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Bio

Mike Vigen

 

Name Birth Date: April 22, 1959
Year Started Outriding: 1975
Year Started Driving: 1989
Hometown: Grande Prairie, AB
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications: 11
WINS:2

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World Professional Standings

2014 - 25th
2013 - 11th
2012 - 35th
2011 - 21st
2010 - 19th
2009 - 15th
2008 - 26th
2007 - 16th
2006 - 26th
2005 - 21st
2004 - 31st
2003 - 27th
2002 - 15th
2001 - 12th
2000 - 15th
1999 - 15th
1998 - 20th
1997 - 6th
1996 - 6th
1995 - 12th
1994 - 16th
1993 - 10th
1992 - 11th
1991 - 39th/40th/41st
1990 - 31st
1989 - Permit Driver - Rookie Season

Major Awards And Victories

  • 1979: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER
  • 1980: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1981: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER
  • 1982: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER
  • 1983: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1984: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1985: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider
  • 1986: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1988: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1989: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1990: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider
  • 1993: Orville Strandquist Award (Calgary Stampede Top Rookie Driver)
  • 1994: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1996: Moses Lake Round-Up, Ben Franklin County Fair, WPCA Most Improved Chuckwagon Outfit
  • 1997: Ponoka Stampede Champion Driver
  • 1998: Mullen Transportation Safe Drive Award
  • 2000: Strathmore Heritage Days Champion, WPCA Showmanship Award
  • 2012: Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "RIVER" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2013: Battle of the Rockies, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "PRINCE" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2014: WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "PRINCE" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2015: Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "BUTCH" - Champion Left Wheeler

Personal Information
One of chuckwagon racing foremost all around hands, Mike qualified for the championship final of the Battle of the Rockies for the second consecutive year where he was the top aggregate wagon. 2014 saw Mike post 16 top ten runs, including 3 day money runs and 9 other runs that also cracked the top five. Top ten overall finishes at the final two shows of the season at the Battle of the North and the Battle of the Rockies were his best of the season. Mike has five major wins as a chuckwagon driver with the most prominent victory of his career coming at the Ponoka Stampede in 1998, and he holds the track record at the Battle of the Rockies as well. Mike is a four–time World Champion Outrider, had a horse named to the WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence in 2013, received the WPCA's Most Improved Chuckwagon Outfit in 1996, and the WPCA Showmanship Award in 2000. He qualified for the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby's championship final heat and won the Calgary Stampede's Mullen Group Safe Drive Award for the Least Penalized Driver in 1998. He won the Calgary Stampede's Orville Strandquist Award for the Top Rookie Driver in 1993 and had a horse named to the Calgary Stampede’s inaugural Equine Outfit of Excellence in 2012. Mike outrode for five Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Championship outfits and four Calgary Stampede Aggregate winners. Mike is the son of three–time GMC Rangeland Derby Champion the late Ralph Vigen who is considered by many to be the greatest chuckwagon driver of all time. Mike is the father of fellow driver Chanse Vigen and uncle to Rae Croteau Jr. A truck driver in the off-season, Mike has two children - Brandy and Chanse.

 


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