Canadian National Miniature Horse Show

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Miniature horses will be providing maximum entertainment during the three-day Canadian National Miniature Horse Show.

The competition, which will be held from July 11-13 in the Northern Lights Arena and the Agrium Western Event Centre, features two separate shows approved by the American Miniature Horse Association, and a myriad of events including obstacle classes, halter, in-hand hunter and jumper, roadster driving, pleasure driving, barrel racing and more.

The Canadian National Supreme Halter Champion will be awarded on the final day of the show. 

**Reminder for 2017: Structures and Exhibit Booth Requirements

1. Decorative material, such as, but not limited to, drapes, theatre curtains, signs, banners, acoustical material, hay/straw, split bamboo, plastic cloth, plastic displays, canvas, cardboard, etc. shall be of non-flammable material, shall conform to CAN/ULC1-S109, “Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films”, or shall be treated and maintained in a flame retardant condition by means of a flame retardant solution to ensure that the material will pass the match flame test in NFPA2 705, “Field Flame Test for Textiles and Films.” Plastic cloth and certain other plastic materials, tar-paper, nylon, oilcloth, etc. cannot be rendered flame retardant and are prohibited. Any decorative material may be subject to testing. Materials in violation shall be immediately removed from the building.
2. Combustible materials that are 10mm (3/8 inch) or more in thickness or glass may be used without flame retardant treatment. Exception: Paper, cardboard or foam products.

The full details of the guide HERE.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 11–13, 2017
Move in Date: July 11, 2017 7:00 AM
Release Date: July 13, 2017 8:00 PM
Early Entry Date: June 5, 2017 4:00 PM
Entry Closing Date: June 19, 2017 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre and Northern Lights Arena

Before June 5: $30 per entry, per class (covers two shows)
plus AMHA fee of $5.50 per horse

** After June 5 no new horses may be added. The late entry close date (June 19th) will only allow you to add classes at an entry fee of $60 per class.

** There will be NO post-entries.

Move in -  Tuesday, July 11 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Measuring - Tuesday, July 11 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm in Ag Barn

Note: To accommodate the barn change over, please do not arrive prior to 7 a.m.

Stalling will be in Agriculture Barns.

Parking will be available to exhibitors; please request this on your entry forms and requirements.




TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

Measuring: Tuesday, July 11 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Ag Barn

Northern Lights Arena – 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

  1. Youth Costume
  2. Barrel Racing (Non-Rated)
  3. Stake Racing (Non-Rated)
  4. Youth Jumper
  5. Amateur Jumper
  6. Open Jumper
  7. Liberty
  8. Youth Obstacle Driving
  9. Amateur Obstacle Driving
  10. Open Obstacle Driving


Agrium Western Event Centre – 9:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Roadster Warm Up – prior to start

  1. Youth Roadster
  2. Amateur Roadster
  3. Open Roadster

Classic Pleasure Driving Warm Up

  1. Youth Classic Pleasure Driving 12 & Under
  2. Youth Classic Pleasure Driving 13-18
  3. AOTE Classic Pleasure Driving
  4. Amateur Classic Pleasure Driving
  5. Open Classic Pleasure Driving

Single Pleasure Driving Warm Up

  1. Youth Single Pleasure Driving
  2. Amateur Single Pleasure Driving
  3. Open Single Pleasure Driving

Country Pleasure Driving Warm Up

  1. Youth Country Pleasure Driving 12 & Under
  2. Youth Country Pleasure Driving 13-18
  3. AOTE Country Pleasure Driving
  4. Amateur Country Pleasure Driving
  5. Open Country Pleasure Driving
  6. Open Versatility

Hunter course set up. Walk through for all youth exhibitors.

