The St. Walburg ATV Club is very committed to the community of St. Walburg and surrounding area.  To date we have donated money to, and/or purchased equipment for the following:

St. Walburg Health Centre

St. Walburg School Sports and Travel Groups

St. Walburg & District Fire & Rescue Assn.

Local families in need of financial assistance due to sickness or injury.

Telemiracle

CIBC Run For The Cure

The development and maintenance of riding trails.

From humble beginnings to the best in the west, the St. Walburg ATV Club knows how to rally

Reprinted with permission from the St. Walburg & Area Gazette April 26, 2009

By Carol Minty

    The St. Walburg ATV club has become an important part of the community since its formation and  has  continued to grow and experience many changes.

    Back in 1997, Frank Schiller, a member of the fledgling Eagles� Board, tried to get a Liquor and Gaming  Commission license to raffle off a quad.  

    This was not possible due to technicalities, including the age of some Eagles members.  However, Schiller had noticed that a snowmobile club had a license to raffle and, on inquiry, learned that an ATV club could do the same, and the St. Walburg ATV Club was born.  

    The club, which held its first rally in the Fall of �97, used the funds raised to help the St. Walburg Eagles until the Eagles no longer needed the assistance.  

    At that point, the St. Walburg ATV Club, which is also a member of the Sask. ATV Association, started to give funds for  the Cancer Society, a classroom hearing system for St. Walburg School, special chairs for residents of Lakeland Lodge, and others.

    The  ATV Club continues to donate, such as to the school groups that come out and help at rallies for school activities, such as grad or the Travel Club.  The ATV Club will  help any organisation needing help with educational, health and similar projects.  

    The first St. Walburg ATV Club Spring Rally took place in �98, and the club has held  Fall and Spring rallies every year since then.

    The only weather glitches that had a significant effect of the rallies were the gusty winds in September �02 that blew a tent off its moorings, and the snow and cold in May �05.  Although the rally went on with a little over a hundred riders, a �rain date rally� was held on May 28th.

    In 2000, they started to offer Quad Pulls. There was a new location for the start of the run in Spring �03, their fifth anniversary.  

    In the Spring of 2004, Dale and Colleen Neumann donated the use of some of their land for a permanent starting point for the rallies.  A clubhouse donated by Border City RV was moved onto this land in Fall 2005.

    In September 2006, it rained the week before the rally and was record-making muddy.  

    In May 2007 there were almost 700 riders and major sponsors from Suzuki attended.  Kenji Hirozawa, Takehito Mashiba, Dave Howson and Greg Lamb came, said Hirozawa, �to see how ATV�s were used in Canada,� and, �to send information back to the factory.�   This was when they realized how important it was to have a winch on the quad.

    Kawasaki sponsors Bruce Marcia and Ken Hasib were in attendance at the October 2007 rally.  That year, pulls were cancelled because of the rain.  

    By this time, Darren Millard had built a road out to the site.  The day was completed in fine style with a pig roast (looked after by Norm Watts of National Oilwell Varco) and fireworks.

    By Spring 2008, the parking lot was cleaned and levelled.  This was the first year for ATV Drag Racing.  The club purchased a Prostart light tree to start the races.  Proceeds of this rally went to the new Fire Hall and the Lodge.

      Arctic Cat�s Kory Poliakowski and Pat Vincent joined the Rough�N�Tough crew as sponsors for the Fall 2008 rally.  At this rally was the rider from farther away than any other - Andre Morato from Brazil had the ride of his life in a side by side with a Rough � N� Tough driver.  

      The founding members of the club included Frank Schiller, Paul Schiller, Dale Neumann, Bob Veenstra, Merle Arnold, Don Nicholson, Ken Rutherford, and Blaine Fowler.  

    By the Spring of 2004, the club had eleven members: Frank and Maria Schiller, Paul and Kim Schiller, Blaine and Tammy Fowler, Roger Larre, Dale and Colleen Neumann, Ron Nasby and Merle Arnold. Many of the current members take charge of, or assist with, specific tasks at the rallies.  Gerald Dukes takes care of the breakfast and home base cooking - some of the best hamburgers you�ll ever taste, according to many rally participants.  Paul Schiller and Merle Arnold are in charge of drags and pulls.

