2019 Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Championship

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Championship finals will take place at the Nutrien Western Event Centre July 5 - 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. daily!

CTCPA Sanctioned

Watch a race against the clock as the athleticism and skills of horse and rider square off against the herd instincts of cattle.  This fast paced event gives a team of three riders on horseback 60 seconds to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30, and get them into a 20’ x 24’ pen at the opposite end of the arena.  Teamwork is the key with all three riders working in harmony to cut out the correct cattle and drive them to the pen.  The Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Championships featuring teams vying for championship buckles in four different classes, each determined by the skill and experience of the competitors.  A qualifying event is held over two days in Stavely, Alberta, with the top 20 teams in each class advancing to the Calgary Stampede Championships, held in the Nutrien Western Event Center.

Top 20 Results

Finals Results



Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 2–8, 2019
Entry Closing Date: May 22, 2019 4:00 PM
Location: Offsite & Nutrien Western Event Centre

Please note the following important dates for entry deadlines and fee payments:

May 22, 2019 at 4:00PM Entry Deadline: All entries must be submitted on penning.ca by this time. NO entries will be accepted late.
May 22, 2019 at 4:00PM Team Changes prior to this time will be at a cost of $20 per change or deletion. Team changes or deletions AFTER this time and prior to June 14 will be at a cost of $100 per change.
May 29, 2019 at 4:00PM Invoice Distribution Deadline: All invoices will be sent out no later than this date and time. If you have NOT received an invoice from our office please contact us immediately. Not receiving an invoice is NOT grounds for delinquent payment. Contact agriculture@calgarystampede.com or call 403-261-0336 if you have not received an invoice.
June 14, 2019 at 8:00AM Team Change Deadline: No further changes will be permitted after 8:00AM.
June 14, 2019 at 4:00PM Payment Deadline: All payments and signed exhibitor agreements are due at this time. Payments made after this date and prior to June 21 are subject to a $200 late fee.
June 18, 2019 at 5:00PM Draw: Draw for order of go will be made at this time. Riders and teams will be bound by their position in the draw. 
June 21, 2019 at 4:00PM Late Payment Deadline: If entries are not paid in full at this time, your teams will be deleted and a $200 late fee is due.

*All times are referenced in Mountain Time



Click here for Payment & Accreditation Forms. Please return completed forms to agriculture@calgarystampede.com or fax 403-410-4549


2019 Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Qualifier Schedule

 Tuesday, July 2, 2019

14 Class - 12:00 PM

 Wednesday, July3, 2019

Open Class, followed immediately by the 7 class – 8:30 AM

Thursday, July 4, 2019

10 Class – 8:30 AM



July 5 – 8, 2019 Third and Final Rounds –Nutrien Western Event Center, Calgary Stampede

Round three (3) will consist of the top twenty (20) teams carried forward with aggregate scores from the qualifier in each class.  The Final Round will consist of the top ten (10) teams based on the aggregate score from the previous three rounds.


Friday, July 5, 2019            4:00 p.m.      Open Class    Round three (3) and Final  

Saturday, July 6, 2019       4:00 p.m.      10 Class          Round three (3) and Final

Sunday, July 7, 2019          4:00 p.m.       14 Class          Round three (3) and Final 

Monday, July 8, 2019        4:00 p.m.        7 Class            Round three (3) and Final 


 *Please note that all competition times are subject to change; any changes will be posted on this website.



THE QUALIFIER WILL START AT NOON SHARP on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 until Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the Silver Slate Arena, Stavely, Alberta.

