Wagon driver breaks record
by Phil Ambroziak
Loon Lake’s Roger Moore proved to be the man with the golden touch recently when he secured the highest bid at the 2014 Ponoka Stampede tarp auction.
Bidding took place May 2 and saw Moore, who was last year’s Ponoka champion driver, earn a record $51,000. The second highest amount of the evening went to Troy Dorchester of Westrose, AB. He received $26,000.
“It was pretty exciting to see Rusway Construction and Pidherney’s Construction go back and forth in an attempt to outbid each other,” Moore remarked.
In the end, it was Rusway that came out on top.
“Pidherney’s sponsored me last year at Ponoka and I guess they wanted to get me back,” Moore continued. “But, I guess Rusway wanted me too.”
The veteran chuckwagon driver went on to reiterate the $51,000 in sponsorship money he earned this year was the highest any driver has ever made at the Ponoka auction.
“I believe the previous record was something like $25,000,” he said.
He also said, aside from past outings at the Calgary Stampede, this is the most money he’s ever secured at a tarp auction. Moore received only $3,500 at the 2013 Ponoka auction.
“My win last year really helped improve that number this year,” he said.
On Canada Day last year, Moore rolled to victory in what race aficionados consider to be the opening leg of chuckwagon racing’s triple crown when he beat Luke Tournier, Jerry Bremner and Kelly Sutherland to the finish line in a penalty-free heat.
He finished the year fifth overall in the WPCA standings and qualified for this year’s Calgary Stampede. It will be his first time on the track in Calgary in two years.
“I don’t know how well I’ll do this season right off the bat because we’re off to a bit of a slow start because of the weather,” he said. “But, the horses are all looking good and I’m going to work at just doing my best.”
Moore’s first goal, he said, is to qualify for next year’s Calgary Stampede.
“Whatever happens after that is just a bonus,” he noted. “The main things for me is to qualify for Calgary and to bring my horses home safely.”
The 2014 WPCA season kicks off May 28 to June 1 in Grand Prairie, AB. This year’s Ponoka Stampede is set for June 26 to July 1.