Troy Dorchester
Troy Dorchester

Strong auction result sets the stage for the 2019 Calgary Stampede!

Calgary – The stage is now set for the 2019 GMC Rangeland Derby, following an exciting evening of fast-paced bidding at the Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction, presented by GMC. The evening saw 36 of the best chuckwagon drivers in North America go up for auction and ended with the total proceeds reaching $3,285,000.  Troy Dorchester, the 29th driver in the auction lineup, received the top bid of the night in a thrilling bidding war. Graham Construction came out the winner at $150,000.

“It’s wonderful to see all of these companies and groups step forward to support the iconic sport of chuckwagon racing in our community,” says Paul Kavanagh, chair of the Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon committee. “We have a great mix of new and returning advertisers who are now preparing to celebrate with us during our annual event in July.”

Eighty per cent of the auction proceeds go directly to the drivers, supporting the care of their horses throughout the entire racing season. The remaining 20 per cent is reinvested by the Calgary Stampede into the sport through prize money, safety and programming initiatives.

Successful bidders in tonight’s auction have secured the right to showcase their brand on a chuckwagon canvas at the 2019 Calgary Stampede. They also have the exclusive opportunity to host guests behind-the-scenes in the chuckwagon barn area.

“It is an experience unlike any other at the Calgary Stampede,” says Kavanagh, adding “we are proud to be able to host our community in this way as well as support the drivers with the care of their horses not just at the Stampede, but throughout the racing season.” 

For interested parties, a select few opportunities may still be available post-auction by teaming up with successful bidders. More information is available at





   Total Auction Proceeds



   Average Bid



   Top bid driver

   Troy Dorchester 

   Kurt Bensmiller 

   Top bid



About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager

Western Events and Agriculture

T. 403.261.0382

C. 403.585.4706