2018 Calgary Stampede Rodeo

The calibre of a rodeo comes down to two things: the skill of the competitors and the quality of the horses, bulls and steers. The Stampede Rodeo features the world’s best competitors and animals. Every afternoon at 1:15PM, cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit, with every win building towards Showdown Sunday—Rodeo’s Richest Afternoon.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 6–15, 2018
Location: Grandstand

Schedule

DAILY AT 1:15PM

Pool A - July 6 – 9

Pool B - July 10 – 13

Wild Card Saturday - July 14

Semi-Finals & Showdown Sunday - July 15

 

Rules

Rules:

EVENT RULES

In the event of a conflict, the 2018 Contestant Agreement will prevail over all rules.  The governing rules of the events will be the 2018 CPRA Rule Book, the 2018 Ground Rules of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo, the 2018 Performance Rules of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and the 2018 Calgary Stampede Animal Care Code of Practice.  As to the barrel race, the 2018 Calgary Stampede Ground Rules of the Calgary Stampede, the 2018 Performance Rules of the Calgary Stampede, the 2018 Calgary Stampede Animal Care Code of Practice and the 2018 WPRA Rule Book will apply.  Contestants in the 2018 Calgary Stampede Ladies Barrel Race must be WPRA card members in good standing at the time of entry and competition.

All competitors will ensure their participation and the participation of any and all individuals associated with them are familiar with the Calgary Stampede Animal Care Code of Practice.

Stampede Officials shall in their absolute discretion have the right at any time to add a Rule or Rules in order to clarify or address a circumstance or action not previously outlined or contemplated in the existing Calgary Stampede Rodeo Ground Rules.

The following Arena Rules will also apply:

1)    The “Arena” includes the Rodeo Arena proper, the Bucking chutes, contestant walkway and the Timed-Event chutes.
2)    Contestants should be aware that Calgary Stampede Rodeo is a family event.   Contestants will perform in a manner that is suitable for a family audience.  Contestants will be mindful that the Rodeo Arena is covered by video cameras and microphones, with screens and monitors projecting the rodeo throughout the Rodeo Arena and grandstands.
3)    The Arena Director will have final say in the arena on all matters related to production and procedure.  
4)    Contestants will be supplied with Back Numbers specific to each event.  Contestants must wear their assigned back number for each event – trading back numbers is NOT allowed.  A contestant will be fined $250.00 for not wearing their back number or for wearing the wrong back number.  Back numbers must be worn at all times in the ARENA as described above.
5)    The ARENA and Infield facilities are Non-Smoking.
6)    A random draw will determine the order for Timed Event contestants for Day 1 for Pool A, Day 1 of Pool B, Wild Card Saturday and the Semi-Finals. Day 1 contestants in Pool A and Pool B will compete 1 through 10.  Day 2 contestants will compete 10 through 1 as originally drawn.  Day 3 contestants will compete 5 through 1, followed by 10 through 6 as originally drawn.  Day 4 contestants will compete 6 through 10 followed by 1 through 5 as originally drawn.  

The following Roughstock rules will apply:

1)    Contestants must be ready when called.  “Ready when called” is defined as: Bareback – Contestant must be over the horse when previous horse leaves the arena.  Saddle Bronc – Contestant must have horse cinched (front & rear) with rein measured, and be in the chute, mounting the horse when the previous horse leaves the arena. 
2)    Bull Riding – Contestant must be pulling rope when the previous bull leaves the arena.  
Excessive Time in the Chute:  In the bull riding, contestants taking too long in the chute before calling for their bull may be disqualified and fined at the discretion of the judge.

In the event that the judge determines that a rider is taking excessive time in the chute, the judge will provide a verbal warning to the rider and place him “on the clock”.  The bull rider will have: 30 seconds from the time of the warning to call for the bull.  In the event that the bull rider does not call for the bull in the 30 seconds allotted them, the bull rider will be disqualified.  Any and all disqualifications will be at the discretion of the judges.

In addition to disqualification, a rider who is disqualified for Excessive Time in the Chute will be fined $250 for the first offence.  Fines will double each offence.

In the event that a bull rider is placed “On the Clock” and chooses to repull the bull rope, they must do so and call for the bull within the 30 seconds allotted or they will be disqualified in accordance with the Excessive Time in the Chute rule.

