The first woman to win the Badminton Horse Trials, Margaret Hough has died, aged 86. Margaret won the title in 1954 with her mare Bambi V.
She died of pneumonia and had lung problems since her childhood. - In fact horseriding had been suggested as a relief to bronchitis by her doctor when she was a girl. Hough was hooked! She remained passionate about horses and equestrianism all her life, continuing to ride until just a few years ago.
Margaret Hough made history in 1954 when she won the Badminton competition.
“It was ground-breaking for a woman to win it,” Peter Gleave
“One or two of the men at the time looked down at women having a go and doing well..."
Bambi was also the second of only three mares to triumph at Badminton. The Irish bred Bambi then continued under Bertie Hill and won team gold at the European Championships in 1953 also at Badminton.
After retirement, Bambi returned to Margaret who bred from her. One of her offspring, Gemsbok, was on the shortlist for the Junior European Championships with Margaret's son, Peter Gleave.