Sudden death of top Canadian dressage rider

Jon Costin and Wholio.
Jon Costin and Wholio. © Cealy Tetley

Canadian grand prix dressage rider Jon Costin has died suddenly at the age of 44.

The death of Costin, who died at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario on Tuesday, was “sudden and unexpected”, Equine Canada said.

Costin trained with Neil and Cindy Ishoy for many years, was a several time Canadian World Cup League finalist, a USDF gold medalist, and, for three years, ranked top 60 in the World FEI/BCM Dressage standings.

Costin was a well-respected professional dressage rider, training and coaching out of Jon Costin Dressage Inc. near Toronto. His career highlights include competing at the 2001 World Young Horse Championships in Verden, GER with Rebel Rockstar and being short-listed for the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen with partner Wholio his 17.1hh Hanoverian gelding sired by Warkant.

He came into the spotlight with the dark bay gelding in 2004 and competed him through 2007. The duo was short listed for the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. The Grand Prix gelding, owned by Vivan Russo-Picheny, was later competed by Elizabeth Niemi.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Freelton, Ontario, next Tuesday.

Jon Costin (1 Mar, 1969 – 7 May 2013) is survived by his wife, Alycia, and children Amalia, Erica, Luke and Simon.


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