Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. Among them are the suggestion that Weadick first saw a similar event at the Gleichen Stampede , that he saw impromptu races between chuckwagon drivers as a kid growing up, or that cooks from two chuckwagons who had completed serving a barbecue at the Victory Stampede in Calgary then raced to the grandstand’s exit, inspiring the event. The checkerboard trademark, their coat of arms, was born of a horse kicking in part of the wagon Ron Glass was using. The wood piece was checkerboard in colour so the Glasses painted the rest of their wagon to match it. The first time chuckwagon races were held as a spectator sport was at the Calgary Stampede. World Professional Chuckwagon Association.

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Tom said he always liked to pull, even with his son’s wagon, then holler at him to distract him, only it didn’t work. At the Calgary Stampede, officials work closely with local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Calgary Humane Society staff to ensure that the horses are fit enough to endure the race.

Chuckwagon Races

The family has lost much, too. So was his dad. At 64, he no longer races chucks but works as a television commentator for CBC. An award in his name is presented to the chuckwagon driver with the best aggregate time over the Stampede’s duration.


The sport is most popular in the Prairie Provinces of Canadawhere the World Professional Chuckwagon Association and the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Associationare the two major racing circuits. He had to take a boat to get in and out of his house. The Western spirit runs through them as deeply as it does the Stampede and the city that has staged it for years.

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Media related to Chuckwagon racing at Wikimedia Commons. Accessed 29 December The first time chuckwagon races were cograve as a spectator sport was at the Calgary Stampede.

Additionally, drivers can earn the Guy Weadick Award, for overall sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of the Calgary Stampede, The Richard Cosgrave Memorial Award, named after former driver and 2 time aggregate winner Richard Cosgrave, killed infor the best aggregate time during the first 8 days cosgrve the Rangeland Derby, and the Orville Strandquist Award, named for the great cowboy Orville Strandquist, which recognizes top rookie driver based on dollars won during the Rangeland Derby year.

In the history of the Rangeland Derby, known as the sport’s Half-Mile of Hell, no one has swallowed more dust, chewed on more mud, or won and lost more than the Glass clan, Alberta’s first family of chuckwagon racing. Tom Glass, who drove the checkerboard wagon for close to four decades, found his home five kilometres east of Black Diamond suddenly an island in the Sheep River.

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. That was some 60 years ago. It’s been hard on everyone in our family,” said Jason.


Calgary’s first family of chuckwagon racing embodies the Stampede spirit РThe Globe and Mail

Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association. World Professional Chuckwagon Association. The sport is controversial as horses and drivers are occasionally injured chckwagon killed, prompting animal welfare groups to call for the sport to be banned.

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Story continues below advertisement. Asked for their favourite Stampede moment, Tom and Jason Glass tabbed the same one. Article published February 06, ; last modified July 06, We hope to have this fixed soon. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback globeandmail. InRod Glass was an outrider at the Calgary Stampede and killed during a wagon crash. Open this photo in gallery: Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map.

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