Calgary – In the seventh heat of the July 11 chuckwagon races, driver Chad Harden impeded the wagon of another driver, which then caused a third wagon to collide with the inner rail of the track. The collision resulted in the death of a horse belonging to driver Evan Salmond. Chad Harden has been disqualified from racing for the remainder of the 2019 Calgary Stampede and fined $10,000. A disqualification also means he will not be invited to compete in the future.

The Calgary Stampede has a zero tolerance policy for preventable accidents and injuries, and the care and safety of the animals that participate in our events is our highest priority. With the death of two horses on previous nights of racing, this has been a difficult time for us and the greater chuckwagon community. Seeing injuries, despite the best and safest conditions possible, is hard. Knowing an injury was avoidable is much harder.

An independent chuckwagon safety commission reviewed the incident and determined the ruling. The other three horses on Salmond’s wagon sustained minor injuries.

Further information will be available at a briefing Friday morning at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Calgary Stampede headquarters at 1410, Olympic Way S.E.


About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

T 403.261.0382

C 403.585.4706