Ann Weber Hoyt
1922 - 2008
Class of 1972
Contributor to the Sport
"Described by many as the greatest female archer
of all time ".
Ann (Weber) Hoyt is to archery what Patty Berg and Babe
to golf. In over 20 years of
National and World Tournaments Ann has finished first
eight times, second seven times and third three times.
She has won the Eastern Target Championship 15 times and held the
World’s Target and World’s Field Champion titles.
In 1955, Ann became the
first woman to win both the National Target
and Field Championships. In
1958, Ann led the United States Women’s Team to a first place in the
World Tournament in Brussels finishing second herself.
She repeated this feat in 1959 at Stockholm where the U.S.
Women’s Team again finished first, with Ann this time winning the
She also held hundreds of local, state and sectional tournaments titles.
She has rewritten the record book
over and over with her brilliant shooting.
Ann competed in over 70 National Archery Association Championships, more
than any other woman in the history of the National Archery Association.,
The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Ann Hoyt in 1985.
After 48 years in Archery – the first 22 years in intense
competitive shooting both target and bare-bow field – about 30 years or
so in sporatic bowhunting (with 12 deer – 1 fox and a variety of lesser
game) and 42 years in Archery production, sales and management – to pick
a single highlight from these wide and varied experiences is most
The most rewarding surprise in my career was the telegram I received
from Dave Staples announcing my nomination to the Archery Hall of Fame,
Class of 1972.
Notes of Interest
NAA Champion, 1940, ‘46, ‘47, ‘52, ‘53 and ‘55
First Woman To Win both National Target
(Freestyle) and Field Championships (Barebow) in Mid-1950s
International Field Archery Champion,
World Champion, 1959
Manager of the US Olympic Archery Team, 1984
Recipient, NAA’s Thompson Medal of Honor,
More Than 65 Years’ Service to
Wife of 1977 Archery Hall of Fame Inductee Earl Hoyt, Jr.
1953 NAA Championships, (note the feet of the shooters)
World Team - 1959
and AHOF Executive Director Diane Miller at 2006 Hall of Fame Museum
Dedication, Springfield, Missouri