Saugerties, N.Y. – Two of America's leading young riders were busy collecting ribbons at this past weekend's Centerline Events CDI*** and they credit Renee Isler for helping them succeed. With the creation of her Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund and her personal sponsorship, Isler is becoming a growing force behind junior and young riders. Isler is herself a dressage rider. She started riding as a child, but had limited opportunities and the main reason for her young rider support, she has said, is to ensure that talented young riders of today have the opportunities they need to succeed. Her financial support of young riders runs the gamut, from symposiums such as this past spring's Junior/Young Rider Symposium at Settlement Farm in Massachusetts to dressage competitions and classes for junior and young riders to private financial support.
That financial support has helped junior and young riders cover the costs of showing and training, providing them with opportunities to ride with many of the best trainers and coaches.
Among those in the young rider ranks, two who earned much success in the show ring during the Centerline Events CDI give much credit to Isler for that success. Jocelyn Wiese, who, with Lamborghini, was this year's [#25372 override="Brentina Cup champion" title="Brentina Cup champion"], said she might have never earned that championship title without the help of Isler. "Renee's sponsorship has helped me tremendously in the past year. She made it possible for me to qualify for the Brentina Cup as well as train with Pam Goodrich," Wiese said. "I wouldn't have been able to do all of this without her."
At the Centerline Events CDI, Wiese, 21, earned her best score ever in the Young Rider Grand Prix test – 65 percent. "It was our best effort yet. Everything seemed so easy. There is definitely room for improvement, but it's nice to know that I can go in there and have a good ride."
One of Isler's other sponsored riders, Liz Austin, 21, took the win in the [#25143 override="Grand Prix Special" title="Grand Prix Special"]. She connected with Isler earlier this year when she helped with an Isler-sponsored Junior/Young Rider Symposium. "She expressed an interest in sponsoring me. It's a new partnership, but she's been very supportive and I hope that we continue for a long time." Austin said Isler's support is what's helping her make a run for the selection trials for the U.S. team that will go to next year's World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. "She's giving me the support I need in my quest to make the trials with Olivier and I thank her for that."
Young riders say it's not just the financial support Isler gives that is helping them succeed. It's also the time she spends with them and the life experiences she shares that are helping to guide them in their riding careers. "Renee is supportive in many ways," Austin said. "She's really very knowledgeable and also very interested in helping me out from the business side of things. She gives me advice and guidance in how to manage my riding career and in how to proceed to obtain more sponsors. She's just great."
The Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund is administered through The Dressage Foundation. For information on how to apply for grants visit www.islerdressage.com.