  1. Youth Hunter 12 & Under
  2. Youth Hunter 13-18
  3. Amateur Hunter
  4. Open Hunter

Northern Lights Arena – 2:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

  1. Youth Showmanship 7 & Under
  2. Youth Showmanship 8-12
  3. Youth Showmanship 13-18
  4. Amateur Showmanship
  5. Youth Musical Chairs (Non-Rated)
  6. Youth Halter Geldings 7 & Under
  7. Youth Halter Geldings 8-12
  8. Youth Halter Geldings 13-18
  9. AOTE Halter Geldings
  10. Amateur Halter Geldings
  11. Weanling & Yearling Geldings
  12. Two Year Old Geldings
  13. Grand & Reserve Champion Junior Geldings
  14. Senior Halter Geldings 32” & Under
  15. Senior Halter Geldings 32”-34”
  16. Grand & Reserve Champion Senior Geldings
  17. Solid Colour Mares
  18. Youth Halter Mares 7 & Under
  19. Youth Halter Mares 8-12
  20. Youth Halter Mares 13-18
  21. AOTE Halter Mares
  22. Amateur Halter Mares

*Dinner Break – 20 minutes

  1. Senior Mares 32” & Under
  2. Senior Mares 32”-34”
  3. Grand & Reserve Champion Senior Mares
  4. Multi-Colour Mares
  5. Weanling & Yearling Mares
  6. Two Year Old Mares
  7. Grand & Reserve Champion Junior Mares
  8. Solid Colour Stallions & Geldings
  9. AOTE Halter Stallions
  10. Amateur Halter Stallions
  11. Weanling & Yearling Stallions
  12. Two Year Old Stallions
  13. Grand & Reserve Champion Junior Stallions
  14. Multi-Colour Stallions & Geldings
  15. Senior Stallions 32” & Under
  16. Senior Stallions 32”-34”
  17. Grand & Reserve Champion Senior Stallions


Agrium Western Event Centre – 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Supreme Halter Horse
  2. Lord Sterling Cup (Non-Rated)

Driving Warm Up

  1. Grand & Reserve Champion Roadster
  2. Youth Pleasure Driving 7 & Under (Non-Rated)
  3. Grand & Reserve Champion Classic Pleasure Driving
  4. Grand & Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving
  5. Grand & Reserve Champion Single Pleasure Driving
  6. Parade of Champions (Non-Rated)

Northern Lights Arena – 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

  1. Youth Halter Obstacle 12 & Under
  2. Youth Halter Obstacle 13-18
  3. Amateur Halter Obstacle
  4. Open Halter Obstacle

*Non Rated are not AMHA Accredited Classes

Please Note:  Height classes may be combined at the sole discretion of the show committee show should there be fewer than three entries in a class. Height classes may also be combined due to time restrictions. Exhibitors will be notified in advance if classes are combined. The show committee will make every effort to notify exhibitors in this instance within two weeks after the close of entries.







Entry Fees

Before June 5: $30 per entry, per class (covers two shows)
plus AMHA fee of $5.50 per horse

** After June 5 no new horses may be added. The late entry close date (June 19th) will only allow you to add classes at an entry fee of $60 per class.

** There will be NO post-entries.

FREE YOUTH SHOWMANSHIP & COSTUME CLASSES - There is no entry fee or prize money. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants courtesy of the Calgary Stampede. AMHA Youth Applications will be available in the show office.

FREE YOUTH MUSICAL CHAIRS CLASS - There is no entry fee or prize money. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants courtesy of the Calgary Stampede.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no prize money given in classes with less then 4 entries.

In 2017 Pewter buckles will not be awarded per horse entered.  They will be available to purchase for $30 each.


  1st 2nd 3rd
AMHA CLASSES $20 $15 $10
LORD STERLING CUP* $200 $100 $75



MISSION STATEMENT The Calgary Stampede and the Miniature Horse Show Committee are committed to planning and delivering the annual Miniature Horse Show to a standard worthy of Canadian National Status, while simultaneously ensuring that administration of the show is efficient and effective. To achieve the foregoing objective, reliance is placed upon Calgary Stampede policies and guidelines as well as AMHA rules. Accordingly, exhibitors/participants must familiarize themselves with the governing policies, guidelines and rules. It is an expectation that all exhibitors/participants will comply with entry deadlines, move in and release requirements, shot box requirements and be on time for the pre-show measuring of horses. It goes without saying that all persons, in any way involved with the Miniature Horse Show, are expected to at all times, conduct themselves in a courteous manner.

