Yes, I Like Rodeo

About a decade or so ago, I attended a conference where one of the speakers, an ag expert from Idaho, if I recall, made a statement which I found to be profound. It was something along the line of, “If you don’t take steps to take the governance of animal treatment into your own (meaning the horse industry) hands, someone will do it for you.”

I was jarred by this statement and it’s apocalyptic message. I wondered what the horse world would look like for my children, and by what degree their involvement in the horse industry would be dictated by influences outside of our community.

Well, it appears I didn’t have to wait for the kids to grow up. There are plenty of outside voices already vying for the opportunity to govern the care of animals involved in the horse industry.

Their latest target is rodeo. And, their latest venue was the Calgary Stampede.

When I posted the $15,000 ad the Vancouver Humane Society took out in the Calgary Herald last week on Western Horse Review’s Facebook page, there was a flurry of responses to it. (It might bear mentioning that the VHS is not an animal humane society in the traditional meaning. It does not run a shelter, nor does it directly care for any animals. It serves entirely as a fundraising organization, for purposes of animal-rights activism.)

To serve the purposes of groups like the VHS bent on bringing down rodeo, rodeo is often portrayed as a gang of neanderthal males engaged in roping, tying, wrestling and declaring their masculinity in the arms-up gesticulation of a calf roper signaling “time!” And, that was more or less, the gist of the ad, with the question of “that’s entertainment?”

The truth is, I’m not really a rodeo person. I consider myself lucky to get to one, perhaps two a year. It’s not a big part of my life. Or, so I thought. It occurred to me this week though, that here, in the country, rodeo takes on an entirely different persona; it’s not one that travels down the mainstream, and it doesn’t attract the masses. Instead, it generally winds its way down dusty gravel roads, and country paths. The kind that run by the log house.

I want to share with you what “rodeo” looked like in my life this past week:

It was the call from my city-born and raised nephew, to inform me of his signing up to steer-ride for the first time in his life, at his friend’s charity rodeo – an event organized by the family, after the mother died of cancer. Last year they raised $40,000 for cancer research.

It was the young man my daughter spent several years in 4-H with, who now bull-rides, and though I hadn’t spoken with him in over a year, when I asked him if he’d help my nephew out with a few tips, responded without hesitation, “sure!” with a follow-up of query of where and when could they get started.

It was the pretty girl in the cowboy hat at our small town gas station, pumping her own gas, pulling a 1980’s-vintage trailer with a horse in it, on her way to a barrel race.

It’s the slightly arthritic limp of my neighbour, as I watch him walk across the hay field, remnants of his glory days when he was a bareback riding champion, back in ’68 I believe.

It’s the blue polyester pant suit my good friend, who once wore it, and I shared a few smiles over last week as we strolled by the Calgary Stampede’s tribute to former CS Queens and Princesses, where it was showcased amongst other nostalgic costumes and photos.

The stunning oil portrait of a bucking horse we stood in awe of at the Western Art Show.

It’s the George Strait I heard on the radio this morning.

Even the odd sight of a brahma bull I drove by last week, magnificently standing under the shade of what must be a hundred-year-old tree.

My neighbour’s long-retired bucking horses, spending their golden years in a verdant prairie pasture, liberated of any responsibility, other than offering their rugged beauty to passerby’s.

It’s the chuckwagon-bred pony, my daughter now loves and calls Princess.

It’s the kid down the road who’s going to a renowned university next fall, something his parents wouldn’t have been able to afford to give him, on a high-school rodeo scholarship.

It’s my barrel racer blogger pal, who I chatted with several times over last week, as she reported a hectic week at the Stampede grounds.

Our friend, the veterinarian, who worked tirelessly last week caring for chuckwagon horses, and spoke softly of the tragedy of losing several of them at this year’s event.

As it turns out, rodeo touches many aspects of my life – from the people I know and love, to the animals we all care deeply for, to our music, to our lifestyle.

And so, Vancouver Humane Society, I’m really sorry about this, but I have to tell you . . . I thought it over, and the truth is, I like rodeo. I might even love rodeo. And, for all of the reasons above, and many more, I’d like it to stay in my life, my family’s life and my community culture.

But, I want to thank you, VHS. Thank you for reminding this non-rodeo girl of how indelibly, deeply and eloquently the fabric of rodeo – it’s people and it’s animals – is entwined with her own.

And finally, Vancouver Humane Society, I’ve been to your beautiful city many times. I have to tell you it rather saddened me to think of how many folks in your East End might have benefited from a sliver of the $15,000 of your member’s donations you spent on that advertisement.

’Course . . . feeding the homeless doesn’t garner much publicity kick-back.

Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship

2010 Bonnyville Chuckawagon Championship Champions George Normand Memorial $15,000.00 Sudden Death Championship Final Heat Source Energy/Spartan Controls Outfit (L-R): Outrider Reo King, Driver Chad Harden, Sherry Normand, Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee’s Tina Michaud, Ray Normand, Outrider Kris Flanagan. Photo By Jessica Melville

The 2010 Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship finished up on a perfect Sunday afternoon, and Chad Harden, driving the Source Energy/Spartan Controls outfit, and along with outriders Reo King and Kris Flanagan, won the $15,000.00 George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Championship Final heat and the 2010 Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship after posting the best time of the day with a 1:18.31.

