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First Woman Hoop Dies

Wednesday, 5th July 2006

In the US, the first woman in the United States to receive a jockey's license Anna Lee Aldred has died. According to bloodhorse.com, Aldred, who died last month, was 85: "She received her professional jockey's license in 1939, when she was 18, from California's Agua Caliente Racetrack. The license, a small wooden badge, is now on display at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. She was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1983." Although retired from race riding in 1945, "Aldred continued to ride until she was 80, appearing in rodeo ceremonies."

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