Mike Vigen Obituary, Death – sponsored ride around the track on the opening night of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth comes on the heels of Vigen steering his outfit to victory in the $75,000 Tommy Dorchester Championship final heat in Ponoka last Sunday. The final heat took place on the opening night of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
This accomplishment by the reinsman, who is 39 years old, broke the previous record of five consecutive first-place runs set by Dale Flett at the Calgary Stampede in 1962. Ralph Vigen, Chanse Vigen’s grandfather, was the one who ended Flett’s streak on the final night of the competition. Therefore, the success that Vigen had in Ponoka transferred over to Calgary.
However, even his scoring run on Friday was not enough to prevent Jamie Laboucane and his Cowboys rig from earning first place at the Calgary Stampede. Laboucane’s time of 1:11:43 was faster than the previous record held by runner-up Vigen. Kurt Bensmiller and his rig from the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino finished the opening night in third place with a time of 1:12.10. But to return to Vigen…
With two show World Professional Chuckwagon Association titles already under his belt already this season — the other coming at his hometown Grande Prairie Stompede in early June — Vigen has now set his sights on winning his first-ever Cowboys Rangeland Derby title, which is something that his grandfather Ralph accomplished three times in the years 1972, 1976, and 1985.
“We’ve got a ton of momentum and we’ve got a ton of good energy in the barn and everything’s clicking,” said Vigen, who was awarded the Orville Strandquist Memorial Trophy for being the best rookie driver at the Calgary Stampede in the year 2013. “We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and not get away from what got us here and what won us Ponoka and roll that into Calgary and just try to keep the ball rolling and keep our foot on the gas.” “We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and not get away from what got us here and what won us Ponoka and roll that into Calgary.”