Nolins among top winners at CPCA banquet

The CPCA 2013 Canadian Champion and Outriders award was presented to the winning driver and outriders of this season’s CPCA Finals Dash. Along with a trophy, the group also received leather championship jackets. Here, left to right, outrider Dale Mitsuing, driver Vern Nolin and outrider Brett Nolin receive their jackets from CPCA president Ray Mitsuing.

The CPCA 2013 Canadian Champion and Outriders award was presented to the winning driver and outriders of this season’s CPCA Finals Dash. Along with a trophy, the group also received leather championship jackets. Here, left to right, outrider Dale Mitsuing, driver Vern Nolin and outrider Brett Nolin receive their jackets from CPCA president Ray Mitsuing.

by Phil Ambroziak

The sport of chuckwagon racing is a tradition that carries on in the Nolin family of Rapid View, SK.
It’s one the late Genne Nolin passed on to his children – including sons, Vern, Shane and Mick – and now it’s one Vern Nolin is sharing with his oldest son, Brett.

Joined by his fellow outrider Dale Mitsuing, Brett Nolin proudly stood beside his father as the trio accepted both the CPCA Canadian Championship trophy and leather championship jackets to cap off the 2013 CPCA awards banquet Oct. 19 at the Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford.

“I want to thank my dad for giving me the opportunity to ride with him, and for Mick (Nolin) for helping me on the track – for showing me where I needed to be,” Brett Nolin said during his acceptance speech.

Nolin originally joined his father’s non-point outfit before being moved to the point outfit later in the season. Both he and Mitsuing were with Vern Nolin when he became a three-time CPCA Canadian Champion following the Finals Dash in Lloydminster this past August.

In an interview conducted during the banquet, Vern Nolin explained how much it meant to have his son finally join him on the track.

“It was always my goal to see my sons involved in the sport,” he said, noting his younger son would also soon be coming aboard. “Brett had a great season. We moved him (to the point outfit) in Wainwright, and he was with us at the Calgary Stampede where he rode penalty-free. That’s pretty special for a first-year guy.”

Overall, Brett Nolin finished the season with 745 points.

“I’m very proud of him,” Vern Nolin added.

Nolin, who finished second in the overall CPCA standings with 609.5 points, went on to reflect on the season as a whole, stating it was a good year, recognizing his sponsors and expressing how excited he is to return to Calgary in 2014.

Numerous other awards were also presented throughout the evening including the Randy Evans Memorial award, which went to Mick Nolin for being the outrider to record the most points in 2013. In this case, the number to beat was 5,443.

BJ Carey of St. Walburg was presented with the CPCA High Point Driver award for recording 623 points while Dallas Dyck of Dewberry, AB earned the CPCA All Around Championship for recording the most combined points as a driver and outrider. He earned 457.5 points as a driver and 1,428 as an outrider for a total of 1,885.5.

Other award recipients included high-point outriders Aric Pare, Kris Flanagan and Dale Mitsuing, SaskTel Youth Achievement award winner Cassedy Nolin, most improved driver Curtis Morin and more.

Meadow Lake’s Billy Joe Villeneuve was crowned this season’s CPCA Rookie of the Year. Villeneuve placed 24th overall with 246 points during his first-ever CPCA campaign.

“The season was really good for me,” Villeneuve said. “My horses stayed healthy, they made it through the year and I learned so much. The experience was just overwhelming and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve always wanted to do this, and now I’m living my dream.”

As for the banquet itself, CPCA president Ray Mitsuing described the event as a great way to close out the season, noting many sponsors were in attendance to show even further support for their respective drivers.

“You just have to look around and you see all these smiling faces,” Mitsuing said. “This is another great turnout and to have so much support really means a lot to everyone involved with the CPCA and the sport of chuckwagon racing.”

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