Inaugural Dressage Canada Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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Cindy Ishoy on Dynasty
Cindy Ishoy on Dynasty

OTTAWA, Ontario, Mar. 4–The first five inductees to the new Dressage Canada Hall of Fame were announced Thursday.

They are:

Horse: Dynasty — Cindy Ishoy’s Hanoverian gelding; her 1988 bronze medal-winning Olympic partner and World Cup mount in the 1980s;

Rider: Christilot Boylen — one of Canada’s best-known dressage riders and trainers. At age 17, Christilot received special permission to compete for Canada in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. She has since been named to seven Olympic Teams. Competing on four Pan American Games teams, she earned individual gold medals in 1971, 1975 and 1987;

Trainer: Dietrich von Hopffgarten — renowned international German dressage trainer who settled in British Columbia. For three decades in North America, he instilled classical training principles, effective riding skills and amazing wisdom/psychology;

Builder Individual: Hans Pracht — founder, along with wife Eva-Marie Pracht, of the International Equestrian Sport Services, located in Cedar Valley, Ontario, host of the 1986 World Dressage Championships, and

Builder Organization: CADORA — the original founders incorporated the national non-profit organization April 1, 1969, dedicating it to the development of dressage in Canada.

Recently restored to its 1930s art deco grandeur, Toronto’s Eglinton Grand Theatre will be the venue for the inaugural black-tie Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday, April 25.

Along with the gala, organizers are planning a silent auction to raise money for Canada’s 2010 World Equestrian Games athletes.

Gala tickets are C$200 each available at Dressage Canada website www.equinecanada.ca/dressage.