Coming off barrel number 3 in heat number 12, Harden won the sudden death final on a good racetrack by 49 one-hundreds of a second over Jerry Bremner who placed 2nd from barrel number 1, followed by defending champion Brian Mayan who placed a distant 3rd from barrel number 2. Harden also ended up with the best 4 day aggregate with a total time of 5:13.53, followed by Jerry Bremner, Rick Fraser, Grant Profit and Cliff Cunningham filling out the top 5 overall. For outrider Reo King, it was the 3rd Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship in as many years with 3 different drivers.

As mentioned previously, Harden’s 1:18.31 was also good for top money on the day, 14 one-hundreds of a second better than Colt Cosgrave who placed 2nd for the day. Rick Fraser, Jerry Bremner and Hugh Sinclair filled out the top five on the final day.

The WPCA Dodge Pro Tour now moves onto Strathmore, Alberta for the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour Championship and Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede starting Thursday July 29, 2010 and running through to Monday, August 2, 2010. Races will run Thursday through Sunday starting at 7:15 PM, with the finals on Monday at 6:00 PM. Live radio coverage can be heard starting at 7:00pm Thursday through Sunday and 5:45pm on Monday on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

Courtesy World Professional Chuckwagon Association

2010 BONNYVILLE CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIP CHAMPIONS
Source Energy/Spartan Controls
Chad Harden – Driver
Kris Flanagan, Reo King – Outriders
George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Championship Final Heat (By Barrel Draw)
1 Jerry Bremner Trailblazer RV Centre
2 Brian Mayan Ross & Sylvestre LLP Chartered Accountants
3 Chad Harden Source Energy/Spartan Controls
DAY 4 RESULTS
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Chad Harden Spartan Controls 1:18.31
2 Colt Cosgrave Lakeside Oilfield Services 1:18.45
3 Rick Fraser Pride of the Lakeland 1:18.77
4 Jerry Bremner Trailblazer RV Centre 1:18.80
5 Hugh Sinclair Town & Country Developments 1:19.01
6 Cliff Cunningham Lakeland Homes 1:19.40
7 Mike Vigen Hamel’s Meat Market 1:19.42
8 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:19.48
9/10 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:19.57
9/10 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers INC 1:19.57
11 Darcy Flad Horizon Mechanical 1:19.73
12 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 1:19.87
13 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 1:19.92
14 Jason Glass Tuboscope of Canada 1:20.06
15 Lincoln Douglas DLM Enterprises 1:20.24
16 Luke Tournier Tri-City Contracing Ltd. 1:20.46
17 Codey McCurrach Quinn Contracting 1:20.64
18 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 1:20.77
19 Tim Haroldson Scorpion Industries 1:20.81
20 Kurt Bensmiller Bonnyville Chrysler Jeep 1:20.85
21 Kelly Sutherland Knelson Sand and Gravel 1:21.32
22 Layne MacGilIivray Moko Oilfield 1:21.36
23 Evan Salmond Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee 1:21.72
24 Jordie Fike Triple T Greenery 1:21.88
25 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:22.64
26 John Walters Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee 1:22.71
27 Barry Hodgson Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn 1:22.77
28 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:23.23
29 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:24.78
30 Sean DeBolt King Kans 1:25.63
31 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:25.98
32 Cody Ridsdale Sign Solutions 1:26.82
33 Reg Johnstone Kal Tire 1:27.08
34 Chance Bensmiller Cougar Fuels Ltd. 1:29.37
35 Shane Cartier Xtreme Oilfield Technologies 1:29.74
36 Brian Mayan Ross & Sylvestre LLP Chartered Accountants 1:38.11
4 DAY AGGREGATE
Rank Driver Sponsor 4 Day Total
1 Chad Harden Source Energy/Spartan Controls 5:13.53
2 Jerry Bremner Trailblazer RV Centre 5:13.98
3 Rick Fraser Pride of the Lakeland 5:14.16
4 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 5:15.68
5 Cliff Cunningham Lakeland Homes 5:15.99
6 Codey McCurrach Quinn Contracting 5:16.79
7 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 5:17.13
8 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 5:17.36
9 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 5:17.40
10 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 5:17.80
11 Darcy Flad Horizon Mechanical 5:17.89
12/13 Hugh Sinclair Town & Country Developments 5:17.91
12/13 Tim Haroldson Scorpion Industries 5:17.91
14 Kurt Bensmiller Bonnyville Chrysler Jeep 5:18.06
15 Lincoln Douglas DLM Enterprises 5:18.33
16 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 5:18.99
17 Jason Glass Tuboscope of Canada 5:19.27
18 Colt Cosgrave Lakeside Oilfield Services 5:20.38
19 Luke Tournier Tri-City Contracing Ltd. 5:23.05
20 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers INC 5:23.32
21 Kelly Sutherland Knelson Sand and Gravel 5:24.62
22 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 5:24.89
23 Evan Salmond Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee 5:26.13
24 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 5:26.50
25 Jordie Fike Triple T Greenery 5:27.03
26 Reg Johnstone Kal Tire 5:27.05
27 Barry Hodgson Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn 5:27.80
28 Sean DeBolt King Kans 5:28.53
29 Cody Ridsdale Sign Solutions 5:28.79
30 John Walters Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee 5:30.33
31 Shane Cartier Xtreme Oilfield Technologies 5:30.66
32 Brian Mayan Ross & Sylvestre LLP Chartered Accountants 5:32.92
33 Chance Bensmiller Cougar Fuels Ltd. 5:36.07
34 Layne MacGilIivray Moko Oilfield 5:36.37
35 Mike Vigen Hamel’s Meat Market 5:36.54
36 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 5:42.25

