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Chuckwagon racing is an equestrian rodeo sport in which drivers in a chuckwagon led by a team of Thoroughbred horses race around a track. The sport is most popular in the Prairie Provinces of Canada, where the World Professional Chuckwagon Association and the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association, are the two major racing circuits.

The horses used in chuckwagon racing are typically Thoroughbreds, although some Quarter Horses and Appaloosas are also used. The horses must be strong, fast, and agile, and they must be able to handle the stress of racing in a team.

Each chuckwagon team consists of a driver, who commands the team of horses, and two or four outriders, who ride individual horses and follow the chuckwagon. The outriders' job is to help the driver break camp, which involves tossing a stove into the back of the wagon and then completing an eight pattern around two barrels before heading onto the track.

The race is won by the first chuckwagon to cross the finish line. The horses are not required to jump any obstacles, but they must be able to run at a fast pace for a short distance.

Chuckwagon racing is a dangerous sport, and both the horses and the drivers can be injured. However, it is also a very exciting sport, and it is a popular attraction at rodeos and other western events.

Here are some additional facts about chuckwagon racing:

  • The first chuckwagon race was held in 1923 at the Calgary Stampede.
  • The most famous chuckwagon race in the world is held annually at the Calgary Stampede.
  • The World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) was founded in 1959.
  • The Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) was founded in 1972.
  • The WPCA and CPCA hold annual championships, which are the most prestigious events in chuckwagon racing.

National Chuckwagon Race Championship

by David E. Klutho/SI, Sept 9, 2014
Read the original article on Sports Illustrated here...

The National Championship Chuckwagon Race is held every Labor Day weekend in Clinton, Arkansas. There are six classes of wagon races using mules or horses, pulling different types of wagons. As one of the largest equestrian gatherings in the country, it draws over 5000 horses and mules. Many of these animals are used as trackside seating for some of the 20,000 plus spectators at the event.

Equine Info Exchange - Chuckwagon Racing

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Canadian is Rodeo’s First Woman Chuckwagon Race Driver

By Terry Evans
Read the original article on the Ft Worth Star Telegram...

The first woman chuck wagon race driver in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s history believes she was destined to compete in one of the most dangerous sports on wheels.

“I remember looking back at something I wrote when I was 9 years old,” said Amber L’Heureux, 20, of Glaslyn, Saskatchewan, Canada. “It said ‘I want to drive a chuck wagon.’”

The man in charge of the chuck wagon races, Dennis MacGillevray, 63, also of Saskatchewan, said there’s only one reason L’Heureux is the first woman he’s hired.

“I thought no woman could race chuck wagons until I found Amber,” MacGillevray said. “You got to be strong in the arms and you can’t be weak-hearted. It amounts to courage.”

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