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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:47

Sky Promise Up For Big Award

Sky Promise had some big wins in 2018 and is looking to pull off another one in Toronto on April 18.

The Kentucky-born thoroughbred, now four years old, is a finalist for the top 2018 three-year-old award at the Jockey Club of Canada Sovereign Awards.

Grande Prairie’s Norm Tremblay, who is manager of the Evergreen Park Racing Club, is co-owner of Sky Promise along with Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest and R6 Stable.

Sky Promise had an amazing year in 2018 winning the Manitoba Derby followed by the Canadian Derby and then the B.C. Derby.

From those three races alone Sky Promise earned Tremblay and his co-owners $248,400. In two years of racing Sky Promise, who has yet to run in 2019, has put $289,439 into the jeans of the owners.

Sky Promise has a record of four wins, three seconds and three thirds after 19 stars – 10 of those in 2018.

Neepawa and Lookin To Strike are his competition on April 18.

Neepawa, born in Ontario, won just twice in 2018, but one of those was a biggie – the Breeders Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto worth $240,000 for the win.

Chiefswood Stables owns Neepawa and has seen the horse collect $294,863 over its career along with two wins, a second and a third in 12 starts over two years of racing.

Looking To Strike, also Kentucky-born, has the most wins (five in 11 starts over two years) of the three, but has earned the least amount of money at $196,394. Its biggest win was in 2018 at Woodbine with $75,000 collected for a victory at the Ontario Derby.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as an international representative of the Canadian thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 21:33

NPBRA Spring Spectacular April 26-28

The annual North Peace Bracket Racing Association Spring Spectacular Grande Prairie Indoor Car Show & Swap Meet is being held April 26-28 in the TARA Centre at Evergreen Park.

There will be special appearances by Dave Kindig and Kev Dog of Kindig-It Design on Saturday from 10:30 am.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.

Show goes 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. A Gala is planned for 6-10 p.m. on Saturday (limited tickets).

A Gala ticket ($50) includes exclusive access viewing of the Show and a chance to converse one-to-one with the car owners. Meal is included and there is a cash bar.

Show admission tickets are $15 each (10 and under free) with a family pass (up to four people) $40.

For more information visit their website at https://npbra.ca or phone 780-933-6036.

If you are coming in from out of town and need accommodations please consider staying at Evergreen Park's Preferred Hotel - Pomeroy Hotel &  Conference Centre. Phone 780-532-5221 or visit their website at www.bookpomeroy.com

If you need driving services, the Park's Preferred Driving Service is Executive Driving Services. Phone 780-978-7700 or visit their website at book@executivegp.ca

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 08:49

Slot Tournaments - April 4 to May 16

Join us at the Pines Restaurant & Casino for the Thursday Night Slot Tournament.

It is free to enter and free to play.

Register from 5-7 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m.

Cash prizes to be won weekly!

Tournaments continue until May 16.

It's back ladies!

Visit the Pines Restaurant & Casino on Tuesday starting April 2 and you have a chance to win a diamond.

Registration is from 5-7 p.m. and play starts at 7 p.m.

Tournaments continue until May 14.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 08:55

Another Agri-Show In The Books

34TH AGRI-SHOW IN THE BOOKS

Organizers are already working on the 2020 version of the Foster’s Peace Country Classic Agri-Show.
 
President Calvin Kirkham says this year's edition (the 34th) was very well attended.
 
"Thursday was good, Friday was excellent, and (the) same with Saturday. There was lots of interest in the horse program and the cattle program. I think we're very satisfied with it."
 
He thinks there are a couple of main reasons for the strong attendance.
 
"I think the weather had a lot to do with it. It wasn't too bad. Then, school was out (for the Mighty Peace Teacher's Convention). That helps, too."
 
Kirkham says new events at this year's Agri-Show got great reviews. Skijoring on Friday night was among the new features this year.
 
"They said it was excellent. They had lots of participants. There was a whole bunch from the Grande Prairie Ski Club come up and they really enjoyed it they said."
 
Kirkham says feedback from the exhibitors was all positive as well.
 
He adds some new things are being worked on for the 35th edition next year, but is not saying yet what those might be.
 
The 2019 edition of the Agri-Show ran Thursday through Saturday last week at Evergreen Park.

Click here for Everything GP video on Agri-Show.

- By Everything GP

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:02

Agri-Show Chock Full

FOSTER'S AGRI-SHOW CHOCK FULL AGAIN THIS YEAR

It has a new name – Foster’s Peace Country Classic Agri-Show – but everything you liked about it is back … and more!

The 34th annual Agri-Show goes March 7-9 at Evergreen Park and once again it is chock full of things to see and do. Click on Schedule of Events to the left for details.

Doors open at 10 a.m. all three days and close at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

When you arrive at the Park one of the first things you will notice are the large pieces of agricultural machinery around the TARA Centre parking lot.

