South Peace News
High Prairie is preparing to host another first-class major sporting event.
The town will host the Canadian Horseshoe Championships in 2020.
Just one year after the club was formed, the community was selected by the Horseshoe Canada Association to stage the event in mid-August.
“We got it,” says an elated club president Ray Prevost.
“I’ve been waiting six months to hear a yes.”
He got the word on May 16, although the actual dates will be determined in July after the World Championships July 9-21 in Florence, South Carolina.
“I’m hoping for about 200 competitors,” says Prevost.
High Prairie will co-host the event with the Alberta Horseshow Pitchers Association.
“We will be seeking major sponsors to attract a large field of competitors,” Prevost says.
The High Prairie Open Sept. 2-3, 2017 drew about 64 horseshoe pitchers from around the province for the event that was given top marks by the AHPA.
Upcoming, the Alberta Open has been set for High Prairie in 2018 on the Labour Day weekend, Sept. 1-2.
High Prairie is also bidding to host the Western Classic tournament in 2020 prior to the nationals.
The 2018 Canadian champioships are set for Aug. 15-18 in Whitewood, Sask., a community of about 1,000 people by the Manitoba border.
Prevost established the High Prairie Horseshoe Club to bring a new sport to town and set up temporary pits at High Prairie RV Park on the east site of town.
The local club also invited more and new players.
For more information, phone Prevost at  523-0369.