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Calgary Stampede making changes to chuckwagon races

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 11:34 am MDT

Drivers and horses head to the finish line during chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. Thursday, July 11th, 2019. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Citing safety and sustainability, the Calgary Stampede is making changes to chuckwagon races.

The Stampede said it is cutting back the number of wagons during the Rangeland Derby, meaning only three wagons will race instead of four.

Collapsible arms are also being installed along the inside rail to try and create a buffer between wagons and the rail.

The Stampede has been under growing pressure from activists in recent years to improve chuckwagon safety, some even calling for the event to be completely scrapped.

WATCH: Chuckwagon race safety up for review after 6 horses die during Stampede event

 

In 2019, the last time the Rangeland Derby was held, six horses died prompting a review of safety surrounding chuckwagon racing.