Gutsy and determined are just a couple of the adjectives regularly used to describe one of the United States’ most successful show jumping riders of all time. Engle has over 200 Grand Prix wins under her belt, has been named AGA Rider of the Year 10 times, has been on more than 20 winning Nations Cup teams, and was the 1991 AHSA Equestrian of the Year.
In 1992, Engle was named the Rolex/National Grand Prix League Rider of the Year, a feat she repeated in 1993. In 1999, Engle rode Hidden Creek’s Alvaretto to the Team Silver medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, she was the highest-placed woman and the highest-placed U.S. rider in the individual competition riding Hidden Creek’s Perin to a 10th-place tie.
Engle suffered a broken hip when a horse fell on her in 2004. Just three months later, riding her Olympic mount Hidden Creek’s Perin, Engle beat a field of 26 entries that included eight Olympians, to win the Cosequin Invitational Grand Prix at the Cosequin U.S. Grand Prix League Invitational Finals in Culpeper, Va. She came back with a vengeance to successfully compete in 2005, and in 2006 she led the World Cup standings all year.
She was a part of the U.S. Silver medal team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games aboard Hidden Creek’s Quervo Gold.
In 2007, Margie and Hidden Creek’s Quervo Gold won the RV Sales of Broward Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties. In addition, she won two Grand Prix classes at the Traders’ Point Horse Show in Indianapolis with Hidden Creek’s Calippo 12 and Hidden Creek’s Wapino. The Hampton Classic brought more Grand Prix success with Hidden Creek’s Perin.
In 2010, Engle and Indigo jumped to top placings at competitions throughout the United States. In April, they won the Grand Prix of Tampa which served as an FEI World Cup Qualifier. They then traveled to New York in the summer and topped the field in the Hermès Grand Prix in Lake Placid and the HITS-on-the-Hudson V Grand Prix. The pair finished their strong 2010 season by winning the World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse.
Engle and Indigo placed third in the Fidelity Investments Grand Prix to kick off their 2011 campaign. In March of 2011, Engle and Indigo were part of the winning U.S. team at the FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* presented by G&C Farm. In October, they won the Grand Prix de Penn National.
Engle had a strong start to the 2012 season jumping at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. She teamed up with Indigo to win the FEI World Cup Qualifier presented by Spy Coast Farm. Aboard Indigo, Engle was a co-recipient of the 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Championship title with the help of a clear round in the first trial. This win allowed Engle to claim her third national title, finish second in the USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, and be named to the USEF Long List for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Engle’s success continued in 2012 when she finished second with Pauly du Breuil in the FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI2* at the Tampa Bay Classic. At the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, a 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Observation Event, Engle took second-place honors with Indigo in the Hagyard Lexington Classic.
Engle’s strong year continued at the Devon Horse Show Observation Events in Pennsylvania when she rode Indigo to a second-place finish in the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon and fifth in the Idle Dice Open Jumper Stakes. The next weekend at HITS-on-the-Hudson, Royce and Engle earned a second-place finish in the SmartPak Grand Prix and third in the HITS Grant Prix.
Engle began 2014 with a fifth-place finish in the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Round VII with Royce. The pair came in sixth place in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. Engle and Royce improved to fourth place in the $200,000 American Invitational CSI3*. She then traveled to Europe where she partnered with Royce for an eleventh-place finish in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen and later helped the U.S. to a win in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at CSIO5* Hickstead as well as in the Challenge Cup at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona.
Engle lives in Wellington, Fla., with her husband, Dr. Steve Engle, and is well known for her infectious sense of humor.