2020 International Youth Livestock Supreme Championship and Scholarships

The Calgary Stampede and Olds Regional Exhibition partner in a week-long collaboration to showcase youth in agriculture by hosting the International Youth Livestock competition during the final weekend of the Calgary Stampede for youth aged nine through 21. Under the partnership and with the support of Alberta 4-H and Alberta Junior Beef Breed Associations, an intense and integrated competition takes place at Olds Regional Exhibition’s Summer Synergy the first part of the week prior to Stampede, with the winners in several categories moving on to a Supreme Championship Final at the Calgary Stampede on the last Sunday.  Over 250 competitors from across western Canada are expected to participate in this collaborative programming between Calgary Stampede and Olds Regional Exhibition in the shows 42nd year of competition. 

Young enthusiasts demonstrate their stewardship skills in sheep or beef species classes and will compete this year for $70,000 in scholarships and prizes which are awarded to 55 of agriculture’s most promising youth. There are five different components to the competition:  confirmation, showmanship, grooming, multi-species judging and marketing.  Youth also participate in a formal interview, providing them a valuable life experience.  All 55 International Youth Livestock scholarship recipients are recognized by getting called up on stage during the evening Grandstand Show.

The Calgary Stampede Foundation is a partner and the major source of funding for the scholarship program. The Foundation's mandate is to generate income that will guarantee our youth programs well into the future. The Calgary Stampede Foundation is committed to providing the youth of Alberta with the opportunity to develop strong roots in their culture and heritage through programs that enhance personal growth, citizenship and education.

“Agriculture and youth programs are fundamental to preserving and promoting western heritage and values,” says David Sibbald, Calgary Stampede President (2017-2019), who has been very involved in the redevelopment of the program. “The Stampede takes a serious role in showcasing the agriculture industry.”  


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*Note: You must be entered for Summer Synergy to be eligible for Calgary Stampede International Youth Livestock Scholarships.  

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 11–12, 2020
Move in Date: July 11, 2020
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre


2020 Schedule

  • Summer Synergy:
    • July 6-10, 2020 (Olds)
  • CS Supreme Champion Showcase:
    • July 11-12, 2020, (Nutrien Western Event Centre)
    • Animals advancing to the Supreme Championship from Summer Synergy will be able to move in on Saturday, July 11 starting at 7 a.m. Stalls will be set up in advance for you.
  • International Youth Scholarship Interviews:
    • July 11, 2020 (Location TBD)
  • Awards Banquet & Scholarship Presentation:
    • July 11, 2020 (Rangeland Tent & Grandstand Stage)
  • CS Supreme Championship:
    • July 12, 2020 (Nutrien Western Event Centre) Supreme Championship to precede the start of the Steer Classic - At approximately 11:15 am


Entry Fees

2020 Entry Fees & Deadlines


**To be eligible for International Youth Livestock Scholarships you MUST enter Summer Synergy.  For more information visit Summer Synergy.


2020 Awards & Prize Money

Supreme Champions in each division will receive a ribbon, Calgary Stampede Champion Slunk and $500 in prize money.

*All prize money is payable in Canadian Funds.


Non-Residents of Canada

Non-residents of Canada will be subjected to a 15% withholding tax on all prize monies awarded as required by the Canadian Revenue Agency. Non-residents of Canada may have the 15% withholding tax waived if they complete the following documents and submit them to the Canadian Revenue Agency. 




Special attention is called to the following: 


  1. Exhibitors are responsible to carry their own liability insurance (see Liability under General Rules).
  2. Only exhibitors will be allowed to groom/prepare the entries participating in the show.
  3. Exhibitors may be excused from competition before or during the 2020 program, or suspended from future involvement based on inappropriate behaviour as determined by the Calgary Stampede International Youth Livestock Committee and show officials.
  4. No alcohol or cannabis consumption whatsoever is permitted in the entire Agriculture Zone, including the Agriculture Barns, Northern Lights Arena, and Nutrien Western Event Centre, during the Supreme Showcase/Finals, International Youth Livestock Scholarships, and Junior Steer Classic programming.  Awareness and signage will clearly identify the no alcohol & cannabis consumption rule.  Those who violate the rule will forfeit their scholarship and prize money.
  5. If a parent or guardian is found violating the no alcohol & cannabis consumption rule, it will result in their youth’s scholarship and prize money being forfeited.
  6. All cattle stalled in the Supreme Championship display must have a neck tie on and secured when tied in their assigned stall between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Cattle found to be without a neck tie within the designated hours while in their assigned stall will result in forfeiture of all prize money and scholarships awarded to that entry. 
  7. The Youth Livestock Committee reserves the right to decide on any point not covered by any of the regulations.


For more information, please contact the International Youth Livestock Program Manager at (403) 261-0162.



Entry to Stampede Park for move in is only through the Nat Christie Gate located at 650 25 Ave SE, Calgary. When you arrive on park for move in, your exhibitor package containing your accreditation and parking passes will be available at our Accreditation Office. The Accreditation Office can be accessed through the Nat Christie Gate. Please follow the directions of the parking staff.



All International Youth Supreme Championship qualifiers will be provided stalling. Complimentary shavings will be provided and stalls will be set up prior to your arrival. Competitors with trailers will be directed on where to park upon arrival.



An official photo accreditation badge will be needed by all those granted complimentary Park access for the 2020 Calgary Stampede.  In addition to granting access to Stampede Park, the photo accreditation will indicate which restricted areas each person can enter based on individual requirements. The Agriculture Accreditation badge gives you access to the Grandstand Rush areas for the Rodeo, Chuckwagons, and Evening Show. All International Youth Scholarship candidates and Youth Supreme participants will receive their accreditation complimentary. Additional accreditation passes must be purchased upon arrival for a fee of $35.00 (inc. GST).  These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited.

Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.

The Agriculture Accreditation Badge will be recognized as entry to Stampede Park at all walk through gates for the entire Calgary Stampede, July 3-12, 2020. Accreditation badges will be available for pickup along with your exhibitor package at our Accreditation Trailer located in Lot 25A, accessible via the Nat Christie Gate (see above).


Proudly presented by the Calgary Stampede Livestock Competitions Committee and International Youth Livestock Sub-committee.