October 2017 Issue - page 8

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October 2017
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
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Reserve Para-Equestrian Champion
in able-bodied competition as well
as the paralympics. I actually sold
her to an able-bodied rider after
the competition. She was much
too special a horse to just do walk-
ing competition for the rest of her
life,” she said.
During her stay in the UK,
McIntosh was able to work with
former British Paralympic team
coach Michel Assouline and his
wife Mette.
“They have a very well-estab-
lished system. I was lucky enough
to be able to stay at his stable and
get help not only from him, but
from his wife, who is also very
accomplished. She actually found
the horse I’m competing right now
for me,” McIntosh said.
New Mount
Her new mount is a 13-year-
old Danish Warmblood mare
named Heros that has competed
at third and fourth level. “She
has a beautiful walk and seems to
have the same heart of gold you
always look for in paralympic
horses. Their first job is to keep
you safe as well as being compet-
itive,” she said.
Riding Heros, McIntosh took
part in the Bishop Burton CPE-
DI3* in Yorkshire, England July
25-29 where she took fifth in the
Grade I Team Test with a 63.964%,
was third in the Grade I Individual
with a 64.536%, and placed second
in the Freestyle with 68%.
As
Pennsylvania Equestri-
an
went to press, McIntosh was
preparing for the USEF Para
Equestrian Dressage National
Championship, September 14-17,
at Tryon International Equestrian
Center in Tryon, NC.
“I really don’t know what
to expect. We had a very good
showing in Great Britain, but since
then Heros has been imported to
the United States. She spent three
weeks in quarantine, she has had to
make a lot of adjustments. This will
be a brand-new venue for her at the
end of a ten-hour van ride,” McIn-
tosh said. “I’m hoping just to get a
good score. The real competition
for the World Equestrian Games
will take place at this time next
year in Tryon, North Carolina.”
Editor’s note:
McIntosh was
Reserve Champion at the National
Championships, with an overall
score of 70.747%. McIntosh and
Heros won the Grade I FEI Team
Test on Friday with 70.476%. They
placed second in the Grade I FEI
Individual Test with a 70.475% and
first again in Sunday’s Grade I FEI
Freestyle Test with a 71.833%.
“This was a leap of faith com-
ing here. Heros improved with
every test and has been a model
of exemplary behavior. This was
an old freestyle that I have ridden
many times with my last horse,
so coming into the ring to ride it
felt like putting on an old shoe,”
McIntosh said. “Heros just fit into
the right place and seems to enjoy
the music a lot.”
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