Major Success at the 2022  Ponoka Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction 

PONOKA, Alberta (May 6th 2022) – The final chuckwagon canvas auction for the 2022 WPCA Pro Tour took place for one of chuckwagon racing’s premier events – the Ponoka Stampede – on Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Stagecoach Saloon on the Ponoka Stampede grounds in Ponoka, Alberta. Prime advertising space was available on the wagons of the best 34 chuckwagon drivers in the world today, plus two Wild Card Spots on chuckwagon racing’s predominant racing circuit. Overall it was a very good sale as the 2022 total was a very strong $389,750.00.

Reigning World and former Ponoka Stampede Champion Kurt Bensmiller and third year driver Wade Salmond were the sale toppers taking in $20,000.00 each from Versatile Energy Services and Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. respectively. This was $5,000.00 below the top bid from the last Ponoka Stampede sale held in 2019. The low bid was $6,000.00 which equaled the low bid from 2019. The average bid was $10,826.39, with the median bid at an even $8,000.00 which was down slightly over the 2019 median bid. The overall total was up $13,500.00 above the 2019 total.

Before the festivities began, buckle presentations were made to the 2021 World Champions and Top Rookies. 2021 World Champion Chuckwagon Driver Obrey Motowylo, 2021, World Champion Outrider Hayden Motowylo, 2021 WPCA Top Rookie Outrider Nolan Cameron and 2021 WPCA Top Rookie Driver Chance Thomson all received beautiful Olson Silver Belt Buckles commemorating their achievements in 2021.

In less than one month, the wagons roll into Grande Prairie, Alberta with the first stop on the WPCA Pro Tour from May 25 – 31, 2022 with the running of the Grande Prairie Stompede. Live coverage of all 50 days of the 2021 WPCA Pro Tour can be heard on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio.

Billy Melville

Ponoka Stampede Canvas Auction Results
DriverSponsorAmount Bid
Kurt BensmillerVersatile Energy Solutions Ltd.$20,000.00
Wade SalmondVold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd.$20,000.00
Layne MacGillivrayLeague Projects$19,000.00
Dustin GorstCentury Downs Racetrack and Casino$19,000.00
Codey McCurrachTOMCO Group of Companies$18,000.00
Troy Flad5 Star Propane Ltd.$18,000.00
Troy DorchesterTeam Rig & Supply/PureChem Services$18,000.00
Obrey MotowyloCo-operators$16,000.00
Doug Irvine Silent Ice Sports & Entertainment$14,000.00
Vern NolinMcCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd.$12,000.00
Jordie FikeIrvine’s Saddles & Western Wear$10,000.00
Kris MolleEagle Builders$9,000.00
Cody RidsdaleRai-Lynn Trucking Ltd. $9,000.00
Evan SalmondWheeler’s Transport (2001) Ltd.$9,000.00
Darcy FladWetaskiwin Ready Mix$9,000.00
Chad FikeCalnash Trucking Ltd. $9,000.00
Mark SutherlandPidherney’s$8,500.00
Kirk SutherlandMorskate Manufacturing$8,000.00
Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy Ltd.$8,000.00
Chance FladAspen Cross$8,000.00
Chad HardenImage Distributors$7,500.00
Roger MooreBobcat of Camrose$7,000.00
Chanse VigenBusted Ladies Lingerie$6,500.00
Mitch SutherlandPride of Ponoka$6,000.00
Josh HyrnykLongscore Saloon$6,000.00
Dayton SutherlandSutherland Racing$9,250.00
Kelly MorinMorin’ Ever – Jeff & Juklie DeSutter$6,000.00
Layne FladQuick Moves Concrete Pumping Ltd. $7,500.00
Chance BensmillerTim Wilson$9,000.00
Roy RomanowPride of Ponoka$6,000.00
Chance ThomsonThorsby Stockyards$10,750.00
Derek AeblySECURE Energy Services$7,750.00
Dean DregerNorthern Mat & Bridge$16,000.00
Tuff DregerReinhart Oilfield Services Ltd.$11,000.00
Wildcard #1Benchmark Commodities Ltd.$6,000.00
Wildcard #2Canadian Premium Meats Inc.$6,000.00
Total Amount Bid$389,750.00
Average Bid$10,826.39
Median Bid$8,000.00
High Bid$20,000.00
Low Bid$6,000.00
2019 Total$376,250.00
Difference Over 2019$13,500.00



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