South Peace News
A major horseshoe tournament in High Prairie was another big hit in just its second year.
Almost 80 players competed in the second annual Alberta Open on Sept. 1-2 at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre.
“We had 79 competitors, from all over the province and from Saskatchewan and British Columbia,” says Ray Prevost, president of the new High Prairie Horseshoe Club which he started one year ago.
Horseshoe pitchers competed in the singles event co-hosted by the local club in partnership with the High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board and sanctioned by the Alberta Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA).
“We had about 30 local competitors, which is huge, including five peewees and youth,’ says Prevost, second vice-president of the AHPA.
“Most clubs in the province have only five to 10 members.”
Support for the tournament came from far and wide.
“We had great response by competitors from all over the province, as far south as Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatchewan and Dawson Creek, British Columbia,” Prevost says.
The AHPA gave top marks to Prevost, organizers and the community.
“I was totally impressed with community support that the tournament had last year and this year,” says president Cindy Ekkel.
“You don’t see that kind of support in other communities.”
She was particularly moved when she visited a local business when the first tournament was held last year.
“The person in the business said we are excited to hold the tournament and we can’t wait for next year,” Ekkel says.
Prevost has been a longtime supporter of the sport and other tournaments across Canada, she says.
“He supports everyone else’s tournaments and people support him by coming to the tournament in High Prairie,” Ekkel says.
Last year, Prevost was honoured by Horseshoe Alberta for participating in the most tournaments in Canada in one calendar year when he competed in 39.
That may have helped his bid when High Prairie was awarded the 2020 Canadian Horseshoe Championships set for Aug. 19-22 after the Western Classic from Aug. 14-16.
“So when his bid came in to host the Canadian championships, it was easy for the AHPA to endorse it,” Ekkel says.
For more information on the club, phone Prevost at (780) 523-0369 or (780) 523-5509.