Left: Eighty-one-year-old Louis Johner at the Vermilion Fair. Right: Eighteen-year-old Casey Wright with his horse, Crocket. The youngest and oldest chuckwagon drivers in the Alberta Professional Chuckwagon and Chariot Association raced as hard as any other at the Vermilion Fair from July 26 -28.
Eighteen-year-old Casey Wright is the youngest wagon driver in the association, and 81-year-old Louis Johner is the oldest.
Wright is in his first year driving wagons and feels he
After ten straight days of chuckwagon racing, Kurt Bensmiller earned his fourth Calgary Stampede Championship on July 15.
With great racing throughout the week, Kurt had won the Aggregate two days prior. Also on July 13, Kurt and Versatile Energy worked together to raise over $20,000 for the Humboldt Broncos. One night of the tarp sponsorship was sold to Thru Tubing Solutions raising the bulk, with additional funds raised by selling jerseys.
Kurt fondly remembers his days
Pioneer of Rodeo Award winner, Buddy Bensmiller, at the Calgary Stampede on July 9. Photo credit: Billy Melville Rodeo elite gathered at Calgary Stampede to witness area resident, Buddy Bensmiller, receive one of the Pioneers of Rodeo Awards on July 9.
Bensmiller was inducted for his long list of achievements as a former chuckwagon driver including being a three time Calgary Stampede Champion, a three-time Aggregate Champion, an eight-time Canadian Champion, and a two-time W
Rodeo Goers were drawn from all over to watch and partake in the action of The 65th Annual Wainwright Stampede held from June 21 to June 24. There were numerous breakfasts, lunches and BBQ’s held throughout Wainwright during the Stampede with many donating the funds to various clubs, societies, and charities.
Wednesday, June 20 was the start of the Wainwright Stampede with Rodeo Slack Performances at the grounds during the day, and at 5 p.m. the Downtown Stampede Kick Off wa