2018 Calgary Stampede Canadian National Miniature Horse Show

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The popular Canadian National Miniature Horse Show is back and better than ever at Calgary Stampede 2018!

Guests to Stampede Park can now see their favourite mini classes on the final weekend of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, with events beginning on Thursday evening, July 12 and continuing daily through to Sunday, July 15.

The 2018 Northern Lights Arena is MUCH BIGGER too! We have expanded the size to a whopping 127'x200', with seating for our fans along the entire north wall. Plenty of room to see the very best beautiful miniature horses in action as they compete in a wide array of classes including halter, liberty, driving, jumping and obstacle competitions.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 12–15, 2018
Move in Date: July 12, 2018 7:00 AM
Release Date: July 15, 2018 8:00 PM
Early Entry Date: June 4, 2018 4:00 PM
Entry Closing Date: June 18, 2018 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre and Northern Lights Arena

**Please note the following schedule changes: (July 4, 2018)

Thursday, July 12, 8 pm - The start of show has been moved to 8pm in the Northern Lights Arena. The following classes have been cancelled:
2 , 12, 15, 25, 60, 68, 73 and 79

Saturday, July 14 - 3:30pm-6pm (Nutrien Western Event Centre). The order of classes for the show has been slightly adjusted - the Lord Sterling Cup (Class 28) will be the third class in the NWEC at approximately 4:00 pm. Youth Costume Class and Youth Musical Chairs will precede the Lord Sterling Cup. These class numbers will not change.

**Reminder to exhibitors for 2018: Structures and Exhibit Booth Requirements

  1. Decorative material, such as, but not limited to, drapes, theatre curtains, signs, banners, acoustical material, hay/straw, split bamboo, plastic cloth, plastic displays, canvas, cardboard, etc. shall be of non-flammable material, shall conform to CAN/ULC1-S109, “Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films”, or shall be treated and maintained in a flame retardant condition by means of a flame retardant solution to ensure that the material will pass the match flame test in NFPA2 705, “Field Flame Test for Textiles and Films.” Plastic cloth and certain other plastic materials, tar-paper, nylon, oilcloth, etc. cannot be rendered flame retardant and are prohibited. Any decorative material may be subject to testing. Materials in violation shall be immediately removed from the building.
  2. Combustible materials that are 10mm (3/8 inch) or more in thickness or glass may be used without flame retardant treatment. Exception: Paper, cardboard or foam products.

The full details of the guide HERE.


July 4, 2018  **Please note, the order of classes may be subject to change. Some classes have been cancelled due to lack of entries.


AMHA Approved

Judges & Show Officials:

Ann Judge of Bennett, Colorado, Senior Judge
Jon Wolf of Galva, Illinois
Ring Steward ~ Karlyn Kanewischer of Stirling, Alberta


Measuring: Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Agriculture Barn
Exhibitors Social: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Robson Room, Nutrien Western Event Centre

**Northern Lights Arena – 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Thursday, July 12, 8 pm - The start of show has been moved to 8pm in the Northern Lights Arena.

  1. Barrel Racing (Non-Rated)
  2. Stake Racing (Non-Rated) Cancelled
  3. Liberty

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

Northern Lights Arena – 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

           Roadster Warm Up – prior to start

  1. Youth Roadster
  2. Amateur Roadster
  3. Open Roadster

    Classic Pleasure Driving Warm Up
  4. Youth Classic Pleasure Driving 12 & Under
  5. Youth Classic Pleasure Driving 13-18
  6. AOTE Classic Pleasure Driving
  7. Amateur Classic Pleasure Driving
  8. Open Classic Pleasure Driving

    Single Pleasure Driving Warm Up
  9. Youth Single Pleasure Driving Cancelled
  10. Amateur Single Pleasure Driving
  11. Open Single Pleasure Driving

    Country Pleasure Driving Warm Up
  12. Youth Country Pleasure Driving 12 & Under Cancelled
  13. Youth Country Pleasure Driving 13-18
  14. AOTE Country Pleasure Driving
  15. Amateur Country Pleasure Driving
  16. Open Country Pleasure Driving

Northern Lights Arena – 7 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Hunter course set up. Walk through for all youth exhibitors.

  1. Youth Hunter 12 & Under
  2. Youth Hunter 13-18
  3. Amateur Hunter
  4. Open Hunter
  5. Youth Jumper
  6. Amateur Jumper Cancelled
  7. Open Jumper


Nutrien Western Event Centre – 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please Note: The order of classes for the show has been slightly adjusted - the Lord Sterling Cup (Class 28) will be the third class in the NWEC at approximately 4:00 pm. Youth Costume Class and Youth Musical Chairs will precede the Lord Sterling Cup. These class numbers will not change.

