We would like to enlist our fans to help Gigi in her quest to go to Europe and to continue on her schedule to attend Paralympic qualifiers. Below is a note from Gigi thanking her supporters and information regarding her plan leading up to the selection trials in 2016.
Gigi needs our help getting there! Please consider making a donation in her name through the USPEA via the paypal button below and stay tuned for an upcoming fundraiser event.
We are so thankful for your support!
|Thanks to our constant supporter, Lindsay McCall for her photos!|
I am delighted to report that as a result of my reassessment in Wellington on January 8th by the Chief US Classifier, Joann Benjamin and Canadian International Classifier, Sue Foell and the approval of the FEI working group in Lausanne, I am permanently classified as a 1a!
Last spring, despite my second place finish in the Adequan World Equestrian Games selection trials at Gladstone, I was devastated when the same FEI group would not confirm my status, keeping me from the U.S. Para Equestrian Dressage Team. They required documents proving that my deterioration was permanent and a result of my spinal cord injury, not part of a normal aging process. Your support during those dark days meant so much to me.
Back on track and in preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Rio Rio and I will be facing top International competition again this spring. Leaving for Belgium on April 15, our first International outing will begin on April 23rd at the CPEDI3* at Waregem, Belgium followed closely by the CPEDI3* in Mannheim, Germany.
The 2015 United States Para Equestrian Dressage National Championships and the last 2015 International competition are in Houston in November. The final qualifying trials for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero will be held in Wellington in January 2016!
The United States Olympic Committee and Equestrian Federation provide no support for Para Equestrians. Your very much appreciated, generous and continuing support at all levels makes my participation possible!
Margaret "Gigi" McIntosh
USPEA Paypal Link
Checks can also be mailed to:
3940 Verde Vista Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Please put the name Margaret McIntosh in the memo section of the check. Thank you!!