"Missy Ransehousen (Eventing) - the 2011 USEF Para Coach of the Year, has made her mark on the equestrian world through her chosen sport of Eventing. Many would view her to have an obvious advantage of growing up with an Olympic legend (her mother, Jessica), but proving herself in this sport has been based on hard work and dedication. When you grow up in the shadow of a three-time Olympian, you work hard, develop your own style, and choose what you love the most.....Coaching and Eventing!
Missy established herself as an outstanding rider early in her career. As a Young Rider, she brought home the Gold Medal from the 1988 Young Rider Championships, where she was also awarded the Good Sportsmanship Award. She received the Markham Trophy, USET's Highest Placed Young Rider at Fair Hill CCI*** in 1989 and continued to focus on her riding career in 1995 as a member of the Three Day Event Team for the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the Team won the Silver Medal.
Since then Missy has continued to build upon her own career and has developed a strong training program with a barn full of dedicated clients and students.
Her recent competitive partners include Carlingford's Taldi and Critical Decision, otherwise known as BG (Big Guy), who has successfully competed in France, England and brought home a 3rd place prize from Rolex in 2008. B.G can also be seen in the dressage ring competing at 3rd and 4th level and in February 2009 he was high score 3rd Level at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby! In 2010 he returned again to achieve High Score at 3rd Level and won his 4th Level test 2 class as well! He is a multi-talented horse who is the 2009 Silver Stirrup National Award Champion for Advanced Level 3 Day and 3rd Level Dressage.
The 2012 and 2013 competitive seasons are transitional ones for Missy, as she set aside her own competitive aspirations for the Paralympics. Her longtime partner, BG has been retired from 4* competitions and may be pursuing a career as a school master for up and coming young riders. Missy is developing several young event horses and is seeking to fill the big shoes that BG has left behind.
In addition to being a successful competitor, Missy excels in the training and coaching fields. Student after student can attest to her commitment to give back to the sport she loves. Just ask any member of the United States Paralympics Team! Missy has been the team's devoted coach for the last three Olympics, even setting aside her own Beijing Olympic Team bid to honor her commitment to the Paralympics squad."