  1. Youth Costume Class
    29. Youth Musical Chairs (Non Rated)
  2. ***Lord Sterling Cup (Non-Rated)** ~ will be third class in NWEC arena, costume & musical chairs will precede this class
  3. **To be held prior to class 28

    Driving Warm Up
  4. Grand & Reserve Champion Roadster
  5. Youth Pleasure Driving 7 & Under (Non-Rated)
  6. Grand & Reserve Champion Classic Pleasure Driving
  7. Grand & Reserve Champion Country Pleasure Driving
  8. Grand & Reserve Champion Single Pleasure Driving
  9. Parade of Driving Champions (Non-Rated)

Northern Lights Arena – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  1. Youth Obstacle Driving
  2. Amateur Obstacle Driving
  3. Open Obstacle Driving
  4. Open Versatility

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

Northern Lights Arena – 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  1. Youth Halter Obstacle 12 & Under
  2. Youth Halter Obstacle 13-18
  3. Amateur Halter Obstacle
  4. Open Halter Obstacle
  5. Youth Showmanship 7 & Under
  6. Youth Showmanship 8-12
  7. Youth Showmanship 13-18
  8. Amateur Showmanship

Lunch Break

  1. Youth Halter Geldings 7 & Under
  2. Youth Halter Geldings 8-12
  3. Youth Halter Geldings 13-18
  4. AOTE Halter Geldings
  5. Amateur Halter Geldings
  6. Weanling & Yearling Geldings
  7. Two Year Old Geldings
  8. Grand & Reserve Champion Junior Geldings
  9. Senior Halter Geldings 32” & Under
  10. Senior Halter Geldings 32”-34”
  11. Grand & Reserve Champion Senior Geldings
  12. Solid Colour Mares
  13. Youth Halter Mares 7 & Under Cancelled
  14. Youth Halter Mares 8-12
  15. Youth Halter Mares 13-18
  16. AOTE Halter Mares
  17. Amateur Halter Mares
  18. Senior Mares 32” & Under
  19. Senior Mares 32”-34”
  20. Grand & Reserve Champion Senior Mares
  21. Multi-Colour Mares Cancelled
  22. Weanling & Yearling Mares
  23. Two Year Old Mares
  24. Grand & Reserve Champion Junior Mares
  25. Solid Colour Stallions & Geldings
  26. AOTE Halter Stallions Cancelled
  27. Amateur Halter Stallions
  28. Weanling & Yearling Stallions
  29. Two Year Old Stallions
  30. Grand & Reserve Champion Junior Stallions
  31. Multi-Colour Stallions & Geldings
  32. Senior Stallions 32” & Under Cancelled
  33. Senior Stallions 32”-34”
  34. Grand & Reserve Champion Senior Stallions
  35. Supreme Halter Horse
  36. Parade of Halter Champions

*Non-Rated are not AMHA Accredited Classes

Entry Fees

Before June 4, 2018:

$30 per entry, per class (covers two shows) plus AMHA fee of $5.50 per horse.

AFTER June 4, 2018: No new horses may be added.

The late entry close date (June 18th) will only allow you to add classes for an already entered horse at an entry fee of $60 per class.

If you are changing classes, that is considered a scratch and a late entry for a charge of $60.

** There will be NO post-entries after June 18th.

** There will be NO substitutions after June 18th, unless a certified vet or doctor note is provided.  

Move in - Thursday, July 12 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Measuring - Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m.-5p.m. Location: Agriculture Barn

Note: To accommodate the barn change over, please do not arrive on Stampede Park prior to 7 a.m.

Stalling will be in Agriculture Barns.

FREE YOUTH SHOWMANSHIP & COSTUME CLASSES - There is no entry fee or prize money. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants courtesy of the Calgary Stampede. 

FREE YOUTH MUSICAL CHAIRS CLASS - There is no entry fee or prize money. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants courtesy of the Calgary Stampede.

Please Note:  Height classes may be combined at the sole discretion of the show committee show should there be fewer than three entries in a class. Height classes may also be combined due to time restrictions. Exhibitors will be notified in advance if classes are combined. The show committee will make every effort to notify exhibitors in this instance within two weeks after the close of entries.

Pewter buckles will not be awarded per horse entered.  They are available to purchase for $45 each. Please indicate on your entry form if you wish to purchase any pewter buckles, including quantity and submit payment along with completed entry forms.


Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd
AMHA Classes (per Judge) $20 $15 $10
Lord Sterling Cup * $200 $100 $75


* Lord Sterling Cup - Please see Rules Tab, Rule #23 for Class Decsription

There will be no prize money awarded in classes with less than 4 Entries



MISSION STATEMENT The Calgary Stampede and the Miniature Horse Show Committee are committed to planning and delivering the annual Miniature Horse Show to a standard worthy of Canadian National Status, while simultaneously ensuring that administration of the show is efficient and effective. To achieve the foregoing objective, reliance is placed upon Calgary Stampede policies and guidelines as well as AMHA rules. Accordingly, exhibitors/participants must familiarize themselves with the governing policies, guidelines and rules. It is an expectation that all exhibitors/participants will comply with entry deadlines, move in and release requirements, shot box requirements and be on time for the pre-show measuring of horses. It goes without saying that all persons, in any way involved with the Miniature Horse Show, are expected to at all times, conduct themselves in a courteous manner.

  1. Special attention is called to the following:
  2. A combined point score based on the placings of each judge will determine the Canadian National Champion. In the event of a tie, the call judge will make the final decision.
  3. Exhibitors are responsible for carrying their own liability insurance, (see Liability - General Rules).
  4. Exhibitors must ascertain at what time judging will take place; and no complaint or appeal based upon the statement that the judges have overlooked the exhibits will be considered by the Calgary Stampede.
  5. Due to limited show time, there will be no gate holds.
  6. It is compulsory for exhibitors to wear the official show numbers supplied by the Calgary Stampede.
  7. Miniature Horse exhibitors who do not adhere to the Miniature Horse release time will automatically forfeit their prize money and may result in corrective action such as refusal of entry, suspension, or other action as may be deemed appropriate.
  8. Exhibitors canceling their entries shall forfeit their entry fee except when a certificate of disability is issued by a qualified veterinarian. The certificate of disability must be received by the Agriculture Entries Office by Monday, July 9, 2018 in order to receive an entry fee refund.
  9. General show rules are governed by the AMHA. For specific rules and ring procedures, please refer to the 2018 Official Show Rules of the American Miniature Horse Association.
  10. All AMHA shows are open to any AMHA registered horses whose exhibitor is able to prove valid registration. To enter an AMHA approved show, the exhibitor must use the complete name and number of the animal as it is shown on the horse's registration certificate. Entry forms must be completely filled out and will not be accepted by the show management until all information has been listed, copies of both sides of the registration paper received, all fees paid and the entry form signed by the exhibitor.
  11. Stallions over the age of 3 must also provide a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with their entry. These forms are available on the AMHA website.
  12. Horses may be shown if the exhibitor furnishes proof that the registration application is pending in the AMHA office prior to the show. The Show Chairman shall accept as proof only a signed statement from the AMHA office or oral verification from the AMHA office to the Show Chairman that registration is pending.
  13. A 2018 amateur number must be purchased from the AMHA and is required where applicable and must be listed on the entry form. In order to show in an amateur class, the horse must be owned or leased by the amateur individually or jointly, the amateur's family, or solely owned corporation, ranch or farm. AMHA amateur applications will be available for purchase at the show office. All amateur exhibitors must provide the relationship to the owner.
  14. AOTE Amateur Owned Trained and Exhibited classes will be offered in 2018. The horse exhibited AOTE must be trained, conditioned, groomed and shown by the AOTE or a non professional family member in all divisions entered. A designated AOTE horse must show under the AOTE guidelines one calendar year starting on January 1, regardless of the class entered. Failure to abide by the AOTE rules once AOTE horse has begun showing will result in penalties. For complete AOTE rules, refer to the 2018 AMHA Show Rules.
  15. No miniature horse shall exceed 34 inches in height at the withers. Weanlings must not exceed 30 inches. Yearlings must not exceed 32 inches. Two year olds must not exceed 33 inches. All horses must meet the height qualification for each class and will be measured at the base of the last hairs of the main.
  16. The age of the horse is determined from January 1st of the year in which they were foaled.
  17. Conduct by an exhibitor, trainer, owner, or immediate family member of an unsportsmanlike, abusive or detrimental nature will not be tolerated by the show management, including but not limited to threatening or intimidating conduct, physical, verbal or written toward any show official. Any person(s) guilty of such conduct should be reported immediately to show management by the judge, steward, or show committee member. The show management will suspend the offender for the duration of the show.
  18. Protests:
    • Any protest must be made in writing to the show manager, (Tammy Botsford), or the ring steward no later than one hour after the completion of the last class of the show. The protest shall be accompanied by a $100 deposit, which shall only be returned to the protestor in the event the protest is sustained. Please refer to the current AMHA Show Rules for a complete list of protest regulations.
    • Exhibitors may not protest to the judge directly or by interference, on the placing of any horse. Any person guilty of such conduct will be excused from the show and forfeit any premiums received at that show, and the right to show in any additional classes at the show. No entry fees will be returned.
  19. Horses eligible and entered must show unless excused by the manager or judge.
  20. Harness Championships are limited to first and second place winners from classes in that division. Any horse competing is eligible to be Grand or Reserve Champion. In the event that one horse qualifies with different drivers, the exhibitor must decide which driver will show the entry in the championship class.
  21. Liberty Class: Horses will be judged beginning when the halter is removed until caught by the exhibitor. Time of liberty shall be 1.5 minutes; time to catch shall be maximum 1.5 minutes or will result in disqualification. Music is required and a labelled cd must be handed in when the horse is measured. All liberty horses must be at least one (1) year old.  
  22. There will be no cross entries between any Classic, Country, or Single Pleasure Driving classes.
  23. LORD STERLING CUP - Open to teams of two Miniature Horses with a four wheeled vehicle. Points are accumulated over both shows. The presentation of the Lord Sterling Cup will take place during the Miniature Horse Show. In case of a tie on total points, a call judge will make the final decision. The purpose of this class is to demonstrate the general utility of the Miniature as a driving horse simulating work conditions. Prize money and The Lord Sterling Cup will be awarded to the hitch accumulating the most points over both shows. Description - Hitches to enter the ring at a working trot. At the direction of the Ring Steward, hitches shall then be exhibited at a flat footed walk and a working trot in both directions of the ring. Upon completion of the required rail work, hitches will then be required to work individually through the following pattern: back to dock, swing left and right, and drive a figure eight. Points will be awarded as follow: Rail work - 50 points; Performance - 40 points; Turnout - 10 points. An appropriately attired header is required for each hitch. Headers may enter the ring when called or may ride on the wagon, but headers must take no action that will affect the performance of any horses in the ring.  Headers must be a capable person of 13 years of age or older; for youth drivers, headers must be an adult, 19 years of age or older. Headers will enter the ring, or dismount when the hitch is halted on the rail or in line up.  The header will remain at least 2 paces distant from the heads of the team when the judge is inspecting the horses. While the horses are at the dock, the header will stand nearby in order to assist when requested by the driver.
  24. Amateur and Youth are required to submit a copy of their current card with horse show entries.
  25. If there are 3 or less horses entered in a class at the close of class registrations on June 18th, classes may be combined or cancelled. 
  26. In any non-rated class, should any questions, concerns, disputes, discrepancies or tabulation errors arise or be identified at any time after placings, titles and/or awards are announced and/or distributed (including but not limited to Canadian National Grand and Reserve Champion placings, titles and awards), placings, titles and/or awards may be adjusted and re-distributed and any such adjustment or redistribution will be at the sole discretion of the Calgary Stampede Miniature Horse Committee. Any such situation that occurs will be evaluated by the Committee on an individual basis. As a condition of entry into a non-rated class and/or allowing one's horse to be considered for a non-rated placing, title or award, Exhibitors agree to these terms and agree to honour and abide by Committee decisions.

