The flash and excitement of chuckwagon racing has its roots in the history of the
old west. While a number of stories have looked at the origins of this spectacular
sport, one in particular is considered to be the most likely explanation of this fast
paced competition that fans flock to see at rodeos and racing events across the
Legend has it that in days gone by, a cowboy's home was his chuckwagon. After
finishing a long day on the range, he'd return to the wagon for a meal, some songs and
stories with friends, and a well earned rest. At the end of the week, all the
cowboys in the area would meet up and head for town for some entertainment. The
last one to town would have to buy the first round at the local saloon, so the
cowboys were definitely motivated to be as quick as possible in loading up and
heading out. A fast team and efficient packing were the name of the game then and
still are in todays races.
Alberta's first chuckwagon racing competition took place at the 1923 Calgary
Stampede. Racers were urged to imitate the cowboys' breaking of camp, with all
the speed and skill that is required. These races caught the fancy of Albertans who
wanted to see more racing, with all the horsemanship, technique, excitement and
action the new sport brought to rodeos. Since that time chuckwagon races have
been a crowd pleasing event every summer.
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