Meet Gary Gorst, our chuckwagon driver!

Howdy partners! We are excited to kick off the 8th annual Put the Boots to Hunger campaign. Leading up to and during the Calgary Stampede, donations are collected under the BD&P Put the Boots to Hunger banner for the Calgary Food Bank. Pivotal to the unique fundraising initiative is the donation of BD&P’s chuckwagon tarp to the Calgary Food Bank.On March 19, representatives from BD&P and the Calgary Food Bank attended the annual GMC Rangeland Canvas Auction. Through all the excitement and commotion, BD&P was able to successfully bid on chuckwagon driver Gary Gorst.

As part of the campaign, day sponsorship packages are offered to companies to participate each night of the ten-day event with funds going directly to the Calgary Food Bank. Donations are also collected at various corporate events such as pancake breakfasts and company BBQs.

Meet the Driver!

Why did you decide to get into chuckwagon racing in the first place?

“Being a second generation Chuckwagon driver, you could say I was raised in the sport. The sport of Chuckwagon racing is in my blood so that is why I stuck with it.”

What does it mean to you and your family?

“Having my two sons, Logan and Dustin, who also race wagons in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) is a dream come true for me as they are following in my footsteps. My daughter, Jenalee, owns a horse named Turke which I use on my outfit. The involvement of all my children makes for a close knit family unit.”

What’s your favourite part about your job?

“The horses are my favourite part of the sport as each and everyone has their own personality and you can learn so much from them.

How do you feel about being chosen for the Put the Boots to Hunger team (again!)?

“I’m ecstatic that we are teamed up with Put the Boots to Hunger campaign again. The team of personnel and sponsors were first class and I am looking forward to another year with them.”

Is it a different experience being partnered with a non-profit agency than a company or individual?

“Each experience, of course, is unique but I thoroughly enjoy meeting people and helping them to understand and appreciate the sport of Chuckwagon racing.”

What is your goal for the 2015 Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races?

“The goal is always to win the Calgary Stampede. This is a personal and professional goal.”

What are your favourite non-chuchwagon related stampede events?

“Rodeo is a sport I competed in during my college years and in my twenties so I would have to say Rodeo is my favourite non Chuckwagon event.”

How many pairs of cowboy boots do you own?

“Cowboy boots I own are as follows: 1 pair of new cowboy boots, 2 pairs of casual cowboy boots. You have to remember that cowboy boots are all I wear with the exception of rubber boots when it is muddy in the spring, summer, fall and sometimes winter.”

How many pancake breakfasts are you going to hit this year?

“The horses have to come first so pancake breakfasts have to be prearranged as I have to have barn help in place.”

Do you have any good-luck charms or routines before you ride?

“No good luck charms but I do like to have a pre-race nap. Like to be alone just prior to getting ready to race thus the pre-race nap.”

Anything else you’d like to add?

“Just like to thank BD&P and the Food Bank (Put the Boots to Hunger Campaign) for bestowing upon me the honour of carrying their tarps at the 2015 Calgary Stampede.”

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