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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

DriverSponsorAmount Bid
Kurt BensmillerVersatile Energy Services$25,000.00
Codey McCurrachKing Oilfield Construction$18,000.00
Troy DorchesterTeam Rig & Supply/PureChem Services$18,000.00
Chad HardenImage Distributors$18,000.00
Obrey MotowyloM4 Ranches$18,000.00
Vern NolinCrowbourne Capital Corp.$14,000.00
Layne MacGillivrayService Plus Inn & Suites$14,000.00
Luke TournierEagle Builders$13,000.00
Dustin GorstSims & Associates Insurance Services$13,000.00
Evan SalmondCalnash Trucking$11,500.00
Chanse VigenHigh River Autoplex, RV & Marine$11,000.00
John WaltersPidherney's$11,000.00
Troy Flad5 Star Propane Ltd.$11,000.00
Chance FladMulti Rack Systems$10,500.00
Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy Ltd.$10,000.00
Mark SutherlandFriends of Sutherland Racing$10,000.00
Chad FikeFamily Meats 2011 Ltd.$10,000.00
Darcy FladWetaskiwin Ready Mix$10,000.00
Lane FladWetaskiwin Ready Mix$9,250.00
Jordie FikeViking Projects$9,000.00
Kirk SutherlandRed Deer Motors$8,500.00
Wade SalmondVold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd.$8,500.00
Doug IrvineIrvine's Saddles & Western Wear$8,000.00
Gary GorstKUDO Energy Services$8,000.00
Roger MooreBobcat of Camrose$8,000.00
Curtis MorinWatts Projects Inc.$7,500.00
Logan GorstMorskate Manufacturing$7,000.00
Cody RidsdaleRai-Lynn Trucking Ltd. $7,000.00
Mike VigenReinhart Oilfield Services Ltd.$7,000.00
Mitch SutherlandSiding 14 Brewing Company$6,500.00
Ross KnightThe Orville Hays Group$6,000.00
Bob Van EatonHorseshoe Paving Ltd.$6,000.00
Kelly MorinCentral Alberta Tile One$6,000.00
Josh HrynykQuick Mats Ltd.$6,000.00
Blaid FladStagecoach Saloon$6,000.00
Roy RomannowWild 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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