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Musical ride and chuckwagons combine for action-packed weekend

June 3, 4, 5 a busy weekend at Legacy Co-op Grandstand.
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The CPCA last raced in Yorkton in 2012. (File Photo)

YORKTON - If you like action and artistry with horses involved, then you will want to be in front of the Legacy Co-op Grandstand the weekend of June 3-5. 

On the weekend the ‘CPCA Yorkton Classic’ will take to the track for three days of big chuckwagon racing action thanks to a sponsorship of the Yorkton Tribal Council. 

Tribal Chief Isabel O’Soup said they were happy to take on the event sponsorship. 

“We want to contribute to the community,” she said, adding it is important to be involved. 

“Our main goal is to build bridges,” she said, adding being involved in events such as the Yorkton Classic is one way to do that. 

Lori Walsh, president of the Yorkton Exhibition Association said the race weekend will be action packed with 36 drivers expected to compete for top prizes, adding many are top racers in the country including Logan Gorst, Todd Baptiste and Jamie Laboucane who compete at the Calgary Stampede. 

The CPCA sanctioned races were last held in Yorkton in 2012, with BJ Carey taking top prize. 

“We’re excited to be back,” he told a press conference Friday, adding they expect a grandstand packed with fans “cheering on the drivers.” 

As for the artistry of horses, the same weekend the famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride makes a return to the city having last performed here in 2015. The shows set for June 3 and 4 are presented by Legacy Co-op. 

“We’ve had a long-standing partnership with the Yorkton Exhibition,” said Jessie Huber, marketing manager with Legacy, adding being included with the RCMP ride is a continuation of the relationship. 

Huber said Legacy has as a core value community and being involved in that community and helping bringing a family-oriented show such as the musical ride to Yorkton fits perfectly and provides people with something fun to attend this summer. 

The musical ride has been part of the RCMP since 1876, and for the Yorkton shows 32 scarlet-coated ‘Mounties’ on black horses will present a 30-minute show of intricate patterns and cavalry drills, all choreographed to music. 

Tickets for both events go on sale May 11, at the YEA office.