Outriders

Eddie Melville
Eddie Melville Birth Date: February 10, 1972
Year Started Outriding: 1991
Hometown: Calgary, AB

World Professional Standings
2016 - Did Not Compete
2015 - 10th
2014 - 6th
2013 - 9th
2012 - 11th
2011 - 13th
2010 - 11th
2009 - 17th
2008 - 11th
2007 - 9th
2006 - 7th
2005 - 4th
2004 - 8th
2003 - 7th

Major Awards And Victories

  • 1992: Rod Glass Memorial Award (Most Improved Outrider)
  • 1998: Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider
  • 2000: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 2002: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 2003: Rod Glass Memorial Award (Most Improved Outrider)
  • 2004: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider
  • 2005: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider, Rod Glass Memorial Award (Most Improved Outrider)
  • 2007: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, WPCA Active Supporter Award
  • 2008: WPCA Chuckwagon Person of the Year, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 2009: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider
  • 2010: Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider
  • 2012: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider


Personal Information
A highly respected horseman, outrider and cowboy, a serious injury at the Battle of the North in 2015 kept Eddie sidelined for the entire 2016 season, but he is determined to get back in the saddle to cap a storied career that began over 25 years ago. Eddie was the first outrider to win the prestigious WPCA Chuckwagon Person of the Year award in 2008 and is the only outrider to be a finalist for the Calgary Stampede’s prestigious Guy Weadick Award in 2006. He was part of Troy Dorchester’s “Triple Crown” winning outfit in 2012 that captured the Ponoka Stampede, Calgary Stampede Aggregate and the GMC Rangeland Derby, and is just one of just three outriders to have twice won the “Triple Crown” in a single season. The 2012 win behind Troy Dorchester marked the only time where three generations of one family won the Calgary Stampede as outriders for three generations of another family as Eddie's grandfather Orville Strandquist and his uncle Ron Strandquist were outriders on Troy's grandfather Tom Dorchester and Troy's father Garry Dorchester's first Calgary Stampede championship outfits. Eddie is a five-time Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby champion outrider, a five-time Calgary Stampede Aggregate champion outrider, and a five-time Ponoka Stampede champion outrider. Eddie was the driving force behind the “Equine Outfit of Excellence" that was started in the WPCA in 2005, adopted by the Calgary Stampede in its centennial year of 2012 and adopted by the CPCA circuit in 2013. He is a three-time recipient of the Rod Glass Memorial Award for most improved outrider, and received a WPCA Active Supporter Award in 2007. A third generation chuckwagon competitor, Eddie’s grandfather is chuckwagon legend Orville Strandquist and his uncle Ron Strandquist, now a Calgary Stampede chuckwagon judge, was an accomplished outrider, and he is a cousin to fellow outrider Rory Armstrong as well. Eddie played junior hockey for two years with the Calgary Jr. “A” Royals, and university hockey at Bemidji State University where he graduated in 1997 with a B.S degree and won three NCAA hockey championships. Easily spotted on the racetrack by the playing card symbols on his helmet, Eddie works in the oil industry for Import Tool Corp. Ltd.

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