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Thursday, 02 November 2023 14:15

NORTHERN SPIRIT LIGHT SHOW: Nov. 16- Dec. 31

The 2023 Light Show starts November 16th and is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 3rd. 

Starting December 7th, they are open every night through to December 31st except December 25th. 

Please note there is no walking on the light sow trail. Please remain in your vehicle while on the trail.

Horses are 6-10 p.m. for vehicles. Cost is $15 per vehicle.

Public wagon rides are again available, please contact the wagon master for private bookings. Wagon rides are $5 per person and 10 and under are free.

Food bank donations graciously accepted.

For more information contact Kathy at 780-512-7555 or Cheryl at 780-831-8558.

Visit the Pines  Family Restaurant, open to 8 p.m. daily, or the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge (open to 1 a.m. daily) before or after your visit to the Light Show.

 

Friday, 06 October 2023 11:02

NEIL'S RV TAKES OVER NAMING RIGHTS

The signage will be going up soon. And when it’s completed it will read: Neil’s RV Campground @ Evergreen Park.

The local RV service and repair company has taken over the naming rights for the camping facility at Evergreen Park – which started out as Stompede Campground and had been McGoverns RV & Marine Campground for the last several years.

The agreement with Neil’s is for five years. The company is owned by Jenn and Neil Dawe.

 

“Neil's RV decided to take on the naming rights at the campground because we feel it will be a good fit with our business model of progressing the camping lifestyle and encouraging more people to experience the outdoors,” Neil said. “When we first met campground manager Owen Terry, and his wife Velma, we were happy to see their excitement of bringing us on as sponsors of the campground and discussing what opportunities we can create to enhance the profile at the Park.”

 

Owen and Velma appreciate the hands-on approach Neil’s is planning.

 

“Velma and I are excited and look forward to having the Dawes and Neil's RV as sponsor of the campground,” Owen said. “The Dawes’ enthusiasm and approach about campground sponsorship will help make Neil's RV Campground @ Evergreen Park a place camper wants to visit.”

 

Jenn says Neil’s would like to be involved in social days at the Park where campers would be encouraged to get out and meet their neighbors with events like a poker rally, potluck nights, chili cook-offs and more.

 

 “We have also discussed potential seminars at the park on taking care of your RV or how-to sessions like winterizing and using and storing your RV,” she said.

 

 The campground is open from May 1 to September 30, but campers interested in booking for the 2024 season and one of the 70-plus camping sites can do so online through the Evergreen Park website at www.evergreenpark.ca

 

Friday, 06 October 2023 10:58

$10 LUNCH AT WILD HORSE

Call us out to lunch if you like, but for $10 you will be too!

The Wild Horse Casino & Lounge $10 Express Lunch has kicked off offering a different meal every day.

The Express Lunch goes 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. It is available in the Wild Horse Lounge as well as the Pines Family Restaurant.

 

 

Monday, 11 September 2023 09:33

SCARY STUFF, SLOTHS AND MORE ...

The fun starts Thursday (Sept. 7) with the opening of Blachford Field Of Nightmares – scare you to be there!

It is open 9 p.m. to midnight, but later if there is a lineup at midnight.

Cost is $20 per person. Please bring cash.

Blachford Field Of Nightmares is located about a half kilometre east, on the left side, from the intersection of Hwy. 668 and Resources Road. Look for the Field Of Nightmares sign.

If you are in the city head south on 98th Street until you hit the lights at Hwy. 668 and turn east. If you are on the west side of the city head south on Hwy. 40 and turn east at the lights at the Hwy. 668 intersection.

Build up some courage before, or settle the nerves after, by visiting the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge at the Park. Wild Horse is open until 1 a.m. every day.

Have you ever seen a sloth?

Here’s your chance at the Wildlife Festival, which goes Sept. 8-10 in the TARA Centre at Evergreen Park.

There are three exhibits – Diversity of Living Things, This is Africa and Journey To the Amazon and two half-hour hands-on educational programs.

