Systematic Dressage Training with Cindy Ishoy

 Due to the overwhelming response from Novembers Symposium, we are hosting a day of:

Systematic Dressage Training
with Cindy Ishoy

March 29, 2020 (Sunday) Formal Symposium $90 – $120 includes Lunch

March 30, 2020 (Monday) Casual Audits $60 no lunch

Donida Farm Equestrian Center, 16600 SE 376th St, Auburn WA 98092

 Cindy Represented Canada for Olympic Games:
Athens 2004 ~ Barcelona 1992 ~ Seoul 1988 ~ Moscow 1980 ~ Montreal 1976 ~ Munich 1972

This March One-day Symposium will consist more of the medium level horses. Fabulous Adult Amateur experience. How do we get our horse to that next level. What strengthening, balancing and supplying gymnastic exercises can we use to assist us.
What to expect at this Symposium:
This is an educational Symposium for auditors, riders, trainers, and dressage enthusiasts. We welcome your participation.

For centuries, the gymnastic training system of dressage has proven highly effective for both starting young horses and schooling up through Grand Prix. It works for creatures of habit, like the horse, because it allows them to know what is expected and is very regimented. This is because everything you begin at Training Level is the first step on the journey to upper-level work. It’s systematic, meaning that nothing ever really changes—the aids are always the same through each level of training. For example, the aids for a well-ridden 20-meter circle are almost the same as the aids for a canter pirouette. The only difference is that, at the higher levels, the horse is stronger because the rider has incorporated all the other elements of the training scale—rhythm, suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness and collection. 

Cindy explains how to set up an organized, effective program for your dressage horse. 

  • Training Philosophy: understanding the horse
  • Understanding the Horse: emotional focus 
  • Set Up Your Gymnastic Program: body suppling for the horse 
  • Warming up: activating the hind legs 
  • Ride trot/canter transitions: balancing the horse 
  • Change the pace within the gait: longitudinal suppling 
  • Serpentine of three loops at trot: symmetry 
  • Serpentine of three loops at canter (with simple or flying changes): advancing the technique 

A systematic gymnastic approach simplifies the training, which allows the horse and rider to keep a positive attitude. It is regimented, so it builds up confidence in both horse and rider because they know what is expected of them. It’s consistent, which provides a clear understanding of how to apply and build on the aids throughout the levels. And it makes training kinder because it builds on the physical and mental fitness of your horse so that he is ready, willing and able to perform what is asked of him. Good race horses love to run, good jumpers love to jump and good dressage horses love to train. They’re amazing animals and what they do for us is amazing. We’ve got to be careful we don’t lose that. We must remember that it’s not about us or what they can do for us. It’s about what we can do to bring out the best in them. 

Tentative Clinic Schedule

8:00am – 8:45am Check in and get to your seat
8:45am Introduction
9:00am Semi Private – followed by open discussion
10:00am Semi Private – followed by open discussion
11:00am Semi Private – followed by open discussion
Sunday 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch and shopping
1:00pm Semi Private – followed by open discussion
2:00pm Semi Private – followed by open discussion
3:00pm Semi Private – followed by open discussion
4:00-5:00pm Sunday Cocktails/ Meet & Greet with Cindy Ishoy

Demo Riders

Demo rider information and application – CLICK HERE TO APPLY


 Auditors must register by March 16, 2020 – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Limited VIP seatingRingside table seat, cocktails, snacks, beverages, lunch fast line – $120/day
General seating: Includes chair, lunch – $90/day or $150/both days
Walk-ins: $100.00 At the door, space permitting, general seating only: bring your lunch and possibly a chair. 

If you have already registered and need to cancel please visit our Refund Request page HERE by Saturday, March 28, 2020 by 8:00am

Sponsorship & Advertising

Sponsorship & Advertising opportunities are available by contacting Regine Brockway at or Gwen Blake at 360-507-9306 Deadline for advertising and sponsorships are March 16, 2020