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Annette Pressas - Chapter Chair

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Annette Pressas
Chapter Chair

Annette Pressas was born with cowboy boots on. At least, that's the way her family remembers it. Since her first trophy earned riding as a toddler in a parade, Annette had the bug to show and ride elegant horses. 

She already was horse crazy and began showing with her first pony, an ornery Shetland that was gorgeous. Annette collected more horses and rode in 4-H and local schooling shows in western disciplines, never with formal lessons outside of 4-H. She bought her first English saddle for her horse, Gloridel, an Anglo-Arab, but didn't get formal English instruction until a physical education class at Texas Women's University where she began jumping. Annette fell in love with the beauty, precision and athleticism of dressage after attending the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  In 1999, she began her training in dressage. A year later she bought her beloved partner, Frappuccino. Annette joined the CDS in 2001 when she and Frappe won the SVC Schooling Show Series Championship at Intro level. In 2006 Annette and Frappe qualified for championships at first level and first level freestyle. Three weeks before championships, Frappe suffered a career-ending injury. When Frappe was forced to retire, he and Annette had fulfilled one of her dreams to perform a freestyle. 

She began full training with her sister's horse, Tyler, and they were headed for the showring. He died suddenly from a lipoma that caused colic, devastating Annette. She would not quit her dreams and bought a baby, Fez, a KWPN, in early 2011. He was 7 months old. Annette and Fez have big plans together. 
Annette studied the rules of dressage at all levels and became the go-to gal for anybody with technical questions. She began serving on the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CDS in various positions in the early 2000s and has volunteered as a scribe at many shows.