Rilee Letendre will make some history when the Western Chuckwagon Association kicks off it’s 2017 season at Grande Prairie Stompede.
The Drayton Valley native will become the circuit’s first female driver in the big wagons.
Letendre says she is excited to be making history.
“There has never been a female thoroughbred chuckwagon driver. There are a lot of great pony drivers, but there has never been a female thoroughbred chuckwagon driver, so I am going to be the first.”
She adds she hopes that she will break barriers for other women looking to get into the chuckwagon industry.
“I hope that more people will get into the sport. Maybe it will give it more exposure. That would be great because I love the sport.”
Letendre is hoping to run clean and be competitive in her first season on the WCA circuit.
She has worked on the chuckwagon circuit over the last few years with her uncle – Brian Lewis, as well as three-time WCA tour champ Sean DeBolt.
Rilee adds she is appreciative of all of the support she has received from other drivers in getting ready for the season.