If a Bareback or Saddle Bronc contestant exceeds the time limit, except in the case of mechanical failure or animal problems, he will receive a penalty of 1 point per every 5 seconds (or portion of) over the 45-second limit. 

Continued delay in taking stock can result in disqualification as per the CPRA Rule Book. 

3)    Stock will be drawn July 5 at 1:00 p.m. for the first round of Pool A.  All other Stock draws will be conducted immediately following the performance for the next day’s round.  All stock draws will be done by the designated OFFICIALS and the SECRETARY in the RODEO OFFICE.  The first-round draw of each Pool will be a double random draw of both the contestant and the stock.  Each subsequent draw will be a stock draw based on money won in the previous round by each contestant followed by scores earned by contestants in that round, followed by non-qualified rides in order of appearance on the day sheet in that round.
4)    If a drawn animal is turned out for any reason, that animal will become the first reride.
5)    The contestants and OFFICIALS will draw Showdown animals on stage at the conclusion of the Semi-Finals.  Contestants will draw in order of Semi-Finals scores (highest to lowest)
6)    Rerides, spares and tiebreaker order will be pre-set.

7)    Contestants will not be disqualified for failing to spur-out a horse.  The judges will have the discretion to deduct points for failing to spur-out a horse.

All Events: The penalty for unnecessary roughness to any animal will be a $500.00 fine for the 1st offence, a $1,000.00 fine for the 2nd offence, a 3rd offence will result in disqualification from the rodeo. 

Calgary Stampede reserves the right to have blood and/or urine samples collected and tested from any animal used in the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.


The following Timed Event Rules will also apply:

The Following Tie-Down Roping rules will apply: 

The six second rule will not be in effect. Once time is called and the contestant has taken one step towards his horse and maintains a forward motion towards his horse, a three second time will start.  The calf must remain tied during this three second time period.  To clarify, a legal tie must consist of three legs crossed, at least one wrap around all three legs and a hooey.
Contestant causing a drag will result in a $500 fine and a no time.

Jerk down rule: If a calf is jerked off all four feet and its body touches the ground prior to the roper reaching the calf, the roper will be disqualified from that go-round.
Legal catch: Any catch, other than a clean head catch, will result in the roper being disqualified from that go-round. 
Obvious injury: If a calf, in the judge’s discretion, exhibits an obvious injury during competition, the contestant will be flagged out and receive either a re-run or if in the judge’s discretion, the injury was caused by the contestant, a no time. 
Tie-Down Roping contestants must take their stock within 45 seconds of receiving the all clear from the head judge or designate.  A verbal warning will be provided 15 seconds prior to expiration of the time limit.  If the contestant exceeds the limit, except in the case of mechanical failure or animal problems, he will receive a penalty of 1/10 of a second for every 5 seconds (or portion of) over the 45 second limit.  Continued delay in taking stock can result in disqualification as per the CPRA Rule Book.

The Following Steer Wrestling rules will apply: 
The steer must not be knocked down or thrown before it is brought to a stop and the catch is made.
An automatic no time will be given to a contestant if a steer “dog falls”.
If a steer “dog falls”, the contestant must release the steer immediately and assist the animal in recovering from the fall by turning the steer’s head so it may stand up. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification from competition.
Obvious injury: If a steer, in the judge’s discretion, exhibits an obvious injury during competition, the contestant will be flagged out and receive either a re-run or if in the judge’s discretion, the injury was caused by the contestant, a no time.

Steer Wrestling contestants must take their stock within 60 seconds of receiving the all clear from the head judge or designate.  All clear will be given as the previous steer leaves the arena.  A verbal warning will be provided 15 seconds prior to expiration of the time limit.  If the contestant     exceeds the limit, except in the case of mechanical failure or animal problems, he will receive a penalty of 1/10 of a second for every 5 seconds (or portion of) over the 60 second limit.  Continued delay in taking stock can result in disqualification as per the CPRA Rule Book.


1)    The pens of TDR and SW cattle for Showdown Sunday will be pre-set by designated OFFICIALS.  Separate pens for the Semi-Finals (minimum of 12) and Showdown will be set.
2)    In the Showdown a minimum of eight (8) TDR and SW animals will be set in drawn order of rotation of use in case of ties.
3)    In the case of a tie in the Showdown – Contestants so tied will compete on the pre-set animals, as set by designated OFFICIALS, in reverse order that they competed in the Showdown. 

