World Stock Dog Championship

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Talk about four-legged focus! The annual World Stock Dog Championship is one of the most compelling events of the Calgary Stampede with these startlingly agile and intelligent dogs moving three sheep through a challenging course and into a pen in less than four minutes.

This event is sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association and the Alberta Stock Dog Association. The competition will start with 60 entries, but only the top 12 will advance to the championship final round on Sunday, July 9th  at 5 p.m. in the Agrium Western Events Centre.

It’s doggone challenging — and fun.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 8–9, 2017
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

We will accept 60 dogs into the competition. Handlers are eligible to enter two dogs. In the event that our competition roster is not full under the 'two dogs per handler' rule, we will accept a third entry from handlers who wish to do so, and a draw will be made from this pool to make up the shortfall. If you wish to enter a third dog, please indicate it on your entry form but do not include the associated entry fee for the dog. Our Entries Office will contact you for payment, should the occasion arise.

Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis to a maximum of 60 dogs. All other entries will be refunded.

The completed entry form must be in the Agriculture Entries Office between 9:00 a.m., May 1, 2016 and 4:00 p.m., May 15, 2017. Entries not complying with the requirements will be rejected. All entry fees will be allocated to prize money - GST not applicable.

Entries will be accepted by mail, e-mail or facsimile. Entries received via e-mail or facsimile require credit card information. Only one handler's entries per fax or e-mail will be accepted. Dog substitutions will be allowed until the start of the 1st Go Round.

Written notice of withdrawal from competition must be received by the Agriculture Entries office by Monday, May 29, 2017 to be considered without penalty. Exhibitors canceling their entries after May 29, 2017 shall forfeit their entry fee.

** Please note that online entries will be available.  You may create your account by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page, however, entries for the World Stock Dog Championship will not be avialable until May 1, 2017.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

12 p.m. Noon: Handlers Meeting 

Handlers to meet in the Saddleroom Grill in the Scotiabank Saddledome for meeting and lunch buffet from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  First Go (Agrium Western Events Centre, Stampede Park)


Sunday, July 9, 2017

9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Second Go (Agrium Western Events Centre, Stampede Park)


Sunday, July 9, 2017

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  World Stock Dog Championship Finals (Agrium Western Events Centre, Stampede Park)  

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $150.00 Cdn per go-round and competitors must enter both go-rounds.

Total fee is $300.00 Cdn per dog.


Prizes for the 2017 World Stock Dog Championship

Go Round Money

1st - $400 Cdn.
2nd - $300 Cdn.
3rd - $200 Cdn.
4th - $100 Cdn.
5th - $100 Cdn.
6th - $100 Cdn.
7th - $100 Cdn.
8th - $100 Cdn.
9th - $100 Cdn.
10th - $100 Cdn.


Finals Prizes

Grand Champion: $10,000 Cdn. and custom made crook

Reserve Grand Champion: $4,000 Cdn. and custom made crook

3rd - $400 Cdn.
4th - $350 Cdn.
5th - $250 Cdn.
6th - $200 Cdn.
7th - $100 Cdn.
8th - $100 Cdn.
9th - $100 Cdn.
10th - $100 Cdn.
11th - $100 Cdn.
12th - $100 Cdn.


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1. Special attention is called to the following:

 The rules and conditions will be strictly enforced by the Calgary Stampede Sheep Committee.
2. A maximum of sixty (60) dogs will run in the First and Second Go Rounds. The top twelve (12) aggregate score dogs will advance to the finals.
3. Each go round will be considered a separate trial for the purpose of awarding USBCHA and ASDA points. Points will not be awarded for the finals.
4. Cumulative scores for first and second go rounds will determine the top twelve (12) finalists. The final is a sudden death with scores from the prior two go rounds being eliminated.
5. Order of running will be determined by drawing for position by the Calgary Stampede Sheep Committee prior to the trial.
6. The dog must be in the handler's circle prior to being sent; a 20 second penalty will be assessed if the dog is outside the circle when sent.
7. This is a timed arena trial. Timing will start when the dog is sent or the gate closes after the 3rd sheep has entered the arena, which ever occurs first.
8. Dogs may be directed by voice or whistle (handlers may carry a stockman's cane or shepherd's crook).
9. At least one sheep must complete each obstacle before proceeding on to the next obstacle. Retries are the handler's choice. If the handler decides to retry the obstacle, all of the sheep must be taken back to a point prior to the obstacle with the stopwatch running. Any previous points for that obstacle are forfeited.
10. Knocking over an obstacle will result in all points lost for that obstacle.
11. The handler must remain in the handler's circle until the last sheep exits the chute. Failure to do so will result in a 20 second penalty per occurance.
12. Once the rope on the gate has been taken up by the handler it cannot be intentionally released until the sheep are penned. Releasing the rope to gain an advantage will result in a disqualification.
13. At no time will a handler come in contact with the sheep except in the case where the sheep runs into the handler while blocking them. This includes contact with any part of the handler's body or any inanimate object. Contact with the sheep will result in a disqualification.
14. Gripping and/or biting will result in disqualification.
15. If two or more handlers are equal in time and points at pen time, the tie will be broken by chute times and points. In case of incomplete runs by all competitors, positions will be determined by chute times and points.
16. The judge can award a rerun at any time during the trial if circumstances warrant such action. In the case of a rerun, the judge will decide if the dog is to start from the beginning or a certain point of the run. If decided that the rerun shall start from another point other than the beginning, points up until the restart position will stand.
17. No dogs will be allowed on the trial course prior to their run.
18. Only competition dogs are allowed on Stampede Park.
19. Exhibitors must wear a western dress shirt.
20. Dogs must be clean and groomed.
21. Competitors are expected to be ready for their run when called. Handlers who fail to answer the call will be disqualified.
22. Any abuse of dogs or livestock seen by the Trial Directors or judge will result in the handler and all dogs entered under the handlers name being disqualified and all monies won by the handler will be forfeited.
23. At no time will a handler approach the judge. The judge's decision will be respected and considered final.
24. The trial Judge reserves the right to call off a dog at any time. Dog and handler will be excused if in the opinion of the judge there is excessive running or over working of the sheep.
25. If there is a discrepancy in the trial Judge's call, there will be a meeting of The Arena Director, the Trial Director, and the Trial Judg before a final decision is imparted. 


Judge: Christine Jobe - Cypress Country, Alberta

Judging Criteria

Time Limit = 4 minutes; Point totals will be awarded according to course outline.


An official photo accreditation pass will be needed by all those granted complimentary Park access for the 2017 Stampede and all future Stampedes. In addition to granting access to Stampede Park, the photo accreditation will indicate which restricted areas each person can enter based on individual requirements. Accreditation is year specific, and a new pass will be issued each year. The Agriculture Accreditation pass gives you access to the Grandstand Rush areas for the Rodeo, Chuckwagons, and Evening Show.  The pass must be purchased on the entry application for a fee of $35.00 (G.S.T. included). These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.

Passes are included in entry fee of $300 per dog.


The Stock Dog programs are produced by the Calgary Stampede Sheep Committee.

Tony Legault (Chair), Karen Jones (Vice Chair), Ineke Gibson (2nd Vice Chair), Garth Lockwood, (Past Chair), John Third (Director Liaison), Janette Macmillian (Agriculture Manager), Lori Wheeler (Agriculture Programming Coordinator), Erin Ashbacher, Pam Barker, Sharyn Dickson, Tim Hamm, Gwen Haynes, Kevin Hogg, Steve Jones, Al Lennox, Geoff Matticks, Clarence Paterson, John Pears, Dan White, Gloria Williams, Paul Williamson, Terri Zajac