It goes Friday 1-6:30 p.m. for general audiences with an adults-only education and comedy show from 7-9 p.m. Saturday doors are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Purchase tickets in advance online at:  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/wildlifefestival/976230

The Evergreen Park Pavilion – Lewis Hawkes and Drysdale Arenas – will be busy with the Peace Country Barrel Racing Association championships.

Friday things get underway at 9 a.m. with opening riding and first go at noon. On Saturday second go starts at 10 a.m. with the AGM and social/bar at 5 p.m. On Sunday the third go starts at 9 a.m.

There is no admission fee.  Check out the Peace Barrel Racing Association Facebook page for more information.

 

There were several story lines at the final day of racing at The Horses At Evergreen Park on Sunday, August 27.

 And trainer Kathy McNally was in the middle of a couple of them.

 McNally, from Grande Prairie, trains Big Cyn (photo above in red) and High Kelly Babe.

 Both horses were winners on the final day.

 Big Cyn won the Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure Stakes and first place money of $4,637 out of a total of $8,750 available.

Big Cyn, owned by Tracie Gillis and ridden by Garfield Gordon, broke out at the start, set the pace and kept to task en route to the win by ¾ of a length in a field of five horses. Causin Mischief was second and Just Class third in the six furlongs run.

In what was one of the more heartwarming wins of the season, Evergreen Park Racing Club horse High Kelly Babe, trained by McNally, finished her racing career with a victory in Race 6 taking home $3,445 of the $6,500 purse.

High Kelly Babe, over the six furlongs, stalked the pace, found some stretch and prevailed against five other horses. She finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of runner-up Quality Plus, who finished a neck in front of third place finisher Cmon Sharon.

The Club horse had two wins, a third, sixth and seventh in five races in 2023 and overall after two years of racing had three wins, two seconds and two third after 14 starts and career earnings of $12,265.

Babe has been sold and retired from racing and will start her new life on a farm in the Peace  Country.

The other Club horse, Ynotgiveitago, will continue racing and will be at Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge for the fall racing season.

There was another double-race going into the weekend – for Top Jockey and Top Trainer.

Trevor Simpson ended up the top rider from the summer racing season with 12 wins, five seconds and four thirds.

Early on Sunday it looked like Larris Allen was going to give Simpson a run with a win and second in the first two races to Simpson’s second in the third, but in Race 4 Allen was tossed off his horse in the stretch and his race day was done. Neither Allen or the horse, Unusual Account, were seriously injured, but Allen was shaken up enough not to be able to ride the rest of the day.

Lyle Magnuson had a win, second and a fourth and walked away with the Top Trainer award. Garry Marks and Travis Robson were trailing Magnuson by two wins heading into the weekend and they each picked up one victory, both falling two wins short.

The 13-day race card was also a big success for Evergreen Park. Over 13 race days $1,520,283 was wagered averaging $116,944 per race day and $17,677 per race.

The final day was called Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure, which is a fundraiser for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Winner of the 50/50 was Jade Prime of Grande Prairie with ticket number B-2428. She took home half the pot of $4,810.

The day also included the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Dino Derby.

The Horses At Evergreen Park will return for another season of live pari-mutuel horse racing in July 2024.

 

Sunday, 27 August 2023 17:45

LAST WEEKEND DOWN TO WIRE

JOCKEY, TRAINER AWARDS DOWN TO WIRE

Who will be on the stage at the end of The Horses At Evergreen Park to collect the Top Jockey and Top Trainer awards from Evergreen Park Racing Manager Pat Hill on Sunday might not be decided until the very last race.

Heading into the finale (1:15 p.m. first post) Trevor Simpson is the top jockey.

He has collected 15 wins, 13 seconds and nine thirds after riding 55 horses since the first race of the summer season on July 8.

Right on his tail is Larris Allen (in white in photo), who has 15 wins, six seconds and seven thirds after 57 races in the saddle.

Simpson is also the top money-earner among the top 10 jockeys with $107,228 in purse money while Allen is a close second at $102,473.

Both jockeys are scheduled to appear in five races on Sunday.