All other rules will be enforced as per the 2018 CPRA rulebook.


The Following Ladies Barrel Racing rules will apply:

Ladies Barrel racers must begin their run within 45 seconds of receiving the all clear from the head judge or designate.  A verbal warning will be provided 15 seconds prior to expiration of the time limit.  If the contestant exceeds the time limit, except in the case of mechanical failure, she will receive a penalty of 1/10 of a second for every 5 seconds (or portion of) over the 45-second limit.  

During the 2018 Calgary Stampede Ladies Barrel Race the following parameters will be used to determine horses to be tested:

•    All go-round winners may be tested.
•    The second-place finisher on Wild Card day may be tested.
•    All horses that finish in the top four of the semi-final round or horses that run in the Showdown round will be tested.
•    Barrel Racers with a violation of the WRPA Equine Drugs and Medications Policy at any previous Calgary Stampede on or after 2013 may be selected for testing.
•    Additional samples may be collected at random as provided by the 2018 WPRA Equine Drugs and Medications rules. 

Calgary Stampede is responsible for all testing processes and related procedures, including, but not limited to, veterinarian/tester selection, sampling protocols, lab selection, chain of custody, and obtaining test results from the lab.  
 
WPRA will directly notify a Responsible Member of a positive test result.  Calgary Stampede will not release a contestant’s prize money prior to receiving a negative test result.  Within a reasonable period after the conclusion of the 2018 Calgary Stampede rodeo, Calgary Stampede will release final results for Ladies Barrel Race reflecting any disqualifications and redistributions.  The WPRA standings will not be adjusted to reflect any results of the Calgary Stampede until Calgary Stampede has provided the WPRA with such final results.     

    A positive drug test result may result in a fine issued by the WPRA and certain penalties issued by Calgary Stampede, as follows: 
 
WPRA Fines: In the event of any positive drug test result, the WPRA may issue the following fines as determined by the WPRA in its sole discretion: 

Class 1:  a fine of up to $7,500. 

Class 2:  a fine of up to $5,000. 

Class 3: a fine of up to $750. 

Class 4: a fine of up to $250. 

Class 5: No Penalties.

More than one NSAID in a blood or urine sample: A fine of up to $1,500.

Calgary Stampede Penalties: In the event of any positive drug test result, Calgary Stampede may issue any or all of the following penalties as determined by Calgary Stampede in its sole discretion: 

Class 1: (i) Prohibition from competition at the next Calgary Stampede for which the Responsible Member qualifies and/or (ii) Disqualification from the 2018 Calgary Stampede rodeo and redistribution of prize money.  If the Responsible Member is disqualified for a Class 1 positive drug test result, all prize money won by the disqualified Responsible Member during the entirety of the 2018 Calgary Stampede rodeo will be redistributed in each round in which the disqualified Responsible Member competed and won prize money.  

Class 2: (i) Prohibition from competition at the next Calgary Stampede for which the Responsible Member qualifies and/or (ii) Disqualification from the go-round with a Class 2 positive drug test result and redistribution of prize money for that go-round. 

More than one NSAID in a blood or urine sample: Disqualification from the go-round with a positive test result for more than one NSAID and redistribution of prize money for that go-round. 

Disqualification and Redistribution

When a contestant is disqualified from a go-round they will be declared unplaced and prize money will be redistributed to the highest placing contestant(s) until all paid positions are filled for that go-round.  

Disqualification from the Showdown Round or Semi-Finals Round will result in the remaining money being paid to the qualified contestants in said go-round as ground money.  Ground money as outlined here will not count toward World Standings.

When a contestant is disqualified from the rodeo they will be declared unplaced and prize money in each go-round that they placed in will be redistributed to the highest placing contestant(s) until all paid positions are filled with the exception of the semi-finals and finals, which will result in ground money being paid. 

For purposes of payout and redistribution, Semi-Finals and Showdown are treated as separate go-rounds.


All contestants must be national WPRA card members as of the date of entry and competition.

