Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting

The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition is the only Canadian stop in the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association World Series of Cutting. The World Series showcases the top cutting horses in the world and offers spectators an opportunity to cheer on the horses and riders as they compete for the championship title!

In a cutting competition, each horse and rider is faced with a herd of cattle and two and a half minutes on the clock. Working together they must select a single cow to move out of or ‘cut’ from the herd. Once the cow has been selected and removed from the herd the rider drops their reins, saying to the horse - take it from here! The pair must then demonstrate their ability to keep the cow from returning to the herd. The horse uses great strength and agility as it mimics the movements of the cow, always staying one hoof ahead. Once the cow has lost interest and looks away, the team may re-enter the herd for a fresh cow to cut.

Years of careful training are invested into each cutting horse. Their natural instincts to herd cattle, or what we like to call “cow sense”, are fine-tuned to allow them to become true athletes of the arena and the stars of our show.


2016 Calgary Stampede Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Champions:

Open Champion - This Cats Max owned by Doug & Angie Wiens and ridden by Travis Rempel

Non Pro Champion - Spooked By A Cat owned and ridden by Carol Ward


2017 Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Tentative Schedule:

January 19-20, 2017 - Augusta, GA @ James Brown Arena

February 15-19, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Mane Event III at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

March 3-9, 2017 - Houston, TX @ Houston Livestock Show

June 2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ PCCHA

July 2017 - Calgary, AB Canada @ Calgary Stampede

August 2017 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Futurity 

September 2017 - Rancho Murieta, CA @ El Rancho Futurity 

October 2017 - Columbus, OH @ Quarter Horse Congress


For more information on the Mercuria NCHA World Series please visit NCHA.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 10–12, 2017
Entry Closing Date: June 5, 2017 4:00 PM
Location: Agrium Western Event Centre


The completed entry form must be received in the Agriculture Entries Office by the listed date. All entries must be accompanied with copies of the NCHA membership cards of both owner and rider, as well as a copy of the registration papers for all registered horses, as per NCHA Standing Rules 2 and 3. Entries not complying with the requirements will be rejected. The entry charge portion of the fee will be allocated to prize money (GST not applicable).

Telephone entries will not be accepted. Faxed and e-mailed entries will be accepted if accompanied by credit card information. Please note, U.S. entries must be paid by credit card or money order in Canadian funds.


**New for 2017

The Calgary Stampede stop in the Mercuria World Series of Cutting is now hosting a class within a class as part of The NCHA Senior World Tour.

The NCHA Senior World Tour rules apply to this class within a class. A senior is defined as any open or non-pro rider that is age 60 or older and meets all other NCHA rules regarding the status of membership.

Entry Fee - $30

50% of the entry fee will be jack-potted. NCHA Payout rules will apply. 



Updated February 1, 2017
**All classes will be held in the Agrium Western Events Centre on Stampede Park**
**In accordance with the NCHA Mercuria World Series, loud music, production lighting and additional production elements will be occurring throughout the competition** 
MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 – Agrium Western Events Centre, Stampede Park
7:30 am - Infield Parking Lot Opens
9:30 am – 11:30 am Warm Up 
11:10 am – Settle of the First Herd
11:30 am - Opening Ceremonies (followed by a brief settle if required)
First Go, Non Pro
TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 – Agrium Western Events Centre, Stampede Park
7:30 am - Infield Parking Lot Opens
9:30 am – 11:30 am Warm Up
11:10 am – Settle of the First Herd
11:30 am - Opening Ceremonies (followed by a brief settle if required)
First Go, Open
Youth Showcase & Presentation of Bill Collins Youth Excellence Scholarships
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017 – Agrium Western Events Centre, Stampede Park
12:00 pm - Infield Parking Lot Opens
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Warm Up 
3:40 am – Settle of the First Herd
4:00 pm - Opening Ceremonies  (followed by a brief settle if required)
(All finalists will be requested to line up for introductions during the opening ceremonies)
Finals, NON PRO- Followed by Awards Ceremony
Finals, OPEN - Followed by Awards Ceremony
*All competition times are tentative and subject to change; any changes will be posted to this website.

Bill Collins Youth Excellence Showcase

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In his 89 years of adventure and exceptional horsemanship, the late Bill Collins covered many miles and acquired a lot of fans and friends, including royalty. The Calgary Stampede honors and remembers this incredible cowboy icon through the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Scholarship.

