The Dressage Foundation Awards Genay Vaughn and Fleur Noir WSHS the $25,000 Anne L. Barlow-Ramsay Grant for U.S.-Bred Horses

Genay Vaughn. Photo by Terri Miller

Edited Press Release

The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that Genay Vaughn and Fleur Noir WSHS (CA) have been selected to receive this year’s $25,000 Anne L. Barlow-Ramsay Grant for U.S.-Bred Horses. 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 Wellington, Florida, or in Europe.

Fleur Noir is an eight-year-old Hanoverian mare bred by Lawrence and Janet Jones of West Sierra Hanoverian Sport Horses and owned by Michele and Genay Vaughn of Elk Grove, CA. Genay, a USDF gold medalist, has been partnered with Fleur for three years and has taken her from First Level to Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I. In 2022, Genay and Fleur qualified to become members of the Kundrun USEF Dressage Development Program. Earlier this year, they were the USDF Region 7 Reserve Champion in Intermediate I.

Genay plans to use her grant funding to train with German Olympic team member, Frederic Wandres during the Florida winter season and then travel to Europe in the spring. Her goal is to compete with Fleur in Intermediate II in 2023.

Genay said, “I’m so incredibly grateful for TDF’s Dr. Anne L. Barlow-Ramsay Fund for U.S-Bred Horses and their truly remarkable support. To be the recipient of such a prestigious grant means the world to me. I look forward to utilizing this gracious commitment from the Fund to push even more aggressively toward my dreams of representing the USA at the highest level with my U.S.-bred mare. I will continue to advocate for U.S.-bred horses and hope to make Dr. Barlow-Ramsay’s family proud.”

The Anne Barlow-Ramsay Grant Fund was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2008 by Dr. Barlow-Ramsay to fulfill her desire to support U.S.-bred horses that are competing on the international dressage stage. Since 2008, nine recipients have been awarded a $25,000 grant for training or competition, including those who have successfully competed at the highest level of sport such as the Olympics, FEI Dressage World Cup, FEI Dressage Nations Cup, and the World and U.S. Young Horse Championships. Applications are due August 15 each year.

For more information about the Anne L. Barlow-Ramsay Grant or The Dressage Foundation, please contact The Dressage Foundation at (402) 434-8585, by email at, or visit