2)    QUALIFICATIONS

The Calgary Stampede will invite twenty (20) contestants in Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Tie-Down Roping and Steer Wrestling as follows:

    2017 Calgary Stampede Champion
2017 Canadian Rodeo Tour Champion (drop down until filled)
Top five (5) from the 2017 Canadian Professional Rodeo Assoc. Final standings (drop down until filled)
Top ten (10) from the 2017 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Final standings (drop down until filled)
Three (3) Calgary Stampede Qualified Positions 

Bull Riding:

    2017 Calgary Stampede Champion
2017 Canadian Rodeo Tour Champion (drop down until filled)
Top four (4) from the 2017 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Final standings (drop down until filled)
Top nine (9) from the 2017 Pro Bull Riders World final standings (drop down until filled)
2017 Pro Bull Riders Canada Champion (drop down until filled)
Top four (4) from the 2017 Professional Rodeo Cowboys final standings (drop down until filled)
    
Ladies Barrel Racing:
    
    2017 Calgary Stampede Champion
Top six (6) from the 2017 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association final standings (drop down until filled)
Top four (4) from the 2017 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association final standings (drop down until filled)
Top four (4) from the 2017 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Tour Final standings (drop down until filled)
Top four (4) from the 2018 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Qualifications standings as of April 1 (drop down until filled)
2018 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion (drop down to four positions, (Finals Only) then go to the 2018 WPRA  World Qualifications standings as of April 1.)

CPRA positions will be filled in order (top down excluding CS and CRTC Champions) from Money Won during the 2017 CPRA season as of November 14 – should any contestant(s) not accept the invitation, the position(s) will be filled in order from the Money Won list through CPRA 12th place.  Any unfilled CPRA positions will then become a Calgary Stampede Qualified Position.

PRCA positions will be filled in order (top down excluding CS and CRTC Champions, PBR qualifiers and CPRA qualifiers) from Money Won during the 2017 PRCA season as of December 18th – should any contestant(s) not accept the invitation, the position(s) will be filled in order from the Money Won list through 15th place.  Any unfilled PRCA positions will then become a Calgary Stampede Qualified Position.  PBR Canada position will be filled in order excluding CS and CRTC Champions, PBR BFTS qualifiers and CPRA qualifiers.

Should there be a tie for the final qualifying spot(s) in the CPRA, WPRA/PRCA or PBR the tie will be broken in favour of those with the highest total money won in the applicable 2017 regular season of the association for the contestants so tied.  (i.e. if two contestants were tied for the final CPRA position – Money won in the 2017 CPRA Regular season will break the tie.)  After March 12, 2018 all unfilled positions will become Calgary Stampede Qualified Positions, with the exception of the Ladies Barrel Racing where unfilled positions will be filled from the current 2018 WPRA World Qualifications standings. The most recent available standings will be considered current.

Notwithstanding and in any event of the qualification structure outlined above, the Calgary Stampede reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to not issue or retract an invitation to any Rodeo Contestant.


3)    TURNOUTS AND DOCTOR / VET RELEASES

1)    Turn Out, Doctor and Vet Release (Vet releases pertain to barrel racers only) requests must be relayed to RODEO OFFICE by 12:00 noon MDT July 5 for Pool A and July 9 for Pool B so that we may find a suitable replacement contestant.  Contestant substitutions will not be allowed once the first go-round starts for Pool A or Pool B.  
 
2)    Once confirmation of intent to compete has been submitted, if for any reason a contestant is unable to compete, the contestant must notify the RODEO OFFICE so that the STAMPEDE may arrange for substitution. 

3)    Contestants must compete in the first go-round of their Pool in order to continue participating in the STAMPEDE.

4)    Any contestant wishing to Doctor or Vet release during the STAMPEDE must notify the RODEO OFFICE or Calgary Stampede Rodeo Secretary (“SECRETARY”) two (2) hours prior to the start of the performance so affected.  Failure to notify or late notification will result in a fine of $250.00 per incident.

5)    Doctor or Vet releases will be accepted, in person to the SECRETARY, by phone, email or fax to the RODEO OFFICE. A signed Doctor or Vet verification letter must accompany the request for release.  If entered in two events, the contestant may still continue to compete in the other event, if he feels he is able to do so, subject to Calgary Stampede approval.  A contestant that Doctor or Vet releases from a go-round must sit out the next go-round. (ie: a contestant Doctor releasing for day four of their pool will be ineligible for Wild Card Saturday and Showdown Sunday.)  