This competition is based on a four go aggregate, with two runs held at Silver Slate and the top twenty (20) teams in each class progressing to compete in the Nutrien Western Event Center for round three (3) with the top ten (10) teams then advancing to the final round.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - Silver Slate Arena - Stavely, Alberta

Qualifier – 14 Class - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - Silver Slate Arena - Stavely, Alberta

Qualifier – Open Class and 7 Class First and Second Rounds
8:30 am – Open Class – Rounds one (1) and two (2)
7 Class –   Rounds one (1) and two (2) immediately following the Open Class


Thursday, July 4, 2019 - Silver Slate Arena - Stavely, Alberta

Qualifier – 10 Class First and Second Rounds

8:30 am – 10 Class – Rounds one (1) and two (2)

Qualifying for round two (2) will be run as follows:


Number of Teams Competing in Class

Number of Teams Advancing to the Second Round

Less than 100 teams

Half back up to a maximum of 50 teams will advance to the second round

101 – 160 teams

50 teams will advance to the second round

161 – 200 teams

60 teams will advance to the second round

201 – 240 teams

70 teams will advance to the second round

More than 240 teams

80 teams will advance to the second round


Entry Fees

Entries open April 15th!

To submit your entry please visit: http://penning.ca/online_entry/TeamEntry.aspx 

Once you have submitted your entry, please complete and return the payment, exhibitor agreement and accreditation forms to the Agriculture Entries Office at agriculture@calgarystampede.com or by fax 403-410-4549. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN INVOICE FROM US BY MAY 29, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Team Penning Payment & Accreditation Forms

EQUINE BIOSECURITY PROTOCOLS: We take the health and safety of your equine athletes very seriously at the Calgary Stampede. As such, for 2019 we are implementing a mandatory submission of an Equine Biosecurity Form for all equine exhibitors. These forms must be filled out by ALL competitors entered in Team Cattle Penning Championship. We kindly ask that you return these forms to our office by Friday, June 14. 

For information on importing horses to Canada please click here.


There is a one-time initial entry fee per team. No additional fees will be charged to teams qualifying for round three.

Entry Fee:

Open Class


14 Class


10 Class


7 Class



Entry Information:

  1. Entries received after Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. will NOT be accepted. This rule will be strictly enforced.
  2. Payments will not be due at this time. Separate invoices will be sent out to each competitor, and final payment will be due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019. 
  3. Individual invoices will be emailed out to each entrant by Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  If you do not receive an invoice please contact the entries office at 403-261-0336 or email agriculture@calgarystampede.com. Payment must be received by 4:00 pm MST on Friday, June 14, 2019 to the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Entries Office.  If payment is not received by this time, entrant will be charged a $200.00 late fee per exhibitor payment that is late. If entries are not paid in full by Friday, June 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm MST, your teams will be deleted immediately with late fee still owing.  All teammates will be notified of the deletion.
  4. Confirmations of entries will be posted on this site by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
  5. Team changes or deletions prior to 4:00 p.m. May 22, 2019 will be at a cost of $20.00 per change or deletion. This will appear on the invoice of the team member that has changed or deleted the team.
  6. Changes to team members or substitutions after 4:00 p.m. May 22, 2019 will be at a charge of $100 per change. After 8:00 am on Friday, June 14, 2019 there will be no further changes permitted.
  7. If an entry is cancelled, all fees will be forfeited.
  8. The draw will be made at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  Riders and teams will be bound by their position in the draw.                                                             
  9. Each team must remain unique to all others in the competition and must adhere to the five (5) ride maximum per class rule.  Failure to do so will result in a disqualified ride.
  10. Please enter team members in alphabetical order by last name in the descriptive field.
  11.  The decision by the Western Performance Horse Committee is final.





The Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Championships pay out an estimated $200,000 in cash and awards over all four classes. Prizes and awards are determined by a four run aggregate.

$1,000 will be paid out to each of the four teams that lead the respective classes after the Qualifier.  

Bronzes, trophy buckles will be awarded to each member of the Champion team in all classes. Reserve Champion team members will receive trophy blankets. Team members will receive individual prize money payments by mail after the event is completed.

Championship Round Payout:

Class jackpot payout will be between 75-80% pending actual show and cattle fees. Finals Payout for each class will use the following breakdown:

1st: 30%

2nd: 20%

3rd: 14%

4th: 9%

5th: 7%

6th: 5%

7th: 4.5%

8th: 4%

9th: 3.5%

10th: 3%



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 the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Non-residents of Canada may apply to the CRA to have the 15% withholding tax returned.  To file a claim with the CRA, complete and submit the following information:

 Canada Revenue Agency Non Withholding Tax Return Information





General Rules

Health Regulations

IAFE code of ethics

Animal Care Codes of Practice


A 60 second time limit will apply for all classes. 