Day 3 Results – Bonnyville Chucks

Cody Ridsdale - Day Money Run On Night 3 In Bonnyville. Photo By Paul Easton

After a large amount of rain fell on the chuckwagon races in Bonnyville, there was a big shake up at the top of the leader board, and the finalists for the George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Championship Final Heat have now been set. Defending Bonnyville champion Brian Mayan, Jerry Bremner and Chad Harden will the three drivers who will compete on Sunday to see who will take home the 2010 Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship and the $15,000.00 bonus cheque.

Brian Mayan caught a break on a dry racetrack and vaulted into first place overall with a 3 day combined time of 3:54.81. Jerry Bremner grabbed second place overall with Chad Harden holding onto the 3rd and final spot for Sunday’s final. Rick Fraser ended up in 4th place overall just 17 one-hundreds of a second out of the final qualifying spot for Sunday’s George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Championship Final Heat, with Obrey Motowylo ending up in 5th place overall after 2 runs.

As far as the day results are concerned, Cody Ridsdale, driving the Sign Solutions outfit, was the day money winner for the night after posting a time of 1:16.69. Coming off barrel number 3 in heat number 1, Ridsdale posted the top time of the night by 77 one-hundreds of a seconds over Brian Mayan who placed second on the day. Grant Profit, Codey McCurrach and Jerry Bremner filled out the top five times for night number three.

The finals of the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship and the running of the $15,000.00 George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Final will take place on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Live radio coverage can be heard starting at 1:45pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

Courtesy World Professional Chuckwagon Association

George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Championship Final Heat (By Qualification Order)
1 Brian Mayan Ross & Sylvestre LLP Chartered Accountants
2 Jerry Bremner Trailblazer RV Centre
3 Chad Harden Source Energy/ols
DAY 3 RESULTS
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Cody Ridsdale Sign Solutions 1:16.69
2 Brian Mayan Ross & Sylvestre LLP Chartered Accountants 1:17.46
3 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 1:18.98
4 Codey McCurrach Quinn Contracting 1:19.00
5 Jerry Bremner Trailblazer RV Centre 1:19.22
6 Rick Fraser Pride of the Lakeland 1:19.81
7 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 1:20.03
8 Tim Haroldson Scorpion Industries 1:20.51
9 Reg Johnstone Kal Tire 1:20.91
10 Darcy Flad Horizon Mechanical 1:21.00
11 Chad Harden Source Energy 1:21.03
12 Kurt Bensmiller Bonnyville Chrysler Jeep 1:21.29
13 Lincoln Douglas DLM Enterprises 1:21.74
14 Luke Tournier Tri-City Contracing Ltd. 1:21.84
15 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 1:21.89
16 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 1:21.94
17 Cliff Cunningham Lakeland Homes 1:21.96
18 Evan Salmond The Player’s Lounge 1:22.02
19 Hugh Sinclair Town & Country Developments 1:22.03
20 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 1:22.24
21 Kelly Sutherland Knelson Sand and Gravel 1:22.38
22 Sean DeBolt King Kans 1:22.56
23 Shane Cartier Xtreme Oilfield Technologies 1:22.71
24 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 1:22.96
25 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 1:23.04
26 Chance Bensmiller Cougar Fuels Ltd. 1:23.66
27 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 1:23.74
28 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers INC 1:23.84
29 Jason Glass Tuboscope of Canada 1:23.97
30 Barry Hodgson Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn 1:26.50
31 Colt Cosgrave Lakeside Oilfield Services 1:27.84
32 Jordie Fike Triple T Greenery 1:28.60
33 John Walters Myshak Crane & Rigging 1:31.74
34 Layne MacGilIivray Moko Oilfield 1:32.79
35 Mike Vigen Hamel’s Meat Market 1:37.04
36 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 1:44.66
3 DAY AGGREGATE
Rank Driver Sponsor 3 Day Total
1 Brian Mayan Ross & Sylvestre LLP Chartered Accountants 3:54.81
2 Jerry Bremner Trailblazer RV Centre 3:55.18
3 Chad Harden Source Energy/ols 3:55.22
4 Rick Fraser Pride of the Lakeland 3:55.39
5 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services 3:55.76
6 Grant Profit Ja-Co Welding & Consulting Ltd 3:55.81
7 Codey McCurrach Quinn Contracting 3:56.15
8 Cliff Cunningham Lakeland Homes 3:56.59
9 Jason Johnstone CSI Canada Safety 3:56.63
10 Tim Haroldson Scorpion Industries 3:57.10
11 Kurt Bensmiller Bonnyville Chrysler Jeep 3:57.21
12 Kirk Sutherland EMCO Corporation 3:57.56
13/14 Buddy Bensmiller World Financial Group 3:57.88
13/14 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Canada Inc 3:57.88
15 Lincoln Douglas DLM Enterprises 3:58.09
16 Darcy Flad Horizon Mechanical 3:58.16
17 Hugh Sinclair Town & Country Developments 3:58.90
18 Jason Glass Tuboscope of Canada 3:59.21
19 Reg Johnstone Kal Tire 3:59.97
20 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. 4:00.11
21 Troy Flad Ironwood Building Systems 4:00.52
22 Shane Cartier Xtreme Oilfield Technologies 4:00.92
23 Colt Cosgrave Lakeside Oilfield Services 4:01.93
24 Cody Ridsdale Sign Solutions 4:01.97
25 Luke Tournier Tri-City Contracing Ltd. 4:02.59
26 Sean DeBolt King Kans 4:02.90
27 Kelly Sutherland Knelson Sand and Gravel 4:03.30
28 Mark Sutherland Pipestone Carriers INC 4:03.75
29 Evan Salmond Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee 4:04.41
30 Barry Hodgson Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn 4:05.03
31 Jordie Fike Triple T Greenery 4:05.15
32 Chance Bensmiller Cougar Fuels Ltd. 4:06.70
33 John Walters Bonnyville Chuckwagon Committee 4:07.62
34 Layne MacGilIivray Moko Oilfield 4:15.01
35 Mike Vigen Hamel’s Meat Market 4:17.12
36 Rae Croteau Jr. TOMCO Group of Companies 4:19.61

