Drivers

Chad Harden

 

Chad Harden

Birth Date: August 21, 1970
Year Started Driving: 1999
Hometown: Mulhurst Bay, AB
Championship Final Heat Qualifications:13   
WINS:4

 

World Professional Standings

2017 - 10th
2016 - 9th
2015 - 13th
2014 - 17th
2013 - 19th
2012 - 14th
2011 - 11th
2010 - 11th/12th   
2009 - 7th
2008 - 12th
2007 - 15th
2006 - 10th
2005 - 12th
2004 - 18th
2003 - 19th
2002 - 17th
2001 - 19th
2000 - 19th - Rookie Season


Major Awards And Victories
2000: WPCA Top Rookie Driver Award
2001: Orville Strandquist Award (Calgary Stampede Top Rookie Driver)
2002: Ponoka Stampede Champion
2006: Chuckwagon Person of the Year
2009: Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "GRANVIEW" - Champion Outriding Horse
2010: Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship, WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "CRAFTY" - Champion Left Wheeler
2016: Battle of the Rockies, Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "WILD" - Champion Right Leader
2017: Calgary Stampede Equine Outfit of Excellence - "ROBERT" - Champion Outriding Horse


Personal Information
One of chuckwagon racing's most talented drivers and horsemen, Chad had a horse named to the 2017 Calgary Stampede Equine Athlete of Excellence for the second consecutive year. The 2017 season saw Chad post 16 top ten runs, including a first place run at the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby and 7 runs that also placed inside the top five. He was a semi-finalist at both the Ponoka Stampede and the Calgary Stampede, with additional top ten overall finishes at the Medicine Hat Stampede and the Battle of the North being his best of the year. Chad has won many of chuckwagon racing's most prominent events including the Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby and Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby both in 2009, and the 2002 Ponoka Stampede. Chad received the prestigious WPCA Chuckwagon Person of the Year Award in 2006, won the Calgary Stampede's Orville Strandquist Award for top rookie driver in 2001, has had two horses named to the WPCA’s Equine Outfit of Excellence, two horses named to the Calgary Stampede’s Equine Outfit of Excellence, and was the WPCA's Top Rookie Driver in 2000. He has been a semi-finalist at the Calgary Stampede three times, and in 2009 he became just the third driver to boast wins in both of Alberta’s major cities (Calgary and Edmonton) in a single year. Chad was the first chuckwagon driver to win association and Calgary Stampede top rookie honors in a single year, the first driver to win the top rookie driver at the Calgary Stampede and go on to win the GMC Rangeland Derby Championship. Chad has qualified for the GMC Rangeland Derby every year since he started driving back in 2000. In the off-season Chad is a talent scout for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and owns and operates Generation Chemicals Inc. - an oilfield chemical company. He is a third generation chuckwagon driver, whose grandfather Leroy Harden and father Robert Harden drove wagons for many years. Chad, his wife Dori have 4 children - Montana, Cheyenna, Dawson and Denver - and make their home near Mulhurst Bay, Alberta.

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