ALBERTA PROFESSIONAL CHUCKWAGON & CHARIOT ASSOCATION
Wagon Driver Prayer
Heavenly Father, we pause, mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We ask that you be with us at these races, and we pray that you will guide us on the race track of life. We don’t ask for special favors or to draw the rail every time, nor do we ask for all daylight runs or never to tip a barrel. Help us, Lord, to live our lives in such a manner that when we make that last, inevitable, ride to the country where the grass grows lush, green and neck yoke high, and the water runs cool, clear and deep, that you, as our last judge, will tell us that our entry fees are paid. Amen.
of the APCCA
Chariot racing begin’s as an unorganized group. Typically two horses hooked to a pole, connected to a set of rubber tires (bicycle like) with the driver sitting on a padded seat – these tipped easily. Memories of some of the first races included racing up a back alley, behind hotels, around a sawdust pile and back again.
Original membership fees were set at $10 each and associate members $2 each. In 1976 it was raised to $12, 1977 raised to $15 and associate $10. A lot of the original constitution was taken from the Saskatchewan club (which began two years earlier). In 1972, the basket type car was introduced. This type of cart with the wheels enclosed is still used today.
By 1964 a few brave souls started to race wagons. Some of the first races were held in Ohaton, Eckville, Okotoks, and Daysland. By 1966 a few various clubs formed throughout the province in areas such as Peace River County, Whitecourt, and Pincher Creek. On June 19, 1968 the Alberta Pony Chuckwagon and Chariot Association was registered with the societies act as a non profit organization.