Famed chuckwagon driver inducted into Wetaskiwin Sports Hall of Fame

Famed chuckwagon driver inducted into Wetaskiwin Sports Hall of Fame

Wetaskiwin community excited about Jerry Bremner induction

Jerry is a second generation chuckwagon driver whose father was former Calgary Stampede finalist Roy Bremner. Jerry started his chuckwagon racing career as an outrider for his father’s chuckwagon outfit in 1972 with the Northern Chuckwagon Racing Association (NCRA) and began driving in 1984 on the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) circuit. He was the 1986 World Champion Outrider and is one of the most decorated chuckwagon drivers of all time. Jerry is a three-time world champion chuckwagon driver, a two-time Ponoka Stampede Champion and was the 1993 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion. Jerry retired from his illustrious chuckwagon driving career in 2015.

Jerry started outriding at the tender age of 12 and continued his outriding career for 20 years (1972-1992). He was the NPCA Champion Outrider in 1981. Additionally, Jerry was an outrider on three Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby outfits (1982, 1984, 1991), four Ponoka Stampede outfits (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987), and was the 1982 Calgary Stampede Aggregate Champion Outrider. In 1986 Jerry was the World Champion Outrider. Jerry’s outriding accomplishments alone would qualify him for induction into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

Jerry’s 31-year career as a driver started when he was 24 in 1984. In his first year of driving Jerry won the WPCA Top Rookie Driver Award and became the second rookie to win a show on the WPCA Pro Tour when he captured the Trochu Chuckwagon Championship. During his chuckwagon driving career Jerry won a total of 19 WPCA show wins as well as numerous other championships. In his 1984 rookie season in the WPCA Jerry placed a respectable 12th in the World Professional standings. In his 31 years of chuckwagon racing Jerry has consistently placed high in the standings. He achieved the top five 17 times and the top 10 nine times. Three times Jerry was the World Champion Driver by amassing the most number of points during the season (1990, 1995, 2003). As well, in WPCA Championships Jerry qualified for 46 final heats. Among the final heats eight include the Calgary Stampede Rangeland winner-take-all championship final.

Jerry Bremner is a well-respected member of the chuckwagon community. He has a competitive spirit but is known as a fair competitor. Competing on the chuckwagon circuit for Jerry was a family effort; his wife Donna, his son Shane and his daughter Jaycee were all involved on the “Bremner Team”. Jerry has been described by other drivers as one the “best caregivers of horses in the business”. Jerry’s outstanding chuckwagon careers in both outriding and driving are being recognized by inducting him into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2018 induction dinner will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Best Western Wayside Inn Banquet Room in Wetaskiwin. Invitations are open to everyone and banquet tickets are available for purchase at the Encompass Credit Union in Wetaskiwin. The deadline for purchasing tickets will be March 20, 2018.