Wellington, FL –May 22, 2012 – Phelps Media Group, Inc. is pleased to announce New England Farm as their most recent client. New England Farm's head trainer and proprietor, Cynthia Williams, has over 40 years experience as a rider, trainer, judge and clinician in the hunter/jumper industry. They have built a reputation for the quality of their horses and horse care, and their consistently first-rate performances at shows throughout the northeast and Florida.
Williams, like many of the leading equestrian professionals, fell in love with horses at a young age. For her seventh birthday, her mother made her an offer—add the beautiful “Smokey” to her Breyer Collection, or take riding lessons. Although it was a no-brainer for any adult, Williams chose the Breyer horse. She was fortunate enough to have parents who supported her ambitions with horses, and soon enough, the young Williams was taking horseback riding lessons, as well. She was constantly craving more. What began as a hobby, riding with Jack Rockwell, quickly turned into an obsession, and then a career.
Williams has not only worked as an esteemed professional of the equestrian community since 1978, when she and Dennis Mulcahy opened New England Farm in Greenwich, CT. In 1992, Williams expanded her horizons and began working at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH, where she was the director of their English riding program, building it from the bottom up. She was responsible for the administration, course content and instruction. Concurrent with her time at the university, she also founded and directed Millstream Show Stable, where she promoted and educated junior and amateur riders at the “A” show level. Upon her return from Ohio in 1992, Williams worked as the head trainer at Old Salem Farm where she was responsible for client recruiting, development and the purchase and production of horses.
In 2001, Williams reestablished New England Farm as the sole founder and director. New England Farm is located in Bedford, NY, and provides services such as training, boarding, sales and shows. The amenities include a large outdoor ring, grass field, indoor ring with heated viewing lounge, trails and numerous grass paddocks. Riders are able to condition and prepare for the top shows in the nation under the guidance of Williams and her talented staff.
It is the reputation that Williams has created alongside her assistant trainers Dianna Bricker and Morgan Graber, which has truly established New England Farm as an asset to the hunter/jumper community. Williams prides herself on importing young horses from Europe, and acting as the matchmaker as she builds successful horse and rider combinations—working on an individual level with each horse and rider to improve their weaknesses and solidify their strengths.
Williams and her students show year-round, earning top points in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. She has trained top riders such as Archie Cox, winner of the USET Gold Medal, and has trained riders who have earned top awards at the coveted ASPCA Maclay Finals, IHSA Cacchione Cup, and AHSA Medal Finals. She has also worked with horses who have become some of the “Greats” of the industry, such as Gaelic who went to the 1991 Pan American Games with Andre Dignelli, earned the USET Team Bronze, and finished as the highest placed American. Since then, she has seen championship wins in varying divisions with Sheffield, Carello, Merlot, Tipperary, Jeronimo, Paradigm, Remember Me, Collector’s Item, Quality Time, Rainmaker, Guapo, Que Sera and Smoking Gun.
“We have a lot of momentum right now,” Williams explained. “I am the lucky beneficiary of an exceedingly supportive and loyal group of clients that I can count on as close friends. It is something that has truly helped build the environment of New England Farm, and I believe is fairly unique in the industry, it separates us.”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Cynthia Williams and New England Farm,” President of Phelps Media Group Mason Phelps, Jr. said. “Both she and her students have proven themselves time and time again. She is a true horse woman—both talented and extremely knowledgeable.”
The team looks forward to their upcoming three weeks at HITS-on-the-Hudson, where they will compete against some of the nation’s best. To stay updated with New England Farm, please visit their Facebook. For more information, please call New England Farm at (914) 330-1443.