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Chance Thomson

Year started driving
Buck Creek, Alberta
October 29, 1987
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications

Get to Know More About the Driver

After just three full seasons on the WPCA Pro Tour, Chance will make his Calgary Stampede debut as a chuckwagon driver at the 2024 COWBOYS Rangeland Derby one year after acting as the Chuckwagon 101 driver at the 2023 Calgary Stampede. 2023 also saw Chance post thirteen top ten runs, including three runs that cracked the top five. He qualified for his first career championship final heat at the Battle of the North, and a tenth place overall finish at the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship were his best of the year. He capped the year off by winning the dash for cash in heat 3 at the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino World Chuckwagon Finals.

Chance made his debut run on the 2021 WPCA Pro Tour at the Dewberry World Chuckwagon Races, and turned a lot of heads by not only winning his heat, but placing 7th on the day and 6th overall in the aggregate standings. By season’s end, he was named the 2021 WPCA Top Rookie Driver.

A veteran driver with over 25 years of experience driving horses, Chance is a 4th generation driver whose great-grandfather Jack Coates drove chuckwagons throughout the 1950’s at the Calgary Stampede and was one of the earliest Canadian chuckwagon drivers to compete at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Prior to driving big wagons, Chance drove pony chuckwagons and pony chariots for nearly 17 years and won several show championships, highlighted by wins in Sundre, Drumheller, and five consecutive years at Buck Lake.

Chance is a farmer and a rancher, and works as a field operator for Cenovus Energy in the off season and enjoys hunting and curling. Chance has 3 children – Khloe, Colby and Layne Khloe, Colby and Layne and along with his wife Amanda make their home in Buck Creek, Alberta.

World Professional Standings

12th - Rookie Season

Major Awards And Victories

WPCA Top Rookie Driver

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