6)    Once competition in a contestant’s Pool has begun, notification of turnouts will be
accepted, in person to the SECRETARY, by phone, email or fax to the RODEO OFFICE.  Turnouts must be notified at least two (2) hours prior to the performance affected.  The following Turnout penalty will apply: The contestant Turning Out will be ineligible from competing in the Calgary Stampede Rodeo for two (2) years. 

7)    All contestants competing in a performance must give an honest effort.  If it is determined by a unanimous vote of all Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials assigned to officiate that event that a contestant did not give an honest effort, he/she will be (i) disqualified from the go-round in which the violation occurred and any remaining go-rounds, and (ii) assessed a fine of $5,000.  For the purposes of this ground rule, whether a contestant gives an honest effort will be determined as follows:
    
    Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding: In the riding events, a contestant who fails to ride, using appropriate equipment, his horse or bull out of the chute (except in the case of a chute stalling animal or unless the Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials rule the contestant was fouled coming out of the chute) shall automatically be deemed to not have given an honest effort. Specifically, the bareback riding contestant must have his hand in the riggin' and be seated on the horse until the inside shoulder of the horse crosses the plane of the chute gate; the saddle bronc riding contestant must have feet in the stirrups, seat in the saddle and rein in his hand when the inside shoulder of the horse passes the plane of the chute gate; and the bull riding contestant must have his hand in bull rope with wrap taken and be seated on the bull when the inside shoulder of the bull crosses the plane of the chute gate.  Once the contestant has ridden the horse/bull out of the chute, it is the sole responsibility of the Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials to determine whether a contestant has given an honest effort.  In making this determination, Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials should consider whether the contestant has made a good faith effort to complete his ride.

Tie-down roping, Steer Wrestling: In the timed events a contestant who fails to ride, using the appropriate equipment, his horse across the score line (unless the Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials rule he was fouled leaving the box) shall automatically be deemed to have not given an honest effort.  Once the contestant has ridden his horse across the score line, it is the sole responsibility of the Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials to determine whether a contestant has given an honest effort.  In making this determination, Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials should consider whether the contestant has made a good faith effort to complete the event and record a time.

Ladies Barrel Race:    In the barrel race, a contestant who fails to ride, using appropriate equipment, her horse through the electric eyes (unless the Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials rule the contestant’s horse refuses beyond the contestant’s control) shall automatically be deemed not to have given an honest effort.  Once the contestant has ridden her horse through the electric eyes, it is the sole responsibility of the Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials to determine whether a contestant has given an honest effort.  In making this determination, Calgary Stampede Pro Rodeo Officials should consider whether the contestant has made a good 
faith effort to successfully complete the event and record a time.

4)    FORMAT

There will be two Pools formed from the qualified contestants as follows:

SB / BB / BR / TDR / SW / LBR

Pool A    July 6 – 9        Pool B    July 10 – 13
2017 CPRA Champions, 2017 PRCA/WPRA and PBR World Champions as well as contestants qualifying for the 2018 Calgary Stampede through two associations (Top 5 CPRA, Top 10 PRCA/WPRA and Top 9 PBR World) or in two events will select their pool.  All other contestants will be drawn randomly into a pool.

Trade slips will be emailed to all contestants and are due back in the Rodeo Office 4:00 p.m. June 1.  

Each contestant will compete each of the four (4) days of his/her pool.  Each day will be a complete go-round. 
    
The top four (4) in the Money standings from each Pool will advance to the Semi-Finals on Showdown Sunday.  There will be no average payout.  Should there be a tie for the fourth position – the contestant with the most money won in any go-round will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the highest score or fastest time in any of the go-rounds will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the contestant having the highest total score or fastest total time from their pool will break the tie.  If a tie still exists, the judges will draw from the contestants so tied to determine which one will compete in the Semi-Finals.

The remaining six (6) contestants from each Pool will advance to Wild Card Saturday.  Contestants deemed ineligible will not advance.

Day 9 – Wild Card Saturday

No Scores will be carried forward to Wild Card Saturday.  (Except for tie-breakers as noted below)

The Wild Card Saturday contestants will consist of the bottom six (6) money winners from Pool A and the bottom six (6) money winners from Pool B.  

Each contestant will compete once – the two contestants with highest scores/fastest times in their event will advance to the Semi-Finals on Showdown Sunday.  Should there be a tie for the second position – the contestant with the most money won in their pool will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the contestant with the most money won in any go-round will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the highest score or fastest time in any of the go-rounds will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the contestant having the highest total score or fastest total time from their pool will break the tie.  If a tie still exists, the judges will draw from the contestants so tied to determine which one will compete in the Semi-Finals.


Day 10 – Semi-Finals & Showdown Sunday

Semi-Finals:

No Scores will be carried forward to the Semi-Finals. (Except for tie-breakers as noted below)

The Semi-Finals contestants will consist of the top four (4) money winners from Pool A, top four (4) money winners from Pool B and the two (2) contestants with the highest scores/fastest times from Wild Card Saturday.  Each contestant will compete once.

Showdown:

No Scores/Times will be carried forward to the Showdown. (Except for tie-breakers as noted below)

The top four contestants in each event from the Semi-Finals will advance to the Showdown.  Should there be a tie for the fourth position – the contestant with the most money won in their pool will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the contestant with the most money won in any go-round will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the highest score or fastest time in any of the first eight go-rounds will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the contestant having the highest total score or fastest total time from their pool will break the tie.  If a tie still exists, the judges will draw from the contestants so tied to determine which one will compete in the Showdown.

If there are fewer than four (4) qualified rides or runs in any event, only those contestants with a qualified ride or run in the Semi-Finals will advance to the Showdown. 

If all ten (10) contestants fail to make a qualified ride or run in any event in the Semi-Finals – the top two (2) from the money standings of Pool A and the top two (2) from the money standings of Pool B will advance.  Should there be a tie for the second position – the contestant with the most money won in any go-round will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the highest score or fastest time in any of the first eight go-rounds will break the tie.  If a tie still exists the contestant having the highest total score or fastest total time from their pool will break the tie.  If a tie still exists, the judges will draw from the contestants so tied to determine which one will compete in the Showdown.

The Calgary Stampede Champion will be the contestant with the highest score or fastest time in that event in the Showdown round.  If a tie exists, for the Champion position, contestants so tied will compete on a maximum of two (2) additional head of stock or runs to break the tie.  If a tie still exists – contestants so tied will be declared Co-Champions, will split the places money evenly and each will receive a trophy bronze.

The Ladies Barrel Race Showdown round will be timed to the 1/1000th of a second.  If a tie exists in the Showdown round the tie will be broken by the fastest time from the semi-final round.  If a tie still exists the tie will be broken as per the tie-breakers outlined in the Calgary Stampede Ground rules.  

The Showdown contestants will ride/run in the Showdown round from lowest score to highest score in SB, BB & BR and from longest time to fastest time in TDR, SW & LBR based on the Semi-Finals scores/times.

If there are no qualified rides or runs in the Showdown round of an event each contestant will compete once more in the tie-breaker round.  

In roughstock events: Contestants will be timed in this (tie-breaker) round. If all contestants again fail to qualify, the winner will be the contestant with the highest score from the Semi-Finals. If a tie exists from the Semi-Finals, the contestant riding the longest in the tie-breaker will be declared the Champion.  If a tie still exists, contestants so tied will be declared Co-Champions, will split the places money, and each will receive a trophy bronze.
In timed events, if all contestants fail to qualify in this (tie-breaker) round, the winner will be the contestant with the fastest time from the Semi-Finals.  If a tie exists from the Semi-Finals, contestants so tied will be declared Co-Champions, will split the places money and each will receive a trophy bronze.

All contestants will be ranked from 1 – 10 on the day for payouts.


5)    PAYOUTS – MAJOR EVENTS

Total Purse is $2,000,000.00     (Canadian Funds) - there are no entry fees. 

Days 1 – 8      Go-rounds $17,500 per event per day

        1st  - $5,500        3rd - $3,500        5th - $1,500
        2nd - $4,500        4th - $2,500        


Day 9       Wild Card Saturday - $21,000 per event

        1st - $6,000        4th - $3,000
        2nd -$5,000        5th - $2,000
        3rd - $4,000        6th - $1,000

Day 10        Semi-Finals and Showdown - $1,018,800    - $169,800 per event
All contestants competing on Showdown Sunday will earn a cheque, there will be no ground splits.
        
