Chuckwagon Races: Controversial!...Now in stories!

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Though zoos, circuses and rodeos in general are controversial, chuckwagon races have been especially controversial for years and specifically after last year's accident at The Calgary Stampede. Though rare, It was not the first time and there is talk about banning the event.

From an MVP Magazine shoot on The Calgary Stampede.

In my 'Sports and Action' collection.

In the The Calgary Stampede photo essay.

21 responses

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    Incredible image, would never be a fan and actually, have never heard of this racing before! I hope that they ban this..

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    I agree that this should be band but this is a superior capture!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (24 Apr 2013):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    I have come to believe that any activity which places animals in danger or in situations where they are abused should be illegal. This applies to dog and horse racing, circuses, rodeos, etc.. (Humans do so by choice.) That having been said, I can understand the excitement and energy. This is a professionally excellent shot.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    Truly an amazing capture recording a past actvity of events in view of the fact that it may be banned in the future..That said, I don't like that animals are abused or humans put themselves at risk who sometimes are killed or injured at these events...

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    Great timing! Well done.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    These races are EXTREMELY dangerous and I have never understood the attraction of running horses at a wide open pace in a short length of time and space .An accident waiting on a place to happen! Not a fan at all of this so called sport,but a big fan of your work James. This is a great action photo!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    I'm not familiar with the sport. I absolutely love the look on his face, as well as the incredibly frightened look in the horses' eyes. An amazing action shot!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    Magnificent! I can hear the horses snorting!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (24 Apr 2013):

    superb! I can hear the action and KUDOS for the sweet nod of excellence from the jpg staff via "spotlight"

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon said (25 Apr 2013):

    A fabulous capture of action on the track! The big BUT is the fact that the horses have no control over being constantly carted around from race to race, track conditions or the drivers they are forced to perform for. Some drivers are inexperienced and/or too aggressive in striving for the money and the glory. I`ve never been to a chuck race that didn`t kill a horse or two and stopped attending rodeos entirely because of it. I don`t think we should expect to be entertained at the expense of the safety or lives of these animals in any venue.

  • George Leontaras

    George Leontaras gave props (25 Apr 2013):

    eXcellenT shoT James .. Bravo !!!!

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (25 Apr 2013):

    A wow of a shot, James!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (25 Apr 2013):

    Congrats! on JPG Staff Spotlight!!! Well deserved.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2013):

    This one is a fave of mine for sure, tremendous action, expression, motion shot !

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (26 Apr 2013):

    fantastic capture !!! congratulations for your spotlight

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (27 Apr 2013):

    An amazing capture.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (27 Apr 2013):

    Word for word, I agree with Nancy's comment. To many animals are used for dangerous activities and it should be stopped, but your photography of them is downright awesome!!!

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (29 Apr 2013):

    Heck of a shot.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (30 Apr 2013):

    Magnificent and extraordinary power and effectiveness

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (19 May 2013):


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