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News Update Big wins at the NAJYRC!

Our Region 7 Young Riders take the victory lap for gold as they win the Team Championships today!

  •  Jamie Pestana & Winzalot, from our East Bay chapter tops the charts with the highest score of 71.1%
  • Jaclyn Pepper & Taboo  – 68.1%
  • Ariel Thomas & Montfleury – 67.1%
  • Teresa Adams & WeeJee – 64.2%

Our Region 7 Junior Young Riders trot away with the Silver medal, just missing gold by a fraction of a point.

  • Olivia Zeilinger & Stentano , from our East Bay chapter, also top the charts with the highest score of 68.8%
  • Rison Naness & Venezia – 66.7%
  • Lindsey Brewin & Valliant  – 65.9%
  • Gabriela Glumac & Zodessa  –  63.8%


Congratulations ladies and Region 7!!

Northern California Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) Results

This past weekend, July 12-14, Woodside Horse Park hosted the Northern California Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) and our CDS East Bay members made quite a showing in all categories.

We want to applaud everyone who participated, and enjoyed the fun of competition in the friendly environment that the RAAC provides each year.

Special congratulations to our East Bay Chapter RAAC 1st place winners:

3rd level Novice/High Point Winner -Lower Level/Roses -Lower Level

Victoria Von Arx – Moraga – riding Celina – 74.87%

1st level Elite

Kristine Hegglin – Danville – riding Rubin Ali – 72.09%

2nd level Elite

Melissa Mulchahey – Livermore – riding Outrageous – 69.76%

4th level Elite

Helle Rasmussen – Pleasanton – riding Mr. Donnerroy – 66.37%

PSG Elite

Georganne Benesch – Livermore – riding Serenade – 66.44%

Roses – Middle  Level

Melissa Mulchahey – Livermore – riding Outrageous

Roses – Upper Level

Elizabeth Lewis – Martinez – riding Donnerhill – 63.02%

Congratulations Ladies!!

To all our East Bay Chapter members, keep riding and loving the glorious sport of Dressage!


Young Riders and Junior Young Riders headed off to The Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, July 17-21

Welcome to our newest column Scene on the Circuit. Each month we will try to give a wrap-up of the various horse show results featuring our members. We encourage riders and trainers alike to send in your barn’s results at the various shows, as well as share photos. Send your show news to Kristine DiTano –

For our very first “Scene on the Circuit” what better way to start than to showcase our Young Riders and Junior Young Riders headed off to Kentucky Horse Park for the The Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, July 17-21. Not only are seven out of eight Region 7 riders from Northern CA, six are in training at our very own East Bay Chapter barns!

Region 7 JYR Team (in ranking order)

1. Gabriela Glumac – Zodessa

2. Olivia Zeillinger – Stentano

3. Rison Naness – Venezia

4. Lindsey Brewin – Vailliant

Alternate: Alexa Kelly – Ulex

Region 7 YR Team (in ranking order)

1. Jamie Pestana – Winzalot

2. Jaclyn Pepper – Taboo

3. Ariel Thomas – Montfleury

4. Teresa Adams – Weejee

Congratulations go to the riders, their trainers, and their parents for all their hard work and dedication to our sport!!! We’re hoping to see some of these girls representing the United States in the Olympics one of these days!

Here’s the breakdown on where each rider trains:

Top Hat and Tails in Tassajara Valley

Nadine Pestana, trainer, has taken riders to the NAJYRC 19 times! This year she is bringing four students to the event, two Young Riders, and two Junior Young Riders:

Jamie Pestana – YR

Teresa Adams – YR

Olivia Zeilinger – JYR

Lindsey Brewin – JYR

Thomas Ranch in Briones

Julie Thomas, dressage trainer, is the proud trainer and mother of

Ariel Thomas – YR.

Topline Dressage, at Greenville Equestrian Center in Livermore

Trainer Gina Duran, is bringing top-ranked JYR rider Gabriela Glumac – JYR.