With temperatures expected to be spring-like all three days of the Show it’s a good time to be outside for a little fresh air and help shake off that Cabin Fever that is more prevalent in February than any month. Hurray for March!

Over 100 exhibitors displaying everything agricultural-related, and otherwise, will be set up in the TARA Centre for all three days. If you need a combine that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars … the TARA Centre is the place! Of, if you just want a hot dog those are available at the Ritchie Bros. Concession in both the TARA Centre and Drysdale Centre.

The main venues for the Show are the TARA Centre, Drysdale Centre and Lewis Hawkes Pavilion, but other locations are being used too.

For the first time at the Show, there will be Thunder In The Park. It’s a skijoring competition as part of the Keddie’s Horse Program. It goes in the Wapiti Parking Lot, just south of the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The “track” will be lit so the thrills and spills can continue into the evening.

You can click on the poster right for a link that takes you to a registration form … if you are interested in being a participant in the thrills and spills.

And if skijoring isn’t thrilling enough for you, register for the Medieval Mounted Gaming clinic. It goes 11 a.m. each day in the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion.

Lori Smith is a Senior Marshall in the equestrian arts for Avacal (the division that Alberta falls under in the Society of Creative Anachronism- Kingdom of Avacal) and her skills lay specifically in the medieval military styled games used for training horses and riders.

She will be holding a clinic, open to spectators to watch, during all three days of the Show.

A complete list of Keddie’s Horse Program events is available by clicking on the Keddie's Horse Program logo to the left.

The Keddie’s Horse Program goes 12 noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion …except for the skijoring.

The prices for bulls early in the year have been good, so expectations will no doubt be high for the annual ATB Northern Classic Bull Sale.

It goes in the Drysdale Centre on the Friday of the show at 1 p.m. and over 70 bulls are expected to go on the block in what is normally a jam-packed venue.

The Drysdale Centre is also the venue for the AFSC Petting Zoo. It is one of the most popular features of the Show, especially for the little ones, and always features some interesting and exotic animals and birds.

It is also where the Youth Program will be held on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

And speaking of kids, the Bio-Cycle Solutions Kidz Zone is back again this year.

It is located in the foyer of the TARA Centre. There will be free movies and face painting by Trinity Body are in the Keddie’s Korner room as part of the Kidz Zone and Bio-Cycle Solutions will be handing out free passes to the Evergreen Park Kids Zone during the show … while they last!

The Evergreen Park Kids Zone is located in the Gordon Badger Stadium at JDA Raceway and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. 

Again this year the Sexsmith Seed Cleaning Plant is sponsoring the wagon rides. You can jump on at the TARA Centre and get dropped off at the Drysdale Centre/Lewis Hawkes Pavilion and then hop back on for the trip back to the TARA Centre after you have visited the Keddie’s Horse Program, AFSC Petting Zoo or ATB Northern Classic Bull Sale.

This year the Michener Allen Kids Auction goes on Friday at 1 p.m. in the TARA Centre. You can get auction “cash” by bringing a Food Bank donation and dropping it off at the ATB booth in the Main Hall between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is also a free auctioneer “school” for kids starting at 11 a.m. in the IPAC Room in the TARA Centre.

The County of Grande Prairie is involved in a big way with the Agri-Show again this year. They are sponsoring the Farm Family Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the FMC Room (Kin Room) in the MD of Greenview North Wing and then the Farm Family banquet at 6 p.m. in Clarkson Hall.

The City of Grande Prairie is the Thursday sponsor and the Canadian Canola Growers Association is sponsoring both Friday and Saturday.

Both the Pines Family Restaurant and Pines Restaurant & Casino are open during the Show. The family restaurant hours are Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Pines Restaurant & Casino is open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Pines Restaurant & Casino also features off-track racing. You can watch and bet on, at one of two self-bettors, races from across North America.

The IPAC Room is also being used as a Family Room during the Show. There are defibrillators in the TARA Centre, Lewis Hawkes Pavilion and Gordon Badger Stadium.

Again this year there is a nice list of speakers talking on a variety of subjects. Click speaker graphic right for complete schedule.

On Thursday and Friday, Neil Wiens, who revolutionized the ag nutrient industry with Bio-Sul Premium Plus, will be doing presentations called Seaweed Or Cash Crop? As well as May The Force Be With You – Bio-Sul Halo Effect. He is sponsored by DeBolt Ag.

He talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the Chamber of Commerce Room in the MD Of Greenview North Wing. Each presentation is for an hour.

Also on Thursday in the same room, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Pierre Trudel of FBC will be offering Top Tax Tips For Agri-Business.

On Friday, MNP will be making some presentations in the FCC Room in the foyer of the TARA Centre.

