Twenty-two year old college student Emily Wagner of LaCygne, KS, will be the sole American representative at the 2010 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, 4 - 8 August 2010. Wagner and her American bred 5-year old WakeUp (by Wagnis) was one of two U.S. based horses to qualify for Verden. The 6-year old combination, Elizabeth Ball and Selten HW, opted not to make the journey.
At the Central Young Horse selection trial at Dressage at Lamplight, Wagner scored twice above 8 aboard her 5-year old American Warmblood registered stallion Wakeup (by Wagnis x Matcho AA). Their overall show score was 8.232 which earned them a ticket to Verden.
On 8 July Wakeup will start his trip to Europe by first being shipped to New York for air cargo on 10 July. To make sure her young horse is in excellent shape for the journey, the black American warmblood was vet checked at Wilhite and Frees Equine Hospital. "Dr. Wilhite and his staff were so helpful and just amazingly nice," said Wagner. " WakeUp got the royal treatment (perhaps not from his point of view) of teeth, blood testing, coggins, flexions, x-rays, etc. He has a fantastically clean bill of health thanks to Dr. Wilhite and staff! It makes me feel so much better knowing that we have done all we can for WakeUp to be in tip top shape for his big adventure!"
Wagner and Wakeup will be training with Dr. Ulf Möller at PSI's Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany, leading up the World Championships. "After speaking with Scott Hassler and David Wightman again, we decided Performance Sales International would the best place for WakeUp and I to be," Emily explained. "Dr. Möller and his wife Eva have won the Young Horse Championships multiple times! It should be fantastic!"
To cover the costs of this expensive trip to Europe, Wagner and her supporters have been raising funds through charity. Two of their initiatives were organizing an online auction and a champagne dinner. Emily has also been keeping track of each step of her journey on her blog (http://emilywagnerdressage.wordpress.com) and expressed her excitement in her latest entry: "Is anyone else getting excited??? I AM!!!"