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Buddy Bensmiller

Name Birth Date: July 16, 1955
Year Started Outriding: 1967
Year Started Driving: 1972
Hometown: Dewberry, AB
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications: 33
WINS: 9

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World Professional Standings
2011 - 25th
2010 - 2nd
2009 - 21st
2008 - 4th
2007 - 28th
2006 - 14th
2005 - 16th
2004 - 6th
2003 - 8th

Major Awards And Victories

  • 1979: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver
  • 1981: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Outrider
  • 1982: Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • 1983: NPCA Champion, Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • 1984: NPCA Champion, Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • 1985: NPCA Champion, North American Chuckwagon Championship, WPCA Top Permit Holder
  • 1986: NPCA Champion
  • 1987: NPCA Champion, Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • 1988: NPCA Champion
  • 1989: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver
  • 1990: WPCA Top Permit Holder
  • 1991: NPCA Champion, Cheyenne Frontier Days Champion, WPCA Top Permit Holder
  • 1992: NPCA Champion, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Strathmore Heritage Days, WPCA Top Permit Holder
  • 1993: Cheyenne Frontier Days, WPCA Top Permit Holder 
  • 1994: Guy Weadick Award, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion) 
  • 1995: Cheyenne Frontier Days, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award  (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion)
  • 1996: Klondike Chuckwagon Derby, Los Angeles County Fair, WPCA Clean Drive Award
  • 1997: WORLD CHAMPION CHUCKWAGON DRIVER, Grande Prairie Stompede, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion)
  • 2000: Mullen Transportation Safe Drive Award (Calgary Stampede Least Penalized Driver), WPCA Chuckwagon Person Of The Year, WPCA Clean Drive Award
  • 2001: WORLD CHAMPION CHUCKWAGON DRIVER, Ponoka Stampede, WPCA Clean Drive Award
  • 2003: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Rocky Mountain Turf Club Derby, Ponoka Stampede
  • 2004: WPCA Clean Drive Award
  • 2005: Mullen Transportation Safe Drive Award
  • 2010: WPCA Clean Drive Award , WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "SIR" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2011: George Normand Lifetime Builder's Award
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Personal Information
Buddy is a 2-time World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, a 3-time Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion driver and a 3-time Calgary Stampede Aggregate winner. He was honored with the WPCA’s George Normand Lifetime Builder’s award in 2011 and will run his last race at the 100th Calgary Stampede in 2012. Buddy received the WPCA's prestigious Chuckwagon Person of the Year Award in 2000, the Calgary Stampede's prestigious Guy Weadick Award in 1994, and was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2009. 2011 saw Buddy post 9 top ten runs, including 5 runs that cracked the top five, and was runner-up to the Richard Cosgrave Badlands Dinosaur Derby which was his last official show on the WPCA Pro Tour. He has won a record five WPCA Clean Drive Awards, two Calgary Stampede Safe Drive Awards for the Least Penalized Driver, outrode for one Calgary Stampede winning outfit in 1981, and had a horse named to the WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence in 2010. Buddy was an eight time CPCA Champion and won the Cheyenne Frontier Days a record 9 times. Buddy is a second-generation wagon man, and his three sons are all chuckwagon drivers who have competed on the WPCA Pro Tour. Buddy and his wife Darlene have four children - Lisa, David, Kurt, and Chance - and eight grandchildren.

Bensmiller Racing Website: www.bensmillerracing.com 


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