MNP’s Tracy Leishman, CPA, CA; Todd Strang (KMSC); Dwayne Peters, CPA. CA; and MNP’s Joe Renooy, CPA, CA will be talking about Farm Land Succession Options at 10:30 a.m. At 1 pm. Leishman, Renooy and MNP’s Dwayne Peters, CPA, CA will be speaking about Tax Changes & Farm Risk Management.

On Friday and Saturday in the FCC Room, Carol Bouck, Foster Park Brokers Farm Team Lead, will be speaking about Farm Insurance 101. Friday’s talk starts at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 p.m.

Monday, 04 March 2019 15:47

Foster's Puts Name On Agri-Show

Evergreen Park is proud to have a long-time Peace Country family name now part of its most prestigious annual agricultural event.

The Peace Country Classic Agri-Show, started at Evergreen Park in 1986, will now be called Foster’s Peace Country Classic Agri-Show. The initial agreement will be for five years.

“The board of directors of the Show are pleased to welcome Foster’s on board as the naming rights sponsor of the agri-show as we head into the 34th annual event March 7-9,” said board president Kelvin Kirkham. “Foster’s has been an agri-show supporter for many years both as an exhibitor and a sponsor and have been very active in the community for many decades. We are delighted to have the Foster’s family join the Evergreen Park and agri-show family.”

Kirkham is far left in the photo that also includes, from left to right, Dave Martin, Nicky Hemingson and Clinton Slette of the Agri-Show board and from Foster's Shayne Sieker, Jesse Foster and Jason Hipkins.

The company began in the 1950s when Johnny Foster established the Beaverlodge Seed Farm in Beaverlodge. Later known as Foster’s Seed and Feed, the company grew to be the largest privately-owned buyer and processor of creeping red fescue in Western Canada.

The business first expanded in the mid- ‘90s when the focus changed from being solely a creeping red fescue-based company to a total farm solution for their customers. This meant adding such products and services as cereal and canola seed, chemical, field scouting and fertilizer sales to the portfolio.

Another expansion in 2008 introduced a sister company known as Foster’s Agri -World. The natural transition into the sales and service of agricultural equipment has been one with much success, as customers know and trust Foster’s industry knowledge and abilities. Foster’s has continued to grow its portfolio throughout the years to include such manufacturers as Bourgault, Versatile and CLAAS.

In 2014, Foster’s expanded again with the opening of Foster’s NAPA Auto Parts at its Agri-World location in Beaverlodge. The addition of NAPA Auto Parts has continued their commitment of customer service to the people of Beaverlodge and the Peace Country.

 In 2016, expansion continued with a new Agri-World location in Fairview, Alberta. This location was brought on board to better meet the wants and needs of its customers, whether it is on the equipment or the farm service side of the business.

In 2017, Foster’s Seed and Feed expanded into Fort St. John opening a warehouse to better serve their customers throughout the B.C. Peace.

The latest Foster’s expansion was in 2018 when they acquired Kubota Country in Fairview.

Their reputation is built on integrity and delivering high quality product and service. They are proud of their deep roots in agriculture and the community.

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 15:34

Singles Cruise Shows Well In Big US Race

Singles Cruise was foaled in California on January 27, 2016.

Last Saturday she celebrated her birthday a little early – with a victory in a Winter Derby Trials race at Las Alamitos Race Track in Cypress, California.

As a result, Singles Cruise’s birthday present to owners Janice and Barry Sather of Beaverlodge is an appearance in the Winter Derby Final at Los Alamitos on February 9.

Singles Cruise, with jockey Saul Ramirez Jr. aboard, was up against seven other horses in Saturday’s 400-yarder for three-year-olds winning in a photo finish (photo left) in 19.984 – less than a second off the track record of 19.067 set by Chivalry Sr in 2011.

Heading into the race she was one of the long shots at 33-1 odds. I Like My Chances, who was 43-1, finished second at 19.992 and Ladys A Cartel, 8-1 odds, third in 19.997.

Singles Cruise was tied for fifth/sixth (with Terrific First Down) following four trial races on the weekend while I Like My Chances was eighth and Ladys A Cartel nine of 10 horses who advanced to the $198,700 final on February 9.

The top qualifier for the Winter Derby Final was Powerful Favorite, who ran a 19.789 in its trial.

The Winter Derby features top quarter horses from across North America.

“It’s so tough to qualify for these big ones,” Janice Sather said of the Grade II Winter Derby Final. “Barry and I were hollering so hard I thought we both might have heart attacks.”

Singles Cruise paid $68.80 to win, $28 to place and $9 to show.

The three-year-old had five wins and a third after nine races in 2018 racing for the first time in 2019 at Los Alamitos on the weekend.

At the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association awards celebration at the end of the 2018 season she was named Champion Two Year Old and Grand Champion Running Horse.

