USDF Newsfeed

United States Dressage Federation NewsWire

14 October 2019

The latest headlines and articles from USDF.

Olympian Cindy Ishoy Comes to Wisconsin

SW Chapter Hosting 2-day clinics: July 7-8 and August 4-5

Article excerpt from May 2018 eQuester Newsletter, written by Caryn Vesperman

Canadian Cindy Ishoy rode her horse, Dynasty, at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, placing fourth as an individual and, with her fellow riders, earned a Team Bronze medal. Ishoy said this was her most memorable show because “it was an accumulation of years of work that all came together at the right time.”

She began training as a swimmer, but switched to horses in her teenage years. She started riding in Germany while her father was stationed there. She was thirteen at that time, and there was a riding club close to the base. “I asked my father if I could have lessons,” says Ishoy, “and that was the beginning of the end.”

She first represented Canada on the international stage at the 1971 Pan American Games where she won a gold medal in the team dressage event and placed fourth individually. She then attended her first edition of the Olympic Games the following year, where she finished 26th in the individual dressage and sixth among 10 nations in the team event. She was selected for the 1976 Olympics, but did not compete, and was then slated to attend the Games in 1980, until Canada boycotted them.


Although she was offered an opportunity from the Soviets to pay her way to Moscow, she turned them down and had to wait until 1988 to get another chance to participate in the Olympics.

She placed second individually at the 1988 World Cup, behind Christine Stuckelberger of Switzerland. The following year, Dynasty died of colic. At the 1992 Summer Olympics, she placed 10th in the team event and 34th individually, and in 2004, she placed 9th with the Canadian team. In 2010, she was named Dressage Canada’s Owner of the Year.

Two clinics have been scheduled at Caryn Vesperman’s Touchstone Farm in Brooklyn, WI. Riders are chosen by first come/ first serve basis, after the opening date with complete registrations (registration form filled out, waiver signed, and check included).

If there is a tie in the number of rider applicants who applied at the same time, preference goes to: (1) WDCTA members, (2) those who will ride both days, and then (3) those who have volunteered for WDCTA. (See registration and waiver forms on our FORMS page.)

Costs are as follows: Lesson: $200 WDCTA members $250 non-members

Auditing: Free - WDCTA members $25/day or $40/both days for non-members

Opening date for July clinic: June 1

Opening date for August clinic: July 1