2021 Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge

October 13, 2020

Planning is currently underway for the 2021 Calgary Stampede. With our community's health and safety a top priority, all public health orders are being taken into consideration.

We are looking forward to inviting competitors and opening wildcard applications for the Cowboy Up competition in the spring of 2021. We will be taking into consideration past competitive performance, horsemanship and fan marketability in this process, but it is important to note that 2020 Stampede invitations will not automatically be carried forward into 2021, nor will the Calgary Stampede be automatically inviting competitors from the 2020 EXCA World Finals this year.

We continue to value our partnership with EXCA and its membership, and hope that you understand the challenges our not-for-profit organization is facing as a result of the pandemic. We look forward to having several familiar and new competitors with us in 2021. We will continue to keep you informed of any new event information as it becomes available. One thing is certain – we can't wait to Stampede with you again!

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The Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles. Each obstacle demonstrates both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed.

This is an invitational competition, limited to 10 elite riders who are selected to compete in the three go-round event.

*Sanctioned by the Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Association

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 9–18, 2021
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

Please visit the following page for more information regarding the Calgary Stampede's key messages in regards to COVID-19: Calgary Stampede FAQs

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate through these challenging times.


Please direct questions to Tammy Botsford, Programming Manager