A 19-year-old retired Scottish police horse, ILPH Islay will compete for Canada with Albertan sisters, Jeanine and Angelique van der Sluijs.
In a heart-warming story, Islay seems to have found his stride after some initial struggles. As a police horse, he found loud noises scary and would not stand still at football matches, so in 2002 he was retired from the Strathclyde Police Mounted Branch and surrendered to the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) now World Horse Welfare . Islay underwent an extensive rehab program there when it was identified he had some hind end lameness and suffered from back spasms. Getting a clean bill of health a year later he was then loaned to Liz Mackay who introduced him to the sport of Vaulting. He hasn’t looked back! He has competed successfully, lunged by Liz, in many international vaulting competitions and championships, most recently with the van der Sluijs sisters in Aachen, Germany.
Follow the training progress of Jeanine, Angelique and the other AB vaulters representing Canada at the World Equestrian Games on their blog: Alberta Vaulters: the road to WEG