horse·​wom·​an | \ˈhȯrs-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of horsewoman 

1 : a woman who is a rider or a driver of horses especially : one whose skill is exceptional

2 : a woman skilled in caring for or managing horses

3 : a woman who breeds or raises horses

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Saturday’s races will be chaired by fourth generation Elkridge-Harford horsewoman Elizabeth Voss Murray, her husband Garrett Murray and her brother Samuel Voss. Maryanna Skowronski, The Aegis, "Maryland's steeplechase season kicks off Saturday, April 7, with Elkridge-Harford races," 2 Apr. 2018 At a picnic thrown in honor of the survey crew, George met Rachael Murdock, a schoolteacher and horsewoman who had grown up in Tempe. Andrea Galyean, azcentral, "Decades of Arizona artists have called Scottsdale Cattle Track Arts Compound home," 15 Mar. 2018 This was the beginning of her lifelong love affair with horses, which led her to work as a groom for an Indian raja, or prince, to excel as a competitive horsewoman and to teach innumerable students the joy of riding. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Britain to Bandera: A horsewoman’s journey from uppercrust to working class," 20 Feb. 2018 His mother was a horsewoman and tournament bridge competitor who played with expert bridge player-writer Charles Goren. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Herbert Smedley Walters, 91, pharmaceutical salesman who gave to Friends's Central and Villanova University," 19 Dec. 2017 The retreats are led by horsewoman Tammy Pate and yoga instructor Janice Baxter and aim to show participants how to incorporate yoga into their horse-riding program. Phil Marty,, "Tips & deals: Trip for cowgirls who love yoga, European vacation savings and more," 26 July 2017 She was considered one of the most talented horsewomen in the world. Michael Heaton,, "Is it the end of the world yet?: Minister of Culture," 13 July 2017 Longtime Placentia resident Gayle Carline tracks those moments that shape her days as a wife, mom, computer wizard and horsewoman. Gayle Carline, Orange County Register, "Sometimes expectations take me by surprise," 16 June 2017 Most of all, Anna was an avid horsewoman, who had a different horse and different saddle for every occasion. Kathy Henderson / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Search for ‘real-life action heroes’ brings St. Paul woman to Hawaii Island," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of horsewoman

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of horsewoman

: a woman who rides horses

: a woman who breeds or manages horses


horse·​wom·​an | \ˈhȯrs-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural horsewomen\ -​ˌwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of horsewoman

: a woman skilled in riding on horseback or in handling horses

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