Calgary – We are saddened to report that in the 6th heat of tonight’s chuckwagon races, one of the horses in the team of Layne Bremner suffered a broken leg. A veterinarian was on the scene immediately and determined the horse suffered a broken right hind leg – specifically a fractured cannon bone.

 

This is considered a serious injury; and unfortunately our veterinarian needed to euthanize the horse immediately.

 

The horse, “Duke” was a ten-year-old thoroughbred, acquired by Bremner about three years ago after a previous career as a racehorse.

 

Our veterinarian had inspected this horse earlier this week and today prior to this race. The Calgary Stampede will undertake a thorough review to determine if there were any contributing factors to this incident that could have prevented it. The injury appears to have been sustained due to the contact with another wagon.

 

The driver, Layne Bremner received a “no-time”, $2500 penalty and a five second penalty for interference.

 

Unfortunately, broken legs are one of the most common types of injuries for thoroughbreds in the racing industry, including chuckwagon racing.

 

A post-mortem will not be performed, as the Official Stampede Veterinarian has determined the injuries were self-evident and do not require further investigation.

 

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 10-day 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 celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

T 403.261.0382

C 403.585.4706

kbarnes@calgarystampede.com