Calgary – During the chuckwagon races on Sunday, July 14, the right lead horse on the wagon of Evan Salmond sustained a running injury. An immediate veterinary assessment determined the horse had a fractured left hind cannon bone. As a result of that event, two other horses on the wagon team sustained serious injuries. They were cared for immediately on the track and we are saddened to report that the veterinary medical team determined there was no option for treatment. All three horses were euthanized.
This is as upsetting to us as it is to our community, and is challenging for us. The Stampede’s commitment to the safety of animals and the conditions of their participation in our events is paramount to our values and brand integrity. We will continue to be open in our communication with our community.
In light of these events, we are committed to initiating a thorough review process surrounding chuckwagon safety. At this time we don’t know what form that process will take, and we ask for your patience and understanding.
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.
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Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture