BARBARA McWADE 1942-2013

(Douglas Lees Photo)

(Douglas Lees Photo)

(Chronicle of the Horse) Stakes-winning  trainer Barbara E. Kraeling McWade, of Middleburg, Va., died on Sept. 11. She was 71.

Mrs. McWade was born on March 13, 1942, in Wishaw, Pa., to Margaret and Harry Kraeling. In the late 1960s, she was a professional whipper-in for the Rolling Rock-Westmoreland Hunt (Pa.). She went on to establish Morewood Farm in Middleburg, where she trained race horses and resided with her husband of 31 years, Richard McWade.

The McWades were both multiple stakes-winning jockeys on the horses she trained. Mrs. McWade’s favorite Thoroughbred, Running Comment, owned by Virginian Joan C. Hopewell, was ridden by her husband to lifetime earnings of $170,522.

On May 17, 1975, she rode Fuzz Ears to win the Henry Collins Steeplechase at the Radnor Hunt Spring Race Meeting (Pa.) to become the first female to win a race over fences at a National Steeplechase Association meet. A week later, she showed the American foxhound Toby to become the grand champion at the Virginia Foxhound Show.

Mrs. McWade’s career as a trainer included 757 starts, and her lifetime earnings totaled $569,192.

Mrs. McWade is survived by her husband, Richard; her sister, Suzanne Kraeling; and her daughter, Ellen Kraeling.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Museum of Hounds and Hunting, Morven Park, P.O. Box 6228, Leesburg VA, 20178-7433.

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