A driver has been fined $10,000 and disqualified from the rest of the Calgary Stampede following a horse died in yesterday’s Rangeland Derby, the third dying involving horses competing in the chuckwagon races.
The fantastic follows an impartial chuckwagon basic safety commission critique of the incident involving driver Chad Harden, in Warmth 7 of the race, the place Evan Salmond’s guide horse hit the guard rail and stumbled to the floor at Stampede Park.
Stampede administration stated in a assertion that Harden, of Thorsby, south of Edmonton, got his wagon in the way of a different driver, causing the third wagon that belonged to Salmond, whose hometown is Hudson Bay, Sask., to hit the rail.
“The Calgary Stampede has a zero tolerance coverage for preventable accidents and injuries, and the treatment and safety of the animals that take part in our occasions is our optimum priority,” the firm said in a assertion.
Video of the incident appears to exhibit a chuckwagon team colliding with Salmond’s team, creating the crash.
Graphic warning: this movie might be distrubing to some viewers.
Salmond was not hurt. His other three horses sustained slight injuries.
A disqualification from the remainder of the Calgary Stampede indicates Harden won’t be invited again to contend.
Harden is a 3rd-technology, veteran chuckwagon racer and 2009 Rangeland Derby winner. At the 2012 Calgary Stampede, he lost three horses when his wagon tumbled. At the time, he identified as their deaths devastating, and reported the animals had been part of his household.
In the other two incidents involving horses that died following competing in this year’s Rangeland Derby:
“With the demise of two horses on prior nights of racing, this has been a tricky time for us and the higher chuckwagon community,” the Stampede claimed in the assertion. “Viewing injuries, regardless of the greatest and most secure ailments possible, is tricky. Being aware of an personal injury was avoidable is much harder.”
The Stampede’s roots can be traced to 1886, when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its very first good.
The 2019 Stampede commenced July 5 and runs until Sunday.