South Peace News
The new High Prairie Horseshoe Club has pitched itself as a new sport in town with a major tournament set for Sept. 2-3.
“It’s an inexpensive recreational sport for all ages to get into,” says president Ray Prevost, who has been competing professional since 2012.
High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board is joining the club to co-host the High Prairie Open on Sept. 2-3 at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre under the Alberta Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
“I’m hoping to have 100 players in the singles competition,” Prevost says.
“If we have a successful tournament, the AHPA wants me to put in a bid for High Prairie to host the provincial championships in 2018.”
That event is annually held in late June or early July, he says.
Competition for the High Prairie Open features youth and adult divisions.
Cash prizes are up for grabs in the tournament
Registration is required by Aug. 25 locally through the recreation board office.
“We are looking forward to local members as well as competitors from throughout Alberta to attend our tournament,” Prevost.
“We are the only AHPA tournament north of Edmonton, and we would like to make our first annual event a great success.”
He says the AHPA has been urging him to host a tournament in High Prairie for the last three years.
The local horseshoe club started in July with about 20 people.
Temporary pits are located at High Prairie RV Park at the east end of town.
Drop-in horseshoes is held each Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
“It’s great exercise and there’s been a lot of interest in horseshoes,” Prevost says.
“I’d like to see all ages of people come out.”
The pitching distance is different for various classes; the men are set at 40 feet from pin to pin, and 30 feet for ladies, seniors 65-plus and junior 18-and-under.
Prevost has been playing horseshoes since he was a child growing up in Cornwall, Ontario.
“I’ve always had horseshoe pits in my yard,” says Prevost, who moved to High Prairie in 1991.
He competed at the national championships under the Canadian Horseshoe Pitching Association and in Guelph on Aug. 8-12 and finished fifth in the men’s c group with 16 players.
“This was my fourth Canadian championships,” says Prevost, who has placed fifth the past three years.
He finished third in 2014 when the event was in Calgary.
That year, he also won the Western Canadian Classic in North Battleford.
For more information, phone Prevost at (780) 523-0369 or (780) 523-5509) or the recreation office at (780) 523-3988.