Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is extremely proud of its Fitness to Compete program, ensuring only the fittest and healthiest animals participate at The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth. Media is invited to Jordie Fike’s Chuckwagon Barn, Thursday, July 5 at 12:30 p.m. to experience an animal care inspection of chuckwagon horses with veterinarian Dr. Greg Evans, and see new technology that is now part of the program.  

WHAT: Informal media availability on new technology being used as part of the Calgary Stampede’s Fitness to Compete program, with Dr. Greg Evans.

WHEN: Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Barn W9 - Jordie Fike’s Barn (west side of chuckwagon barn complex, facing track) 

INTERVIEWS: Interviews available with veterinarian Dr. Greg Evans, chuckwagon driver Jordie Fike and Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon committee chair, Paul Kavanagh.

Fitness to Compete Quick Facts:

  • Introduced in 2011
  • New technology is being used in 2018 to better gather and track data.
  • Nearly 500 -700 thoroughbred chuckwagon horses participate annually at the Calgary Stampede. They receive fitness inspections when they arrive as well as each night before racing.
  • Horses are microchipped to help track care, rest days and drug testing
  • If a horse runs 4 days in a row, it must have 2 mandatory rest days.   

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.

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

T. 403.261.0382

C. 403.585.4706

E. kbarnes@calgarystampede.com