1. Special attention is called to the following:

2. A combined point score based on the placings of each judge will determine the Canadian National Champion. In the event of a tie, the call judge will make the final decision.

3. Exhibitors are responsible for carrying their own liability insurance, (see Liability - General Rules).

4. Exhibitors must ascertain at what time judging will take place; and no complaint or appeal based upon the statement that the judges have overlooked the exhibits will be considered by the Calgary Stampede.

5. Due to limited show time, there will be no gate holds.

6. It is compulsory for exhibitors to wear the official show numbers supplied by the Calgary Stampede.

7. Miniature Horse exhibitors who do not adhere to the Miniature Horse release time will automatically forfeit their prize money and may result in corrective action such as refusal of entry, suspension, or other action as may be deemed appropriate.

8. Exhibitors canceling their entries shall forfeit their entry fee except when a certificate of disability is issued by a qualified veterinarian. The certificate of disability must be received by the Agriculture Entries Office by Monday, July 10, 2017 in order to receive an entry fee refund.

9. General show rules are governed by the AMHA. For specific rules and ring procedures, please refer to the 2017 Official Show Rules of the American Miniature Horse Association.

10. All AMHA shows are open to any AMHA registered horses whose exhibitor is able to prove valid registration. To enter an AMHA approved show, the exhibitor must use the complete name and number of the animal as it is shown on the horse's registration certificate. Entry forms must be completely filled out and will not be accepted by the show management until all information has been listed, copies of both sides of the registration paper received, all fees paid and the entry form signed by the exhibitor.

11. Stallions over the age of 3 must also provide a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with their entry. These forms are avaible on the AMHA website.

12. Horses may be shown if the exhibitor furnishes proof that the registration application is pending in the AMHA office prior to the show. The Show Chairman shall accept as proof only a signed statement from the AMHA office or oral verification from the AMHA office to the Show Chairman that registration is pending.

13. A 2017 amateur number must be purchased from the AMHA and is required where applicable and must be listed on the entry form. In order to show in an amateur class, the horse must be owned or leased by the amateur individually or jointly, the amateur's family, or solely owned corporation, ranch or farm. AMHA amateur applications will be available for purchase at the show office. All amateur exhibitors must provide the relationship to the owner.

14. AOTE Amateur Owned Trained and Exhibited classes will be offered in 2017. The horse exhibited AOTE must be trained, conditioned, groomed and shown by the AOTE or a non professional family member in all divisions entered. A designated AOTE horse must show under the AOTE guidelines one calendar year starting on January 1, regardless of the class entered. Failure to abide by the AOTE rules once AOTE horse has begun showing will result in penalties. For complete AOTE rules, refer to the 2017 AMHA Show Rules.

15. No miniature horse shall exceed 34 inches in height at the withers. Weanlings must not exceed 30 inches. Yearlings must not exceed 32 inches. Two year olds must not exceed 33 inches. All horses must meet the height qualification for each class and will be measured at the base of the last hairs of the main.

16. The age of the horse is determined from January 1st of the year in which they were foaled.

17. Conduct by an exhibitor, trainer, owner, or immediate family member of an unsportsmanlike, abusive or detrimental nature will not be tolerated by the show management, including but not limited to threatening or intimidating conduct, physical, verbal or written toward any show official. Any person(s) guilty of such conduct should be reported immediately to show management by the judge, steward, or show committee member. The show management will suspend the offender for the duration of the show.

18. Protests:
a) Any protest must be made in writing to the show manager, (Tammy Botsford), or the ring steward no later than one hour after the completion of the last class of the show. The protest shall be accompanied by a $100 deposit, which shall only be returned to the protestor in the event the protest is sustained. Please refer to the current AMHA Show Rules for a complete list of protest regulations.
b) Exhibitors may not protest to the judge directly or by interference, on the placing of any horse. Any person guilty of such conduct will be excused from the show and forfeit any premiums received at that show, and the right to show in any additional classes at the show. No entry fees will be returned.

