Two long-time Peace Country owners had somewhat different results at the 2016 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships in Los Alamitos, Calf. on the weekend.

Chuck Stojan’s horse Toughie finished in third place (see video) and Janice and Barry Sather’s steed Crusinfourabrusin ended up 11th (see video) in two different races at the prestigious event.

Both horses had earned the right to advance to the Challenge after winning trails at The Horses At Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie last summer.

Toughie competed in the $202,000 American Quarter Horse Association Derby Challenge Championship Stakes.

The race was won by American horse Jess Good Reason.

Jess Good Reason, owned by John and Cina Sperry, covered 400 yards in 19.731 and the final 220 in 9.60, and her winning margin was a half of a length from Bf Fooserageous.  

Toughie also finished a half of a length behind Jess Good Reason, and was followed by Country Boy 123, Corona Suerte, Keyper, El Compa Jv, Royal Quick Eagle, Lonely In Front Br, For Sweet Jess, and Bm Casina Royale. Toughie was ridden by Cesar DeAlba, the leading jockey at Los Alamitos with almost 90 wins and over $1 million in earnings.

Toughie’s 2016 campaign has earned Stojan $50,581 after six starts including four first and one second and third. In two years the horse has won $135,670 and has eight wins and the single second and third in 11 starts.

The Sather’s horse, Crusinfourabrusin, got bumped at the start of the AQHA Challenge Championship finishing a little over a second behind winner Ajs High, with Bh Lisas Boy in second in the 12 horse field that ran 450 years for a purse of $353,500.

AJs High, a homebred four-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Charlton Hunt for owner Michael C. Teel, earned his 10th lifetime stakes.

Under jockey Stormy Smith, AJs High made his quarter-mile trip in 21.540 while defeating 3-5 favorite BH Lisas Boy by a head. The Oklahoma-bred gelding banked the $155,540 winner's share of the purse, and he landed a berth in the 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions on December 10.

Eyesa Famous Eagle ran third, a half of a length behind AJs High. Heat Warning, Tempting Valor, Jrc Callas First, Jess A Cowboy, Rockin Disco, Stella Corona, Bf Farm Boss, Cruisinfourabruisin, and Fantsy Pants completed the order of finish.

Crusinfourabruisin had nine starts in 2016 with two wins, five seconds and a third and earned the Sathers $34,109. Over its two-year racing career it has started 29 times with 11 firsts, 10 seconds and three thirds with $119,274 in earnings.

Both Stojan and the Sathers are expected back at The Horses At Evergreen Park for the 2017 race season with hopes of advancing to the quarter-horse championships again.


The Northern Spirit Light Show Christmas Season tradition continues in 2016 starting Nov. 18 and continuing for the entire month of December. It is the largest event of its kind in northwestern Alberta!

The Show goes Nov. 18, 19 & 20; Nov. 25, 26 & 27; Dec. 2, 3 & 4; Dec. 9-24; and Dec. 26-31.

Cost for a sleigh ride is $5 with 10 and under free. Vehicles are $15 each.

Wagon rides go 6-9 p.m. and vehicles can access the Light Show 6-10 p.m. daily.

The Peace Draft Horse Club is pleased to present the return this seasonal favorite being held at the Evergreen Park facilities on the southern edge of the City of Grande Prairie.

There are returning light favorites as well as some new custom built displays created by local businesses, families, and clubs. The club looks forward to continuing this seasonal favorite as it continues to grow over the next few years. Come out and see the largest light display in the area!

The Nothern Spirit Light Show committee is a comprised completely of volunteers. They would not be able to make this show a success without the help of its volunteers and sponsors. If you are interested in being involved in the 2016 show as a volunteer or a sponsor please contact Kathy at 780-512-7555.

Visit their website here.