They are both slated to be in the gates for the feature race of the day – the Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure Stakes. That is Race 7 with a scheduled 3:45 p.m. start.

Allen is on the pre-race favorite Just Classy, out of gate No. 3, in that race while Simpson is on Causin Mischief out of Gate 5.

The purse for that race is almost $9,000.

Third in the jockey standings is Jose Rocha (56-8-9-9) while Blandford Stewart is fourth (46-8-7-10) and Andre Powell fifth (47-8-4-8), but it’s a two-way race between Simpson and Allen as the other jockeys don’t have enough rides this weekend to catch Simpson.

Lyle Magnuson has had his photo taken in the winner’s circle more than any other trainer during the 2023 pari-mutuel season at J.D.A. Raceway. He has 10 wins, three seconds and four thirds after 33 races.

In the hunt are Garry Marks (32-8-10-7), Travis Robson (46-8-7-9) and Clint Rycroft (30-8-7-6). Robson has won the most money at $70,874 with Marks next at $58,681; Rycroft with $50,681; and Magnuson fourth at $49,810.

All three chasing Magnuson are in enough races this weekend to catch or overtake him.

Evergreen Park Racing Club horse High Kelly Babe, racing for the fifth time this year looking for her second win, is entered in Race 6 with a 3:20 p.m. start.

You can click on the icon to the right to watch all of Sunday's racing live.

After Sunday the horses move to Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge for racing in September and October.

 

Monday, 21 August 2023 10:56

OPEN FARM DAY PART OF RACE DAY

It's a delicious food win-win on Sunday at The Horses  At Evergreen Park.

Open Farm Day is on the menu and so is some great Farm To Table food as part of the Park's Lunch-Tizer.

Local producers are providing the ingredients and the Park's professional chefs will be creating the tasty morsels.

There are five items on the Lunch-Tizer menu. They will be available from 1-3 p.m. and are $4 each.

 

Broken Tine Orchard is providing the ingredients for Fricey’s Ice Cream Treat - local fruit and dairy combined to bring you rich, creamery ice cream. Your choice of raspberry and haskap flavors.

The Homestead Farm option is Caramelized Polynesian Pork Shoulder served with naan bites.

Harmony’s Way Farm’s offering is Mediterranean Style Lamb with citrus lattice potato gaufrettes.

Good Food Farm has pork loin Hungarian Goulash with langos bread on the menu.

At the Evergreen Park table will be a hickory smoked prime rib ciabatta slider.

Open Farm Day goes noon to 5 p.m. and includes:

  • Wagon rides 
  • Free face painting 
  • Horse Racing Alberta jockey horse demo 
  • Barn tours

You can watch the races live by clicking on the icon to the right.

On Saturday there are six races on the card and Sunday seven including the ACTRA Alberta Bred Stakes and the Marathon Series Leg 3. First post both days is 1:15 p.m. and admission is free.

The season wraps up August 26-27 with the Sunday being the big one – Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure and the Dino Derby.

Purple Day is a fund-raiser for pancreatic cancer research. Everyone is invited to dress up in purple with prizes for best dressed.

The Dino Derby is an awareness for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and includes an information booth, dino dig and, of course, the dino races on the track as soon as the horse races end. Admission to racing and all events at The Horses At Evergreen Park is free. First post for all horse races is 1:15 p.m.

 

Wednesday, 16 August 2023 09:32

RACING INTO HOMESTRETCH

The Horses At Evergreen Park is into the home stretch!

Just five race days remain out of 16 scheduled at J.D.A. Raceway for 2023.

And every weekend there is something different on the menu.

This Sunday, August 12, it’s Memorial/Pioneer Day.

On that day The Horses At Evergreen Park will be saluting those involved in the sport – jockeys, owners, trainers and others – who are no longer with us.

Both the Sprint Series Leg 2 and Distaff Series Leg 3 races will be held on August 13 and Race No. 7 features Evergreen Park Racing Club horse High Kelly Babe. There are a total of nine races on the day.