19. Horses eligible and entered must show unless excused by the manager or judge.

20. Harness Championships are limited to first and second place winners from classes in that division. Any horse competing is eligible to be Grand or Reserve Champion. In the event that one horse qualifies with different drivers, the exhibitor must decide which driver will show the entry in the championship class.

21. Liberty Class: Horses will be judged beginning when the halter is removed until caught by the exhibitor. Time of liberty shall be 1.5 minutes; time to catch shall be maximum 1.5 minutes or will result in disqualification. Music is required and a labelled cd must be handed in when the horse is measured. All liberty horses must be at least one (1) year old.  

22. There will be no cross entries between any Classic, Country, or Single Pleasure Driving classes.

23. LORD STERLING CUP - Open to teams of two Miniature Horses with a four wheeled vehicle. Points are accumulated over both shows. The presentation of the Lord Sterling Cup will take place during the Miniature Horse Show. In case of a tie on total points, a call judge will make the final decision. The purpose of this class is to demonstrate the general utility of the Miniature as a driving horse simulating work conditions. Prize money and The Lord Sterling Cup will be awarded to the hitch accumulating the most points over both shows. Description - Hitches to enter the ring at a working trot. At the direction of the Ring Steward, hitches shall then be exhibited at a flat footed walk and a working trot in both directions of the ring. Upon completion of the required rail work, hitches will then be required to work individually through the following pattern: back to dock, swing left and right, and drive a figure eight. Points will be awarded as follow: Rail work - 50 points; Performance - 40 points; Turnout - 10 points. An appropriately attired header is required for each hitch. Headers may enter the ring when called or may ride on the wagon, but headers must take no action that will affect the performance of any horses in the ring.  Headers must be a capable person of 13 years of age or older; for youth drivers, headers must be an adult, 19 years of age or older. Headers will enter the ring, or dismount when the hitch is halted on the rail or in line up.  The header will remain at least 2 paces distant from the heads of the team when the judge is inspecting the horses. While the horses are at the dock, the header will stand nearby in order to assist when requested by the driver.

24. Amateur and Youth are required to submit a copy of their current card with horse show entries. Applications for both Amateur and Youth will be availble for purchase at the Show Office.

25. If there are 3 or less horses entered in a class at the close of registrations on June 19 th, classes may be combined or cancelled. 

26. In any non-rated class, should any questions, concerns, disputes, discrepancies or tabulation errors arise or be identified at any time after placings, titles and/or awards are announced and/or distributed (including but not limited to Canadian National Grand and Reserve Champion placings, titles and awards), placings, titles and/or awards may be adjusted and re-distributed and any such adjustment or redistribution will be at the sole discretion of the Calgary Stampede Miniature Horse Committee. Any such situation that occurs will be evaluated by the Committee on an individual basis. As a condition of entry into a non-rated class and/or allowing one's horse to be considered for a non-rated placing, title or award, Exhibitors agree to these terms and agree to honour and abide by Committee decisions.


Show Judge #1 - Sid Hutchcraft,  Senior AMHA Judge, Winter Garden, FL

Show Judge #2 - Myron Krause, Battlelake, MN



For more information, please contact Tammy Botsford (Agriculture Programming Manager) 403.261.9316 or 


An official 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, (G.S.T. included). These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.



 Al Perreault (Chair), Maureen Gladue (Vice Chair), Trish Ives (2nd Vice Chair), Robin Orsulak (Past Chair), Ted Haney (Director Liaison), Barry Duncan, Lisa Elliott, Ken Fung, Charlene Gale, Bob Laackmann, Charlie Locke, Louise Locke, Kimberley Locke, Cheryl Myers, KC Pappas, Judy Pitt, Erika Reid, Janette Macmillan (Agriculture Competitions & Event Presentations Manager), Tammy Botsford (Agriculture Programming Manager)