an American-bred horse in the international arena," she said.
Jennifer and her Hungarian Warmblood, H.S. Wistar will be training with Catherine Haddad in Germany during the Fall of 2010. The team will compete at the Oldenburg CDI and the Odense CDI. "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 (FL) 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. He added, "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." Boomer concluded, "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."