Drivers

Kurt Bensmiller

 

Kurt Bensmiller

Birth Date: May 1, 1983
Year Started Outriding: 2001
Year Started Driving: 1999
Hometown: Dewberry, AB
WPCA Championship Final Heat Qualifications: 18
WINS:6

 

World Professional Standings

2016 - 3rd
2015 - WORLD CHAMPION
2014 - 2nd
2013 - 4th
2012 - 10th
2011 - 19th
2010 - 10th
2009 - 9th
2008 - 17th

2007 - 10th
2006 - 18th/19th
2005 - 13th
2004 - 21st
2003 - 7th
2002 - 10th
2001 - 16th
2000 - 28th - Rookie Season

Major Awards And Victories

  • 2001: Ponoka Stampede Champion Outrider, WPCA Most Improved Driver
  • 2002: Orville Strandquist Award (Calgary Stampede Top Rookie Driver)
  • 2007: Battle of the North, WPCA Clean Drive Award
  • 2011: Capital EX Chuckwagon Derby
  • 2012: Strathmore Heritage Days Stampede
  • 2013: WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "ACE" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2014: Ponoka Stampede, Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "ACE" - Champion Left Leader
  • 2015: World Champion Chuckwagon Driver, Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award (Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion), WPCA Clean Drive Award, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "BOONE" - Champion Outriding Horse
  • 2016: Grande Prairie Stompede


Personal Information
One of premiere drivers on the WPCA Pro Tour, Kurt was the 2015 World Champion Chuckwagon Driver. Some of the highlights of Kurt’s career include back to back wins at the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby, the Calgary Stampede Aggregate title, the Ponoka Stampede and Capital EX Chuckwagon Derby in Edmonton. 2016 saw Kurt win his first career Grande Prairie Stompede, made the championship final at both the Grande Prairie Stompede and the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, and qualified for the Semi-Final round at the Calgary Stampede. He posted 23 top ten runs, including 3 first place runs and 8 other runs that placed inside the top five. He placed in the top ten overall at 6 show championships he competed at  in 2016. His first appearance in the GMC Rangeland Derby final in 2011 marked the first time that three generations of the same family hade qualified for the GMC Rangeland Derby’s winner–take–all final joining his father Buddy Bensmiller and grandfather's Allen Smith and Alan Bensmiller who were all multi–time finalists. Kurt has twice won the WPCA Clean Drive Award, was the recipient of the WPCA's Most Improved Driver in 2001, and won the Calgary Stampede's Orville Strandquist Award for Top Rookie Driver in 2002. He is the youngest man in WPCA history to qualify two wagons into a single championship final heat at the 2002 Battle of the North. Kurt is a third generation chuckwagon driver whose brothers Dave and Chance are chuckwagon drivers as well. A two-sport athlete, Kurt was part of the Bentley Generals that won the 2009 Allan Cup – symbolic of Canada’s senior hockey champions. Kurt and his wife Ashly have three daughters - Harlee, Hayze and Vahn, and make their home in Dewberry, Alberta.

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