On Monday, past U.S. Chef d’Equipe of the Paralympic Equestrian Team Missy Ransehousen lost everything to a massive fire at her home in Ocala, Florida. Amongst the things burned were her car, camper, her living quarters, riding and show clothes, equestrian memorabilia.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and Ransehousen is working with her insurance and the local fire marshal to address the loss coverage issue to assist her in getting back on her feet.
Ransehousen has been a competitive equestrian on the able-bodied side of the sport including winning gold at the 1988 Young Rider Championships, going on to win silver at the 1995 Pan American Games in the Three Day Event Team. She made the transition to the para side around 2007, and has been involved with assisting Team USA riders in their Paralympic qualifying campaigns for the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Games, along with serving as the national team coach at those Games. She coached the gold medal winning team at the 2000 Games in Sydney. She also coached the team to gold at the 2006 Pacific Rim Championships. In 2011, she was named the USEF Para Coach of the Year.
The United States Para-Equestrian Association has indicated that Ransehousen needs some immediate assistance in regards to clothes for everyday usage, and riding clothing. They said she wears a size 6 in clothing, size 28 in breeches and size 8 in shoes. They have said that all clothing can be mailed directly to her at 653 W. Highway 316, Citra, FL 32113.