Kim Randall was introduced as Evergreen Park’s Associate General Manager at the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society Annual General Meeting on Tuesday.
She will take over as General Manager on January 1, 2023. Until then she will be working closely with current General Manager Dan Gorman, who is stepping down at the end of 2022.
Randall has spent over 30 years in the hotel business and is the current General Manager of the Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites in Calgary.
“I think the Park has so much opportunity and so much to offer to the people of Grande Prairie,” she says. “I look forward to coming in and being a part of that.”
She has a sister and son who both live in Grande Prairie and says “I’m coming to join my family, not just come up north.”
During his 10 years at the Park Gorman has helped cut the Park debt by millions of dollars, renovated Clarkson Hall and the Lewis Hawkes Arena and signed long-term agreements with many users, among other accomplishments.
“It sounds like he has done an amazing job here,” she says.
Randall will assume her new position at Evergreen Park in May.
The Grande Prairie Stompede is returning for 2022!
It goes Wednesday, May 25 to Sunday, May 29 at Evergreen Park.
Pro rodeo and chuckwagon racing will be included.
Details on other events will be available later.
Check the Stompede website at https://gpstompede.com/ for more information in regards to tickets, sponsorships, preferred companies and more.
If you put a win/place/show bet on trainer Wade Eno’s horses this year at The Horses At Evergreen Park you probably made some money.
Eno, the Top Trainer at the summer meet at J.D.A. Raceway, had has horses in the top three 66% of the time over the 18-day racing season.
Jamaica’s Larris Allen was the Top Jockey after 18 days of racing during July and August.
Eno finished with 12 wins, seven seconds and four thirds after 35 races involving horses he trains. The former Manitoba Derby winner (with a horse named Mongolian Wind in 2020) collected $36,017 in purse money.
Eno, from Rimbey, finished three wins ahead of three other trainers – local Nellie Pigeau, Garry Marks and Jim Depew.
Over his training career, which started in 1991, Eno has had 780 starts with 94 of those being wins and has collected $395,462 in purse money for various owners.
Pigeau, who won the award in 2021, was by far the busiest of the trainers with 90 horses entered over the two months of racing. Eno’s 35 was second-most while Marks and Lyle Magnusson each had 33 starts.
William Leech, who has local Chuck Stojan among his customers, finished with the most money earned among trainers with $74,507.
Allen raced 84 times with 23 wins, 15 seconds and 18 thirds and earned his owners $107,487 over the summer. His winning percentage was 27% and win/place/show at 67%.
Trevor Simpson finished second with 16 wins in 67 starts and Jose Rocha was third with 13 wins after leaving the gates 68 times.
Allen started racing in Lethbridge in 2010 and since then has been on 3,112 mounts with 744 wins and $2,671,088 in purses.
Three horses ended up with three wins in Grande Prairie – Causin Mischief, Benny’s Girlfriend and Serappy G. Causin Mischief was the top money earner among those horses with $11,679.
Many of the same trainers and horses now head south to Lethbridge for the fall meet, which starts this weekend.
All of the Lethbridge races can be seen on the screens in the Wild Horses Casino & Lounge at Evergreen Park.
The Horses At Evergreen Park continue every Saturday and Sunday during the month of August with 1:15 p.m. first posts.
Every weekend there are featured races highlighted by the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Stakes on Sunday, August 22 and Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple – Race For the Cure on Sunday, August 29 to wrap up the racing season.
August 22 is also Dino Derby Day. Dinosaurs will be trying to outrace extinction on the J.D.A. Track looking to be Fast, Faster or Fastest.Paint The Park Purple is a fundraiser for the fight against pancreatic cancer. Mascot Mania will be part of the day as local mascots compete against each other and for the public’s attention.
Grande Sunset Theatre outdoor movies continue Saturdays during August. On the 14th there is a special movie night. The movie Jurassic Park will be shown and proceeds will go toward PARDS, STARS, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and The Salvation Army. You can purchase tickets for that fundraiser here.
The Co-op Community Disc Golf Course is one of three being used for the Alberta Disc Golf Championship on August 14-15. Visit the local association page here for details.
A Livestock Music Festival was scheduled for the 20-21 but was cancelled because of COVID concerns.
The award-winning Alberta Food & Beverage Expo is back!
It goes Saturday, August 28 from 4-10 p.m. in Evaskevich Hall in the TARA Centre. Tickets are available at Moxie’s Bar & Grill, Royal Spirts Liquor Store (Southgate) and at the Evergreen Park admin offices in the TARA Centre.
Anyone attending, or organizing, an event at Evergreen Park is eligible for the special Evergreen Park discount at the Evergreen Park Preferred Accommodations - Holloway Lodging. Grande Prairie hotels included are the Best Western, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn and Super 8.
You can order online here or advise when calling to book you are taking part in an event at Evergreen Park.
The Horses At Evergreen Park go Saturdays and Sundays with a 1:15 p.m. post time. There were to be races Friday, July 23 and 30, but those have been cancelled.
Feature events in August include Bacon Fest on Sunday the 8th; the GPRTA Stakes and Dino Derby on Sunday, August 22 and Mr. Mike's Paint The Park Purple - Race For The Cure on Sunday, August 29 to wrap up the season.
