Blacksmith Showcase and Classic

The Calgary Stampede is excited to showcase its blacksmithing programming for the full 10 days of the Stampede.  There will be something educational all 10 days for our guests to come down and experience what blacksmithing is all about. 

For the last weekend of the Calgary Stampede, we will host the Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic, a 3 day invitational competition. This high impact, fast pasted competition is sure to bring some new excitement to the program. Located in both Country Trail and the Northern Lights Arena, this competition is showcasing the best in both Canada, United States, and Europe.


Competitiors - There will be more updates to come.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 7–16, 2017
Location: Country Lane


The Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic is proud to announce the Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB as their Host Hotel.

To book rooms at the Carriage House Inn, please call their reservation line (800) 661-9566, or email  Please use the Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic room block as your reference.  NOTE that the deadline to book rooms is June 12, 2017.  Please ensure that you book early.  After June 12, 2017, the rooms held in the block will be released back to hotel inventory. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be quoted the rate of the day & the room types available.



Tentative Schedule - Times subject to change

Last Updated May 17


FRIDAY, JULY 13 (Country Trail)

  • 8:00 AM: Registration Opens (International Room)
  • 9:00 AM: Judges meeting begins (International Room)
  • 10:00 AM: Set up/ Warm up
  • 11:00 AM: Class 401 begins
  • 6:00 PM: Class 402 begins


SATURDAY, JULY 14 (Northern Lights Arena)

  • 11:30 AM: Class 403 begins


SUNDAY, JULY 15 (Northern Lights Arena)

  • 11:30 AM: Class 405 begins







CLASS 401: 50 min

Front Heart Bar Shoe

  • 17 x 3/8 x 3/4
  • Plain Stamped
  • Rolled Toe
  • 1'1/2 from inside of toe web to bar tip
  • 8 Nails (ignore nail holes on drawing)
  • Mustad E4
  • No Cutting
  • Rasping allowed



Hind Caulk and Feather Shoe

  • 12” x 3/8" x 3/4"
  • 3/4 fullered
  • 6 nails
  • Mustad E4
  • Toe clip to be bob punched
  • 4 3/4" wide, 5 1/4" long
  • No cutting
  • Rasping Allowed


Shoe to be determined.

CLASS 405 (Light Draft Shoeing and Specimen - 60 Minutes)

Fullered Front or Hind

  • Toe Clipped
  • Appropriate stock
  • Appropriate nails

Front Deep Seated Bar Shoe

  • 3/8 x 1"
  • 3/4 Fullered
  • 7 nails
  • Mustad E5
  • Cutting allowed
  • Rasping allowed
  • Width 5'3/4
  • Cut your own length, must fit dimension






Fullered Front and Hind

  • Toe clipped front
  • Quarter clipped hind
  • Appropriate Nails
  • Appropriate Stock



1st Place Overall: $7500

2nd Place Overall: $3000

3rd Place Overall: $2000

Best Shod Foot: $500

Day Prizes for Classes 401, 402, 403, and 405:

  • 1st: $300
  • 2nd: $200
  • 3rd: $100

Ribbons for individual classes



It is important to familiarize yourself with all the rules, as any deviation from the rules could result in disqualification.


Health Regulations

Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic Rules



The Calgary Stampede Classic is excited to welcome two accomplished and renowned blacksmiths to judge this year's competition.

  • Chris Gregory-Lamar, MO, USA
  • Stewart Bruce-Port Perry, ON


An official accreditation pass will be needed by all exhibitors 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.  One (1) exhibitor badge is included in each competitors entry. Additional passes can be purchased for a fee of $35.00 (G.S.T. included) each. These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.

**Please note all accreditation will be sorted alphabetically for pick up at the Carriage House Inn**


For more information, please contact your Agriculture Program Coordinator at 403.261.9159.


Rob Hitchner (Chair), Tracy Quinton (Vice Chair), Riley Swanby (Vice Chair), Bob Taylor (Director), Sam Coutu (Program Manager), Peter Bagg, Colin Bradnam, Michael Cook, Alexandra Hamilton, Heather Hartmann, Michele Hollins, Shelby Lewis, Julie Mirdoch, Christopher Neal, Douglas Neal, Kristina Nutter, Erik Swanby, Rob Thomas, Tim Welter, Bruce Williams, Marc Williams, Mark Williams