Since the age of 11 Cindy has been involved with horses and dressage. Stationed in Germany with her family she was fortunate to have learned from the best. A dedicated student, she was entering competitions by the age of 13. As she worked to become an excellent rider, she took in all she could learn from her trainers and mentors – masters of classical dressage Bimbo Peilcke and Willi Schultheis. “I was passed on valuable lessons,” she says. “If you’re dedicated and willing to put in the work, the journey to excellence is very rewarding.”
Cindy Ishoy was a member of the gold medal team and placed fourth individually at the 1971 Pan Am Games in Cali, Columbia. In 1979, she became the first Canadian to win a European international dressage Grand Prix event. She was seventh at the 1986 World Championships and second at the 1988 World Cup in the Netherlands. A member of Canada’s bronze medal winning dressage team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Cindy was fourth individually. She also competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and 2004 Athens Olympic games. In 2006 she represented Canada at the World Cup Finals in Amsterdam.
Dynasty, her legendary Hanoverian gelding, who she bought as a youngster, was inducted into the Canadian Dressage hall of fame in 2010. To date he was the most accomplished Canadian horse on the international stage. In 2010 she was named Dressage Canada’s Owner of the year.
“Cindy has been a long time supporter of our Canadian dressage teams. Just look through the history of Canada at major international dressage events and you will frequently find Cindy’s name as a team member,” said Dressage Canada 2010 Celebration of Dressage organizer, Lisa Hossack-Scott. “
Cindy strives to be the best she can be and helps other’s to do the same. She feels a duty to improve the quality of the sport by sharing her knowledge and experience.
“Cindy is very supportive of anyone keen to learn, regardless of their age, ability, or the type of horse they choose to ride. Her organized approach to dressage, “systematic gymnastic training” and “perfect practice makes perfect”, is easy to understand and implement even when I am riding on my own. As well, her classical training approach is sympathetic and kind to the horses.” says student Karen Daoust
Always willing to help, Cindy never hurries a schooling session. Each horse and rider is worked for as long as is required to reach a positive goal. An incredibly generous personality, Cindy is both kind hearted and approachable and she believes that everyone is capable of taking the journey to excellence and she is there to help!