History in the Making

2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champions Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team (L-R): Calgary Stampede Board Of Director’s Roc Spence presenting, Outriders Doug Irvine, Chanse Vigen, Reo King, Driver Kelly Sutherland, Outriders Chance Flad, GMC Canada’s Glenn Limerick and Calgary Stampede President and Chairman of the Board Dr. David Chalack presenting.

The 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championship is in the books, and history has been made as Kelly Sutherland, driving the Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team outfit, and along with outriders Chance Flad, Doug Irvine, Reo King and Chanse Vigen emerged from the sudden death championship final heat as the champions and $100,000.00 richer. It is a history making 11thCalgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championship for Sutherland, who until tonight had shared the record for the most Calgary Stampede championships with legendary Dick Cosgrave.

Coming off barrel number 1 in heat number 9, Sutherland won the penalty free sudden death final by 47 one-hundreds of a second over aggregate winner Neal Walgenbach who placed 2nd from barrel number 3, followed by Jason Glass who placed 3rd from barrel number 4 and Kirk Sutherland who was 4th from barrel position number 2.

As far as day results are concerned, Kelly Sutherland also posted the top time of the night with a very rapid 1:14.88, with Gary Gorst, Neal Walgenbach, Jason Glass and Jim Knight filling out the top five for the night.

Jason Glass received the Calgary Stampede’s Safe Drive Award for the second time in his career for being the least penalized driver over the first 9 nights of the Rangeland Derby. Glass also received the very prestigious Guy Weadick Award earlier in the day for. This prestigious award is sponsored by J&L Supply and is presented annually to the one chuckwagon or rodeo competitor who best embodies what the cowboy stands for and who best typifies the spirit of the Calgary Stampede. It is based upon ability, appearance, showmanship, character, sportsmanship and cooperation with other cowboys, the arena crew, the media and the public. Devin Mitsuing received the Orville Strandquist Award for Top Rookie Driver. Mitsuing won the award for placing tied for 18th overall with earnings of $22,200.00 bettering Brian Mayan who placed 27th overall with earnings of $19,750.00.

Sutherland ended up in first place overall with total earnings of $138,400.00 followed by Jason Glass who finished 2nd, followed by Neal Walgenbach in 3rd place overall with earnings of $45,700.00 plus a 2010 GMC Truck that he won for being the 2010 aggregate champion, Kirk Sutherland was 4th with total earnings of $38,150.00, with Gary Gorst having his finest Calgary Stampede rounding out the top five with total earnings of $37,800.00.

The WPCA Dodge Pro Tour now returns starting July 22, 25, 2010 with the running of the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship in Bonnyville, Alberta. Races will run Thursday-Saturday starting at 7:00 PM, with the finals and the running of the George Normand Memorial Sudden Death Final on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Live radio coverage can be heard Thursday – Saturday at 6:45pm, with the finals on Sunday at 1:45pm on Classic Country AM1060 out of Calgary, 890AM CJDC out of Dawson Creek and 99.7 FM The Wolf out of Bonnyville.

