Wellington, FL - Fashionable dressage boutique ShowChic was once again filled as dressage enthusiasts flocked to the latest Shop Talk, eager to hear from Bill Warren and Bill McMullin on the perspective from inside the judge’s box. The Shop Talk, held December 9, 2014, was the second of ShowChic’s educational Shop Talk series this season. Shop Talk events, in which the Wellington, Florida boutique invites the dressage community to spend evenings learning from equestrian icons, are a popular activity for the local dressage community. It was clear that December’s Shop Talk was a favorite - the event was so full that there was standing room only as riders listened intently to the duo, known fondly as “the Bills.” There was also time for a question-and-answer session and browsing through ShowChic’s stylish collection of dressage apparel.
Warren is an FEI 3* judge, a USEF ‘S’ judge, and USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist. His partner, McMullin, is a USEF ‘r’ judge, USDF certified instructor, and is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist. The two judges also train under the name Warren-McMullin Dressage based in Stoughton, Massachusetts and Loxahatchee, Florida. The pair unveiled to attendees the secrets from a judge’s perspective - everything from collective marks to scoring each movement. They also informed listeners about the journey from learner judge to FEI judge, and then opened the floor for questions.
Riders left with tips that they could bring back to the barn and show ring - so that next time they enter at ‘A’ they might have a few judge-approved tricks up their sleeves. Usually, it would be a great loss to those unable to attend ShowChic’s hit event, but this time anyone who could not make it is in luck.
For the first time, ShowChic hosted videographers Joey Ambrose and Mat Marino from Afflux Studios of Wellington, Florida (nearby to ShowChic) to film the event - making it possible for everyone to learn from the Bills’ presentation, and maybe even add a few extra points to those dressage scores. The Shop Talk video featuring “The Bills” will be available on ShowChic’s YouTube channel soon.
The Bill’s Shop Talk followed dressage rider and advocate Karin Reid Offield’s November Shop Talk, and will be followed by numerous other upcoming speakers throughout the season. Next up will be January’s Shop Talk with New York Times best selling-author Tami Hoag. Hoag will give attendees a sneak-peak into her new book Cold, Cold Heart.
Owned by dressage enthusiasts Michele and Doug Hundt, ShowChic is devoted to helping dressage riders look like winners as they enter the show ring. With help from Shop Talk speakers, they also hope to help riders match that style with top performances.
ShowChic carries everything a rider needs to dress for success including sought-after brands such as Pikeur, Cavallo, Arista, Kentucky, Equiline and Eurostar. For more information about ShowChic, Shop Talks, and ShowChic’s top-of-the-line products, visit www.showchicdressage.com or call 561-319-2121.