2018 North Battleford Champion Driver Robby Ethier with Champion Outriders Tyler Mckenzie and Tyson Whitehead. Photo credit to CVM Photography
“A Whole lot of Firsts”
Stop number 1 of our 2018 CPCA Tour is in the books. We rolled in to North Battleford with a lot of anticipation and excitement. Unfortunately we had to wait for Day 2 because Day 1 was rained out. For our Rookie Drivers and Veterans alike it meant waiting 1 more day. Finally on Saturday June 2 at 6:30 we were underway with 11 exciting heats.
The first day of racing saw a lot of “Firsts”. It was the First Time Rookie Drivers Dale Mitsuing, Eric Gladue, Preston Faithful and Keith Faithful made there CPCA Tour Debut. Keith had a bit of tough luck with one of his lead horses rearing up and ended up having to pull up in the barrels (should note that he had a great run the following day). The other 3 guys all did great despite a down pour just before there heat started. Another “First” was a Day Money Run for Robby Ethier with Saskatoon Cylinder. Robby is starting his 6th year of racing and has been very close to the top and always right there knocking on the door for a day money and it finally happened.
Championship Sunday did not disappoint. The crowd was fantastic and the races were exciting. BJ Carey with Ozone Oilfield Services (Fill in Driver Todd Baptiste) came out with a Day Money. For those that don’t know BJ broke his finger the day before our season was about to kick off and it is casted and he will be unable to drive for at least 2 weeks. But the big story on Championship Sunday was none other than Team E Robby Either with his Sponsor Saskatoon Cylinder taking home North Battelford Show Championship, and you guessed it…another “First” for Robby. When asked how it felt to win his first show of his career he replied “It is like my own little Stanley Cup”, he was very quick to thank all of his Sponsors, Family, Friends and of course his Outriders Tyler Mckenzie and Tyson Whitehead.
Next stop is Bonnyville, Alberta with Chuckwagon Races going Friday June 8 @ 7:00 p.m., Saturday June 9 @ 7:00 p.m. and Sunday June 10 @ 1:00 p.m. Please check the Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all of the information.
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