~ Billy Melville

2010 CALGARY STAMPEDE RANGELAND DERBY CHAMPIONS
Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team
Kelly Sutherland – Driver
Chance Flad, Doug Irvine, Reo King, Chanse Vigen – Outriders
2010 CALGARY STAMPEDE SAFE DRIVE AWARD (Least Penalized Driver)
Jason Glass
2010 GUY WEADICK AWARD
Jason Glass
2010 ORVILLE STRANDQUIST AWARD (Top Rookie Driver)
Devin Mitsuing
SUDDEN DEATH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL HEAT (By Qualification Order)
Rank Driver Sponsor
1 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team
2 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford
3 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport
4 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick
2010 RICHARD COSGRAVE MEMORIAL AWARD (TOP AGGREGATE WAGON – 7 RUNS)
TEAM YYC CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Neal Walgenbach – Driving
Rory Gervais, Dustin Gorst Jamie Laboucane, Brian Mayan and Eddie Melville – Outriders
Day 10 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:14.98
2 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:15.17
3 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:15.45
4 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.64
5 Jim Knight Talisman Energy 1:15.69
6 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:15.73
7 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:15.76
8 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa 1:15.88
9 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:15.96
10 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:15.98
11 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 1:16.08
12 Léo Tournier Crescent Point Energy & Friends of the Mavericks 1:16.13
13 Kirk Sutherland Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 1:16.18
14 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:16.47
15 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank – Athabasca Oil Sands Corp 1:16.61
16 Tim Haroldson Desjardins Financial Security 1:16.74
17 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:16.84
18 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.91
19 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 1:16.95
20 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 1:17.02
21 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:17.12
22 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 1:17.24
23/24 Troy Flad Celtic Exploration Ltd. 1:17.28
23/24 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:17.28
25 Roger Moore Stephen’s Fine Homes Ltd. 1:17.42
26 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:17.77
27 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:17.84
28 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:18.40
29 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:18.47
30 Shane Nolin Bell 1:19.32
31 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:20.57
32 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:21.18
33 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc & MFI Group of Funds 1:21.30
34 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:22.46
35 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:28.51
36 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women N.T
Final Earnings (Official Calgary Stampede Overall Standings)
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Money
1 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team $138,400.00
2 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick $54,900.00
3 Neal Walgenbach ** Team YYC Calgary International Airport $50,625.00
4 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. $38,150.00
5 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area $37,800.00
6 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park $37,300.00
7 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks $37,200.00
8 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women $32,950.00
9 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions $31,975.00
10 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks $31,250.00
11 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com $30,800.00
12 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse $30,350.00
13 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products $27,900.00
14 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen $26,650.00
15 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park $25,775.00
16 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects $25,550.00
17 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals $24,975.00
18/19 Chad Harden ATB Financial $22,200.00
18/19 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall $22,200.00
20 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino $20,900.00
21 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning $20,850.00
22 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery $20,750.00
23/24 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp $20,700.00
23/24 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish $20,700.00
25 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet $20,650.00
26 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport $19,950.00
27 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery $19,750.00
28 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. $19,200.00
29 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes $18,800.00
30 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. $18,700.00
31 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. $18,650.00
32 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank $18,300.00
33/34 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. $18,150.00
33/34 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. $18,150.00
35 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. $18,125.00
36 Shane Nolin Bell $17,625.00

Down to the Final Four

Three World Professional Chuckwagon Association drivers – Kirk Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland and Jason Glass will be joined by aggregate winner and former longtime WPCA driver Neal Walgenbach in Sunday’s final. It will be the 4th appearance in the final for Kirk Sutherland, the 5th for Jason Glass, the 19th appearance in the final for Kelly Sutherland, the 4th for Neal Walgenbach. Gary Gorst missed the final by 11 one-hundreds of a second.

Kirk Sutherland - Will Draw First In Tomorrow's Calgary Stampede Final. Photo By Carol Easton

Day 9 also saw Kirk Sutherland, driving the Cam Clark Ford outfit, record the fast time of the night with a 1:14.68. Coming off barrel number 2 in semi-final heat number 8, Sutherland won top money by 65 one-hundreds of a second over Wayne Knight who placed 2nd for the night, followed by Kelly Sutherland, Jason Glass and Rick Fraser who filled out the top five for the night.

The finals from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm on Sunday, July 18.

~ Billy Melville

SUDDEN DEATH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL HEAT (By Qualification Order)
Rank Driver Sponsor
1 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford
2 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick
4 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport
Day 9 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford 1:14.68
2 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:15.33
3 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:15.37
4 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.38
5 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 1:15.62
6 Léo Tournier Crescent Point Energy & Friends of the Mavericks 1:15.90
7 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:16.09
8 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:16.14
9 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:16.20
10 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse & Royal Liquor Merchants 1:16.47
11 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.72
12 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:16.77
13 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:16.84
14 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence Products 1:16.92
15 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:16.98
16 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 1:17.40
17 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc & MFI Group of Funds 1:17.42
18 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:17.49
19 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank Burnett, Duckworth & Palmer LLP 1:17.64
20 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:17.72
21 Tim Haroldson Desjardins Financial Security 1:17.82
22 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:17.85
23 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 1:17.87
24 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:18.15
25 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:18.18
26 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:18.38
27 Jim Knight Talisman Energy 1:18.97
28 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:19.99
29 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:20.89
30 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:21.11
31 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:21.55
32 Troy Flad Canadian Tubular Services Inc. 1:24.39
33 Ray Mitsuing Friends of Heritage Park 1:25.48
34 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:27.28
35 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:33.16
36 Shane Nolin Bell 1:33.22

Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Day 7

Rick Fraser - Tops On The 6th Run In Calgary. Photo By Paul Easton

Day 7 was another perfect day at Stampede Park and saw 3-time Calgary Stampede sudden death finalist Rick Fraser, driving the Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women outfit posted the top time of the night with a 1:15.08.

Coming off barrel number 1 in heat number 9, Fraser won his second day money for the week by 16 one-hundreds of a second over yesterday’s day money winner Brian Laboucane. Kelly Sutherland, Jerry Bremner and Kirk Sutherland rounded out the top 5 for the night.

Neal Walgenbach continues to hold onto the lead the overall aggregate with a 6 day aggregate time of 7:43.80. He is followed closely by 3-time Calgary Stampede champion Buddy Bensmiller with Jason Glass, Kirk Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland, Rick Fraser, Gary Gorst, and Mark Sutherland making out the top after five runs.

The aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 16, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from heats 8 and 9 on semi final Saturday on July 17 will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.

The chuckwagon races from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm every night.

Billy Melville

Day 7 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 1:15.08
2 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:15.24
3 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:15.60
4 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:15.83
5 Kirk Sutherland Walsh Wilkins Creighton 1:15.91
6 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 1:16.07
7 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.08
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:16.15
9 Léo Tournier Myers Norris Penny& Friends of the Mavericks 1:16.22
10 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Northwest Division 1:16.30
11 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:16.32
12 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:16.37
13 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:16.40
14 Tim Haroldson Petro Tranz 1:16.41
15 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:16.70
16 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 1:16.78
17 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:17.00
18 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence Products 1:17.04
19 Jim Knight Ziegler’s Oilfield Consulting Ltd. 1:17.07
20 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:17.20
21/22 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:17.38
21/22 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:17.38
23 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank – Freehold Royalty Trust 1:17.42
24 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:17.49
25 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:17.55
26 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc & MFI Group of Funds 1:17.56
27 Ray Mitsuing Friends of Heritage Park 1:17.69
28 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:18.06
29 Troy Flad NBC Technologies Inc. 1:18.42
30 Shane Nolin Bell 1:18.75
31 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:22.33
32 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:22.41
33 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:22.54
34 Devin Mitsuing Noralta Lodge 1:23.20
35 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:27.60
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:31.54
6 Run Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 6 Run Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 7:43.80
2 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 7:44.72
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 7:44.83
4 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 7:45.62
5 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 7:45.99
6 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 7:46.15
7 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 7:46.23
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 7:47.61
9 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 7:47.85
10 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 7:48.45
11 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 7:48.84
12 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 7:48.89
13 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 7:50.17
14 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 7:50.51
15 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 7:50.74
16 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 7:51.83
17 Chad Harden ATB Financial 7:51.94
18 Shane Nolin Bell 7:53.29
19 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 7:54.21
20 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 7:54.32
21 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 7:54.49
22 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 7:54.64
23 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 7:55.03
24 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 7:55.48
25 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 7:55.61
26 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 7:55.73
27 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 7:57.23
28 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 7:58.55
29 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 7:58.58
30 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 7:58.82
31 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 7:59.93
32 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 8:01.02
33 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 8:01.85
34 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 8:03.11
35 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 8:08.78
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 8:13.10

Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Day 8

Jason Glass is one of eight drivers making it to tonight's Rangeland Derby Semi-Finals.

The final eight have been set for Semi Final Saturday at the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championship. Neal Walgenbach, Jason Glass, Kelly Sutherland, Kirk Sutherland, Buddy Bensmiller, Brian Laboucane, Gary Gorst and Mark Sutherland will all go into Semi Final Saturday looking to emerge as one of the final four in Sunday’s $150,000.00 sudden death championship final heat where the winner will be crowned the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion and walk away with $100,000.00. Troy Dorchester missed the semi finals by 98 one-hundreds of a second of a second, with Grant profit back another 15 one-hundreds of a second and placed 10th overall.

Neal Walgenbach, driving the Team YYC Calgary International Airport outfit, and along with outriders Rory Gervais, Dustin Gorst Jamie Laboucane, Brian Mayan and Eddie Melville captured the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award symbolic of the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Winner. Sutherland posted the best 7 run time of 8:58.16, and won the aggregate by 77 one-hundreds over 2-timeAggregate Winner Jason Glass in 2nd place overall, with Kelly Sutherland, Kirk Sutherland and Buddy Bensmiller filling out the top 5 overall. Rick Fraser who was in the top 8 at the start of the day hit a barrel and fell out of the running. It is the first time that Neal Walgenbach, a 3-time finalist has won the Calgary Stampede Aggregate Title, and it happened in what will be his final Calgary Stampede.

Day 8 also saw Brian Laboucane., driving The Mavericks outfit, record the fast time of the week with a 1:14.26. Coming off barrel number 4 in heat number 1, Laboucane won top money by 64 one-hundreds of a second over 1998 Calgary Stampede finalist Wayne Knight, with Jason Glass, Luke Tournier and Kelly Sutherland filling out the top five for the night. It was the 2nd time in three days that Brian Laboucane won the day money and also the second career day money at the Calgary Stampede for Brian Laboucane as well.

