Para Equestrian Sets Sights on 2016 Paralympic Qualifications in Wellington!

Gigi on Rio
Margaret McIntosh, “Gigi”, on Rio

Margaret McIntosh, “Gigi”, is an International Para Equestrian who trains out of Missy and Jessica Ransehousen’s Blue Hill Farm in Unionville Pennsylvania.

Gigi will be returning to Wellington this season with a vengeance, determined to earn her qualifications for the US team. This is Gigi’s story, and she invites you to join in her Paraquest to be a member of the 2016 US Paralympic Team!

Gigi’s trainer Missy Ransehousen is an international event and dressage rider; career highlights include representing the US at the 1995 Buenos Aires Pan American Eventing team, placing 3rd at The Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event in 2008 and serving as the US Paralympic coach from 2000 – 2012. Missy was also named coach of the year in 2011.

During the winter seasons Missy Ransehousen is based out of Ocala Florida and will be traveling with Margaret McIntosh (Gigi) to Wellington to coach her in the Global Dressage Festivals CPEDI3* in January. The Global Dressage Festival is held January 13th – 31st 2016 and serves as a qualifier for the 2016 US Paralympic team.

During the late 70‘s, Gigi began her formal riding career as a working student for well-known Event riders May and Denny Emerson before becoming the barn manager for dressage trainers Gunnar Ostergaard and Ellin Dixon. She then moved to Germany to apprentice with George and Inge Theodorescu and their daughter, Monika, who was recently named coach of the German dressage team.

Returning to the United States in 1983, Gigi competed in Three-day Eventing at the international level for many years, first making the United States Equestrian Team long list for the Pan American Games in 1990, and being invited to the USET Training sessions in 1997 and 1998.  She finished the Fair Hill International Three Star in 1997 and the prestigious Rolex Kentucky CCI Four Star Three Day Event in both 1997 and 1998.

In the spring of 1999, Gigi was injured in a riding accident, resulting in incomplete quadriplegia and being Initially paralyzed from the chest down.  After years of hard work, Gigi now walks with a cane, rides and skis. She qualified for the Para-lympics at International competitions earlier in 2012 but missed making the team by a narrow margin. She was the National Reserve Champion at the 2014 Para Selection Trials in Gladstone, NJ aboard her new mount, Rio Rio, a lovely RPSI mare.

Fork In The Road – A Documentary Celebrating Gigi’s Journey!

A moving documentary film has been created to celebrate Gigi’s life journey.

Cindy Connors and Brian Troy, the producer/writer and cinematographer team that produced this short film, worked together with the cast and crew at Blue Hill Farm and Chesterland Farm to create this moving documentary!

Fall Film Festivals Celebrate Gigi’s Story

Equus Film Festival Flyer
Equus Film Festival Flyer

Fork in the Road has been chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Equus International Film Festival in Missoula, MT from September 18-20, 2015.

While the focus of this year’s festival is on the relationship of horses to Native Americans, Janet Rose, Director/Founder of EEIIF wrote, “Your story is inspiring and heartfelt!  You give hope to many.  We are honored to share it.”

The EQUUS International Film Festival® is an education and outreach project of Horse Haven Montana, a not for profit equine rescue, adoption and education organization.

Fork In The Road will be featured on Saturday September 19th!

In addition, the film’s producers Brian Troy and Cindy Conners have also submitted Fork In The Road to the Musicbed Film Festival.

Musicbed Film Fest

In addition to the Equus Film Festival, the film’s producers Brian Troy and Cindy Conners have also submitted Fork In The Road to the Musicbed Film Festival.

“Musicbed Film Fest is a celebration of the films made possible through the powerful relationship of sound and picture. From the first time indie filmmaker to the most influential brands in the world, we want to award the best of the best films featuring Musicbed scores — honoring the landmark work that’s been made and encouraging creatives to continue making impactful films, telling better stories, and changing the hearts of people.”

The People’s Choice Award of the Musicbed Film Festival is all voter based, so please tell all your friends and family about this exciting online event and have them vote! – Make sure to click this link to vote for Fork In The Road!

By showing your support for Gigi, you are helping bring awareness and support of Para Equestrians and hopefully help Gigi achieve her bid for the 2016 Paralympic Team! – Read more about Gigi on her website