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, Columbia. 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,” says Cindy, who attended her first Olympics in 1968 in Mexico City as a groom for veteran rider Christilot Boylen.
Her list of achievements is both long and impressive. In 1979, she became the first Canadian to win an 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 also fourth individually. She also competed at the 1980 Alternate Olympics in the Netherlands and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
In October of 1993, just three months after giving birth to her second child, she made a remarkable return to competition, winning two gold medals at the prestigious Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania.