Ishoy off to Germany for World Equestrian competitions

OTTAWA – Cindy Ishoy, a member of Canada’s equestrian team at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, will represent her country at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, August 20 to September 3.

Ishoy, who lives in Jerseyville when not competing around the world, was named to the team by Dressage Canada after a shortened qualifying trials.

Joining Ishoy will be Jacqueline Brooks and her horse, Gran Gesto; Ashley Holzer and Imperioso and Gambol; and Evi Strasser and Quantum Tyme.

Multiple Olympian Ishoy will once again be partnered with her 2004 Olympic Games mount, the 12-year-old Baden-Wurttemberger gelding, Proton. They have competed together since 2000 and recently returned from Europe where the pair represented Canada in the World Cup Finals in Amersterdam, Netherlands. They also carded a top ten performance at the CDI3 Hagen, Germany.

Competing in Europe is a demanding schedule, says Ishoy, but one that means international success.

“I’m very happy to have this opportunity to try and be as successful as possible.” Ishoy said of her making the Canadian team for the WEG event. Although there were two stages to qualifying for the four-member team, Dressage Canada decided the second event was not necessary.

“The decision to cancel the Selection Trials was a very difficult one,” said Kerri McGregor, chair of Dressage Canada. “Dressage Canada values the support shown by the competitions who had agreed to host the trials (Blainville Equestrian Park and Equivents). However when Stage 1 of the criteria had successfully selected the team, this made Stage 2 redundant.”

The cancellation of the Stage 2 Selection Trials presented the opportunity for the WEG athletes to prepare their horses by training and competing in Europe with Canada’s international team coach Norbert van Laak.

This year’s WEG team is poised to put in a strong performance with their combined competitive experience including Olympic Games and multiple Pan American Games medals.

Holzer, who has received medals at both the Olympic and Pan American Games, gained her qualifying scores from an extremely successful early season in Florida. Holzer accumulated wins with both Imperioso and Gambol in multiple CDI3’s, with international judges awarding scores in the 70’s.

Olympian Strasser, who also boasts a team silver PanAm Games medal as well as multiple appearances as Canada’s representative to the World Cup Finals, will be looking to continue an extremely successful 2005 competitive season which resulted in a personal best FEI world rider ranking of 28th with Quantum Tyme, her 11-year old Oldenburg gelding.

Brooks is looking forward to re-joining her 2003 PanAm Games team silver medal teammates Holzer and Strasser, as well as being on a team for the first time with international veteran Ishoy. “I am looking forward to spending time with my teammates. This is a fantastic group,” exclaimed Brooks. “I’m very excited about the opportunity of training and competing in Europe this summer and being exposed to world class riding to further my own education.”