There is no admission fee to watch the races. There is a beverage tent available on lots of room for social distancing and two smoking areas. The MNP Pony Express Mobile Concession is located at the north end of the grandstand.
Wild Horse Casino & Lounge (10 a.m. - a.m.) and the Pines Family Restaurant (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.) are part of the racing complex, which also includes the MNP Concourse where betting stations are located.
Fans have the option of betting in person at the betting stations or doing so online through HPIBet or ExpressBet.
Holloway Lodging Corporation is now the preferred hospitality provider for Evergreen Park.
Holloway and Evergreen Park signed an agreement recently that will begin, what both feel, will be a great partnership moving forward.
“Evergreen Park is excited to announce its partnership with Holloway Lodging Corp, as its preferred hotel (hospitality) provider,” said Evergreen Park General Manager Dan Gorman. “Holloway Lodging Corp has four very well-known and respected Grande Prairie hotel properties that will serve well the many visitors who attend Evergreen Park’s year-round events and activities.”
Evergreen Park visitors are being encouraged to stay at one of the four Holloway Lodging Corporation facilities in Grande Prairie – Holiday Inn & Suites, Best Western Hotel & Suites, Quality Inn & Suites and Super 8.
“Holloway Lodging Corp is extremely pleased with our long-term relationship with Evergreen Park,” said Holloway Chief Operating Officer Felix Seiler. “Our partnership with this great all-year round facility fits us perfectly and we look forward to be the preferred hospitality provider.
“Our four Grande Prairie hotels are well known for their service and great staff and we welcome all visitors to the many events and functions at Evergreen Park.”
Guests that stay at one of the four hotels will receive a discount at the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge and Pines Family Restaurant when they visit the Park.
Evergreen Park will also serve as the meeting and events venue for the Holloway hotels if their facilities are booked or not able to handle larger events that could be facilitated in the TARA Centre or other Evergreen Park buildings.
Holloway and the Park will be creating various Stay & Play promotions with the idea that visitors stay at Holloway hotels and come out to the Park to play – whether it be to watch horse racing; take a spin on the slots in the casino; hike on the Evergreen Ridge trails; take part in a baseball or archery tournament; compete in horse events through gymkhana and the local horse club; try out the community disc golf course; or take in an outdoor movie at Grande Sunset Theatre.
Anyone taking part in an event at the Park will be offered a discount at all four hotels.
Holloway Lodging Corporation is a Canadian-owned hotel company specializing in operating select and limited service hotels in secondary, tertiary and suburban markets across Canada.
Evergreen Park, under the umbrella of the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society, is a registered charitable non-profit. The Ag Society has been a part of the Grande Prairie landscape since 1911.
The Horses At Evergreen Park Stakes Schedule and the Stall Application form for 2021 have been released by Racing Manager Pat Hill.
Racing kicks off on July 10 and some of the feature races over the summer are the Grande Prairie Sprint, ACTRA Alberta Bred Stakes, GP Distance, John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Adequan Distaff, GP Distaff, Marathon Series, Spring Series, Sales Stakes Futurity, Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Stakes and the Mr. Mike's Steakhouse Paint The Park Purple Stakes.
JDA Raceway at Gordon Badger Stadium will be hosting 18 race days in 2021- three more than in 2020. Racing will be held on two Fridays (July 23 and 30), eight Saturdays and eight Sundays. Post time Fridays is 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1:15 p.m.
Racing fans are asked to check the news in regards to attendance restrictions for outdoor events as those numbers could change as the summer racing season approaches. For the complete summer racing schedule click here.
There will not be a Foster's Peace Country Classic Agri-Show in 2021.
The 36th edition that was set for March 11 to 13 has been cancelled.
Evergreen Park general manager Dan Gorman says this is because of COVID-19.
“There’s just too much going on, still too many cases and too many restrictions, understandably so, that would really preclude us from having a significant crowd come in and also make it difficult for a lot of our vendors to come up from down south and other areas.”
He adds at this time, there is nothing planned to take its place.
“We’ll play that by ear. If any real, real small things come in, then we’ll look at that. There is still a possibility that the bull sale might go ahead in the Lewis Hawkes (Pavilion), but we’ll know about that as we get closer.”
Gorman adds planning is already underway for the 2022 edition.
The 2020 edition was cancelled after Day 1 because of the unfolding pandemic.
- by Curtis Galbraith, Everything GP
Grande Prairie’s Nellie Pigeau was the busiest trainer at The Horses At Evergreen Park at JDA Raceway this summer.
She was also the winningest.
Fifty-one times Pigeau watched horses she trains leave the gates and 13 times they won; 12 times they finished second; and 10 times they ended up third. That means 69% of the time they were a win, place or show and 25% of her starts were victories. CLICK HER FOR COMPLETE STORY
There were lots of happy people at JDA Raceway at Evergreen Park on the weekend, but likely none more delighted than Don Danard, Don Knight and Chuck Stojan.
Those three were the winners of the biggest races on Days 11 and 12 of the 14-day season of The Horses At Evergreen Park. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE