Cindy Ishoy, one of Canada’s most successful international dressage riders, began her riding career in Germany as a teenager. Only a few years later, Cindy’s talent was recognized internationally when she was a member of the gold medal team and placed fourth individually at the 1971 Pan Am Games in Cali, Colombia. A year later she was the youngest equestrian competitor at the Munich Olympics.
“Such great experiences at a young age really benefited me throughout my career,” said Cindy, who attended her first Olympics in 1968 in Mexico City as a groom for veteran Canadian rider Christilot Boylen.
Her list of achievements continues to be both long and impressive. In 1979, she became first Canadian to win an international dressage Grand Prix event. A few years later she was seventh at the 1986 World Championships, and followed up with a second place finish at the 1988 World Cup Final in the Netherlands. Cindy was also a member of Canada’s bronze medal dressage team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, where she also finished fourth individually. In addition, she represented Canada at the 1980 Alternate Olympics in the Netherlands, the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the 2006 World Cup Final in Amsterdam.