Multiple Wellington Para Equestrian Competitors Named to the 2016 Paralympic Team in Rio!

Gigi McIntosh and Rio Rio Competing in Wellington, Photo Credit Lindsay McCall USPEA
Gigi McIntosh and Rio Rio Competing in Wellington, Photo Credit Lindsay McCall USPEA

Great news for multiple Wellington para equestrians who compete in Wellington at the Global Dressage Festival during the winter season.

Several have been selected for the 2016 Paralympic Team in Rio!

We’re thrilled for our previously featured Para rider, Margaret McIntosh, who trains in Ocala with Missy Ransehousen from Blue Hill Farm and travels to Wellington for the para circuit.

“Gigi” and her beautiful black mare, Rio Rio, are (very appropriately) going to Rio for their first Paralympic appearance! McIntosh has been diligently working towards this goal for several years with her current mount, and has been traveling the Para circuit to Florida, Europe and more recently, Michigan for the Selection Trials. Her constant optimism and dedication to her training program have paid off!

McIntosh competed as an accomplished upper level event rider, even completing the infamous Kentucky 3 Day Event in 1998, before suffering an accident in 1999 which resulted in incomplete quadriplegia. She has never allowed her disability to keep her from her passion for competing at the top level of the sport, and through the help of the Ransehousen’s, and her team at Blue Hill Farm, she has finally realized her dream of going to the Paralympics.

USEF Paralympic Team members
USEF Paralympic Team members

Along with Gigi, Sydney Collier of Michigan, and two other Wellington based Para Equestrians, Becca Hart and Angela Peavy have also been selected for the team!

We want to wish all of these ladies and their trainers the best of luck in Rio. Make the USA proud!

Click here for the Full USEF press release on the Paralympic Team.

To read more about Gigi and her road to the Paralympics, please visit her website or follow her adventures on the Blue Hill Farm Blog.