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Chad Harden

August 21, 1970 (

Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby (2009)Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby (2009)Ponoka Stampede Champion (2002)

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Chad Harden (born August 21, 1970) is a Canadian professional chuckwagon racer. He has won the three richest shows in chuckwagon racing - the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby, Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby and the Ponoka Stampede.


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Harden grew up southwest of Edmonton, Alberta in the farming community of Thorsby, Alberta. He started his chuckwagon racing career driving pony chuckwagons, and began driving thoroughbred wagons in 2000 on the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) circuit and won WPCA Top Rookie Driver honors. He qualified for his first Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby as a driver in 2001 and won the Orville Strandquist Award for top rookie driver.

His first show championship win came in 2002 at one of chuckwagon racing's biggest events - the Ponoka Stampede. In 2006 he received the World Professional Chuckwagon Association's highest annual honor - the WPCA Chuckwagon Person of the Year. 2009 would be Harden's most successful year when he captured chuckwagon racing's two richest events when he won the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby and Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby, becoming just the third driver to boast wins in both of Alberta's biggest cities 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. He added the Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship to his resume a year later in 2010.

In addition to his success on the racetrack, two of Harden's horses have been honored with WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence awards.

Show Wins - Driver (4)

  • 2002 (1) Ponoka Stampede Champion
  • 2009 (2) Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion Driver, Edmonton's Chuckwagon Derby
  • 2010 (1) Bonnyville Chuckwagon Championship
  • Awards

  • WPCA Top Rookie Driver (2000)
  • Orville Strandquist Award (2001)
  • Chuckwagon Person of the Year (2006)
  • WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "GRANVIEW" - Champion Outriding Horse (2009)
  • WPCA Equine Outfit of Excellence - "CRAFTY" - Champion Left Wheeler (2010)
  • Personal life

    Chad is a scout for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. 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


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