Share Adjust Comment Print. Alberta has been plagued with fires, floods, and economic upheaval of late, and could not be happier to embrace the Calgary Stampede for some much-deserved party time. Postmedia wants to improve your reading experience as well as share the best deals and promotions from our advertisers with you. Driver Richard Cosgrave, who married into the Glass family, was killed at a Kamloops rodeo in He said he remains unconvinced the sport will survive without a financial turnaround. Jill Croteau has more.

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The economy is taking a big bite out of sponsorships and many admit they’re ‘losing’ money just to compete.

Sponsorships on the tarps keep the wagons rolling, but as the economy takes a nose dive, so does investment. July 8, 8: Read our community guidelines here.

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That was some 60 years ago. I’m a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe? Enter your email address below 2. But for some chuckwagon aces, like Sutherland, there is only one outcome.

He had to take a boat to get in and out of his house. It just happened naturally,” said Tom Glass, who was featured on the Stampede’s poster.

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Log in Subscribe chhckwagon comment Why do I need to subscribe? That Jason Glass could be added to the list of Stampede chuckwagon champions would be cosgravf so fitting.

Postmedia wants to improve your reading experience as well as share the best deals and promotions from our advertisers with you. As the summer draws to a close, financial uncertainty over the past few years and a smaller cache of sponsorship money in an already slack economy is resulting in fewer participants and an increase in members retiring well before their time.

Calgary’s first family of chuckwagon racing embodies the Stampede spirit

He was referring to a new selective invite-only format to the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby that no longer focuses on the standings of the professional associations. Much has happened to the Glass family.

World Professional Chuckwagon Association. The cowboys and chuckwagon drivers are the last remnants of a bygone era, yet what they embody — the determination to confront all challenges — typifies what the Stampede was built on and what this Stampede has tapped into.


Your existing password has not been changed. We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. Friday, July 5, In the history of the Rangeland Derby, known as the sport’s Half-Mile of Hell, no one has swallowed more dust, chewed on more mud, or won and lost more than the Glass clan, Alberta’s first family of chuckwagon racing. However, he remained optimistic the void caused by those retiring and leaving the sport creates opportunities of younger athletes interested in finding success.

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By Miriam Ostermann, Associate Cosgrace A recent decline in the number of chuckwagon racers and outriders is cause for concern among veterans and associations that fear for the future of the sport. Chuckwagon legend Kelly Sutherland, who retired this year, has seen numbers plummet over the last 10 years.