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I've been in love with horses for my whole life. Through childhood, high school, college, marriage and motherhood, I've ridden essentially every day, consistently furthering my horsemanship and equestrian skills with my next competitive goal in mind. By 1999, with the coaching of the World Champion event rider, Bruce Davidson, this dedication and determination saw me competing internationally in Three-Day Eventing with two of my own lovely horses.

When I broke my neck in the spring of 1999, not only was I physically paralyzed, mentally, I truly felt lost. I never imagined that I would have that special relationship with any horse again.

Jane Cory, a fellow eventing competitor, was the owner, at that time, of Pleasant Hollow Farm, the home of Cort Center for Handi-capped Riding. Luckily for me, she had the appropriate horses and the generosity to start me riding again. She also had the perspicacity to send me to Missy Ransehousen, the United States Paralympic Team Coach, for a lesson in 2010.

Missy introduced me to the world of international Para Equestrian Dressage. With a wonderful retired Three Day Event horse named Idalgo, at last I was back to the familiar milieu of intense daily training and competition! With Missy's coaching, in 2012, I competed at several International Para Equestrian competitions and narrowly missed making the United States team for the Paralympic Games in London.

2013 became the year of the great horse search , as my enthusiastic partner in this endeavor, Idalgo, is 17 and sadly, is no longer up to the intense training and traveling required for this sport. In November 2013 I purchased my next horse named Rio Rio, an athletic, 7 year old, RPSI, American Warmblood mare. I am diligently establishing a rapport with this graceful and sweet horse as I look forward to next year's challenges. My personal conditioning program, newly incorporating Cross Fit training and rowing, continues to make me stronger than ever and a better partner for Rio.

My ultimate goal for 2014 is to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August. With intense coaching from Missy and Jessica Ransehousen, Rio and I will begin with two National dressage shows in Ocala, Florida in mid-February, then travel to Wellington for the first qualifying competition, an Internationally rated CPEDI*** ParaEquestrian Dressage Show. Our plans include two to three more qualifying competitions in Europe in April and May before the United States Equestrian team selection trials in June.

The US Olympic committee is providing no funding for the Equestrian Para-Riders. We pay for every board bill, lesson and competition ourselves through our own where-with-all, fund-raisers and donations from family, friends, sponsors and supporters.

Any level of contribution is welcome! From tax-deductible contributions to the USPEA, to corporate sponsorship, to just coming out to shows or to the barn to watch, I am grateful for your support ! I will be keeping everyone up to date on my Facebook page as Rio and I move forward together in 2014.

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Please click on the Donate button to contribute to my efforts. Please specify in the notes/comment area if you are donating to me: "Margaret McIntosh". Your donations are tax-deductible thru the USPEA. Please contact Margaret at 610-858-8224 or mamcintosh55@gmail.com with any questions. Your help to realize my dream is greatly appreciated.

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About the U.S. Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA)

 The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.
In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF). Unlike the Canadians and the British, American Para-athletes are not subsidized by the government but must rely on corporate and individual sponsorships. Your donations to the USPEA can be made through the website at USPEA.org. or by mail. Please specify in the notes/comment area if you are donating to me: "Margaret McIntosh".
 
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