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Mike Vigen

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Year Started Outriding
1975
Year Started Driving
1989
Hometown
Grande Prairie, AB
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications
11
WINS
2
Birthday
April 22, 1959
  • 2018 - 20th
  • 2017 - 20th
  • 2016 - 13th
  • 2015 - 30th
  • 2014 - 25th
  • 2013 - 11th
  • 2012 - 35th
  • 2011 - 21st
  • 2010 - 19th
  • 2009 - 15th
  • 2008 - 26th
  • 2007 - 16th
  • 2006 - 26th
  • 2005 - 21st
  • 2004 - 31st
  • 2003 - 27th
  • 2002 - 15th
  • 2001 - 12th
  • 2000 - 15th
  • 1999 - 15th
  • 1998 - 20th
  • 1997 - 6th
  • 1996 - 6th
  • 1995 - 12th
  • 1994 - 16th
  • 1993 - 10th
  • 1992 - 11th
  • 1991 - 39th/40th/41st
  • 1990 - 31st
  • 1989 - Permit Driver - Rookie Season

Major Awards And Victories

  • 1979: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER
  • 1980: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1981: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER
  • 1982: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER
  • 1983: WORLD CHAMPION OUTRIDER, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1984: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1985: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider
  • 1986: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1988: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider, Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1989: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1990: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider, Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider
  • 1993: Orville Strandquist Award (Calgary Stampede Top Rookie Driver)
  • 1994: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider
  • 1996: Moses Lake Round-Up, Ben Franklin County Fair, WPCA Most Improved Driver
  • 1997: Ponoka Stampede Champion Driver
  • 1998: Mullen Transportation Safe Drive Award
  • 2000: Strathmore Heritage Days Champion, WPCA Showmanship Award
  • 2012: Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "RIVER" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2013: Battle of the Rockies, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "PRINCE" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2014: WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "PRINCE" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2015: Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "BUTCH" - Champion Left Wheeler
  • 2018: WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "BUTCH" - Champion Left Wheeler

Personal Information

One of the great all-around talents in professional chuckwagon racing, injury kept Mike Vigen out of action for the majority of the 2018 season. Prior to being injured, 2018 saw Mike place ninth overall at the Medicine Hat Stampede, and his outfit, driven by his son Chanse, qualified for the championship final at the Calgary Stampede. Mike has five major wins with the most prominent victory of his career coming at the Ponoka Stampede in 1998. He holds the track record at the Battle of the Rockies, has had two horses named to the WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence, two horses named to the Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence, received the WPCA Showmanship Award in 2000, and was the WPCA’s Most Improved Driver in 1996. In 1998 he qualified for the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby's championship final heat and won the Calgary Stampede's Mullen Group Safe Drive Award for the Least Penalized. In 1993 Mike won the Calgary Stampede's Orville Strandquist Award for the Top Rookie Driver at the Calgary Stampede. Mike is a four–time World Champion Outrider, and outrode for five Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Championship outfits, four Calgary Stampede Aggregate winners, and seven Ponoka Stampede winners. Mike is the son of the late Ralph Vigen who is considered by many to be the greatest chuckwagon driver of all time. Mike is the father of fellow driver Chanse Vigen and uncle to former driver Rae Croteau Jr. A truck driver in the off-season, Mike has two children - Brandy and Chanse.

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