Buddy Bensmiller, John Scott And Marlene Eddleman McRae Honored WithThe Pioneers Of Rodeo

2018 Calgary Stampede Pioneers of Rodeo Award Recipients
L-R: Buddy Bensmiller, Marlene Eddleman McRae, John Scott and
Dana Peers, Calagry Stampede first vice-chairman 
Photo By Billy Melville

The Calgary Stampede handed out it's prestigious Pioneer's of Rodeo Awards July 9, 2018 at the Rotary House on Stampede Park. the class of 2018 included former Chuckwagon DriverBuddy Bensmiller, Barrel Racer Marlene Eddleman McRae, and Active Supporter John Scott.

One of the greatest careers the sport of chuckwagon racing has ever seen, Buddy Bensmiller is a 2-time World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, a 3-time Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion driver and a 3-time Calgary Stampede Aggregate winner. He was honored with the WPCA’s George Normand Lifetime Builder’s award in 2011 and ran his last race at the 100th Calgary Stampede in 2012. Buddy received the WPCA's prestigious Chuckwagon Person of the Year Award in 2000, the Calgary Stampede's prestigious Guy Weadick Award in 1994, and was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2009.

Marlene Eddleman McRae was the World Champion Barrel Racer in 1983, and won the Calgary Stampede five times between 1984 and 1990. She twice won the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in 1983 and again in 1988. She was inducted into the National Cowgirls Hall of Fame in 1995, znd won 2 Gold Medals competing at the Olympic Rodeo during the Calgary WInter Olympics in 1988.

A third generation Alberta rancher, John Scott's contributions to the Calgary Stampede span over 60 years. He has provided assistance to the Horseshoe Committee, the Parade Committtee, the Royalty Committee and of course both the Rodeo and Chuckwagon Committees. He has supplied as many as 200 horses, teams, wagons and equipment to the Calgary Stampede at any given time. Many of the special Calgary Stampede special guests and dignataries have ridden John's trustworthy stock. Not to mention hje has contributed to 7 Academy Award winning movies, 4 of which were shot in Alberta.

Billy Melville