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Another Strong Canvas Auction At The Ponoka Stampede

Defending Ponoka Stampede Champion Vern Nolin at the
2019 Ponoka Stampede Canvas Auction

Photo By Ed Wittchen

The final chuckwagon canvas auction for the 2019 WPCA Pro Tour took place for one of chuckwagon racing's premier events - the Ponoka Stampede - on Friday, May 3, 2019 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. Overall it was a very good sale as the 2019 total was a very strong $376,250.00.

Reigning World and former Ponoka Stampede Champion Kurt Bensmiller was the sale topper taking in $25,000.00 and will partner up with Versatile Energy Services. This equalled the top bid from the 2018 sale for the six-day show that starts June 26, 2019. The average bid was $10,451.39, with the median bid at an even $9,625.00 which was up $1,625.00 over the 2018 median bid.

In less than one month, the wagons roll into Grande Prairie, Alberta with the first stop on the WPCA Pro Tour from May 29 – June 2, 2019 with the running of the Grande Prairie Stompede. Live coverage of all 50 days of the 2019 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 Real Country 910.

Billy Melville

Driver Sponsor Amount Bid
Kurt Bensmiller Versatile Energy Services $25,000.00
Codey McCurrach King Oilfield Construction $18,000.00
Troy Dorchester Team Rig & Supply/PureChem Services $18,000.00
Chad Harden Image Distributors $18,000.00
Obrey Motowylo M4 Ranches $18,000.00
Vern Nolin Crowbourne Capital Corp. $14,000.00
Layne MacGillivray Service Plus Inn & Suites $14,000.00
Luke Tournier Eagle Builders $13,000.00
Dustin Gorst Sims & Associates Insurance Services $13,000.00
Evan Salmond Calnash Trucking $11,500.00
Chanse Vigen High River Autoplex, RV & Marine $11,000.00
John Walters Pidherney's $11,000.00
Troy Flad 5 Star Propane Ltd. $11,000.00
Chance Flad Multi Rack Systems $10,500.00
Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. $10,000.00
Mark Sutherland Friends of Sutherland Racing $10,000.00
Chad Fike Family Meats 2011 Ltd. $10,000.00
Darcy Flad Wetaskiwin Ready Mix $10,000.00
Lane Flad Wetaskiwin Ready Mix $9,250.00
Jordie Fike Viking Projects $9,000.00
Kirk Sutherland Red Deer Motors $8,500.00
Wade Salmond Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. $8,500.00
Doug Irvine Irvine's Saddles & Western Wear $8,000.00
Gary Gorst KUDO Energy Services $8,000.00
Roger Moore Bobcat of Camrose $8,000.00
Curtis Morin Watts Projects Inc. $7,500.00
Logan Gorst Morskate Manufacturing $7,000.00
Cody Ridsdale Rai-Lynn Trucking Ltd.  $7,000.00
Mike Vigen Reinhart Oilfield Services Ltd. $7,000.00
Mitch Sutherland Siding 14 Brewing Company $6,500.00
Ross Knight The Orville Hays Group $6,000.00
Bob Van Eaton Horseshoe Paving Ltd. $6,000.00
Kelly Morin Central Alberta Tile One $6,000.00
Josh Hrynyk Quick Mats Ltd. $6,000.00
Blaid Flad Stagecoach Saloon $6,000.00
Roy Romannow Wild West Suites $6,000.00
     
  Total Amount Bid $376,250.00
     
  Average Bid $10,451.39
     
  Median Bid $9,625.00
     
  High Bid $25,000.00
     
  Low Bid $6,000.00
     
  2018 Total $375,750.00
     
  Difference Over 2018 $500.00

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