Billy Melville

2010 RICHARD COSGRAVE MEMORIAL AWARD (TOP AGGREGATE WAGON – 7 RUNS)
TEAM YYC CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Neal Walgenbach – Driving
Rory Gervais, Dustin Gorst Jamie Laboucane, Brian Mayan and Eddie Melville – Outriders
Day 8 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:14.26
2 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:14.90
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.10
4 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse & NCI Construction 1:15.22
5 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:15.26
6 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:15.36
7 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:15.70
8 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:15.79
9 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:15.94
10 Kirk Sutherland Calgary Archives Inc. 1:16.10
11 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:16.11
12 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:16.26
13 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:16.35
14 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa 1:16.56
15 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 1:16.68
16/17 Jim Knight Raider Well Servicing Ltd. 1:16.92
16/17 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:16.92
18/19 Léo Tournier Cathedral Energy Services & Friends of the Mavericks 1:17.09
18/19 Reg Johnstone Tesla Exploration Ltd. 1:17.09
20 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:17.11
21 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:17.32
22 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:17.36
23 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:17.38
24 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 1:17.39
25 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:17.40
26 Barry Hodgson Calgary Food Bank – Penn West Energy Trust 1:17.51
27 Tim Haroldson Desjardins Financial Security 1:17.63
28 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:17.72
29 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:18.01
30 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:18.20
31 Shane Nolin Bell 1:18.37
32 Troy Flad Olympic Trust Company 1:18.98
33 Rick Fraser Chickwagon! Foundation for Women/Heninger Toyota 1:20.65
34 Roger Moore Stephen’s Fine Homes Ltd. 1:23.32
35 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:23.92
36 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:25.69
7 Run Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 7 Run Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 8:59.16
2 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 8:59.93
3 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 9:01.25
4 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 9:01.72
5 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 9:02.04
6 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 9:02.71
7 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 9:03.34
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 9:03.55
9 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 9:04.53
10 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 9:04.68
11 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 9:05.39
12 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 9:06.20
13 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 9:06.80
14 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 9:07.66
15 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 9:08.39
16 Chad Harden ATB Financial 9:09.95
17 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 9:10.19
18 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 9:11.59
19 Shane Nolin Bell 9:11.66
20 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 9:11.95
21 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 9:11.96
22 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 9:12.84
23 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 9:13.13
24 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 9:13.83
25 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 9:14.61
26 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 9:15.91
27 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 9:16.09
28 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 9:16.18
29 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 9:16.19
30 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 9:18.13
31 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 9:19.24
32 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 9:20.00
33 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 9:20.01
34 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 9:20.20
35 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 9:26.50
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 9:28.00

CS Rangeland Derby – Day 6 Results

After inclement weather cancelled the races for day number 5 and will shorten the Rangeland Derby to 9 days of running, some fine racing was seen on day 6 of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. For the first time in his career, Brian Laboucane, driving The Mavericks outfit posted the top time of the night with a 1:15.38.

Brian Laboucane - 1st Time Day Money Winner On NIght 6 In Calgary. Photo By Fred Vidiuk.

Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 1, Laboucane won the day money by 39 one-hundreds of a second Jason Glass who placed second for the night. Buddy Bensmiller, Mark Sutherland and Rae Croteau Jr. rounded out the top 5 for the night.

Neal Walgenbach continues to lead the overall aggregate with a 5 day aggregate time of 6:26.80. He is followed closely by 3-time Calgary Stampede champion Buddy Bensmiller with Jason Glass, Gary Gorst, Kirk Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland, Rick Fraser and Mark Sutherland making out the top after five runs.

The aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 16, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from heats 8 and 9 on semi final Saturday on July 17 will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.

The chuckwagon races from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm every night.

~ Billy Melville

Day 6 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:15.38
2 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:15.77
3 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:15.78
4 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:16.05
5 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:16.14
6 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:16.46
7 Jim Knight X-Treme Oilfield Technology 1:16.60
8 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 1:16.61
9 Kirk Sutherland Discount Car & Truck Rentals 1:16.71
10 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:16.78
11 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:16.86
12 Devin Mitsuing Noralta Lodge 1:16.91
13/14 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:16.94
13/14 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa 1:16.94
15 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence Products 1:17.24
16 Rick Fraser Chickwagon! Foundation for Women/Heninger Toyota 1:17.46
17 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:17.54
18 Tim Haroldson Delta Hotels and Resorts 1:17.64
19 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:17.70
20 Troy Flad Superior Propane 1:17.80
21 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank – AltaGas 1:17.92
22 Léo Tournier Country Hills Golf Club & Friends of the Mavericks 1:18.01
23 Shane Nolin Bell 1:18.04
24 Troy Dorchester Lafarge Northwest Division 1:18.10
25 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:18.18
26 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:18.22
27 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:18.23
28 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:18.24
29 Reg Johnstone Calfrac Well Services Ltd. 1:18.48
30 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:18.51
31 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:18.66
32 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse & Country 105 1:18.68
33 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:18.91
34 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:18.99
35 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:19.03
36 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:26.82
5 Day Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 5 Day Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 6:26.80
2 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 6:28.35
3 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 6:28.43
4 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 6:28.74
5 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 6:29.71
6 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 6:30.39
7 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 6:31.07
8 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 6:31.46
9 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 6:31.55
10 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 6:31.99
11 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 6:32.10
12 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 6:32.33
13 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 6:32.57
14 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 6:32.62
15 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 6:32.77
16 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 6:33.21
17 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 6:33.39
18 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 6:33.47
19 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 6:33.67
20 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 6:34.14
21 Shane Nolin Bell 6:34.54
22 Chad Harden ATB Financial 6:35.24
23 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 6:36.83
24 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 6:37.29
25 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 6:37.42
26 Rae Croteau Jr. Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 6:38.06
27 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 6:38.65
28 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 6:39.90
29 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 6:41.15
30 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 6:41.16
31 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 6:41.26
32 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 6:41.56
33 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 6:42.14
34 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 6:42.60
35 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 6:46.89
36 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 6:51.40

Day 4 Results – Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby

Neal Walgenbach - Tops In All Categories On Night 4 In Calgary. Photo Carol Easton.

