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.
I began my equestrian journey at the age of 2, starting with eventing and later developing a strong passion for dressage in my early teens. I'm proud to have trained my Arabian gelding, my heart horse, to PSG, earning both my silver and bronze medals along the way. Recently, I've taken on the task of starting a young horse with the goal of returning to FEI competitions. I'm enthusiastic about volunteering with the Sacramento Valley Chapter, where I'll assist with educational events and co-host Dressage Camp alongside Pamela Carroll.
Maddy Kent of Kent Dressage is an USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist dressage trainer, who has trained multiple horses to FEI. She is based out of Fairfield, CA.
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!!