The Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association tour got underway in North Battleford Friday with a historic heat amongst the action.
Amber L’Heureux made her chuckwagon racing debut as the first female driver in the CPCA in the fourth heat of the evening, taking second place with a time of 1:07.02, racing behind Mervin McCallum whose time was 1:04.76.
The first event of the CPCA season runs until Sunday June 2 at the Battlefords Ag Society grounds. L’Heureux races again Saturday and Sunday.
L’Heureux, originally from Glaslyn, is the first female in the circuit’s six-decade history to navigate the barrels. The 25-year-old passed the CPCA sanctioning tests in July of last year.
L’Heureux says her aspirations for the rookie season are to run clean and consistently, to finish in top 10 and win rookie of the year. Her parents and grandfather, who were also on the track with chariots and wagons, say they could not be more excited for L’Heureux to take this next step for their family legacy.