Bill was undisputedly a celebrity within the global equine world, yet those who met him commented on how he not only taught horsemanship, he also taught people about themselves and epitomized the western values and spirit of integrity. These values paired with his exceptional equine knowledge created a lasting legacy when he brought the then-emerging sport of cutting horse to the Calgary Stampede in 1973.

To honor Bill Collins for more than 40 years of leadership and volunteer service to the Calgary Stampede, he was awarded a lifetime membership in 2007 and is the namesake for the Bill Collins Youth Excellence Scholarship.  Each year at the Calgary Stampede we recognize five youth riders in a Youth Cutting Showcase during the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.

2016  Recipients

Allegra Claughton
Larissa Price
Raelene Paradis
Ryley-Ray Wilson
Colten Powell


To qualify, youth must compete in either the Junior or Senior Youth Classes at the ACHA/ NCHA Pre Stampede Cutting Weekend Show at Silver Slate Arena held Friday, 7 July 2017 – Sunday, 9 July 2017. The top 5 scores in the Sunday class of either the Junior or Senior Youth Classes qualify for the Calgary Stampede Youth Cutting Horse Showcase.

For more information please contact the Alberta Cutting Horse Association

Awards & Prizes:

1st: $2000
3rd: $500
4th: $500
5th: $500

Calgary Stampede Champion & Reserve Champion buckles will be awarded, as well as Calgary Stampede blankets from 1st to 5th place.

Rules & Regulations 

Each competitor must follow the following general guidelines of the cutting competition as well as the specific guidelines governing the youth competition:

  1. Only the top 5 final scores at the qualifying event in either the Junior or Senior Youth Class on Sunday, July 9, will be invited to the Calgary Stampede Youth Showcase July 11, 2017.
  2. Youth must compete on the same horse as ridden in the qualifying event.
  3. There will be a minimum of four head of used cattle per competitor.
  4. Should any of the top 5 invited youth be unable to compete in the Finals on July 11, the Calgary Stampede reserves the right to invite the next highest placing youth from the qualifying event to fill the roster.
  5. Please note that an exhibitor waiver is required prior to competition.  If the applicant is under 18 years of age, the waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  6. Only the scores from the final round will be used to determine the scholarship recipients.
  7. NO entry fee, cattle fee, or office fee will be charged.



Entry Fees

OPEN & NON PRO: $1000 per entry, per class
NCHA Classification Rules apply (NCHA Standing Rule 8).

Entries must be received by Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm, all entry fees are payable in Canadian Funds.







$500 $340 $160 $1000
Non Pro $25,000 $500 $340 $160 $1000

* All Entry Charges will be allocated to prize money (GST not applicable).
** Office charges consist of Judges, Arena, Video, and Affiliation fees.


Open: $25,000 added money

Non Pro: $25,000 added money
Score of first go round will determine advancement to the Finals.  Prize money and awards will be determined solely by scores in the Finals round.
Calgary Stampede Buckles will be awarded to the Champion and Reserve Champion of the Open and Non Pro classes.
NCHA Bronze trophy will be awarded to Champion of the Open and Non Pro classes.


In the event of a tie for Champion, the Champion and award recipient will be determined by either a ride off or coin toss at the discretion of the competitors.  Prize money will be split.

In the event of a tie for Reserve Champion, the Reserve Champion and award recipient will be decided on by the highest aggregate from the first go round and the finals scores. Prize money will be split.






