Stranger contemplates hangin' up reins

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

The Redheaded Stranger is back in the box.

How long he'll stay there is anyone's guess.

Neal Walgenbach, who will be looking to defend his Grande Prairie Stompede title when the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour kicks off tomorrow, is contemplating retirement.

But with tarp sponsorship bringing in more money than ever before, the Stettler driver may stick around.

"We'll have to see," Walgenbach says. "It still costs you a lot of money to go down the road.

"If I stay, I'll have to be healthy and the horses will have to be healthy. And it'll depend if the family wants to do it.

"We'll just go from show to show and decide at the end of the year."

Walgenbach has three career Stompede titles (2000, '05, '06) and is keen on repeating his success in the Swan City.

"It's been pretty lucky so far," the 50-year-old says. "A lot of it is I don't drive too many new horses up here,.

"I try to get a good start on the year where other guys come here and start new ones.Everybody does things a little different."

Walgench (Super 8 Motel) plans on using two new wheelers during the season-opener. He'll have Shawn Calf Robe and Brian Mayan as outriders.


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