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Kurt Bensmiller

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Year Started Driving
1999
Hometown
Dewberry, AB
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications
34
WINS
12
Birthday
May 1, 1983

World Professional Standings

  • 2021 - 2nd
  • 2020 - No Race Season
  • 2019 - WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2018 - WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2017 - WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2016 - 3rd
  • 2015 - WORLD CHAMPION
  • 2014 - 2nd
  • 2013 - 4th
  • 2012 - 10th
  • 2011 - 19th
  • 2010 - 10th
  • 2009 - 9th
  • 2008 - 17th
  • 2007 - 10th
  • 2006 - 18th/19th
  • 2005 - 13th
  • 2004 - 21st
  • 2003 - 7th
  • 2002 - 10th
  • 2001 - 16th
  • 2000 - 28th - Rookie Season

Major Awards And Victories

  • 2001: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider, WPCA Most Improved Driver
  • 2002: Orville Strandquist Award (Calgary Stampede Top Rookie Driver)
  • 2007: Battle of the North, WPCA Clean Drive Award
  • 2011: Capital EX Chuckwagon Derby
  • 2012: Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede
  • 2013: WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "ACE" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2014: Ponoka Stampede, Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "ACE" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2015: World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion), WPCA Clean Drive Award, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "BOONE" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2016: Grande Prairie Stompede
  • 2017: World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, Guy Weadick Days, Ponoka Stampede, Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion), Calgary Stampede Safety Award, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "TENTH POWER" - Champion Right Wheeler, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "TENTH POWER" - Champion Right Wheeler
  • 2018: World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, Saskatoon World Chuckwagon Races Presented By Dakota Dunes Casino, Guy Weadick Days, Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion), Strathmore Stampede, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "LEHMAN" - Champion Outriding Horse, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "GRATITAT" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2019: World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, Century Downs "WINNER'S ZONE" Champion, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, Strathmore Stampede, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "LUTESIFER" - Champion Left Wheeler, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence- "LUTESIFER" - Champion Left Wheeler
  • 2021: Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship
  • 2022: Calgary Stampede Equine Athleteof Excellence - "DEPUTY" - Champion Champion Left Leader

Personal Information

The past seven seasons have seen Kurt win  four World and Four Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championships, making him the foremost driver in professional chuckwagon racing today.

The 2021 saw Kurt drive two wagons all season long, where he captured the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship, and posted a remarkable 46 top ten runs, includining 11 first p[lace runs, and 15 additional runs that also cracked the top five. He qualified for "Semi-Final Saturday" at the Battle of the Foothills, and twice qualified two wagons into the the championship final heats at the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship and the Battle of the North. He placed one wagon inside the top ten overall at every WPCA show championship in 2021, and placed a second wagon inside the top ten overall at all but two show championships.

In 2017 Kurt became chuckwagon racing’s first modern day “Grand Slam Winner” when he captured the Ponoka Stampede, the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Title, the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby and the World Chuckwagon Championship.

Over his extraordinary 20 year career, Kurt has won four World Championships, four Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Championships, three Calgary Stampede Aggregate Titles, two Ponoka Stampede Championships to go with his multiple victories and awards. His first appearance in the GMC Rangeland Derby final in 2011 marked the first time that three generations of the same family had qualified for the GMC Rangeland Derby’s winner–take–all final joining his father Buddy Bensmiller and grandfather's Allen Smith and Alan Bensmiller who were all multi–time finalists.

Kurt has twice won the WPCA Clean Drive Award, was the recipient of the WPCA's Most Improved Driver in 2001, and won the Calgary Stampede's Orville Strandquist Award for Top Rookie Driver in 2002. He is the youngest man in WPCA history to qualify two wagons into a single championship final heat at the 2002 Battle of the North. Kurt is a third generation chuckwagon driver whose brothers Dave and Chance are chuckwagon drivers as well.

A two-sport athlete, Kurt was part of the Bentley Generals that won the 2009 Allan Cup – symbolic of Canada’s senior hockey champions. Kurt and his wife Ashly have three daughters - Harlee, Hayze and Vahn, and make their home in Dewberry, Alberta.

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