Successful Sale At The 2017 Ponoka Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction

World Champion Auctioneer Dan Skeels (L) sells Defending Ponoka Stampede Champion Colt Cosgrave (R) at the 2017 Ponoka Stampede Canvas Auction
Photo By Billy Melville 

The final chuckwagon canvas auction for the 2017 WPCA Pro Tour took place for one of chuckwagon racing's premier events - the Ponoka Stampede - on Friday, May 5, 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 2017 WPCA Pro Tour chuckwagon canvas auctions as the sale total was a very strong $318,000.00.

Although the total was down, three former Ponoka Stampede Champions – Kurt Bensmiller, Chad Harden and Troy Dorchester – all tied for the top bid hitting $18,000.00 for the six day show that starts June 28, 2017. The average bid was $8,833.33, with the median bid at an even $7,500.00.

In less than one month, the wagons roll into Grande Prairie, Alberta with the first stop on the WPCA Pro Tour from May 31 – June 4,  2017 with the running of the Grande Prairie Stompede. Live coverage of all 50 days of the 2017 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


2017 Ponoka Stampede Canvas Auction Results
Driver Sponsor Amount Bid
Kurt Bensmiller West Industrial $18,000.00
Chad Harden Image Distributors $18,000.00
Troy Dorchester Team Rig & Supply/PureChem Services $18,000.00
Rick Fraser Friends of Team 23 $14,000.00
Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. $13,000.00
Codey McCurrach King Oilfield $12,000.00
Kelly Sutherland Red Deer Motors $12,000.00
Blaid Flad Compass Access Solutions Ltd. $12,000.00
Troy Flad Ironwood Building Corp. $10,500.00
John Walters Pidherney's $10,000.00
Luke Tournier Eagle Builders $9,500.00
Mark Sutherland Vold Jones & Vold Auctions $9,000.00
Doug Irvine B & R Eckel's Transport Ltd. $9,000.00
Mitch Sutherland Adams Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. $9,000.00
Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV $8,500.00
Gary Gorst Big Valley Ranch $8,000.00
Cody Ridsdale Triple K Oilfield Services $8,000.00
Roger Moore Bobcat of Camrose/Ray's Trailer Sales $7,500.00
Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. $7,500.00
Dustin Gorst Flying Dust First Nation $7,500.00
Layne MacGillivray Camrose Glass & Overhead Doors $7,500.00
Kirk Sutherland Stagecoach Saloon $7,000.00
Jordie Fike Morskate Manufacturing $7,000.00
Darcy Flad Wetaskiwin Ready Mix $7,000.00
Vern Nolin Tunstone Venture Corp. $6,500.00
Chad Fike Safari Club International Calgary Chapter $6,500.00
Ross Knight The Kidz Wagon $6,500.00
Logan Gorst Sheer Luxury $6,000.00
Mike Vigen Big Valley Ranch $6,000.00
Cliff Cunningham Big Valley Ranch $6,000.00
Chanse Vigen Go Uncle Ben's RV $6,000.00
Dayton Sutherland Midwest Pipelines Inc. $6,000.00
Layne Bremner Horseshoe Paving Ltd. $5,000.00
Evan Salmond Calnash Trucking $4,750.00
Curtis Morin Busted Ladies Lingerie $4,750.00
Jim Knight Arena Beer Gardens $4,500.00
  Total Amount Bid $318,000.00
  Average Bid $8,833.33
  Median Bid $7,500.00
  High Bid $18,000.00
  Low Bid $4,500.00
  2015 Total $330,000.00
  Difference Over 2016 -$12,000.00



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