Anna Lee Aldred

1983 Cowgirl Honoree – Colorado

Anna Lee Aldred

(1921-2006)


The daughter of a racehorse trainer, Anna began riding at three and racing ponies at six. By twelve, she rode flat and relay races. She obtained her jockey’s license at eighteen; the first woman jockey in the U.S. A fierce competitor, Anna retired from racing in 1944 and started a riding school in California. One year later she began trick riding and performed in major rodeo shows throughout the western states.