Chuckwagon racer who saves injured horses from death


The annual Calgary Stampede gets underway in Alberta, Canada, this weekend, bringing together cowboys for 10 days of rodeo and racing.

Among the most exciting features of the festival are the races between the horse-drawn chuckwagons.

Chuckwagon driver Wayne Knight takes injured horses from all across North America that would usually be killed and helps them to recuperate.

Mr Knight then rehabilitates them so that they can compete in his chuckwagon races - he says that so far he has saved about 500 horses.

Chuckwagon racing is being closely watched this year by animal activists after three horses died at last year's Stampede.

BBC News visited Wayne at his farm in Saskatchewan to hear about why he helps to save horses and how he thinks of them as his children.

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