 Open & Non Pro Entries:
  1. Special attention is called to the following:
    General Rules
    Health Regulations
    IAFE code of ethics
  2. NCHA Rules and Regulations shall apply.
  3. The Cutting Horse Competition will consist of ONE GO ROUND with a FINAL. A minimum of six and a maximum of twelve (plus ties) will advance to the Finals.
    World Series Finalist Chart
    Number of Entries Number of Finalists
    24 or less 6
    25 - 28 7
    29 - 32 8
    33 - 36 9
    37 - 40 10
    41 - 44 11
    45 + 12
  4. The top 50% of the Finalists will receive a cheque based on the NCHA unit payout system, all Finalists to receive base pay of 2x the entry fee.  All money will be paid in the Finals in Canadian Funds.
  5. There will be 4 head of cattle per cut in the Open and Non Pro First go round and the Finals.
  6. In alignment with all MERCURIA/NCHA World Series events, the OPEN herd to be used in the performance finals on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 will be pre-settled in advance of the start time. There will only be one herd used for the finals of each class, regardless of the number of finalists.
  7. The performance finals will incorporate live commentary and music during competition.
  8. The horse, rider and owner must be declared at the time of entry, as per NCHA Standing Rules 2 and 3.  NCHA Non-Professional Rules apply.
  9. Open Riders may ride two horses.  Non Pro riders are limited to one horse.
  10. NCHA Adjusted Monitor System (3 Judges) will be followed.
  11. The Draw will be made on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 according to the NCHA rules.  The draw order will be available online or by calling the Agriculture Administration Office at (403) 261-0313 after 4 p.m.
  12. The Calgary Stampede dress code (long sleeve shirt with full collar and cowboy hat) will be enforced for anyone in any part of the show arena and loping area.
  13. All disputes will be dealt with by the Western Performance Horse Committee and the Committee’s decision in all matters shall be final.
  14.  All prize money will be paid in Canadian dollars.  Non-residents of Canada will be subjected to a 15% withholding tax on all prize monies awarded as required by Revenue Canada.
  15. If an entry is cancelled, all fees will be forfeited.  The only exceptions permitted are: A) 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 competition. B) In the case of a disabling injury to the rider, or serious sickness or death in his/her family, Show Management must be advised prior to the start of the competition.
  16. Health Requirements – Importation of Animals from the United States (General) – For complete information see Health Requirements. American Port of Entry – Sweetgrass, Montana (406) 335-2142 Canadian Port of Entry – Coutts, Alberta (403) 344-3808 –
  17. NCHA/CCHA Rule #35 will be strictly enforced.
**Please note there will be NO unauthorized persons allowed in the hitching ring/loping area.  Exhibitor Badges must be visible at all times, no exceptions will be made.  Western Dress required in all areas**








PS Digital Video


James Hudyma

Show Secretary:                  

Navada Phipps, Alberta

Judging Criteria

NCHA (Adjusted Monitor System - 3 Judges)


General Information

Stampede Park Arrival Information
Entry to Stampede Park is through the Nat Christie Gate off 25th Avenue SE.  Once you enter the gates you will be directed to the accreditation trailer to pick up your exhibitor package. Your Exhibitor Package will include all of your accreditation passes as well as your parking pass. **Reminder for 2017 ** Competitors will be parked in the Infield Parking Lot. Due to limited space please travel together as much as possible.  


Parking Information
Daily parking passes for the Calgary Stampede Infield Lot will be provided to competitors (one per entry).  Please note there is no overnight parking or stalling on Stampede Park.  Competitors are asked not to arrive any more than three hours before the posted event start time and must vacate the parking area prior to 7:30 p.m. each night. The infield lot will be cleared each night at 7:30 p.m. to prepare for the evening fireworks. All vehicles MUST be removed from the lot prior to 7:30 p.m.


Stampede Entry
An official photo accreditation badge will be required by all competitors to access Stampede Park for the 2017 Calgary Stampede.  This will now be extremely important to keep on you at all times as access to the Infield Lot will be prohibited without the specific area accreditation, this is strictly enforced. The Infield Lot is not accessible to the public. Only accreditation purchased by the competitor on the entry form will have access to the infield.

A new accreditation must be issued each year.  In addition to granting you access to Stampede Park, the Agriculture Accreditation badge gives you access to the Grandstand Rush areas for the Rodeo, Chuckwagons, and Evening Show.  The badge must be purchased on the entry form 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.


Transportation of Animals

Health Requirements – Importation of Animals from the United States (General):

Please refer to the CFIA website for the most up to date information on import/export regulations.

For information regarding transporting horses in Alberta please see:

Transporting Horses in Alberta

Alberta Livestock Transportation Documents

If you require clarification or you have concerns about the previous information, please contact Agriculture Administration at (403) 261-0313.


For information on Calgary please click here.  For accommodation information for surround areas please click here.  For campground information around Calgary please click here.


For stalling information please click here

**Please note there is no overnight stalling on Stampede Park**

American Port of Entry – Sweetgrass, Montana (406) 335-2142

Canadian Port of Entry – Coutts, Alberta (403) 344-3808 –

Documents for complete information see Health Requirements.





 The Cutting Horse Competition will be conducted by the Calgary Stampede Western Performance Horse Committee.