Injured Stampede chuckwagon driver says ‘it’s part of the job’, vowing to saddle up in 3 to 6 weeks


Chuckwagon driver Obrey Motowylo is “stiff and sore” however in any other case in good spirits simply three days after he was ejected from his wagon and run over by it — breaking his shoulder blade — throughout a Tuesday warmth at the Calgary Stampede.  

Motowylo was pulled to security, unconscious, to the center of the observe and brought to hospital following the incident. Simply at some point later, he was again at the Stampede cheering on his workforce, and he is been there for each race since. 

The long-time driver informed the Calgary Eyeopener on Friday that the very last thing he remembers about the accident is the wagon going up on two wheels. 

“The following factor I bear in mind is being in the ambulance and them asking me to transfer my fingers and transfer my toes,” he mentioned. “In between there, I do not bear in mind hitting the floor or getting run over.”

Ethan Motowylo, Obrey’s son, is an outrider for his father’s outfit. He was on the observe that evening and witnessed the accident. 

“There may be a lot going by way of my head, I used to be just about simply in shock that it really occurred. This does not occur every single day,” he mentioned. 

This nonetheless picture from the video exhibits the second Obrey Motowylo, at the backside of the display in a yellow jacket, begins to fall out of the wagon at the begin of the eighth warmth. (CBC Sports activities)

The senior Motowylo mentioned that from what he is been informed, and what he can inform from watching movies, the wheels of the wagon dug in on a pointy flip. His foot slipped of the dashboard, ejecting him and catching his line in the wheels, throwing him below the chuckwagon, which weighs about 510 kilograms (1,125 kilos).

“I obtained actually fortunate,” he mentioned. 

As soon as at the hospital he underwent a CT scan, an MRI and a number of X-rays. 

“They mentioned there was no bleeding in the mind, ‘You bought fortunate, you had a vest on.'”

His scapula was fractured and T5 vertebrae was chipped, the 46-year-old informed CBC Information. 

Motowylo mentioned he was informed he’d be stiff and sore and the therapeutic course of would take six to eight weeks. However the Albertan mentioned he plans to be again in the saddle prior to that. 

“I’m a fast healer. I am hoping that in three weeks, I will be again on the market in Strathmore when we begin racing again after Stampede,” he mentioned. 

“I am hoping I am healed good after which I will go to the physician, and if I can clear medical, I will undoubtedly be grabbing the traces and again in the field.”

Motowylo mentioned this example was a “freak accident.”

“It in all probability would not occur, hopefully, for one more hundred years to anyone else,” he mentioned. 

Ethan echoes his father’s tough-as-nails mentality. 

“I would nonetheless do it regardless that,” he mentioned. “I had an accident final yr in Strathmore the place I used to be knocked out, and the subsequent day I rode. So, no, I am not scared to get harm.”

Obrey Motowylo is mic’ed up as he wins Warmth 5 4:47

Simply because he is not in a position to captain the wagon for the relaxation of Stampede doesn’t suggest the injured Motowylo is not chipping in.

“I am sort of foreman in the barn, which is sort of unhappy as a result of there are lots of chores to do,” he mentioned, laughing. “Somebody has to supervise.”

Motowylo mentioned there have been two individuals who made this example lots simpler on him.

“I simply need to thank Codey McCurrach for stepping in and driving my wagon,” he mentioned. “We have been buddies for a very long time — since our pony chuckwagon days — and he is doing an excellent job.”

He additionally thanked competing chuckwagon racer David Bensmiller for getting off his horse that very same race and driving Motowylo’s outfit again. 

“It was actually cool of him to not end the race for his personal driver and to get my outfit off the observe,” he mentioned. “The rule that you may assist a driver in want and never penalize your individual wagon is de facto good.”



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