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Ann L. Barlow Ramsay - A Life Well Lived

Saturday, May 8, 2021
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IN MEMORIAM - PEOPLE

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Ann Barlow Ramsay born in Yorkshire, England in 1925 passed peacefully at the age 95, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Daughter of of Scottish parents, both doctors. Anne studied in London during the WWII years where she washed a great many dishes for the British Red Cross, the YMCA and the American Red Cross. She was also an Air Raid Warden for the Paddington District. 

She is pictured here with her stallion, Freedom, at the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship. She owned his father, mother and grandfather and took great pride in his breeding. Long time friend Patricia Becker posted "I am privileged that she chose me to ride him. She broke barriers as a female physician and business woman. I met Anne when I was 14. She was a role model, my friend and great supporter for most of my life. I will miss her dearly."

After graduation, she went to Toronto as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. She later moved to the United States, and in 1963, she joined Abbott Laboratories as a Medical Writer. Over the next years, while clambering up the corporate ladder (to Vice-President, Medical Affairs for the Hospital Products Division) she undertook a host of activities. She ran the Well Baby Clinics for Lake County, Illinois, served on the High School and Special Education Boards, was President of the Tuberculosis Board, was a village Health Officer, President of the County Board of Health and raised two children.

A life-long equestrienne and breeder, Dr. Ramsay’s dream to advance equestrian sport took shape in 1998, when she established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, funded with $254,000 of highly appreciated Abbott Laboratory stock.

She wanted to provide financial backing for a designated horse and rider with a ten-year income stream. She worked with John Boomer, then President and CEO of The Dressage Foundation, to create the Unitrust and put her plan into action.

By creating a second ten-year term Charitable Remainder Unitrust, with the same conditions and monetary value, she extended the reach of her support well out into future years.

Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Grant

The Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual $25,000 Grant will be managed and administered by The Dressage Foundation. A Selection Committee comprised of distinguished, experienced Dressage leaders will review the applications, and choose the recipient, subject to the approval of The Dressage Foundation’s Board of Directors.

There have been many beneficiaries:

  • Her horse and rider had the support of a ten-year income stream, paid monthly, which ran through 2008;
  • Dr. Ramsay gained solid tax advantages by avoiding the federal and state capital gain taxes on the appreciated value of the stock, and she received a substantial charitable contribution income tax deduction, thereby reducing her income tax payable.
  • The sport of Dressage gains by receiving future annual grants of $25,000, to send American-bred horses to Europe for upper level training and competition. Dr. Ramsay designated The Dressage Foundation as sole, irrevocable charitable remainderman to whom the Unitrust “remainder” was paid in January of 2009. This funding will make these future training grants possible.

AND, there’s a Part II to Dr. Ramsay’s visionary plan: Working with The Dressage Foundation, she created a second ten-year term Charitable Remainder Unitrust, with the same conditions and monetary value, extending the reach of her good training support well out into future years.

The Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual $25,000 Grant will be managed and administered by The Dressage Foundation. A Selection Committee comprised of distinguished, experienced Dressage leaders will review the applications, and choose the recipient, subject to the approval of The Dressage Foundation’s Board of Directors. The grant announcement will be made by December 31st of each year.

Anne is survived by her daughter Barbara Cadwell who shared her mother's passion for Dressage and giving back. Breeders of Oldenburg horses such as Feuri, a Westphalen stallion by the legendary Fidermark, they made their mark in American Dressage. She has bred year-end award winners including First Gavotte, Freedom and Whirligig.

Cadwell has also been a GMO member and volunteer for over thirty years. She has scribed extensively, including at Dressage at Devon and the Regional Championships. She has been a USDF Participating Member Delegate for many years and currently serves on the By-Laws Committee of USDF and on the Board of Directors of the Dressage Foundation.

Barbara graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in History in 1973. She received her Law Degree from Boston University in 1977 and her LL.M. Degree from New York University. She is currently a retired attorney.

Past Recipients:

2008: James Koford and Rhett, bred by Shirley McQuillan

2009: Jennifer Williams and H.S. Wistar, bred by Charlene Summers

2011: Liz Austin and Olivier, bred by Madeleine Austin

2012: Lisa Wilcox and Pikko de Cerro HU, bred by Anne Sparks

2014: Emily Miles and WakeUp, bred by Beverly McLean

2018: Adrienne Lyle and Harmony's Duval, bred by Harmony Sporthorses

2019: Carly Taylor-Smith and Rosalut NHF, bred by North Hill Farm