Gary Gorst drives for 'Put the Boots to Hunger'
Gary has been driving a wagon since 1970. This is his first year with the WPCA tour and so far he is enjoying it immensely. He was high point driver on the CPCA tour 3 out of the last 4 years. In 2010 he was 5th overall for the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby. He was joined in Calgary by his wife Janice, 2 sons Logan and Dustin and daughter Jenalee. Logan Corst is also a chuckwagon driver (and drove this year for Heritage Park) and Dustin is an outrider. Jenalee took time off from work during Stampede week to help the family. Gary's dad was a chuckwagon driver so it's in the family! Gary was a supervisor for the SAskatchewan Department of Transportation and just retired.
Gary has 15 horses in his barn as well as a couple of young ones that are traveling with them for the experience but won't be on the wagon. He and Janice treat the horses as part of the family, and use specialized treatments for the horses before they race such as massage, magnetic blankets and light therapy. The horses all like carrots...and pats...and scratches up under the mane.
BD&P, a Calgary law firm, has been purchasing a tarp at the Calgary Stampede for the Calgary Food Bank since 2008. They give the Food Bank the opportunity to raise funds by selling sponsorships to ten different corporate groups, one for each night!