Blue Hill Farm

Para Equestrians


The Para Equestrian program at Blue Hill Farm is an integral part of our program. Both Missy and Jessica have dedicated a large part of their professional riding careers to this impressive group of riders. Missy was the team’s devoted coach for the three Olympics, even setting aside her own Beijing Olympic Team bid to honor her commitment to the Paralympics squad. All of the students who ride with Missy & Jessica at Blue Hill Farm are considered an extension of their family.




Margaret "Gigi" McIntosh
DOB March 24, 1955
Riding for 50 years!

Current Horse: Heros (coming soon)

Past Horse: Rio Rio
2006 RPSI Mare

Gigi broke her neck in the spring of 1999 while riding in an event, resulting in incomplete quadriplegia.

Initially paralyzed from the chest down, she is eternally grateful for having the opportunity to regain her mobility!

Gigi had extensive riding experience before her accident working in the 70's & 80's in working student and barn manager positions for May and Denny Emerson, Gunnar Ostergaard and Ellin Dixon and George Theodorescu in Sassenberg, West Germany.

From 1987 through 1999 Gigi evented several lovely horses with lots of help from Bruce Davidson, culminating in completing the CCI*** and CCI**** at Rolex Kentucky 3-Day in 1997 and 1998!

Six months after her accident, she started to ride with Jane Cory, the owner of the Cort Center for Therapeutic Riding at Pleasant Hollow Farm in Pleasant Valley, PA.

She began training with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen prior to the 2010 WEG and has been part of the Blue Hill Farm family ever since. 2012 was a whirlwind of qualifications for the London 2012 selection trials, including successful trips at back-to-back CPEDI ***s in Wellington, FL, as well as shows at Morven Park and Dressage at Saratoga.

Looking forward to International competition, Margaret purchased Rio Rio, a lovely RPSI mare with the ultimate goal of competing with her at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The qualifying trials were held in Wellington, FL in March, before Gigi and Rio Rio went to European trip in April and May to polish their competitive experience for the final USEF selection trials. Gigi and Rio had a very successful go at the Selection Trials, earning the Reserve Champion National Title, but unfortunately being withheld from the WEG team due to a para re-classification issue from 1b to 1a.

In typical Gigi manner, she has forged on from this disappointment, qualifying for the 2016 Para-lympic team and had a very successful string of winter competitions in Wellington!!  Read more about Gigi on her website.

 

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