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She grew up with horses in England and in Virginia as the great-granddaughter of the founder of the DuPont Company, and became the first woman to ride astride in horse show competition.  Later, she establsihed the Montpelier Steeplechase in Virginia, and saved the Carolina Cup from extinction.  After becoming interested in breeding, training and raising thoroughbreds, she started the Camden Training Center where her famous Battlegroud trained to become the first American-bred and ownded horse to win England's Grand National.  Her other famous horses included Annapolis, Mongo, Soothsayer, and Proud Delta.  In 1971, she started the Colonial Cup in Camden as America's first $ 100, 000 steeplechase.  Her horses twice won Eclipse Awards as the best in America.  In 1981, she received the Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service and outstanding achievement in horse racing.  Prior to her death in 1983, Scott - the benefactor of many charitable and educational organizations - gave the 500-acre Springdale Race Course in Camden, along with a $ 1 M a year oprating fund, to the state of South Carolina.