Local racing icon Betty Shepherd celebrates her 88th birthday at The Thoroughbred, Scone

SHE'S known as the first female trainer in Australia and, possibly the world, and Wednesday was a chance to celebrate the lady herself. 

Well-known Scone resident and local icon Betty Shepherd toasted to her 88th birthday surrounded by family and friends at a special lunch at The Thoroughbred in Scone. 

It was just over two years ago that the Scone horsewoman officially opened the building, which features various images taken in her training days at White Park and racing memorabilia in its interior.

Betty played an integral part of bringing to life some of these memories during the renovations stage of the old Thoroughbred Hotel.

In 2019, it's been 53 years since she was the first licenced female trainer to have a runner in the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup with her horse Trevors.

The pioneer trainer also made her mark in breeding, as one of the first women to ever take a yearling through the ring at the Inglis Horse Sales.

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