Ann Judge of Bennett, Colorado, Senior Judge

Jon Wolf of Galva, Illinois



An official accreditation pass will be needed by all exhibitors for the 2018 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.  The pass must be purchased on the entry application 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**


  • Anyone entering Canada must have a valid Passport
  • Non-residents of Canada will be subject to a 15% withholding tax on all prize monies awarded as required by Revenue Canada. Non-residents of Canada may have the 15% withholding tax waived if they complete the following documents prior to competing.
  • American Port of Entry - Sweet Grass, Montana 406.335.9610
  • Canadian Port of Entry - Coutts, Alberta 403.344.3808

For more information, please contact your Agriculture Program Coordinator 403.261.9316


** If you require clarification or you have concerns regarding the above information, please contact the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Competition Services Coordinator at 403.261.0336.

Entry to Stampede Park is via the Nat Christie Gate off of 25th Ave SE (650 25 Ave SE, Calgary, AB).  Please follow the directions of the parking staff.  Stalling will be in the Agriculture Barns, and trailers will be directed where to park upon arrival. Exhibitor packages will be available to you upon arrival.


General Visitor Information

Hotel & Camping Information


Maureen Gladue (Chair), Trish Ives (1st Vice Chair), Robin Orsulak (2nd Vice chair), Al Perreault (Past Chair), Maggie Schofield (Director Liaison), Barry Duncan, Lisa Elliott, Charlene Gale, Bob Laackmann, Charlie Locke, Louise Locke, Kimberley Locke, Cheryl Myers, Shawn Orsulak, KC Pappas, Judy Pitt, Matt Perrault, Melissa McKay (Competitions Manager), Tammy Botsford (Programming Manager)