The World Professional Chuckwagon Association is committed to being at the forefront of Horse Welfare and Safety.
As part of our evolving commitment to horse care and safety, we have developed standards of care that our drivers, their staff and families, the WPCA Board of Directors, WPCA staff and the venues are expected to endorse and abide by.
TRAINING AND COMPETENCY
All transporters are responsible for the well-being of the horses during the transportation process. This includes pre-transportation care, loading, transport, unloading of the horses and post transport care. The owners and/or the custodial wagon driver of the horses are responsible to ensure that any person hauling their horses will not only be considered competent transporters, but also must ensure they are aware of their responsibilities, humane handling and all applicable regulations and codes of care.
FITNESS TO TRANSPORT
All horses must be free of injuries or conditions that would cause further pain and suffering during transport. The transportation of compromised animals must only occur after consultation with a veterinarian. (Refer to the Alberta Humane Handling Guidelines for Horses: Standards for the Care of Unfit Animals)
Any animals that are injured or became ill during transport must be attended to immediately.
When a trip exceeds 8 hours, horses must be allowed a minimum of 5 hours rest before competing.
ANIMAL CARE REQUIREMENTS
TRAINING AND COMPETENCY
It is the responsibility of all handlers and caregivers to have due regard for the welfare of the horses at all times. All wagon drivers are responsible for the training of handlers and caregivers in the proper care and humane handling of the horses.
Horses must be provided a diet that is formulated to meet the needs of their performance expectations.
Every horse must have access to a sufficient supply of potable water to meet it’s individual maintenance and activity needs. Horses must be provided access to water in their stalls during rest periods. Water may be pulled before competition.
HOUSING AND CONTAINMENT
- Each venue must supply a sufficient amount of potable water to meet the needs of all animals participating in the race.
- Stalling provided by a venue must be structurally safe for the horses with no exposed areas where they may injure themselves.
- Each horse must have enough space to lie down in a normal resting posture, stand with the head fully raised, walk forward, and turn around in comfort.
- Tie stalls must be 4’ wide and each horse must have enough space to lie down in a normal resting posture, stand with the head fully raised, and walk forward in comfort.
- Stalls and temporary paddocks must be kept clean and free of debris at all times.
- Flooring within stalling areas must provide good traction, with proper drainage to prevent injury and discomfort.
- All temporary and or permanent fencing and paneling must be sufficient to contain horses and must be in good repair to prevent injury to the horses.
A veterinarian follows the WPCA from show to show and is on site 24/7 to provide medical care for the horses if required.
- A minimum of two veterinarians must be present during all heats.
Through a partnership with our host committees the WPCA is committed to providing all horses a safe racing surface. The WPCA has an assigned track specialist and 3 track directors who work with our race committees to ensure the track is safe for racing.
- The track must be free of debris, obstacles, rocks, holes or any other hazards that may injure animals. The track must have adequate drainage and be maintained as conditions dictate.
- Track conditions will be assessed by the WPCA track committee. Heats or races will be cancelled if the track is evaluated to be unsafe.
- The perimeter fencing must not have any protrusions, sharp edges, gaps or gateways that will cause injury to animals. Arena fences must be clearly visible and not appear open to the horses.
FITNESS AND HEALTH
- Any horse that is deemed unfit to compete will not be permitted to participate in the race. Fitness to compete includes a horse that is sound on all four legs, free of injury and is in overall general good health.
- All horses must be deemed fit to compete in any WPCA sanctioned event.
- All horses are subject to inspection by a veterinarian at anytime.
- Horse cannot be administered drugs that are not permitted per the WPCA Horse Drug Testing Policy and Procedure.
- All horses are subject to random drug testing per the WPCA Horse Drug Testing Policy and Procedure.
- All horses must be shod (shoes) on all four feet in order to compete
HANDLING DURING COMPETITION
- Chuckwagon and outriding horses shall not be used in more than one heat per day at WPCA sanctioned events.
- Horses that run 4 days in a row are required to have a minimum of 2 days off.
- Horses that run 3 days in a row are eligible to race after taking 1 day off.
- Horses must not be struck or forced to run in any way that may cause injury.
- Drivers and outriders must not interfere in any way with another wagon or horses that will cause injury to horses. Penalties and fines will be assessed based on the WPCA rule books.
VIEW THE WPCA CODE OF CARE