Chuckwagon sponsors crucial for Jason Glass

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By Kevin Rushworth



Jason Glass, professional chuckwagon driver and High River local, knows his adrenaline starts pumping when he pulls into the barrels. Some 25 years after competing in his first Guy Weadick Days, it’s still all about waiting for that horn to sound.

Regardless if it’s racing chucks in his hometown, the Calgary Stampede or countless other races, those brief moments are when he realizes whether his horses are ready for the races.

“It’s like any sports team,” he said. “There are so many variables. You have to take care of business and be ready when that horn blows.”

Long before Glass is pulling into the barrels, his work starts when he’s training horses day-in and day-out.

“This time of year, we’re training horses,” he said. “We’re getting the ones that already know what they’re doing into shape and we’re teaching the new horses to be a part of the sport.”

Training starts in early March and then competition begins in May. While most of the races are in Alberta, there are some in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, he noted.

“It’s a great life and I was raised into it,” he noted. “My great-grandfather raced in the Calgary Stampede in 1923 and then my grandfather, my dad and myself. It’s a huge family oriented sport.”

Just as his family has been in the sport for many years, Glass said his horses are as much a part of his family.

“These thoroughbred horses are part of the family and I spend every day, all year round (working with them), whether it’s buying them, training them, keeping them healthy or competing on the race track,” Glass explained.

He said one of his favourite aspects of the sport is seeing the progress the horses make on a daily basis. Recently, Jason Glass had his chuckwagon purchased by Shaw GMC at the Calgary Stampede tarp auction.

“Sponsorship is a huge part of our sport,” he said. “We do race for prize money, buyt without the support of sponsors, it would be very difficult, (nearing) impossible to train thoroughbred horses.”

Glass said the sport has changed a lot since he got into it many years ago, but that sponsors are still pivotal in a successful season.

“It’s the greatest outdoor sport on earth,” he said. “It’s that sound of these horses going across that finish line. The power and adrenaline you’ll see on that racetrack, you can’t get that in any other sport in the world.”

Currently, Jason Glass is gearing up for upcoming competitions, but will be seen competing in his hometown at the 2013 Guy Weadick Days competition.

Glass thanked all of his past and current sponsors as well as the fans who keep coming out to see him compete each and every year.




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