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.
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
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 Eaglesï¿½ 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 ï¿½97, 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
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
The first St. Walburg ATV Club Spring Rally took place in ï¿½98, 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 ï¿½02 that blew a tent off its moorings, and the snow and
cold in May ï¿½05. Although the rally went on with a little over a hundred riders,
a ï¿½rain date rallyï¿½ 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 ï¿½03, 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
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, ï¿½to
see how ATVï¿½s were used in Canada,ï¿½ and, ï¿½to send information back to the factory.ï¿½ 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)
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 Catï¿½s Kory Poliakowski and Pat Vincent joined the Roughï¿½Nï¿½Tough
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 ï¿½ Nï¿½ 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 youï¿½ll ever taste, according to
many rally participants. Paul Schiller and Merle Arnold are in charge of drags and
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 ï¿½Nï¿½ Tough Powersports.
ï¿½Al Fauchon,ï¿½ said Schiller, ï¿½is the main sponsor, and he gets the others
in as sponsors.ï¿½ 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, ï¿½it is the best in the west!ï¿½
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
letï¿½s not forget Mother Natureï¿½s 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 yearï¿½s 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, ï¿½Mud after mud after mud!ï¿½
Allan Fauchon of Rough N Tough Power Sports had this comment upon arrival at
the clubhouse, ï¿½This was probably the best rally Iï¿½ve ever been involved with.ï¿½
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, ï¿½The trail and weather conditions were both
excellent. Itï¿½s the biggest and the best weï¿½ve ever had.ï¿½
The fun began with 23 riders competing in 31 pulls. The rain that arrived on
the Friday night didnï¿½t 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 Toughï¿½s Fauchon said,
ï¿½There were some very aggressive water holes.ï¿½
Suzukiï¿½s Hirozawa said, ï¿½It was very exciting.ï¿½ This was his first ride
on an ATV in Canada. He commented, ï¿½It was fun. Extremely challenging!ï¿½
The reason Hirozawa and the other Suzuki people came to St. Walburg, he said,
wanted to know how ATVs are used in western Canada. We need to send information
back to the factory.ï¿½
A winch was needed several times before Hirozawa made it back to base and he
had this to say, ï¿½Up until now, for me, the winch was a promotional item. Now,
I respect the winch.ï¿½
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.ï¿½ He enjoyed the great atmosphere that created and said, ï¿½I will come
back next year.ï¿½
Tyler Seguin, age 10, was a passenger with his dad Roland Seguin as chauffeur. This
was Tylerï¿½s first rally and said, ï¿½It was awesome!ï¿½ His favourite part? ï¿½When
we got stuck in a mud hole about 15 kilometres in to it.ï¿½ 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, ï¿½I think my favourite part was the
big water parts and the deep stuff, where I got stuck.ï¿½ His Dad Jim McDonald pulled
David Hetu of Lloydminster was a first-timer at the rally and said, ï¿½It was
good. Lots of challenges.ï¿½ His friend Art Dagenais, also a first-timer out of
Lloydminster said, ï¿½It was awesome. Iï¿½ll do it again.ï¿½
When rally regulars Allen and Jean Wood of Marshall were asked if there was enough
mud and water, they replied, ï¿½Oh yeah!ï¿½
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, ï¿½What are the wrist bands for?ï¿½ Answer, ï¿½Thatï¿½s for
when you drown they can identify you the next morning.ï¿½
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
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, ï¿½As far as
volunteers are concerned, we have lots of those and it is getting better every year.ï¿½
Schiller said, ï¿½Thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and club members for the
hard work they did to prepare for this rally.ï¿½ He added, ï¿½We would especially
like to thank Dale Neumann for the use of his land.ï¿½ Schiller also gave high marks
to the sponsors who were, ï¿½very supportive of the whole club with donations and
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
Fauchon had many enthusiastic things to say, such as the trail was well marked and
the pulls went very well. He said, ï¿½A special thanks to Matt Michaud and Parts
Canada, for supplying us with all the prizes for the pulls.ï¿½ He also gave, ï¿½Kudos
to the volunteers.ï¿½
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
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 werenï¿½t bragging about surviving the 2007 St. Walburg
Spring ATV Rally for nothing. Hirozawa summed it up best by saying, ï¿½This is tough
on ATVs and tough on you!ï¿½