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First Equestrian Female to Apply for Olympics (1912) - Refused Because She Was Female

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  • First Equestrian Female to Apply for Olympics (1912) - Refused Because She Was Female

    This 15 year old girl would have been the first equestrian female to compete in the Olympics (1912). Her application was refused because she was female. Read the story at this link.

    http://lissomandmuster.wordpress.com...-helen-preece/
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    Inspiring and bittersweet. I cannot believe they called her a 'Neo-Amazon'. What a slap in the face to a talented 15 year old young lady. Hopefully, more information will come to surface about her later years through the publication of this article.

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    • #3
      tracked down a great-great nephew ...awaiting a reply as to just what happen to her

      "My great great aunt Helen never married even though she was a stunning woman"

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        #4
        Thanks clanter!
        "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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          Originally posted by SanJacMonument View Post
          Inspiring and bittersweet. I cannot believe they called her a 'Neo-Amazon'. What a slap in the face to a talented 15 year old young lady. Hopefully, more information will come to surface about her later years through the publication of this article.
          In both Spanish and Portuguese one accepted term for "horse woman" would be "amazona." It's quite possible that you're not seeing an insult but rather a literal translation.

          Interesting story, particularly the young lady's "dropping off the map."

          G.
          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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          • #6
            have not heard anything from any of her relatives but did find out why she had become the known as the fearless darling of Britain:

            ""Miss Helen Preece, one of Britain’s most darling cross country riders, will ride Mr. Dunn’s entries. It was at Islington last summer (1910) that Miss Preece insisted on carrying out her announced intention of riding Merriman, a horse of uncertain temper, despite the fact that on the day pervious he became uncontrollable and had leaped over a rail and killed a bystander"

            http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive...D9415B818DF1D3

            Appears she nor her family owned the horses she rode as they all have been listed as owned by James Dunn

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            • #7
              well she got as far as Washington DC... her parents ran the Preece Riding School near Massachusetts Avenue and 30th Street

              "In 1916, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Preece, natives of England, were
              lured to the club from New York City to take over horsemanship and etiquette.
              They eventually started their own riding club called the Preece Riding School near Massachusetts Avenue and 30th Street"

              photo of her mother:

              http://72.52.242.20/~washingt/sites/...ary%202011.pdf

              Apears have had a younger sister Maude Preece (married name Maude Preece Morgan)

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                #8
                Good history detective work clanter. I have a couple of CotH members I'd like you to investigate. You available?
                "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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