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Symposium Rider Schedule for 

Saturday and Sunday

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Stave Mill Farm, Esmont, VA

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Virginia Dressage Association would like to recognize and extend our deepest appreciation to USDF and TDF for providing generous grants to support the 2021 symposium.

Building a Solid Foundation ... A Symposium with 

George Williams and Bill Warren

In this exciting symposium, George Williams and Bill Warren, two nationally recognized trainers, bring their unique perspectives to help both horses and their riders maximize their full potential. Both clinicians ride and compete, as well as train horses and riders at all levels. In addition, George competed internationally with his well-known partner Rocher and is currently a USEF National US Coach, while Bill is a USEF ‘S’ and FEI 4* Judge. Working together, they will help riders discover their horse’s full potential, utilizing exercises to help riders build a solid foundation to enhance their horse’s performance, whether in the competition ring or when working at home. 


In addition to 2 full days of lessons from our wonderful clinicians, George Williams and Bill Warren, we have several unmounted activities planned. These include a Saturday lunchtime presentation by Dr. Cricket Russillo, the USA Dressage Team Vet, an introduction to yoga with Amy Biddle for riders on Sunday, and a wine and cheese social after the conclusion of Saturday’s rides.


The Symposium will feature the following eight (8) riders, representing four (4) Virginia Dressage Association Chapters:


Kristine Slovis (Fredericksburg)

Tammy Moore (SVDA)

Gabriella Escobar (Central)

Hannah Pierucci Schmidt (Charlottesville)

Peggy Minnich (Fredericksburg)

Jessie Ginsburg (Nova)

Peta Wylie (Charlottesville)

Anne Chapin (Charlottesville)


Due to limited internet connectivity, unfortunately, we will be unable to live stream the event. However, it will be videotaped and a high-quality video of all rides and unmounted sessions will be available for viewing shortly after the Symposium. More details on this to follow.


This is auditor-friendly to allow all to take advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity. There have been several changes to the auditing protocol. In light of the reduced Virginia Covid restrictions, we have increased the limit on the number of in-person auditors to 50, first come first served for VADA members. Masks will be required for any person attending who is NOT fully vaccinated.


Updates:

The in-Person Auditor registration closed.

Final plans are underway for our upcoming Symposium and the schedule for the weekend will be posted soon. We still have space for some additional auditors; however, lunch will NOT be provided for anyone who has not already signed up and paid. We will accept late registration until Monday 6/21 for the reduced price of $10/day or $15 for the weekend for VADA members and $15/day/$25 for the weekend for non-members. You must register online but will pay at the door (cash or checks made out to VADA only please).  Drinks and snacks will be provided, BUT NOT LUNCH so please pack your own.


About Our Clinicians

George Williams

A prominent figure in international dressage competition, George Williams’ career highlights with Chuck and Joann Smith’s grand prix mare, Rocher include an unprecedented three-time Dressage at Devon Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle winner and United States Dressage Federation Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year.


George has been a serious student of dressage since 1973 when at 18 years old he traveled to Germany to study at the Reitinstitute von Neindorff’ where he earned his German Bronze Rider Medal. He then became a resident trainer and rider alongside Karl Mikolka at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, Illinois. After 20 years, he left to join Gypsy Woods Farm and trained in Germany with the former US Dressage team coach and Olympic gold medalist, Klaus Balkenhol.


George and his wife, Roberta, operate Williams Dressage, LLC with their daughter, Noel. He and Roberta are in Wellington during the winter months and in Virginia at Stave Mill from June through November. He is currently a USEF National US Coach and a member of the FEI Judges Advisory Group.


Bill Warren

Bill currently trains and teaches out of Elmwood Equestrian Center in Mansfield, MA where he and Bill McMullin operate Warren-McMullin Dressage. From November through April they extend their operation to West Palm Beach, FL for the winter show season, making periodic visits back to New England for clinics.

As a USEF ‘S’, FEI 4* Judge, and USDF Gold Medalist, Bill judges and teaches clinics all over the United States. He also maintains an active show schedule and has accumulated many regional and national awards. 

George Williams​

Bill Warren

Clinic Fees

2021 VADA Members       $250 for the weekend

Fee includes lesson, lunch, and snacks each day (stabling extra)

Non-VADA Members        $400 for the weekend  (Please note VADA members will have priority in filling this clinic) 

Fee includes lesson, lunch, and snacks each day (stabling extra)

Processing Fee (For All Applicants)     $25

Stabling 

Friday-Sunday   $75

Day Stall -   $25   (Subject to availability, weekend stalls have priority)

Shavings - $8/bag, must be preordered  (You may bring your own, but shavings only please!)


Please Note:

* 50% of the clinic fee (including the $25 processing fee plus stabling if applicable) is due with the application, with the remainder due upon acceptance.


For applicants not accepted, full refunds will be issued, less the $25 processing fee, which can be applied to 1 day of auditing.


For accepted applicants, no refunds after the closing date, unless we can fill the slot, then a full refund less than a $25 processing fee.




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