Singles Cruise won three out of four races in Grande Prairie at The Horses At Evergreen Park including the Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge on August 19; the Jerry Stojan Memorial Stakes on July 27; and the Jerry Stojan Memorial Futurity Trial on July 8. On August 4 she was third in the EP Juvenile Challenge Trial.

Racing at Evergreen Park returns this summer on July 6 and continues weekends until August 25.

Monday, 21 January 2019 14:16

Locals Pick Up AQHRA Hardware

 

Local horsemen and women took home some hardware from the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association Awards at the end of the 2018 season.

 

Chuck Stojan was named Champion Owner and also had the Champion Distance Horse and Reserve Champion (Free Thought); and Champion Three Year Old (Stripsteak).

 

Singles Cruise, owned by Janice and Barry Sather of Beaverlodge, was the Champion Two Year Old and Grand Champion Running Horse. They also own Lucky Royal Rabbit, who was Champion Claiming Horse.

 

Nellie Pigeau, the top trai

 

 

ner from the 2018 The Horses At Evergreen Park, was trainer of Its Official, who won the Champion Alberta Bred Filly/Mare. Its Official is owned by Bruce Fenton.

 

Donalda Chochrane of Fort St. John was the owner of the Champion Alberta Bred Two Year Old Filly – a horse named Papas Coleen.

 

It is going to be an exciting season quarter horse racing at The Horses At Evergreen Park in July and August.

 

In part because the racing schedule includes five Bank of America Challenge races – three more than in 2018.

 

Evergreen Park will be hosting the Bank of America Evergreen Park Championship Challenge (440 yards); Adequan Evergreen Park Derby Challenge (400 yards); John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge (350 yards); Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge (400 yards); and the Evergreen Park Distance Challenge (870 yards).   

 

Purse money from just those five races totals over $100,000 including $35,000 for the Bank of America Championship Challenge.

 

Evergreen Park will also once again be hosting the Alberta Derby in July.

 

The racing season at Evergreen Park opens on July 6 and concludes on August 25 with races every weekend.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:58

Five Big Races At JDA Raceway

Quarter horse owners from Canada and the United States will be looking north next summer when The Horses At Evergreen Park return for the July-August pari-mutuel racing season on JDA Raceway at Gordon Badger Stadium.

And for good reason.

The summer schedule in Grande Prairie this year includes five Bank of America Challenge races – three more than in 2018.

Evergreen Park will be hosting the Bank of America Evergreen Park Championship Challenge (440 yards); Adequan Evergreen Park Derby Challenge (400 yards); John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge (350 yards); Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge (400 yards); and the Evergreen Park Distance Challenge (870 yards).   

“The Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association and the American Quarter Horse Association have worked in conjunction with Evergreen Park for many, many years, bringing the Challenge races to the Evergreen Park each season,” said Evergreen Park Racing Manager Pat Hill.

The Challenge races at Evergreen Park are used as a regional qualifier with the winners advancing to the Bank of America Challenge Championship at The Downs in Albuquerque, NM on October 26. Over $100,000 in purse money comes along with the five races with the biggest being the Bank of America Championship at $35,000 American.

Two Evergreen Park regional winners appeared at the Bank Of American Challenge Championship at the Los Alamitos Race Course in California in November.

A horse named Singles Cruise (photo), owned by Janice and Barry Sather of Beaverlodge, finished a close fifth in the John Deere Juvenile Classic Championship while Glittering Blue, owned by Cody Eagle Bear, finished sixth in the Distance Challenge Championship.

JDA Raceway is the only facility in Canada hosting Bank of America Challenge competitions. All the other regional qualifiers are from tracks in the United States and Mexico and, tentatively, one in Brazil.

Evergreen Park hosts a long list of Challenge races including the Bank of America Championship Challenge, Merial Distaff Challenge, John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Adequan Derby Challenge, Pfizer Starter Allowance, Red Cell Distance Challenge, Zoetis Starter Allowance, Evergreen Park Bonus Challenge and Evergreen Park Maiden Challenge.  Some of these races have been renamed depending on the sponsorship.

“We also work in conjunction with the Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association each year to promote their stake races,” said Hill.  “Included in those races are the Jerry Stojan Memorial and the Grande Prairie Sprint. At just 110 yards the Sprint is the shortest race of the year at The Horses At Evergreen Park.”

Evergreen Park averages 40-plus quarter horses races each year, along with 10-plus stake races.

“Evergreen Park - along with Horse Racing Alberta, AQHRA & A.C.T.R.A. Associations, trainers & owners - takes great pride in hosting the ‘Class B’ track races in July and August,” said Hill.

Evergreen Park also hosts the Alberta Derby, Empire Oilfield Solutions Grande Prairie Derby and Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure, which is a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research.

There will be 20 weekend racing days at The Horses At Evergreen Park next summer starting July 6 and winding up on August, 25.

 

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