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Vern Nolin

Year started driving
2000
Hometown
Dewberry, Alberta
Birthday
March 1, 1973
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications
12
Wins
2

Get to Know More About the Driver

At the end of the 2022 season, Vern announced the end of full time competition of his illustrious career, but he will compete as a Permit Driver on the WPCA Pro Tour in 2023. The 2022 season saw Vern post 27 top ten runs including two first place runs and eleven runs that also cracked the top five. He had a horse named to the Calgary Stampede Equine Athlete of Excellence, and had top ten overall finishes in four shows over the 2022 chuckwagon season.

Vern joined the WPCA in 2016 and in six seasons has won four WPCA show championships including two Ponoka Stampede Championships. He was the aggregate winner at the the Ponoka Stampede three consecutive years, won the WPCA Clean Drive Award for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019, received the Herman Flad Memorial Award, symbolic of the WPCA’s Most Improved Driver, and has had four horses recognized on the WPCA and Calgary Stampede Equine Outfits of Excellence. He has qualified for the Calgary Stampede’s championship final heat three times and six times he qualified for the GMC Rangeland Derby’s “Semi-Final Saturday.”

Prior to joining the WPCA in 2016, Vern had an incredible career on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) circuit, where he was the CPCA Champion Driver four-times, was the CPCA’s High Point Driver in 2012, won 11 CPCA show championships, and was the CPCA’s Most Improved Driver in 2004. Vern qualified for the championship dash for the CPCA Championship four consecutive years, and eight times in eleven years.

Vern works as a carpenter in the off season and enjoys sleigh rides, fishing, hunting, driving his Percheron Team, and going to the rink with the kids. Vern and Lisa Bensmiller have seven children – Brett, Brendan, Cruise, Paynton, August, Sienna and Madelyn – and make their home in Dewberry, Alberta.

World Professional Standings

2023
39th
2022
8th
2021
11th
2020
No Race Season
2019
2nd
2018
2nd
2017
16th
2016
6th
2015
CPCA Member
2014
CPCA Member
2013
CPCA Member
2012
CPCA Member
2011
CPCA Member
2010
CPCA Member
2009
CPCA Member
2008
CPCA Member
2007
CPCA Member
2006
CPCA Member
2005
CPCA Member
2004
CPCA Member
2003
CPCA Member
2002
CPCA Member
2001
CPCA Member
2000
CPCA Member- Rookie Season

Major Awards And Victories

2009
CPCA Champion Driver
2012
CPCA Champion Driver; CPCA High Point Driver
2013
CPCA Champion Driver
2014
CPCA Champion Driver
2016
Ashley Richards Memorial Presented By Dakota Dunes Casino, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "POWER" - Champion Outriding Horse
2017
Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "HAWK" - Champion Left Leader
2018
Ponoka Stampede, WPCA Clean Drive Award, Herman Flad Memorial Award (WPCA Most Improved Driver)
2019
Ponoka Stampede, WPCA Clean Drive Award, Herman Flad Memorial Award (WPCA Most Improved Driver)
2021
Battle of the Rockies, Ponoka Stampede Wild West Chuckwagon Championship
2022
Calgary Stampede Equine Athlete of Excellence - "WITT" - Champion Champion Outriding Horse

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