Chuckwagon Race at the Calgary Stampede - deadly to horses. Photo: Metro News Canada.

Death by Numbers: Horses Killed at the Calvary Stampede — The Attitude

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The chuckwagon races have been a part of the Calgary Stampede since 1923.

While horses are killed in varying events almost every year at the Calgary  Stampede, chuckwagon races seems to claim the most lives.

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association calls the Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Race “a half-mile of hell” for good reason. 65 horses have died in chuckwagon races since 1986 reports BBC Canada (it appears that is when the carnage began to be recorded).

In defense of such infamy, don’t you hate sick, self-righteous statements like these?

“It’s a tragedy to lose any of our animals,” driver BJ Carey told the media after the crash that ended in the death of Schuster’s Way.

“We look after these horses like they’re our children. They eat before us every day, they get pampered, we look after them like nothing else.”

So you pamper them, love them – treat them like your own children – and then enter them into a highly dangerous event where they are highly like to be seriously injured and even killed. If that is how you look after your children, you should be in jail.

Here’s some more self-serving nonsense last year from Stan Church, the Chuckwagon Safety Commissioner of the Stampede.

“Church argues fewer horses die as a result of the chuckwagon races than in thoroughbred racing.

“A 2012 New York Times investigation found about three horses die every day on US race tracks, but the number of horses in chuckwagon races is far smaller than those in thoroughbred racing.”

This is a limp attempt at argument by deflection.

Example. Tommy and Sue cheat on a test. They get caught and Tommy tries to diffuse his situation by saying, yeah I cheated but only little bit. But look at Sue. She cheated and a lot more than I did.

No sale Tommy. You are both cheaters.

The Calvary Stampede kills. Thoroughbred racing kills.

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4 thoughts on “Death by Numbers: Horses Killed at the Calvary Stampede — The Attitude”

    1. The event’s roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honour of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick’s festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. See


  1. If the chuckwagon races held the same number of races as thoroughbred racing, I’d imagine that their death statistics would be comparable with the thoroughbreds.

    Their argument is baseless, stupid and pathetic.

    If they truly loved their horses as much as their children, then they wouldn’t force the horses into an activity with a high risk of suffering a horrific death.


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