South Peace News
Big Lakes County has pitched in financially to support the High Prairie Horseshoe Club in its bid to host the 2020 Canadian championships.
At its regular meeting Jan. 10, council approved a request from the club to include a letter of support in its application to host the event and a funding donation of $3,000.
Meanwhile, High Prairie town council will also provide a letter of support, and consider a financial donation during final budget debate in the coming weeks.
County and town councillors credit the new club in its efforts, and applaud them for hosting a tournament last September.
“It was a great event,” Reeve Ken Matthews says.
One councillor echoed those words.
“For the exposure to our region, it’s great,” High Prairie East – Banana Belt Councillor Don Charrois says.
Started last June, the club hosted the Alberta Open tournament on the Labour Day weekend in September 2017. The event was sanctioned by the Alberta Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
“Due to the big success of our first tournament, the association encouraged our club to submit a bid to host the Canadian championships,” president Ray Prevost says in a letter to both councils.
“The High Prairie Horseshoe Club submitted the bid against Calgary at the annual general meeting [Oct. 14 in Calgary) and after a province-wide vote, High Prairie won the bid to host.”
The Alberta bid would be submitted to Horseshoe Canada for approval.
“The championship tournament would draw 200-300 players, along with family members.
“There is also the possibility that the annual Western Canada Classic tournament would be held adjacently in High Prairie, which means players would remain in High Prairie for at least 10 days, a huge economy boost.”
Prevost says the club plans to raise funds at annual tournaments.
“If our bid is successful, our goal is to host the largest Canadian Horseshoe Championships, as well as showcase our beautiful area,” Prevost says.
County funds would be in the 2020 budget, if High Prairie hosts the national championships, says Heather Nanninga, director of corporate services.
Town council gave every indication of also providing financial support.