Systematic Dressage Training with Cindy Ishoy

 Donida Farm Presents

Systematic Dressage Training
with Cindy Ishoy

November 16-17, 2019 at Donida Farm

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

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. 

Click here to download more information about Systematic Dressage Training by Cindy Ishoy

Tentative Clinic Schedule

7:30 – 8:45am Check in
8:45am Introduction
9:00am Training/First Level horses, followed by open discussion
10:00am Second Level horses, followed by open discussion
11:00am  Third Level horses, followed by open discussion
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch and shopping
1:00pm Two Fourth Level horses, followed by open discussion
2:00pm Two PSG/Int horses, followed by open discussion
3:00pm Two Int 2/Grand Prix horses, followed by open discussion
4:00-5:00pm (Saturday only) Cocktails/ Meet & Greet with Cindy Ishoy

Demo Riders

Click here for demo rider information and application.

Cindy Ishoy Rider Application (printed version)


Sponsor and advertising opportunities are also available!
Contacting Regine Brockway at or Gwen Blake at 360-507-9306
Deadline for advertising and sponsorships is Oct 26, 2019.


Auditors must register by November 1, 2019

Limited VIP seating: Ringside table seat, cocktails, snacks, beverages, lunch fast line.
$120/day or $180/both days

General seating: Includes chair, lunch
$90/day or $150/both days

Walk-ins: At the door, space permitting, general seating only: bring your lunch and possibly a chair.