End Cruel and Dangerous Chuckwagon Races

Nokota_Horses_cropped by François Marchal

Target: Bill Gray, President and Chairman of the Calgary Stampede Board of Directors

Goal: End the chuckwagon event at the Calgary Stampede, which resulted in the euthanasia of four horses this year alone.

Four horses were euthanized after sustaining grave injuries during this year’s Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo and exhibition held in Alberta, Canada. The festival, which attracts visitors from all over Canada and the United States, sees horses seriously injured in the chuckwagon events almost every year, with the past two years seeing one death each. Despite this, the organizers allow the event to continue, resulting in more casualties each year.

This year, two horses were euthanized after sustaining suspensory ligament injuries, a type of damage that is often irreparable and can cause the end of a sporting horse’s career. Two more were injured during accidents caused by driver error, one with a broken leg and another with trauma to a joint above the hoof. These injuries can make horses useless for racing and can result in lifelong pain, and they therefore had to be euthanized as well.

The tradition of the Calgary Stampede dates back over 100 years, and has become one of the largest and most famous events of its kind in the entire world. As such, the organizers should strive to keep up the highest standards in their treatment of animals. Despite changes to the rules of the chuckwagon races over time, animals continue to be unnecessarily injured and euthanized. Sign the petition below to demand that the chuckwagon races be permanently pulled from the Calgary Stampede in order to save horses from unnecessary suffering and death.


Dear Mr. Bill Gray,

Four horses were euthanized after sustaining serious injuries during the chuckwagon races at the annual Calgary Stampede. Two of the horses suffered severe ligament injuries, one broke its leg after coming into contact with a wagon at high speeds, and another sustained trauma to a ligament above the hoof. Because these injuries usually mark the end of a horse’s racing career and can result in lifelong pain, all four had to be put down.

The Calgary Stampede is one of the biggest events of its kind, and is a major attraction for visitors from across Canada and the United States. Because of this, the Calgary Stampede should work to become a leader in animal welfare. We, the undersigned, demand that the chuckwagon races, which often result in the death of at least one horse per year, are cancelled permanently.


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  1. Are you effing kidding me? What these moronic rednecks won’t do for entertainment ?!?!?!?! This MUST STOP !!!!

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Sounds like the deaths of beautiful horses is pretty much a guarantee at your little festival. Such a violent way for a domesticated animal to die, and for no reason whatsoever. I’m assuming that the Chuckwagon Race is a big money maker for you, because it in no way honors our ancestors.

  3. No matter HOWEVER many poor horses die or become injured (and same for COUNTLESS other animals so used and abused), these idiots will NOT listen to either reason or heart! So they can go to hell, where they’ll fit in very nicely! We HATE the damn Stampede Rodeo, and only because it’s still PART of the entire annual event, we have refused to fund any part of it through buying admission tickets to ANY part of it…for well over 20 years and counting!!! The Chucks certainly aren’t the ONLY event that’s gruesome and heartless, and until the WHOLE RODEO, all the stupid “petting zoos,” chickens in ‘game’ boxes, and every bit of animal exploitation is put to rest in a museum, they won’t see a DIME of our money. There’s just NO excuse for any of this in this day and age!!!

  4. Heather Brophy says:


  5. Ban rodeos everywhere! But a least a first step can be the ending of all Chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede!
    Having to kill or “euthanize” even one living creatures as a result of a sport is despicable, and Mr. Bill Gray should know better than to continue with this cruel and horrible event at the Calgary Stampede. Do the right thing Mr. Gray. The world is watching!

  6. you bloody lot and horses you really get a kick out of stupid games you play with them especially stupid races which can hurt the animals you are like kids with a new toy grow up

  7. It’s the abuse and killings that we’re all against! We MUST protect our horses! We must care for and respect our horses!

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