Jockey Athlete - Inducted 1996
Sandy Shields rode Thrifty Miss to his first victory on June 24, 1957, on his way to becoming the all-time leading jockey in Western Canada. During his fabulous eighteen seasons at the track, he rode 8,588 mounts and recorded 1,509 first place, 1,303 second place, and 1,148 third-place finishes. His mounts earned $1,884,724. Six times during his riding career, Sandy Shields won five races in a single day. In 1966, he won the Canadian Derby, The Saskatchewan Derby, and the Alberta Derby, astride Chariot Chaser, which earned him the "Triple Crown" in the West. Sandy Shields was never set down for a riding infraction in his career and earned an "unblemished reputation for scrupulous honesty" as a jockey. Sandy Shields was described by veteran jockey Tom Stadnyk as having "had the ability that only great jockeys possess of being able to be one with the horse."
2004 - Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
Sandy Shields passed away April 17, 2009 in Calgary at the Foothills Hospital