"Once a cut off time has been established, the announcer will let each team know when the time has been exceeded. We encourage all teams to save time and cattle by tipping their hats."

  1. Each entrant can enter a maximum of five (5) times in each class.
  2. Each team must change out one rider in a class. The Team Coordinator and each team member must be declared at the time of entry.
  3. The completed entry form (including contact information for each rider) must be received in the Agriculture Entries Office by the listed dates.  Entries not complying with the requirements will be rejected.
  4. Each team member must sign a waiver prior to entering the arena.
  5. Waivers will be made available at the arena entry desk.  This waiver will apply to both the Qualifier event and the Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Semi Finals and Finals.
  7. If an entry is cancelled, all fees will be forfeited.
  8. Should a qualified team choose not to advance in any round; the next best placing team will be offered the opportunity to proceed.  For those competitors coming from the US, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association Rules.
  9. There will be zero tolerance of any inhumane treatment of horses/cattle while in the show arena or on the competition grounds.  Any such action will be cause for disqualification and forfeiture of any prize monies earned.  Inhumane treatment includes, but is not limited to: excessive jerking, pulling, kicking, slapping or whipping.
  10. The Western Performance Horse committee reserves the right to alter the above rules, number of cross-entries, entry deadlines, payouts etc.  Any such changes will be posted on this website.
  11. No person or organization may distribute flyers, post billings, display logos or provide information of any kind at any Calgary Stampede event which promotes organizations, associations or companies which are not affiliated with the Calgary Stampede or its corporate partners without the prior written permission of the Calgary Stampede.  Such information may be destroyed without prior notice.
  12. No open alcohol will be permitted in the parking area.



  1. All entrants must hold a valid 2019 membership with either the USTPA or CTCPA.
  2. Any entrant who is not rated by the USTPA or CTCPA in 2019 must contact Tammy Evans (403)931-2795, in advance to receive their CTCPA rating (no added cost).
  3. Any Penner rated by the CTCPA for 2019 will be required to use that rating.
  4. Any USTPA Penner with a 2018 rating of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 will be required to move their rating up one number to match the CTCPA (i.e. a USTPA rating 2 is the same as a CTCPA 3 rating). For more information please contact Tammy Evans at: (403) 931-2795.

Judging Criteria



Line Officials:



Stampede Park Arrival Information

You must enter Parking Lot C from the North Saddledome Parkade entrance at Gate 5A. Competitors will be parked in the Scotiabank Saddledome Lot C, as per previous years.  Please follow the instructions of the parking attendants.


Parking Information

Daily parking passes for the Scotiabank Saddledome Parking Lot C will be provided to competitors (one per team entered). 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.


All trailers must vacate Lot C prior to 7:00 p.m.

** Please note: Only one parking pass will be issued for each team that has qualified for the Championships at Stampede Park.


Stampede Entry

An official photo accreditation badge will be required by all competitors to access Stampede Park for the 2019 Calgary Stampede.  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 hereFor accommodation information for surrounding 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 www.cbp.gov

Canadian Port of Entry – Coutts, Alberta (403) 344-3808 – www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Documents for complete information see Health Requirements.


There will be no scheduled veterinarian at the border crossing on Monday, July 1, 2019, due to the Canada Day Statutory holiday. A veterinarian will be available the week of June 24 –28 and resume regular hours on Tuesday, July 2. Please plan your arrival accordingly. Horses not requiring veterinarian inspection may still cross the border pending import requirements and documents are correct. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to ensure that all appropriate paperwork is completed prior to arriving at the Canadian border. For more information on import requirements please visit the CFIA website http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/imp/airse.shtml


We appreciate your interest and commitment to this event and strive to provide an exceptional experience for you. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Entries Office at 403.261.0320 or agriculture@calgarystampede.com


The Team Cattle Penning Championships is organized by the Calgary Stampede Western Performance Horse Committee.