Former Eventer Gigi McIntosh Overcomes the Odds to Pursue Para Dressage

You have to watch this excellent short documentary about Gigi McIntosh, a former upper-level eventer who suffered paralysis from the waist down after a fall at Morven Park in 1999. She battled the odds to ride again and now hopes to represent the U.S. on the para dressage team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — on a horse named Rio Rio. Pretty perfect, right?

She trains with U.S. para dressage coach Missy Ransehousen, as well as Jessica Ransehousen, at their Blue Hill Farm in Pennsylvania, and the documentary gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Gigi’s life as a para rider. You also hear from Bruce Davidson, who trained Gigi at the time of her accident, as well as Gigi’s husband, Brian, who has supported her on her journey to compete internationally.

What a wonderful story of overcoming the odds — and you might want to have a tissue handy when you watch. Visit to learn more about Gigi’s story and to support her in her goal of riding in the Olympics in 2016. Please share the documentary to spread the word, and we’ll definitely be following along with her story.

Go Gigi!



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