Peggy Augustus was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but currently resides in Keswick, Virginia. She was active as an owner, trainer, and rider of show horses from 1950 to 1965, and won every major championship throughout the United States and Canada. Augustus won the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, Devon Horse Show, Royal Winter Fair, and Pennsylvania National Horse Show. She was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1957.
After her retirement from showing, Augustus turned her attention to breeding and racing thoroughbreds. She has bred many winning horses, including Eclipse Award Winner “Johnny D” (Champion Grass Horse) and “Husband,” the winner of the $1,000,000 Rothmanns International. Augustus bred four Virginia Thoroughbred Champions: “Crown Silver,” “Bop” (a four-time winner), “Semoran” (a two-time winner), and “C’Est L’Amour.” She also owned “Beaming Bride,” twice Champion Virginia Broodmare, and two other Broodmares of the Year: “L’Amour Toujours” and “Meadow Mist.”
Augustus’s horses were also high-earning: she bred a yearling colt that sold for four million dollars at the Saratoga Sales, which was the second highest price in the history of the sale, as well as a yearling filly that sold for a World Record of $2,100,000. Augustus is the only person to have bred and sold four yearlings at the Saratoga Sale that went on to win over a million dollars each.
Augustus’s best horses include “Waiting Home,” “Sutton Place,” and “Little Sailor,” all of which have been inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. “Waiting Home” and “Little Sailor” have also been inducted into the Virginia Horse Show Association Hall of Fame.
Augustus herself is an inductee into the Virginia Horse Show Association Hall of Fame, the National Horse Show Association Hall of Fame, the National Thoroughbred Association Hall of Fame, and the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. She was also honored as a Living Legend of the National Horse Show in 1996.