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Beatrice Mills Forbes, 8th Countess of Granard

Beatrice Mills Forbes,
8th Countess of Granard
Countess Granard, c. 1910
Born 1883
Staatsburg, New York,
United States
Died January 30, 1972
Paris, France
Residence London, England, Paris, France, Newtownforbes, Ireland
Occupation Heiress, Racehorse owner/breeder
Spouse(s) Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard
Children Moira Mary (1910-1994)
Arthur P.H. (1915-1992)
Eileen Beatrice (1919-1993)
John (1920-1982)
Parents Ogden Mills &
Ruth T. Livingston
Relatives Siblings: Gladys, Ogden

Beatrice Mills (OBE) (1883 - January 30, 1972) was an American-born heiress. The daughter of the very wealthy Ogden Mills, she was a twin to Gladys, and brother to Ogden. In 1909, she married Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard with whom she had four children. Daughter Moira married Count Rossi of Switzerland and Eileen married the 5th Marquess of Bute.

With her marriage, Beatrice Mills would be known as Countess and/or Lady Granard. Her husband's wealth was limited and she provided the funds to finish restoring the family's historic Castleforbes in Newtownforbes, County Longford, Ireland. Their principle residence was at Forbes House, Halkin Street, SW1 in London plus a residence at 73 Rue de Varenne, Paris, France she would inherit from her father.

In 1920, Beatrice Mills Forbes was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. [1]

Thoroughbred racing

Beatrice Mills was raised around horses at her family's Livingston Mansion in Staatsburg, New York. Her father owned Thoroughbred racehorses in the United States and in France in partnership with Lord Derby. Beatrice's sister Gladys and her brother Ogden would establish Wheatley Stable that would become one of the preeminent Thoughbred racing and breeding operations in the United States.

Beatrice's husband, Bernard, was Master of the Horse whose duties for King George V included overseer of the Royal Stables and Stud. On January 29, 1929, Beatrice's father died. As part of her inheritance she received his stable of Thoroughbreds in France. That year, she led all owners in purses earned. [1] In 1933, her horse, Cappiello, won the Prix Lupin and the prestigious Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. [2] Among her other racing successes, Lady Granard's horses won the Prix Jacques le Marois in 1937 and 1967. In 1964 her horse Pourparler won the British Classic, the 1,000 Guineas Stakes.

The most notable horse bred and raced by her siblings Wheatley Stable in the United States was Bold Ruler, a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee and an eight-time Leading sire in North America. Gladys and Ogden bred Bold Ruler to the Champion racing mare, Misty Morn. The result of the mating was Bold Lad, a colt born in 1962 that earned American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors. Bold Ruler sired a second colt in 1964 by a different mare that was given the same Bold Lad name. Bold Lad II was bred by Lady Granard and raced in England and Ireland where it too won Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors. [3]

A widow for more than twenty-three years, Lady Granard died at her Paris residence in 1972.

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