Amateur steeplechase jockey Bethany Baumgardner has been having a big summer in the international Fegenrti competition for female jockeys, but only one thing was missing—a victory.
Her spate of second-place finishes in the Fegentri ladies’ division ended Aug. 26 when she rode favored Rose of Eden to victory at Baden-Baden racecourse in Germany.
Three days later, she was back to her second-place ways with a place finish aboard Greelys Love at Ostende in Belgium. That second, her seventh this season while representing the Amateur Racing Club of America, lifted her into a tie for second place in the Fegentri Ladies standings. She is the first American to ever rank that high in the standings.
She and Norway’s Nora Hagelund Holm each have 121 points and are looking up at Belgian amateur Sara Vermeersch, who climbed to 184 points with her win aboard Flers at Ostende on Aug. 29.