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Margaret McIntosh - Paraquest

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 trainers 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, and being invited to the USET Training sessions in 1997 and 1998.  Margaret 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, Margaret 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 and was the National Reserve Champion at the 2014 Para Selection Trials in Gladstone, NJ.

This is Gigi's story, and she invites you to join in her Paraquest to be a member of the 2016 US Paralympic Team!

Fork in the Road from Brian Troy on Vimeo.

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