With all due respect to Layne MacGillivray, the story of the night at Day 1 of the 40th Grande Prairie Stompede was Dayton Sutherland.
You may recognize the name Sutherland.
Dayton’s grandpa Kelly is a legend in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association with more Calgary Stampede championships then anyone. Dayton’s dad Mark has had his success too on the track.
Sorry Kelly and Mark, Wednesday was Dayton’s day.
The WPCA rookie yahooing the JP Outpost rig is well behind Day 1 leader MacGillivray, guiding the Cascade horses, sitting in 17th place at 1:20.65, but the big news is he’s four spots up on his dad Mark and the Nordic Energy rig (1:21.14) and five spots ahead of grandpa Kelly and his CIMS Corp horses (1:21.67).
MacGillivrary is over a second ahead of Ross Knight (1:17.39) and the Initial Industries wagon while Layne Bremnder and the Sundown steeds are third at 1:18.42.
There was one Sutherland who finished ahead of Dayton – uncle Kirk in seventh place with the EMCO Corp outfit at 1:19.32. Cousin Mitch Sutherland is 32nd with the Ken Sargent GMC wagon at 1:22.35.
Grande Prairie’s Mike Vigen is eighth in the Keddie’s Tack & Western Wear rig at 1:19.34 and his son, Chanse Vigen, is 27th with the All Star Masonry wagon at 1:21.67. Former local Rick Fraser has his Terra Core horses in 10th at 1:19.52.
Some other good news, besides that provided by MacGillivray and young Dayton, is the fact that all 36 wagons completed the first night of the season without any No Times.
Rodeo slack was held on Wednesday and there are some tough times to beat for competitors taking part in the pro rodeo (1 p.m.) Thursday to Sunday at Gordon Badger Stadium.
In Brandt Tractor Tie Down Roping Randall Carlisle of Athens, LA is the leader. He had a 7.9 on Wednesday followed by Blaine Cox of Cameron, TX (8.7) and Logan Hofer of Magrath, AB at 8.9.
Matt Richardson of Olds, AB is the Chinook Scaffolding Steer Wrestling leader after pulling off a 5.1 on Wednesday. Brock Butterfield of Ponoka, AB is second at 5.3 and Matt Mailer of Botha, AB and Luke Simonin of Naramata, BC raced to third at 6.5.
Hundreds of a second separate the top placings in GP Chrysler Ladies Barrels with Brett Wills of Kamloops, BC in the lead at 16.040 followed by Briana Baudin of Edson, AB (16.147) and Lynette Brodoway of Brooks, AB at 16.159.
Riley Wilson of Cardston, AB and Clay Ullery of Two Hills, AB pulled off a 4.8 to lead Elite Vac & Tank Tie Down Roping. They are followed by Troy Fischer, Mayerthorpe, AB/Wyatt Eirikson, Okotoks, AB at 5.2 and Kale Peterson, Buck Lake, AB/Cory Dunlop, St. Paul, AB at 5.9.
Gates open at 12 noon with the rodeo at 1 p.m. with all the events and the chucks starting at 5 p.m.