Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Posted by Betsy LaBelle
The Benefit of Two Trainers:
Together they run the business, Bill Warren in charge of calendar and travel arrangements for clinics and judging and Bill McMullin in charge of bookkeeping and accounting management. Additionally, long time student and manager, Courtney Fanara, keeps the barn organized and coordinates horse care, client relations and even show entries. It has been very gratifying to watch Courtney grow into the rider that she is today, competing her horse Brighella successfully at Prix St. Georges.
Bill McMullin said, "As Judges, our own continuing education is very important to us as well. Working through the judges’ ranks means continual programs and symposiums to advance and maintain our licenses."
Bill Warren shared, “Our training really is complemented by our judging experiences sitting at C so often. It really is beneficial, not only for our clients who want to show, but for everyone striving for harmony with their horse. It’s important to understand the dynamics behind the showing.”
“It’s important that we support all the programs that the USDF, USEF and FEI provide. America has worked hard to start these programs and we are on the right path,” said Bill Warren.
Bill McMullin also works as one of the USDF Certified Instructor and Faculty. "Again, the continuing education aspect is so important here. The annual FEI education days, seminars and workshops that he attends, always bring renewed inspiration to his teaching and training," McMullin added.
Bill Warren said, “Every client is with us for their own reasons and we try to make the situation work for all. Everyone gets along, no one feels diminished because their goal may not be to compete. Their ambition is really important to us. It really is a great group”.
Conrad Schumacher – Both Bills have been studying with Conrad for 10 years, hosting clinics for the past 6 years. They work in conjunction with Nancy Later Lavoie and Stewart Underhill on several clinic arrangements with Mr. Schumacher. We host Conrad twice per year in Massachusetts, and during the Florida winter season for an extended period from the end of January through most of February.
George Williams – Both Bill Warren and Bill McMullin work also with George Williams during the winter season in Florida and host George in Massachusetts during the summer for additional training and clinics.
Purchase and Selling Consultation:
Both Bills love to help match clients with horses. They take pride in making sure the match works well for the client in order to succeed and thrive together. They occasionally travel to Europe to look for a client with great contacts they have built over the years. Buying and selling is a small but important part of their business.
In the 15 year history of Warren-McMullin Dressage they have not only produced several Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalists, but Regional Champions at every level from Training through Grand Prix. Bill Warren and Bill McMullin have a full range of clients who work with them during the winter season from students they consistently give clinics to, from around the country and Canada. They each travel monthly to Massachusetts during the winter season to maintain the continuity with the clients who stay North for the winter.
Summer Training Home
May 1 – Nov 30th – Drywater Farm , 1515 West St., Stoughton, MA 02072 (www.drywaterfarm.org)
Drywater Farm is a large year round facility about a half hour southwest of Boston. With GGT footing in a lovely outdoor dressage ring and a very large indoor, the horses receive consistent expert care under the watchful eye of the McNamara family who live on the premise.
Winter Training Home
Dec 1 – April 30 – Altersgait Farm, White Fences, 3450 Hanover Circle, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Altersgait Farm, is a lush tropical paradise for both horses and riders. Owned and maintained by Melissa Richards and Chris Sander, The Bills have made it their winter training facility. Within easy hacking distance to many rated shows, and a short trailer ride to many more, it provides a conducive atmosphere for training and showing alike in the very horse friendly gated neighborhood of White Fences.
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