USA Paralympians Annie Peavy and Margaret McIntosh Earn Top Results at Bishop Burton CPEDI3*

Avon, Connecticut – August 9, 2017 – 2016 USA Paralympian and 2014 World Equestrian Games athlete Annie Peavy (Avon, Connecticut) and Paralympic teammate Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh (Reading, Pennsylvania) headed to Europe this summer to compete in two international Para-Dressage competitions.

Peavy rode at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* July 5-9, 2017, with her Paralympic mount Lancelot Warrior and her new partner Royal Dark Chocolate. Peavy and her horses had an outstanding first show in Hartpury giving them a valuable education of what to expect at Bishop Burton CPEDI3* July 25-29.

Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall

McIntosh joined the trio at Bishop Burton with her new, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, Heros. Both equestrians had top finishes. Peavy brought home the Grade IV Championship earning a 1st in the Team Test on Lancelot Warrior with a 68.325% and 2nd with Royal Dark Chocolate earning a 68.275%.

Peavy came back the second day for the Grade IV Individual Test earning a 70.049% for 1st place with Royal Dark Chocolate and garnering 2nd with Lancelot Warrior with a 68.415%. Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate dominated the Grade IV Freestyle earning a 72.3% for the blue.

McIntosh took home 5th place in the Grade I Team Test with a 63.964%, a 3rd place in the Grade I Individual with a 64.536%, and a 2nd place in the Freestyle with 68%.

The FEI Ground Jury at the Bishop Burton CPEDI3* held at Bishop Burton College in Bishop Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, included Sue Petty GBR3*, Jane McGarrell Groves GBR 3*, Bo Ahans SWE 4*, David Schmutz USA 4*, and Wendy Barker AUS 4*.

Peavy and McIntosh will join USA Para-Dressage athletes from around the country in September at the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte, September 14-17, held at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina, site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games competition.

Heros with Margaret McIntosh

With so many medaling athletes based in Europe traveling overseas to compete can be very beneficial for a United States rider. Not only does the rider compete alongside their international counterparts, but they are seen by more international judges in international venues. These along with other elements can prepare our horses and riders for future competition at world events.

Peavy came out of Hartpury learning more about her new horse Royal Dark Chocolate and strengthening her relationship with both horses.

“Bishop Burton’s CPEDI3*  was a great finish for me” Peavy commented. “It was the first time I won a competition in England. Both Lance and Cocoa gave me their best. Cocoa is still a fairly new partnership and with each competition our connection and my love of riding her grows. She has such a kind heart and is always willing in the arena. It felt great to represent America and I am happy to finish in a top position. I could not have done this without my generous parents, Ed Peavy and Rebecca Reno. I’m so thankful to have my trainer, Heather Blitz, bringing me to the top and my super groom Alex Philpin for caring to Lance and Cocoa.”

For Peavy’s teammate, Margaret McIntosh, Bishop Burton was the first time she would show her new horse, Heros in international Para-Dressage competition.

After hearing a resounding endorsement of horse-hunting talent of Michel Assouline’s wife and classical dressage trainer, Mette (she found both British Grade I team horses), McIntosh asked Mette to help her find a Grade I horse.

McIntosh and her USA trainer, Missy Ransehousen met Mette in Denmark in May where they found Heros. McIntosh trained with Mette at her farm in Colne Engaine, Essex, U.K. for the month of July before heading to the CPEDI3* at Bishop Burton.

“By the time of Bishop, I had Heros for less than one month, I had no idea what to expect at our first show” explained McIntosh. “I managed to make every common mistake in our first outing– going off course, pausing to poop, and whinnying.”

“Our subsequent tests showed steady improvements culminating in a lovely freestyle for second place behind London Paralympic medal winner, Laurentia Tan. Despite my mistakes, our new USA Team coach, Michel Assouline, liked what he saw in the first test, stating, ‘The pieces are all there.’ He and Missy (Ransehousen) were both delighted with our freestyle performance and we are all looking forward to the CPEDI3* in Tryon in September” she continued.

“I want to thank Missy and Jessica Ransehousen, Mette and MichelAssouline, Charlotte McIntosh, Ellen Beardsley, Alex Philpin and Becky Reno for all their great help in making this wonderful trip happen” McIntosh added.

Margaret McIntosh at the Bishop Burton Arena with her groom Ellen Beardsley, Michel Assouline, Missy Ransehousen and her daughter, Charlotte McIntosh Tarr

Both riders and their horses will head to Tryon, North Carolina in September for the USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Sponsored by Deloitte, September 14-17, held at Tryon International Equestrian Center, site of the 2018 World Equestrian Games competition.

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) includes every recognized equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with an eligible physical impairment with a focus on Paralympic Equestrian Sports. . The USPEA is a network of current and past athletes, owners, officials, event organizers, and equestrian enthusiasts. The Association assists athletes to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Disciplines of Para-Equestrian.

USPEA was created to fill a need to assist Para Equestrian disciplines when they came under the governance of the FEI.  While Para Equestrian disciplines were originally segregated, they now are integrated in international sport.  As each individual Para Equestrian discipline develops, it is USPEA’s mission to always serve as an advisory resource with the ultimate goal that the established able-bodied discipline affiliate will integrate within their organization.

In 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status and became a recognized International affiliate association of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) working together to grow the FEI recognized disciplines by helping to provide press, educational information, symposiums and competition opportunities for athletes with eligible physical impairments.

For more information about the USPEA please visit or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: or by phone: (610)356-6481.

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