Afternoon rain and hail made for some interesting races on night 4 of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. Penalties were in abundance, but when the mud subsided, it was Neal Walgenbach, driving the Team YYC Calgary International Airport outfit who had the top time of the night with a 1:16.91.

Coming off barrel number 2 in heat number 4, Walgenbach won the day money by 65 one-hundreds of a second over Kirk Sutherland who placed second for the night. Gary Gorst, Luke Tournier and Jason Glass rounded out the top 5 for the night.

The day money run moved Walgenbach to the top of the leaderboard with a 4 day aggregate time of 5:09.86. He is followed closely by 10-time Calgary Stampede champion Kelly Sutherland with Gary Gorst, Buddy Bensmiller and Jason Glass filling out the top five after four runs. Rookie driver Devin Mitsuing, who was in 3rd place overall after 3 runs, knocked both barrels and dropped into 28th place overall.

The aggregate winner will be declared after 8 nights on Friday, July 16, and the top 8 in the aggregate on that day will go into “Semi Final Saturday.” The top 4 times from heats 8 and 9 on semi final Saturday on July 17 will go into the sudden death championship final heat. The winner of the final heat will be declared the 2010 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion.

The chuckwagon races from the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby which will run at 8:00pm every night.

~ Billy Melville

Day 4 Results
Rank Driver Sponsor Total Time
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 1:16.91
2 Kirk Sutherland Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 1:17.56
3 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 1:17.78
4 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 1:17.96
5 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 1:18.08
6 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 1:18.45
7 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc & MFI Group of Funds 1:18.56
8 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 1:18.67
9 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 1:19.02
10 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 1:19.05
11 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 1:19.18
12 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 1:19.29
13 Rick Fraser Chickwagon! Foundation for Women/Heninger Toyota 1:19.61
14 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 1:19.75
15 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 1:19.89
16/17 Jim Knight Talisman Energy 1:20.06
16/17 Shane Nolin Bell 1:20.06
18 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 1:20.20
19 Vern Nolin Mayfair Diagnostics 1:20.22
20 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa 1:20.47
21 Tim Haroldson Chinook Energy Inc. 1:20.55
22 Chad Harden ATB Financial 1:20.57
23 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 1:20.80
24 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 1:20.84
25 Roger Moore Cal-Terra Fence & Construction 1:20.86
26 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 1:21.05
27/28 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 1:21.30
27/28 Troy Flad Canadian Tubular Services Inc. 1:21.30
29/30 Grant Profit Pride of Cochrane 1:21.55
29/30 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 1:21.55
31 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 1:21.62
32 Barry Hodgson Friends of Calgary Food Bank – Crew Energy 1:22.79
33 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 1:24.14
34 Rae Croteau Jr. Stony Nakoda Resort & Casino 1:24.17
35 Devin Mitsuing Noralta Lodge 1:29.31
36 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 1:32.92
4 Day Aggregate Standings
Rank Driver Sponsor 4 Day Total
1 Neal Walgenbach Team YYC Calgary International Airport 5:09.86
2 Kelly Sutherland Lucid/Lux Chuckwagon Team 5:12.21
3 Gary Gorst RE/ MAX Realtors of Calgary & Area 5:12.28
4 Buddy Bensmiller Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park 5:12.57
5 Jason Glass Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick 5:12.66
6 Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford & Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall Inc. 5:13.00
7 Troy Dorchester The Roadhouse Nightclub and Continential Imaging Products 5:13.45
8 Kurt Bensmiller WestJet 5:13.59
9 Rick Fraser Heninger Toyota / Chickwagon! Foundation for Women 5:13.61
10 Grant Preece MaXfield Inc. 5:13.76
11 Luke Tournier The Cowboys Posse 5:14.71
12 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals 5:14.74
13 Layne MacGillivray Impact 2000 Inc. 5:14.92
14 Vern Nolin BKDI Architects 5:15.23
15 Mark Sutherland VisitCalgary.com 5:15.41
16 Mike Vigen Cell Bridge Communications Corp 5:15.55
17 Grant Profit Thru Tubing Solutions 5:15.96
18 Chad Harden ATB Financial 5:16.21
19 Roger Moore Lynx Brand Fence/Stephen’s Fine Homes 5:16.23
20 Shane Nolin Bell 5:16.50
21 Jim Knight Border City Oilmen 5:17.07
22 Ray Mitsuing Diamond’s Sports Grill – Mesa/Heritage Park 5:17.20
23 Brian Laboucane The Mavericks 5:17.83
24 Brian Mayan Bernie Brown’s Boot Hill Gallery 5:18.17
25 Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport 5:18.30
26 Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. 5:19.18
27 Jerry Bremner Oak Environment Inc/Foothills Creamery 5:21.68
28 Devin Mitsuing 1-800-Drywall 5:21.74
29 Rae Croteau Jr. Stony Nakoda Resort & Casino 5:21.92
30 Reg Johnstone Matco Financial Inc. 5:22.78
31 Barry Hodgson Friends of the Calgary Food Bank 5:23.24
32 Tyler Helmig Pidherney’s From Start To Finish 5:24.29
33 Tim Haroldson 1525423 Alberta Ltd. 5:24.50
34 Troy Flad BNL (1997) Ltd. 5:24.80
35 Léo Tournier Friends of the Mavericks 5:28.88
36 Hugh Sinclair Airstream Heating & Air Conditioning 5:32.49