The Class of 2017 truly embodies the sentiments conveyed in this special year of celebrations" said Linda Burnham, President of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. "We look forward to enshrining our newest inductees during our Induction celebrations in September. Their accomplishments will also be featured in our Dedication to Sport exhibit as we share with the people of Saskatchewan the great sport history of our province."
Among the seven is Saskatoon’s Joan Phipps, a passionate woman that blazed a trail for women jockeys in Canada and across the world, particularly New Zealand. She rode her first thoroughbred in Winnipeg and never looked back. In 1972-73, Joan returned to Saskatchewan where she became the leading jockey in Saskatoon and Regina. At 19 years of age, she made her riding debut at Fort Erie, Ontario. Her tenacity, drive and pure talent led her to the American tracks like Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct in New York.
She was the first woman to ride in the Canadian Triple Crown event, riding Singing Spirit in the Breeder's Cup, 1973. Joan won the first Ladies Invitational in 1976 in New Zealand and a second one in 1977. She won as a long shot against 19 men. She also represented Canada in the Ladies Rotorua International Championship Series in New Zealand. These monumental winnings earned the right for women to participate and compete in the thoroughbred racing industry.
In her short 10 year career, Joan Phipps won over 200 races, including the 1982 BC Derby Trial.
Joan's riding career ended in 1982 due to injury. In 1985, she became a steward; the first time such a position had been awarded to a woman in Canada. She held the steward position at Queensbury Downs, Marquis Downs and Woodbine Race Track.
In 1996, Joan was inducted into the Saskatoon Sport Hall of Fame. Her unending determination, passion for the racing industry and love of the horse has paved the way for future generations to be all they can be. As Joan was once quoted, "Let's face the fact: No horse, no win."
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