Meet Our Board
Kristin is a German professional FEI competition dressage rider based in Sacramento, CA. Competing in Europe and the US, Kristin holds Bronze and Silver Medals from the Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung (FN) and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals from the United States Dressage Federation (USDF).
Kristin began riding in her hometown Hamburg, Germany at age three where she competed in dressage shows and later pursued riding as her profession. Kristin apprenticed under renowned dressage judge/trainer Juergen Böckmann in Schenefeld, Germany for five years, focusing on classical German riding principles promoting harmony between horse and rider. In 2006, Kristin attended the prestigious Nordrhein Westfälischen Landgestüt Warendorf where she successfully completed the two-day long German Bereiterprüfung examination, earning the celebrated title of “Bereiter FN” and state licensures as both a dressage and jumping instructor.
In 2008, Kristin moved to California and founded Kristin Mills Dressage. She became a USDF L program graduate, has been COPA USPRE winner and team rider, has won the FHANA Dressage Performance Award, and earned placings at several Regional Championships. Kristin currently trains a select number of dedicated students and their horses and continues to compete internationally.
Education Director/Adult Camp
I have loved horses from my earliest memories. After years of watching from afar, I began riding at the age of 10. From that time, horses have always been a part of my life. I have been a member of CDS for approximately 25 years, with my participation ebbing and flowing as other work/life responsibilities took precedence.
I am now retired from a 30 year career at UC Davis, and live with my husband Stan in the hills of Vacaville. We have country property that allows me to have my horses at home as well as board a few horses too!
I currently am riding a 7 year old Hanoverian mare "Fabrizia". We competed this past year at 1st level and are schooling 2nd level with hopes of competing at that level next year. I also have a 5 year old homebred mare "ReJoyce". We haven't competed yet, but hope to next year. I never thought I would have a redheaded mare, and now I have two and love them both.
Have you ever tried to take a selfie with a horse….or two….at dawn….in the rain?! I highly recommend it! It’s a great way to start the day. Most of the photos are hilarious! As usual, my horses gave me a real dose of joy on the morning I tried to take photos for this bio!!
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.
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 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.