Calgary Stampede & Rodeo Facts

  • The Calgary Stampede was created and organized in 1912 by American, Guy Weadick after his dream of what the Wild West should be. Mr. Weadick managed and maintained a connection with the Calgary Stampede for a number of years
  • A horse was killed at last year's Calgary Stampede following an injury that resulted in a broken leg
  • Before that an 18-month-old steer was killed when his neck was broken at the Cloverdale Rodeo
  • In 2002, six horses had to be euthanized after they were involved in a Chuckwagon crash at the Calgary Stampede
  • In 1999, one horse was killed following a Chuckwagon crash at the Calgary Stampede
  • In 1995, three horses were killed in various rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede
  • In 1986, six horses were killed a Chuckwagon crash, and before then end of that years’ Stampede, another six horses were euthanized
  • Rodeo riders who chose to take part in these events are also at risk and include a man who was killed in the Medicine Hat Stampede in 2000; three people, including Bill McEwen, were killed in the 1999 Calgary Stampede; Eugene Jackson died of head injuries during a Chuckwagon event at the 1996 Calgary Stampede, previously two deaths occurred at the 1995 Calgary Stampede as well as one each at the 1971 & 1960 Calgary Stampede
  • More recently a director of the Cloverdale Rodeo was seriously hurt when he was hit by a bull
  • A calf moving at speeds of up to 40 km/hr is suddenly jerked to a sudden stop when a rope is thrown around the animal’s neck
  • Bare back and bronc riding involve terrified animals trying to escape a painful bucking strap around their groin area as they tried to throw a rider from their back
Please send your concerns about the televising of these events to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) & the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council


Alberta Horse Cruelty: The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) Offers Reward

Ontario's Woodbine Racetrack Fire Found to be the Work of Arson

Reward Offered in Woodbine Horse Killings By The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) - HSC News Release (03/06/03)

Toronto racetrack fire was arson
Arson was to blame for the blaze that killed 34 horses at Woodbine Racetrack last August, the Ontario Fire Marshal said.

The Humane Society of Canada has outlined a comprehensive Action Plan in an attempt to prevent such tragedies

This Action Plan was sent to premiers, ministers, racing commissions and race tracks across Canada with the following Letter