Betty Baldwin

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2019
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Betty Baldwin
Equestrian • West Bradford

Betty Baldwin was born on November 13, 1930, the daughter of Henry “Ted” and Sara Baldwin. Her father is in the CCSHOF for his baseball career. From a very early age Betty rode ponies and horses – foxhunting and horse showing. In the late 1940’s and early 50’s she campaigned her homebred horse Brandywine with great success.

She won the prestigious National Horse Show Association’s Working Hunter Championship two times and was in the top five for five years. They won championships at The Devon Horse Show, The National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, The Pennsylvania National Hose Show as well as many others.

There were no female professional riders at that time and there were Amateur classes that accumulated points toward championships. Many of the professional male riders would get Betty to ride their horses in those classes as well as the Lady’s classes.

Betty was also one of the best lady Point-to-Point rider’s of her time and maybe anytime. Women were not allowed to ride in sanctioned Steeplechase races until years later. She has the best record of any woman of her era and maybe all time. She was a fierce competitor.

In 1960, Betty got married and ended her competitive career to raise her family. She still fox hunted until her death in 1999.

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