Three horses are dead and another injured after an ugly crash on Thursday in a chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede. The horses guiding Chad Harden’s wagon crumpled about half-way through the race and Harden was tossed out of his seat. Two of the horses were euthanized on the track.
Video of the race is available here. A tearful Harden told reporters that “We love those horses. The outriding horse is an 18-year-old horse, I’ve had him for 13 years. He’s part of our family, he’s supposed to be my kid’s horse.”
One of the horses that died had helped Harden win the event in 2009.
The chuckwagon event features wagons pulled by four horses. The wagons must complete a figure-eight around two barrels before doing a lap around a track. In 2010, six horses died in chuckwagon events.