One of Alberta’s Finest
Ralph was elected to his first term as Mayor of Calgary in October of 1980. In March of 1989, he moved into Provincial Politics and was elected as the Progressive Conservative MLA for Calgary Elbow and was named Environment Minister a short time later.
In 1992, Ralph was elected by his party to replace retiring Premier Don Getty and was sworn in as Premier on December 14th of that year. He was once again elected to govern Alberta in the next election in June 1993 which was the first of many elections that he won. After fourteen years as premier, he retired on December 2, 2006. Sadly on Friday, March 29, 2013 we lost Ralph to illness.
Ralph was a long-time proponent of Harness Racing. Ralph attended the races frequently at Northlands Park and enjoyed talking with people that were knowledgeable with Standardbreds. Ralph is remembered for fondly loving our sport and often took the harness seat to drive in the annual “Premier’s Challenge for Charity”. He reflected his driving experiences as quite a rush. He was still an owner in the Don Monkman Stable showing his continued support for an industry he loved.
Ralph will always be remembered and honored in our industry here in Alberta with the Ralph Klein Breeders Stakes for 3yr-old Fillies. In 2017 there will be a new signature race named the Ralph Klein Memorial Stake for 3yr-old Colts and Geldings.
Thank you for joining us today Saturday, August 8th to watch some very talented young Fillies line up behind the gate for the $70,000 Ralph Klein Breeders Stake final in memory of KING RALPH! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
The statue plaque in the article photo reads:
Playful and Rebellious
These two colts are an expression of the vitality of Alberta horse racing and the promise it holds. Horse racing owes its gratitude to those who have led its renewal.
Not by being moderate, staid, and cautious, but in a style characterized by a Promethean spirit, mindful of the past, and caring for the future.
This statue is dedicated by the Alberta Horse Racing and Breeding Industry to the Honorable Ralph Klein, in appreciation of his efforts and
contributions towards industry revitalization.
This day, Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
Click the download link below to view the race program page with photos