Ponoka Stampede Update
Historically the Ponoka Stampede has hosted four outrider chuckwagon races and planned on doing so again in 2011 to celebrate their 75th Anniversary.
The WPCA could not support a four outrider show in 2011, due to the lack of eligible and qualified outriders. The Ponoka Stampede is very disappointed in this decision but understands that the WPCA feels there is no safe alternative.
“In order to continue and grow our sport we need to race safely with qualified outriders,” explained WPCA President, Pat Powell. “We hate to disappoint our race fans in Ponoka, they are a knowledgeable, passionate group. We know that this decision will be immediately disappointing, but we are offering the best our sport has to offer with two outriders, we could not say the same if we were providing four.”
Safety and fans are always at the forefront of the discussion when any changes are suggested for the WPCA. With the best horses, drivers, and outriders in the sport being showcased at the world class Ponoka Stampede, the WPCA hopes to put on the best show yet!
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