South Peace News
High Prairie continues to rise in the sport of horseshoe pitching.
More awards were received by High Prairie citizens from the Alberta Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
Ray Prevost accepted the Builder-of-the-Year Award and the Sportsperson-of-the-Year Award at the AHPA annual general meeting Oct. 13 in Calgary.
“I’ve been trying to build the sport of horseshoes in the north,” says Prevost, who established the High Prairie Horseshoe Club in July 2017.
High Prairie hosted two provincial tournaments the past two years on the Labour Day weekend in September.
Last year, Prevost received honourable mention for the builder award.
He also won the Sportsman-of-the-Year Award for the second consecutive year.
South Peace News reporter Richard Froese won the Media Award for the second successive year for his efforts to promote the new sport in town and local tournaments.
“From all over the province, we’re getting the most media coverage because of the work and stories by the South Peace News,” Prevost says.
Prevost continues to build the sport to spur more interest when High Prairie hosts the 2020 Canadian Horseshoe Championships set for Aug. 19-22 and the High Prairie Open on Aug. 14-16, , the same dates for the Western Canadian Classic awarded to Calgary.
“I want to travel the north in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan to set up temporary pits and hold small tournaments and hopefully attract more competitors to our tournaments in 2020,” Prevost says.
High Prairie will not host the 2018 Alberta Open on the Labour Day weekend.
“We want to focus on small tournaments in the north,” Prevost says.
The High Prairie Horseshoe Club has been based at the High Prairie RV Park on Highway 2 on the east side of town with temporary pits and is planning a permanent site.