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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

Hand Hills chuck­wagon racer Colt Cos­grave claims Ponoka Stam­pede WPCA Cham­pi­onship and takes home $50k.

Hand Hills chuck­wagon racer Colt Cos­grave cap­tured his first Ponoka Stam­pede Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day, July 3, tak­ing home $50,000, a new GMC pickup truck, and the 2016 Ponoka cham­pi­onship crown.

Cos­grave won the dash for cash fi­nal heat at the Ponoka Stam­pede, one of the World Pro­fes­sional Chuck­wagon As­so­ci­a­tion’s most pres­ti­gious events on the pro tour, and his first cham­pi­onship win since Red Deer in 2006.

“It comes down to the horses and a lit­tle bit of luck. A cou­ple guys hit some bar­rels and we stayed clean,” said Cos­grave.

In the cham­pi­onship heat, Cos­grave and out­rid­ers Chance Flad and Chad Cos­grave went penalty free in a 1:15.23 from bar­rel po­si­tion two, beat­ing out Codey McCur­rach of Eckville, 31 one hun­dreths of a sec­ond behind Cos­grave.

He hopes his horses run just as hard as they have all sea­son in the up­com­ing Calgary Stam­pede WPCA com­pe­ti­tion which be­gins this Fri­day, July 8 un­til July 17.

“Calgary is the big one – it’s ten days, so if you can stay clean for ten days you got a real good shot at be­ing there,” said Cos­grave. “You got to be fast and clean.”

Cos­grave placed sec­ond over­all at the Ponoka Stam­pede last year. He placed 23 over­all at the Calgary Stam­pede last year.

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Colt Cos­grave and out­rid­ers Chance Flad and Chad Cos­grave stand with fam­ily and friends af­ter the out­fit won the 2016 Ponoka Stam­pede WPCA Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day. The team won $50,000, a new truck, and took home one of WPCA’s most pres­ti­gious ti­tles.

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