Category Archives: Scene on the Circuit


Snaffle BitOur CDS East Bay summer show proved to be a great success and a lot of fun with over 80 talented horse & rider pairs and 20 generous volunteers and donators!

Highlights from the show include Lisa Wiley-Woelfel receiving her highest score 71% at 4th level freestyle, Ainsley Faraday showed 3/3 on her TB Cross and received 65.6%, Kate Mullen at T/3 scored a big 72.2% on Elnieta, and our YR Jamie Pestana came second to her mom, Nadine Pestana at I1 with their scores of 73.4% & 70%. Rebecca Armstrong and Tazartig pb had a strong finish with a 64.8% at 4/3. In fact, all of our amateurs had a tremendous show day – Congratulations to our wonderful East Bay chapter riders and their trusty steeds!

Highpoint halters, generously sponsored by Amanda Apesos, DC went to:

  • Amateur: Kate Mullen.
  • Junior/YR: Jamie Pestana
  • Open: Nadine Pestana

Thank-yous go to Yarra Yarra for providing a welcoming and top-notch facility, Kris Kalstrom for organizing the entire show as well as Greg Owen for being a fabulous announcer general helper. It was a special treat to have 6 members of our exceptional JR/YR team come and volunteer their entire day to help with the show. Thank you ladies! And thank you to all our generous volunteers from the show office to our scribes – your support is what makes our East Bay chapter so great!

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!