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Super Sale At The 2018 Ponoka Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction

World Champion Auctioneer Dan Skeels (L) sells Defending Ponoka Stampede Champion Kurt Bensmiller (R) at the 2018 Ponoka Stampede Canvas Auction
Photo By Billy Melville

The final chuckwagon canvas auction for the 2018 WPCA Pro Tour took place for one of chuckwagon racing's premier events - the Ponoka Stampede - on Friday, May 4, 2017 at the Stagecoach Saloon on the Ponoka Stampede grounds in Ponoka, Alberta. Prime advertising space was available on the wagons of the best 36 chuckwagon drivers in the world today on chuckwagon racing’s predominant racing circuit. Once again, the Ponoka Stampede was again the superstar of all of the 2018 WPCA Pro Tour chuckwagon canvas auctions as the sale total was a very strong $375,750.00.

Defending Ponoka Stampede Champion Kurt Bensmiller was the sale topper taking in $25,000.00 and will partner up with Versatile Energy Services, up $7,000.00 over 2017’s top bid of $18,000.00. The overall total was up $57,750.00 over 2017 for the six day show that starts June 27, 2018. The average bid was $10,437.50, with the median bid at an even $9,500.00.

In less than one month, the wagons roll into Grande Prairie, Alberta with the first stop on the WPCA Pro Tour from May 30 – June 3,  2018 with the running of the Grande Prairie Stompede. Live coverage of all 46 days of the 2018 WPCA Pro Tour and the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby can be heard on Rural Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147 Satellite Radio, Country 99 in Bonnyville, and 96.5 CKFM in Olds.

Billy Melville

2018 Ponoka Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction Results
Driver Sponsor Amount Bid
Kurt Bensmiller Versatile Energy Services $25,000.00
Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. $20,000.00
Chad Harden Image Distributors $18,000.00
Troy Dorchester Team Rig & Supply/PureChem Services $18,000.00
Luke Tournier Eagle Builders $17,500.00
Doug Irvine B & R Eckel's Transport Ltd. $16,000.00
Layne MacGillivray Bobcat of Camrose/Ray's Trailer Sales $15,500.00
Mark Sutherland Air Canada $15,000.00
Evan Salmond Wheeler's Transport (2001) Ltd. $13,000.00
Codey McCurrach King Oilfield $12,000.00
Kirk Sutherland Irvine's Saddles & Western Wear $11,000.00
Vern Nolin Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. $11,000.00
Troy Flad 5 Star Propane Ltd. $10,500.00
John Walters Pidherney's $10,000.00
Rick Fraser Friends of Team 23 $10,000.00
Logan Gorst Sheer Luxury $10,000.00
Gary Gorst Red Deer Motors $10,000.00
Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. $10,000.00
Roger Moore Quickline Crane Inc.  $9,000.00
Darcy Flad Wetaskiwin Ready Mix $9,000.00
Jordie Fike Morskate Manufacturing $8,500.00
Dustin Gorst Sims & Associates Insurance Services $8,000.00
Dayton Sutherland Midwest Pipelines Inc. $8,000.00
Cody Ridsdale Calnash Trucking $7,500.00
Bob Van Eaton iRecover Alberta $7,000.00
Mike Vigen Reinhart Oilfield Services Ltd. $6,500.00
Chad Fike Family Meats 2011 Ltd. $6,000.00
Mitch Sutherland Irvine's Saddles & Western Wear $6,000.00
Ross Knight The Kidz Wagon $6,000.00
Chanse Vigen Quick Mats Ltd. $6,000.00
Cliff Cunningham Horseshoe Paving Ltd. $6,000.00
Curtis Morin A-1 Rentals $6,000.00
Jim Knight Rai-Lynn Trucking Ltd.  $6,000.00
Blaid Flad Jones Boys Saddlery & Western Wear $6,000.00
Josh Hyrnyk A-1 Waste $6,000.00
Kelly Morin Wild West Suites $5,750.00
     
  Total Amount Bid $375,750.00
     
  Average Bid $10,437.50
     
  Median Bid $9,500.00
     
  High Bid $25,000.00
     
  Low Bid $5,750.00
     
  2017 Total $318,000.00
     
  Difference Over 2017 $57,750.00
     
     

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