    Members who usually look after the halfway point are Don Nicholson, Ken Rutherford, Dale Neumann, Henry Seguin, Greg Lukan and/or Gary Carnell.

    Brian Williamson looks after parking, Maria Schiller is the treasurer, and Frank co-ordinates and provides general assistance.  

    Also providing help where needed are: Dave and Joe Lukan, Stu Bronken, Daryl Stevenson and Ron Hunter.  Everyone helps with cleaning trails and repairing and cleaning the clubhouse.

    In addition, there are volunteers who help  out -  many of them spouses or offspring of the current members - with the rallies, and many cash sponsors and businesses that donate prizes. These  can be found on the website- stwalburgatvclub.com

      A major sponsor from the beginning was Battlefords Supercycle with Al Fauchon.   Fauchon went to Lloydminster three years ago to Rough �N� Tough Powersports.

    ï¿½Al Fauchon,� said Schiller, �is the main sponsor, and he gets the others in as sponsors.�  The latter include Suzuki, Arctic Cat, Kawasaki and Parts Canada (which supplies parts to ATV dealers all across Canada).  The representatives of these businesses enjoy the rallies as much as the rest of the riders.

                Today, says Fauchon, the spring rally is known across Canada and added, �it is the best in the west!�

Making history by making tracks

in the mud

St. Walburg Spring 2007 ATV Rally

the biggest and best ever

(Reprinted here with permission of the St. Walburg & Area Gazette May 16, 2007

By Tom Pierson

    Whether it was making tracks, making friends, making history or just making it around the trail, the St. Walburg Spring 2007 ATV Rally had all the elements.  And let�s not forget Mother Nature�s elements, such as warm sunshine, mud and water holes, rocks, logs and beautiful scenery, they were all in abundance as spring truly arrived in St. Walburg.

    The rally was held Saturday, May 12th, and this year�s event brought several high ranking officials from Suzuki Canada and American Suzuki Motor Corporation, such as Kenji Hirozawa, National Director for Canada.  When asked what was his favourite part of the rally, he replied, �Mud after mud after mud!�

    Allan Fauchon of Rough N Tough Power Sports had this comment upon arrival at the clubhouse, �This was probably the best rally I�ve ever been involved with.�

    For the record, the previous mark for the highest number of registered riders was the 2006 spring rally, which was set at 421.  This year, that record was smashed, demolished, obliterated and disintegrated, when a total of 696 riders were registered.  Needless to say, the landscape was forest to forest filled with ATVs.

    Organizer Frank Schiller said, �The trail and weather conditions were both excellent.  It�s the biggest and the best we�ve ever had.�

    The fun began with 23 riders competing in 31 pulls.  The rain that arrived on the Friday night didn�t dampen any spirits, in fact the rain settled the dust and enhanced the experience of the pulls, mud puddles and water holes.  

    The 60 kilometre course offered everything for the quadding enthusiast.  If you wanted a leisurely ride through beautiful scenery to shake off the winter chill, it was there.

    If you wanted some adventure that included some muddy tracks or small water holes, it was there.

    For the hard core adventure seeker, there were large mud and water holes to fly through to test both man and machine to the limits.  Rough N Tough�s Fauchon said, �There were some very aggressive water holes.�

    Suzuki�s Hirozawa said, �It was very exciting.�  This was his first ride on an ATV in Canada.  He commented, �It was fun.  Extremely challenging!�  

    The reason Hirozawa and the other Suzuki people came to St. Walburg, he said, �We

wanted to know how ATVs are used in western Canada.  We need to send information back to the factory.�  

    A winch was needed several times before Hirozawa made it back to base and he had this to say, �Up until now, for me, the winch was a promotional item.  Now, I respect the winch.�

    When he goes back to his office in Toronto, Hirozawa well be taking back some good memories.  ï¿½People are so friendly, helping each other.  They were very good to me.�  He enjoyed the great atmosphere that created and said, �I will come back next year.�

    Tyler Seguin, age 10, was a passenger with his dad Roland Seguin as chauffeur.  This was Tyler�s first rally and said, �It was awesome!�  His favourite part?  ï¿½When we got stuck in a mud hole about 15 kilometres in to it.�  Yes, he is looking forward to going again.

