Gerhard Politz has been instructing StarWest riders since 1996. Politz spent the early years of his professional riding career heading a riding club at Heilbron, Germany. There he produced more Gold Medal Riders than any other trainer in Germany at the time. (The German Gold Medal goes to a person with 10 wins at FN FEI competitions.)
Now retired as chief dressage instructor for Flintridge Riding Club, near Pasadena, he still is a frequent contributer to the American Dressage press. Gerhard Politz holds professional certifications from two European countries. In his native Germany he took the Reitlehrer FN exams. While living in England, he successfully completed the British Horse Society Instructor exams.
Residing in the US since 1987, Politz was instrumental in the creation of the USDF (United States Dressage Federation) Instructor certification program, where he still serves as Examiner. His numerous appointments within USDF included being a member of the test writing committee and authoring the USDF Lungeing Manual. He has taught at the National Symposium and in 1993 he became a member of the International Dressage Trainer's Club. An avid supporter and coach of Young Riders, Politz's Young Riders have won many Gold Medals (one student being a three time Gold medalist).
CINDY ISHOY CLINICS
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.