Daisy St. Clair on horseback.
BLACKFOOT — The family of the late Daisy M. Ballard St. Clair (Ne’cee) is donating $1,000 additional prize money to the Ladies Race at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in her honor.
Daisy was born August 18, 1906 to Johnny and Julia Baker-Ballard. As a young woman she was a jockey in many Indian Relay races against both men and women. Her career included venues in the Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
In the late 90s she was recognized and honored at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Indian Relay races for her early years of riding in the races and for her continued support.
She recalled her early days of riding and how the style had changed over time. One difference she noted was the way riders would make the exchange from horse to horse. Back in her riding days, they would use Indian ponies that would stand still while riders exchanged from horse to horse without touching the ground. In her later years, she watched riders jump off their horses and mount another while making the exchange adding to the excitement of Indian Relay.
Daisy’s son Orville St. Clair said mom rode like the men, “I just think that’s a phenomenal thing for a woman to do.”
Her family offers their continued support to the Indian Relay Association in honor of her memory.