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Posted By Billy Melville on May 4, 2024

Jamie Laboucane (C) Has A Big Wave And A Big Smile After Taking the High Bid At The Ponoka Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction As Are WPCA Track Announcer Les McIntyre (L) And World Champion Auctioneer Danny Skeels (R).

The second last chuckwagon canvas auction for the 2024 WPCA Pro Tour presented by GMC took place for one of chuckwagon racing’s premier events – the Ponoka Stampede – on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Stagecoach Saloon on the Ponoka Stampede grounds in Ponoka, Alberta.

Prime advertising space was available on the wagons of the best 32 chuckwagon drivers, in the world today plus two Wildcard Wagons plus 4 Wildcard Drivers on chuckwagon racing’s predominant racing circuit. If all of the chuckwagon canvas auctions in 2024 are an indication of the economic conditions year, the Ponoka Stampede outdid themselves as the combined sale total was a record total for Ponoka Stampede at $576,500.00.

It was a tremendous sale to say the least, up $23,500.00 over the now previous record total of $553,000.00 set just last year. The top bid of the night went to 2023 Reserve World Champion Jamie Laboucane when Pidherney’s paid $32,000.00 for the six day show that starts June 26, 2024. The average bid was $15,361.11, with the median bid at $15,50 0.00. The low bid for the sale was an even $7,000.00.

Earlier in the day it was announced that the WPCA World Chuckwagon Finals, which had been previously held at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, now will be held at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds from August 28 to September 1, 2024. A chuckwagon canvas auction for the WPCA World Chuckwagon Finals will be held, but dates are undetermined at this time.

In less than one month, the wagons roll into Grande Prairie, Alberta with the first stop on the WPCA Pro Tour presented by GMC from May 29 – June 2, 2024 with the running of the Grande Prairie Stompede. Check wpca.com for further details.

Billy Melville

2024 Ponoka Stampede Canvas Auction Results
DriverSponsorAmount Bid
Jamie LaboucanePidherney’s$32,000.00
Chanse VigenGrind Energy Services$30,000.00
Wade SalmondVJV Livestock Marketing Group$28,000.00
Kurt BensmillerVersatile Energy Services Ltd.$28,000.00
Jason GlassBirchcliff Energy Ltd.$25,000.00
Rae Croteau Jr.TeKh Group Inc.$25,000.00
Troy DorchesterTeam Rig & Supply/PureChem Services$22,000.00
Cody RidsdaleCMT Ventures Inc.$21,000.00
Dustin GorstCentury Downs Racetrack and Casino$20,000.00
Obrey MotowyloThe Co-operators$19,000.00
Doug IrvineSilent Ice$18,500.00
Evan SalmondDe Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.$18,000.00
Layne MacGillivrayFriends of MacGillivray Chuckwagon Team$18,000.00
Chad FikeTOMCO Group of Companies$18,000.00
Jordie FikeEarth Drilling Co. Ltd.$18,000.00
Chance FladCalnash Trucking$16,000.00
Wild Card #4K & H Developments$16,000.00
Darcy FladDarcy Powlik Realty Inc.$15,500.00
Wild Card #1Optimum Equipment Solutions$15,500.00
Ross KnightWP Koda Holdings$14,000.00
Wild Card #2Friends Of Baptiste Racing$14,000.00
Layne FladQuick Moves Concrete Pumping Ltd.$12,000.00
Roger MooreRed Deer Lock & Safe Ltd.$11,000.00
Kris MolleEagle Builders$10,000.00
Mitch SutherlandMorskate Manufacturing$10,000.00
Chance ThomsonProstrate Cancer Centre$10,000.00
Chance BensmillerCentral Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Donated By the McWilliam Family$10,000.00
Tuff DregerReinhart Oilfield Services Ltd.$10,000.00
Dayton SutherlandSutherland Racing Inc.$10,000.00
Dean DregerIrvine’s Tack and Western Wear$10,000.00
Cruise BensmillerStormy River Ranch$10,000.00
Wild Card #3Midwest Propane$10,000.00
Troy FladCentral Alberta Tile One$9,000.00
Kirk SutherlandBenchmark Commodities Ltd.$8,000.00
Josh HrynykQuick Mats Ltd.$8,000.00
Evan Magee77 Stables$7,000.00
Total Amount Bid$576,500.00
Average Bid$16,013.89
Median Bid$15,500.00
High Bid$32,000.00
Low Bid$7,000.00
2023 Total$553,000.00
Difference Over 2023$23,500.00

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