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Margaret McIntosh

Margaret McIntosh began her formal riding career as a working student for well-known Event riders May and Denny Emerson every summer during high school and college. After graduating from Cornell University with a psychology degree in 1976, she worked for Dressage trainer Gunnar Ostergaard and Ellin Dixon as their barn manager for three years before moving to Germany to apprentice with George and Inge Theodorescu and their daughter, Monika, recently named coach of the German dressage team.

Returning to the United States in 1983, Margaret 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. She competed consistently at that level through the '90s, being invited to the USET Training sessions in 1997 and 1998. Margaret finished the Rolex Kentucky CCI Three Star and the Fair Hill International Three Star in 1997. In 1998, she finished the prestigious Rolex Kentucky CCI Four Star Three Day Event.

In the spring of 1999, Margaret was injured in a riding accident, resulting in incomplete quadriplegia. Initially paralyzed from the chest down, after years of hard work, she can walk with a cane, ride and ski. She qualified for the Paralympics at International competitions earlier in 2012 but missed making the team by a narrow margin.

Looking forward to international para competition, Margaret purchased a lovely 7 year old 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 2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage 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 with her eye on qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic team by attending qualifying competitons in Europe.

Married in 1983 to Brian McIntosh, Gigi lives in Berks County and has two grown children, Charlotte and Cameron recently married to Melissa Ritter.