2018 Aggie Days Extreme Cowboy Race

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Calgary Stampede Aggie Days Extreme Cowboy Race

April 15, 2018


*Nutrien Western Event Centre, Stampede Park




The Calgary Stampede is excited to once again be hosting an Aggie Days Extreme Cowboy Race.

The Extreme Cowboy Race, founded by famed horseman Craig Cameron, is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed.


This is an ideal opportunity to experience the Extreme Cowboy style of racing - in front of a large and appreciative Aggie Days crowd in the  Nutrien Western Event Center; on a course that will include some of the "Cowboy Up " obstacles; and, for those that aspire to compete with the world's best, an opportunity to audition for consideration as an invitee for a future Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge.
To help riders qualify for the World Show, this event has been approved as a double point show. 



Updated March 14, 2018

Please Note that the Aggie Days Extreme Cowboy Race has reached the entry limit.  Any entries received after 4:00 pm MST on Wednesday, March 14 will be placed on a wait list. This waiting list will be used to fill any additional spaces that are created. No entries will be accepted after 4:00 pm MST on Friday, March 23, 2018. 


Two competitive class options will be offered:

Primarily designed for EXCA Pro Riders and accomplished EXCA Non Pro and Senior Youth riders.

Non Pro
Primarily designed to accommodate those that show in the Non Pro Division as well as accomplished riders in the EXCA Ride Smart, Senior Youth and Intermediate Divisions.



*EXCA competitors may designate which division they wish their points to be allocated to. Points can only be allocated to any division once.

*A rider may enter two horses and they may enter both classes if eligible.

*This Race is sanctioned by the Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA); World Finals points will be earned for EXCA members in good standing. The competition is only open to  EXCA members.

*Youth riders must be 13 years or older and experienced EXCA competitors.

Please Note that the Aggie Days Extreme Cowboy Race has reached the entry limit.  Any Entries received after 4:00 pm MST on Wednesday, March 14 will be placed on a Wait List.  No Entries will be accepted after 4:00 pm MST on Friday, March 23, 2018. 

Entries will be limited. 
If an excess of entries occurs, both skill level and date of entry may be used to select the successful competitors. Early entry is encouraged.


 Everyone is invited to attend and discover this exciting western equine sport being showcased in the Nutrien Western Event Center in conjunction with Aggie Days.


 Sunday, April 15, 2018  - 12:00 p.m.

Admission to Aggie Days is Free!



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Event Dates and Location

Event Date: April 15, 2018
Move in Date: April 15, 2018 8:00 AM
Release Date: April 15, 2018 7:00 PM
Entry Closing Date: March 23, 2018 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre



SUNDAY, April 15, 2018
9:00 am – 10:45 am – Warm Up - Nutrien Western Event Centre Arena Available 
10:45 am – 11:45 pm - Course Preparation - Nutrien Western Event Centre Arena Closed
11:45 pm  - 12:00pm  Course Walk Through for Competitors and Judges 
12:00 pm – Non Pro Race Starts – Nutrien Western Event Centre
                - Open Race to Follow

Awards ceremony of both Non Pro and Open Classes to follow after the final competitor in the open class. 
All competition times are tentative and subject to change; any changes will be posted to this website.

Entry Fees

Entry Fees: $130 per horse

*Entry fees include 1 parking pass for entry into stampede park, a day stall in the Agriculture Barn and EXCA show fees for accumulating double points. 


Prize Money Payout:

70% of the entry fees collected will be held in a jackpot for the prize payout.
Payouts will be awarded based on the below calculations:
Open Class 
1st Place – 40%
2nd Place – 30%
3rd Place – 20%
4th Place – 10%

Non Pro Division 

1st Place – 40%
2nd Place – 30%
3rd Place – 20%
4th Place – 10%

Additional Prizes will be awarded to the Champion and Reserve Champion in the Open Class and the Non Pro Class. No Sub Division awards will be offered.

Entry Fee Includes:
(1) Stall – Sunday stalling only (no overnight stalling)
(1) Parking Pass per competitor




  1. Special attention is called to the following:
    General Rules
    Health Regulations
    IAFE Code of Ethics
  2. Proper western dress is required, jeans, long sleeve western shirt, cowboy boots and cowboy hat (helmets are permissible).
  3. Order of go for the races will be decided by draw on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
  4. Awards will be presented at the end of the competition on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
  5. This event is open to horses, ponies, and mules of any breed registry and non-registered/grade horses.
  6. The crowd and music at the event are considered to be part of the course, and each competitor acknowledges that the crowd and music may be a distraction to his/her horse.
  7. There will be zero tolerance for an inhumane treatment of horses while in the show arena or on the grounds. Any such action will be caused for disqualification and the forfeiture of all entry fees and any prize money. Inhumane treatment includes, but is not limited to, excessive jerking, pulling, kicking, slapping or whipping.
  8. If entry is cancelled, all fees will be forfeited. Substitutions will be allowed for the following reasons only:
         In the case of a disabling injury to the horse, the contestant must furnish a certificate from a qualified Veterinarian declaring the horse disabled and unable to compete. Such certificate must be in the hands of the Show management prior to the start of the contest.
         In the case of a disabling injury to the rider, or serious sickness or death in his/her family, Show management must be advised in writing prior to the start of the contest.

If you require clarification or have any concerns regarding the above information, please call (403) 261-9316.


Premise ID Number#: AA02VQXC3


Peter Fraser & Kim Hazlett

Judging Criteria

Judging guidelines will be based on the Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) system. 


Competitors, please bring with you: a wheel barrow (or muck bucket), pitch fork, shovel, feed and water buckets for your horse(s).
* Shavings will be supplied for horse stalls.
* Shared tack stalls will also be made available for competitors use.

If you have any questions or require any further information please call 403.261.9316 or email: tbotsford@calgarystampede.com