1st          $100,000 (Showdown)        
        2nd           $25,000   (Showdown)        
        3rd           $15,000   (Showdown        
        4th          $10,000   (Showdown)        
        5th - 10th       $3,300       (Semi-Finals)
        
For purposes of payout and redistribution, Semi-Finals and Showdown are treated as separate go-rounds.

Any contestants tied for money places will evenly split the place monies so tied.

As a WPRA approved barrel race, monies earned at the 2018 Calgary Stampede will count in the World standings as follows:

Days 1 – 9 all monies earned at the Calgary Stampede will count in the World standings.

Day 10 - $50,000 of the $100,000 bonus will count in the World Standings.  All other monies earned on Day 10 will count in the World Standings, subject to rules of page 4.

The Calgary Stampede will produce the rodeo payoff on July 20th.  All prize money will be paid by direct deposit.  This will require a direct deposit form to be filled out and emailed to the Rodeo Office prior to June 29.

Any fines assessed to a contestant must be paid to the Rodeo Office prior to competing in the next round.  Failure to pay the fine before the next round will make the contestant ineligible from competing in the remainder of the 2018 Rodeo. 


PERFORMANCE RULES


1)    CHECK IN & ACCREDITATION

A    Pool A Contestants are required to check in at the RODEO OFFICE, Stampede Park, between the following hours, July 5 (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or July 6 (8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.).  Pool A contestant meeting Friday, July 7 (Location and time TBA).  All Rodeo perfs 1:30 p.m.

Pool B Contestants are required to check in at the RODEO OFFICE, Stampede Park, between the following hours July 9 (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or July 10 (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.).  Pool B  contestant meeting Tuesday, July 10 (Location and time TBA).  All Rodeo perfs 1:30 p.m.

At check-in Contestants will receive their credentials and their $1,000.00 Travel allowance, Grand Entry instructions, appearance itinerary and any further information necessary.

There will be a Rodeo Committee hosted lunch at noon prior to each performance and a reception following each performance.

B    Contestants will receive the following accreditation:

1) - One (1) Contestant pass – good for Gate and Infield admission.
2) - One (1) Companion pass – good for Gate and Infield admission.
3) - One (1) Infield companion ticket for each performance for the Pool they will be competing in.  One (1) Companion ticket per contestant will be available for Wild Card Saturday and Showdown Sunday for contestants competing each of those days.  (Additional contestant tickets will be available at a nominal charge for each performance for contestants up that day on a first come basis from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Ticket window at the Agrium Western Event Centre.)  
4) - Parking for One (1) vehicle in a designated Stampede lot.

C    Steer Wrestling Contestants are to report the name of their hazer to the RODEO OFFICE by June 25 so that we may arrange accreditation.  Hazers will need to have a signed waiver on file with the Rodeo Office before receiving the following accreditation:

1 - One (1) Contestant pass – good for Gate and Infield admission.
2 - Parking for One (1) vehicle in a designated Stampede lot.

2)    ADVERTISING, SPONSORSHIPS & BROADCAST RIGHTS

A    All advertising, sponsorship and broadcast rights and the exposure related thereto lie with and are owned by the Calgary Stampede.  

B    No contestant will have rights or access to the broadcast – either in whole or in part – produced at the 2017 STAMPEDE.  All footage remains the property of the Calgary Stampede and its licensed broadcast partners.  If a contestant wishes to purchase DVD copies (for non-broadcast use) of his/her rides a request must be submitted to the Calgary Stampede following the 2018 STAMPEDE and all costs will be the responsibility of the contestant.

3)    APPEARANCES
    
A    All contestants are required to attend the Contestant Meeting for their Pool:  Pool A, July 6 & Pool B, July 10 (Location and time TBA)

B    All contestants will be provided back numbers at check-in.  It is expected that the contestants will participate in all scheduled public appearances.   Appearances may also include grand entry, victory laps, autograph sessions and stage introductions.

C    Exemptions for failing to attend a scheduled appearance, including victory lap, autograph session or stage introduction will be limited to physical injury or illness (including contestant horses).  Any medical exemption must be notified to the RODEO OFFICE prior to the event, so affected, if possible. 

D    Failing to attend any appearance without an exemption will result in a $250.00 fine per incident.  All fines must be paid prior to competing in the next go-round.