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Equine Info Exchange - Chuckwagon Racing

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.

Chuckwagon racing is a team event, led by a driver who commands a team of horses pulling the chuckwagon, and is supported by two or four outriders, each racing individual thoroughbred horses that follow the chuckwagon. Each race typically involves three or four teams, and begins with the outriders "breaking camp", by tossing two tent poles (with four outriders only) and a barrel representing a camp stove into the back of their wagon before mounting their horses and following the wagons as they complete a figure eight around two barrels before circling a race track. The first wagon to cross the finish line typically wins, although various time penalties are handed out for infractions such as a barrel being knocked over, a tent pole or stove not loaded, wagon interference or an outrider crossing the finish line too far behind his wagon driver.

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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.

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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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