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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

East West Chapter - Triple Drive Event

From left, Three Generation of drivers, granddaughter Tayten Wagar, Grandmother Shari Weigel from Thorhild, and Daughter Kelly Wagar from Redwater. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The East-West Chapter of the Alberta Carriage Driving Association (ACDA) held a Triple Drive Event at the Vermilion Ag grounds on August 27 and 28.

There were two Continuous Drive competitions held on August 27 in the morning and afternoon and a third competition held on the 28th; each day consisted of dressage, cones, and a derby course.

The competition was organized by Chapter members and was judged by Kathleen Winfield, President of the Jury (Dressage Judge), and Byron Crook, and Technical Delegate (Derby Judge).

A highlight of this year’s event was having three generations of a family participating over the weekend, grandmother Shari Weigel from Thorhild, her daughter Kelly Wagar, and granddaughter Tayten Wagar from Redwater.

“I have been with the association since 1992 and this is the first time we have had three generations in the group, we have had two generations but not three,” commented Irene Smith, member of the East-West Chapter of the ACDA.

The weekend-long event was a success and everyone enjoyed the competitions and camaraderie.

“It was a wonderful weekend, and everyone seemed to have fun. We had participants from Okotoks, Stony Plain, Cold Lake, Edgerton, Viking, and Vermilion. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers and sponsors. The volunteers come out and help in any weather, we certainly couldn’t do it without them,” said Smith.

The East-West Chapter is one of the driving chapters under the ACDA Association and is a non-profit organization that services northeastern Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan. The association provides carriage driver enthusiasts with driving competitions, clinics, and many fun activities each year.

The East-West Chapter is now in its 32 year and holds annual events each year. New members are always welcome and can contact them by email at

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