Major Awards And Victories
- 1996: Orville Strandquist Award (Calgary Stampede Top Rookie Driver)
- 2006: Mullen Group Safe Drive Award (Calgary Stampede Least Penalized Driver)
- 2009: Calgary Stampede Safe Drive Award (Least Penalized Driver), WPCA Clean Drive Award
- 2010: WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship
- 2011:WPCA Chuckwagon Person of the Year, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence – “TEX” – Champion Left Wheeler
- 2015: Ashley Richards Memorial Chuckwagon Races
- 2016: Guy Weadick Days
- 2018: Calgary Stampede Safety Award, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence – “JITTERS” – Champion Outriding Horse
- 2019: Ponoka Stampede, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence – “BARB” – Champion Outriding Horse
The 2019 season was the finest in Mark’s 27-year career. He won the first major event of his career at the Ponoka Stampede and tied a career best 7th overall in the World Standings. 2019 also saw Mark post 19 top ten runs including 2 first place runs and11 runs that also cracked the top five. He had 3 top ten overall aggregate finishes, qualified for the championship final heat at the Ponoka Stampede, and made the playoff round at the Century Downs World Finals.
Known as the “High Tech Redneck,” for his use of GPS technology as a tool for chuckwagon training, Mark was honored with the WPCA’s Chuckwagon Person of the Year in 2011, won the Calgary Stampede’s Orville Strandquist Award for Top Rookie Driver in 1996, three times he the won Calgary Stampede’s Safe Drive Award for Least Penalized Driver, won the WPCA Clean Drive Award in 2009, had a horse named to the WPCA’s Equine Outfit of Excellence in 2011 and the Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence in 2018.
Mark has qualified for the GMC Rangeland Derby’s Championship final twice, “Semi-Final Saturday” at the Calgary Stampede four times and hosts his own annual charity poker tournament. A 2nd generation chuckwagon driver, Mark is the son of chuckwagon legend Kelly Sutherland. Mark and his wife Dina, have two children – Kiera and driver/outrider Dayton, – and two grandchildren, and make their home near Dewinton, Alberta.