The Alberta Annual Classic
2014 Alberta Annual Classic HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Location: Calnash Trucking Ag Event Centre Ponoka, Alberta
*****September 25 - 28, 2014*****
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Good evening everyone,
As of 6 pm August 1, 2014, the entries for the 2014 Alberta Annual Classic have closed. The Alberta Annual Classic has always been one of the premier shows for penning in Alberta if not Canada. Unfortunately, with the history of this show, there is a responsibility to maintain a very high standard for the show. Several factors definitely played a role in the dramatic decline in numbers for this year’s show. Rumours, speculation and opinions also weighed in heavily to sway penners from entering this year’s event. Regardless of the efforts of this committee to change the perception of the many, this year’s entries were down almost 50% from last year. And with further opinions about payouts not being what they have in past years, there was just no recovering from that position.
With less than 215 penning teams spread out across all classes and only 110 teams in all three sorting classes, it would be impossible to maintain the level of expectations the past 20 years has established. Some of the penning classes and sorting classes would barely be able to compete to pay back the entries that some riders have had to pay.
Therefore, it is with great disappointment that this year’s committee has made the decision to cancel the 2014 Alberta Annual Classic in Ponoka. The Committee did not want to make this decision but it was felt that if we ran just an average show, it would have a greater impact on future years than cancelling the show.
To all of the penners that entered teams in anticipation of this year’s show, we appreciate your commitment and we promise you that this does not spell the end for the Alberta Annual Classic. Once the dust settles, the Committee will be taking a look at all options for 2015 and any feedback that the penning community wishes to pass on is always appreciated.
To the rest of the Committee, I want to personally thank each of you for sticking with it this far knowing the mountain that we faced.
Alberta Annual Classic Committee
Sorting classes held on September 25 Penning classes held on September 26, 27, and 28
Entries open July 14, 2014 8 AM and close August 1, 2014 6 PM MST
We welcome the following as 2014 Sponsors. Thank you for your support!!!
Duncan & Craig
Equistar Veterinary Services
*** 2013 Sponsors***
(Posted October 1, 2013)
Please make every effort and take any opportunity to thank the many 2013 sponsors. The Classic Committee would also like to thank each and every one of them for their contribution.
Cattle Number Sponsors (Sorting)
City Ford Sales Ltd.
Daren and Patty Hawrish
Jason’s Equine Services (Farrier)
Ponoka Agricultural Society
Cattle Number Sponsors (Penning)
Thanks again to our sponsors.