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Chuckwagon racing...

The race format rules and guidelines

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.

It is a dangerous sport. It is even more dangerous during the Calgary Stampede when the stakes are very high. Every year there's always an accident and it involves either the outrider, chuckwagon driver or the animals. Some would argue that because of the nature of the sports there bound to be mishaps during the running of the race.

I watch it many many times and I must admit that it is one of the most exciting race to watch as there are so many things happening especially on the finish line. If I may say so it's a mayhem, to say the least, and I can understand why there's always an incident happening during the race.

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