George H. "Pete" Bostwick Exhibit

A tribute to G. H. "Pete" Bostwick may be found on the second floor of the Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. The room features photos and trophies won by Bostwick and donated to the Hall of Fame by his wife, Dolly.  Bostwick was a nationally known steeplechase rider, trainer, and polo player.  

Bostwick began learning the game of polo at the age of 10 while he was a student at Aiken Preparatory School. He played in his first major polo tournament when he was 18. Bostwick excelled in polo on the national and international level for more than 50 years and was rated an 8-goal player. Bostwick played in very major US polo tournament and he won the US Open 6 times. Bostwick was name to the Museum of Polo Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bostwick was not only known as a polo player, but as a champion jockey who was voted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1968. He was known as one of the most outstanding steeplechase owners, trainers, and riders. He was one of the first American riders to participate in England’s Grand National Steeplechase and also won the English Imperial Cup. Bostwick died on a Florida polo field in 1982 playing the game he loved so well. His polo legacy lives on in his sons, Charlie and Ricky, who are outstanding polo players in their own right.

Champions Trained by Bostwick

Oedipus - 1950-51-52 Champion – Steeplechase Horse
Neji - 1955, 1957-1958 Champion Steeplechase Horse
Barnaby's Bluff - 1962 Champion Steeplechase Horse


Pete Bostwick on Canterbury
Pete Bostwick on Flaming winner of the 1933 Imperial Cup held in Liverpool, England.
Chenango-1931 Bostwick Up
Chenango-The Adjidaumo 5-16-1931
Cottesmore - 1940 Grand National Steeplechase
Fairfax -Saratoga National Hurdles 8-15-1958
Ancestor winner - New York Turf Writers Cup October 21, 1954.
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