thumbnail

Thundering Controversy

The ‘klaxon’ horn blares loudly, sending 24 horses, four drivers and eight riders into instant motion as they navigate the figure-eight around two barrels and then straighten out onto the track in what has become known as the ‘half mile of hell’. For its fans, chuckwagon racing is an adrenaline-rush, filled with visual and auditory excitement. The GMC Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede outsells the rodeo itself; in 2014 a total of 172,000 spectators attended the Derby, which runs nightly for all 10 days of the Stampede. For those who oppose it, chuckwagon racing is a dangerous activity that jeopardizes the welfare of horses. There are many people, both within the horse community and beyond, who would like to see the history books finally close on chuckwagon racing for good. There is no more polarizing event in all of horse sport in Canada than chuckwagon racing. Emotions run high…

Subscription Upgrade Required

Upgrade your subscription now for full access or register to continue reading.

LOGIN HERE

Subscribers: enter the email and password connected to your subscription.

First time logging in?
Click here.

Tablet/Mobile users must also refresh after login to activate subscription.

Not a subscriber yet?
Click here to see our print and digital subscription offers that include full access to all Horse-Canada.com articles.

Subscribe now and enjoy full access to Horse-Canada.com

Your All-Access Digital Subscription includes unlimited access to all Horse-Canada.com articles as well as a digital subscription to each issue of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, and Canadian Thoroughbred.

digital subscription

Get full access to Horse-Canada.com including all articles from Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

print subscription

Read the digital editions of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

View Print and Digital Subscription Offers

Love our Articles?

If you enjoyed reading the articles on this website, consider subscribing to get upcoming issues as they are published! Simply click on the button below to see your options.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Scroll
to top