You can watch the races live by clicking on the Live Streaming icon to the right.

The following weekend there are two events – Family Days August 19-20 and Open Farm Day on the 20th.

Family Days there will be fun events, prizes and fun stuff for families.

Open Farm Day goes noon to 5 p.m. August 20 and includes:

  • Wagon rides
  • Face painting
  • Horse Racing Alberta jockey horse demo

Local farmers will also be showcased in a Farm to Table “Lunch-Tizer” - items prepared by Evergreen Park chefs and featuring products from local farms around the area. Each item will be $4, and “Lunch-tizers” are available between 1-3 p.m.

On the 20th the Marathon Series Leg 3 hits the track as well as the ACTRA Alberta-bred Stakes.

The season wraps up August 26-27 with the Sunday being the big one – Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure and the Dino Derby.

Purple Day is a fund-raiser for pancreatic cancer research. Everyone is invited to dress up in purple with prizes for best dressed.

The Dino Derby is an awareness for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and includes an information booth, dino dig and, of course, the dino races on the track as soon as the horse races end.

Admission to racing and all events at The Horses At Evergreen Park is free. First post for all horse races is 1:15 p.m.

 

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 08:53

MARATHON ON MENU AT J.D.A.

Part of the 14-race card at The Horses At Evergreen Park this weekend is Leg 2 of the Marathon Series. It is Race No. 4 on Sunday.

Over 1 1/16 miles the Marathon Series, and the GP Derby, are the longest races during the 16-day summer pari-mutuel run at J.D.A. Raceway.

There are six horses entered in the Marathon – Doc Ross, Flash Of Glory, Cozy Bear, Kvothe, Ocanera and Meet At Jakes. Purse is $9,000.

Leg 1 of the seven-horse Marathon on July 23 was won by Cozy Bear with Doc Ross second, Meet At Jakes fourth, Kvothe fifth and Flash of Glory sixth. Final leg of the Marathon goes on August 20.

The two days of races are split evenly with seven each day starting at 1:15 p.m. There is no admission fee to watch.

Sunday is Baconfest. There will be eight bacon-themed items available at $3.50 each. It starts at 12:30 p.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m.

Those unable to attend can watch the races live by clicking on the icon to the right.

 

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 15:53

DERBY DAY FEATURED GP OAKS AND GP DERBY

GP OAKS AND GP DERBY WINNERS IN A BREEZE

With all the fancy hats and amazing brunch the actual horse racing can sometimes get lost in the excitement of Derby Day at The Horses At Evergreen Park.

On Sunday the Grande Prairie Oaks and Grande Prairie Derby were the two featured races.

Both were won in relatively easy fashion.

First up was the Oaks, where five horses started racing over a mile.

The appropriately-named Northern Missile (in yellow in photo) really was.

 She won by almost eight lengths winning ahead of runner-up She’s A Cool Cat and third place finisher Flashing Joker.

 Ridden by Juan Apango took most of the purse money. A total of $14,575 of the $27,500 available. The horse is owned by Charlie Weaselhead, Warner Many Bears and Max Gibb. Travis Robson is the trainer.

In the Derby six horses left the starting gate chasing a purse of $28,000 over a 1 1/16 of a mile.

Crossing the finish line first was Altitude finishing handily ahead of Flashin Aces and Yes No Maybe So.

Both the Oaks and Derby were for three-year olds. The Oaks was for fillies.

Keishan Balgobin was in the saddle helping owner Robert Cameron and trainer Dean Camrose add $14,840 to their winnings.

A Sprint Series race was also held on Sunday with Bourbon Bandit (ridden by Orlando Foster, trained by Travis Robson and owned by the group of Charlie and Darcy Weaselhead and Terri-Lynne, Tony and Derrick Fox) finishing ahead of El Dorado and Bernalinho.

Sunday’s races marked the half-way point of the season at Evergreen Park. It continues weekend until August 27 with the finale being the Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple – Race For The Cure and the Dino Derby. Post time each Saturday and Sunday is 1:15 p.m.

 

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