    The trail itself consists of hills, turns, texas gates to forge across fences, logs, a few flat stretches and riders of all ages.  The youngest rider was Billy McDonald, age 7, of Drayton Valley.  He said, �I think my favourite part was the big water parts and the deep stuff, where I got stuck.�  His Dad Jim McDonald pulled him out.

    David Hetu of Lloydminster was a first-timer at the rally and said, �It was good.  Lots of challenges.�  His friend Art Dagenais, also a first-timer out of Lloydminster said, �It was awesome.  I�ll do it again.�

    When rally regulars Allen and Jean Wood of Marshall were asked if there was enough mud and water, they replied, �Oh yeah!�

    Other comments included the fact that not all challenges were from nature.  One woman complained of the difficulty in staying in her seat from all the slippery mud that accumulated from hopping on and off the machine when she got stuck.

    One of the funnier comments overheard occurred at the registration desk.  One guy asked his buddy, �What are the wrist bands for?�  Answer, �That�s for when you drown they can identify you the next morning.�

    In reality, Club members take great pains to ensure every rider is alive and well and accounted for before they call it a day, which has been known to take until morning.

    Organizer Frank Schiller says work starts on the rally three weeks in advance, weekends and after work.  The trail gets a cleaning.  Trees that have fallen across the trail are removed, the trail is groomed, dead trees are removed from beside the deeper water holes.

    The crew that comes together to put on the rally include 14 members, at least 20 volunteers, as well as Grade 11 and 12 students.  Schiller says, �As far as volunteers are concerned, we have lots of those and it is getting better every year.�  

    Schiller said, �Thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and club members for the hard work they did to prepare for this rally.�  He added, �We would especially like to thank Dale Neumann for the use of his land.�  Schiller also gave high marks to the sponsors who were, �very supportive of the whole club with donations and door prizes.�

    Since the snow has gone away, club members have been busy, said members Gerald Dukes and Blaine Fowler.  A new metal roof and rafters was installed on the clubhouse, levelled and put down a new OSB floor and opened up the space by removing a wall.  Members are in the process of installing an inside bathroom, to go with the three new septic tanks (1 inside and 2 outside).

    Outside, three new decks have been added and road in to the clubhouse was built up to allow easier access for trailers.

                Riders came from far and wide.  The starting points were: Grand Prairie, Olds, Regina, Yorkton, St. Walburg, Paradise Hill, Red Deer Green Lake, Vermillion, Edmonton, Kerrobert, Leduc, Unity, Slave Lake, Sundre, Edgerton, Cold Lake, Saskatoon, Battlefords, Rimbey, Hinton, Govan, Spiritwood, Leoville, Pierceland, Drayton Valley, Sherwood Park, Langham, Medicine Hat, Midland, Waseca, Spruce Grove, River Course and Daysland.

Fauchon had many enthusiastic things to say, such as the trail was well marked and the pulls went very well. He said, �A special thanks to Matt Michaud and Parts Canada, for supplying us with all the prizes for the pulls.�  He also gave, �Kudos to the volunteers.�

    When talking about the history making visit by the Suzuki representatives, Fauchon said, The Suzuki reps from the U.S. and Canada had such a great time they will be back.�

    Because this rally is put on by the non-profit St. Walburg ATV Club, many wonder where the money goes.  Apart from the upgrades at the clubhouse, throughout the year, local charities and organizations receive donations, such as new specially equipped resident chairs at Lakeland Lodge.  Schiller says he is proud to give back to the community on behalf of the Club.

                The T-shirts weren�t bragging about surviving the 2007 St. Walburg Spring ATV Rally for nothing.  Hirozawa summed it up best by saying, �This is tough on ATVs and tough on you!�

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