2020 World Stock Dog Championship

This event is sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers Association and the Alberta Stock Dog Association. The competition will start with 60 entries, but only the top 12 will advance to the championship final round. 

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 7–8, 2020
Early Entry Date: April 20, 2020 9:00 AM
Entry Closing Date: April 24, 2020 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

The schedule for the 2020 competition is still being finalized, stay tuned!

Entry Fees

Entry Fees & Deadlines

  • Entries Open: Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:00 am, MST
  • Entries Close: Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:30 pm, MST

Entry Fee: $300 CDN per dog ($150 CDN per go round) 

  • Competitors must enter both go rounds. 
  • Includes sanctioning fees for both goes for Alberta Stock Dog Association and for the United States Border Collie Handlers Association.


Important Entry Information

  • Sixty (60) dogs will be accepted. Entries will be drawn by the first dog and then second dogs. Third dogs will be allowed to fill any shortfall in entries. 
    • First dog names will be drawn up to a maximum of 60 dogs. If all first dog names are drawn prior to reaching the cap of 60, second dog names will be drawn until 60 spots are filled. Third dog names will be drawn if there is any remaining space. All remaining entries will be drawn to create a waitlist of potential competitors if a spot is to open up. 
  • Dog substitutions will be allowed until the start of the 1st Go Round.
  • Written notice of withdrawal from competition must be received by the Agriculture Entries office by Monday, May 25, 2020, to be considered without penalty. Exhibitors cancelling their entries after May 25, 2020 shall forfeit all fees.
  • Clean kennels will be available for dogs. Outside kennels are not permitted due to biosecurity measures. Please do not bring your own!
  • Only competition dogs are permitted on Stampede Park. Please do not bring any other dogs. Do not leave any animals in your vehicle. This is grounds for dismissal from the trial and forfeiture of all fees and prize money.
  • Run order and course patterns will posted online once entries are closed and the order is drawn as per USBCHA rules. They will also be distributed at the Handlers Meeting.

To Submit Your Entry

Please click on the following link: Link will be made available on April 20

  • **Please note that online entries will be available on April 20 at 9:00 am, MST. The 'Stock Dog' division will not show up until 9:00am.  Entries will close on Friday, April 24 at 4:00 pm, MST. If you entered our Clock, Stock & Barrel competition in the spring, please note this is a NEW website and you will need to create a NEW account. 
  • If you require assistance with your entries please contact our entries office at 403-261-0336 or agriculture@calgarystampede.com and we will be happy to assist you!


2020 Awards & Prizes

Prize Money:

*All prize money to be paid out in Canadian Funds

Place Go Round Prize Money   Place Finals Prize Money
1 $600   1 $10,000
2 $400   2 $4,000
3 $300   3 $400
4 $200   4 $350
5 $100   5 $250
      6 $200
      7 $100
      8 $100
      9 $100
      10 $100
      11 $100
      12 $100


Finals Prizes:

Grand Champion: $10,000 and Custom Made Crook

Reserve Grand Champion: $4,000 and Custom Made Crook

Sponsor's Choice Award Winner: Bar T5 Stock Trailer


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. 




The rules and conditions will be strictly enforced by the Calgary Stampede Stock Dog Committee.

  1. Special attention is called to the following:
  2. A maximum of sixty (60) dogs will run in the First and Second Go Rounds. The top twelve (12) aggregate score dogs will advance to the finals.
  3. Each go round will be considered a separate trial for the purpose of awarding USBCHA and ASDA points. Points will not be awarded for the finals.
  4. Cumulative scores for first and second go rounds will determine the top twelve (12) finalists. The final is a sudden death with scores from the prior two go rounds being eliminated.
  5. Order of running will be determined by drawing for position by the Calgary Stampede Sheep Stock Dog Committee prior to the trial.
  6. The dog must be in the handler's circle prior to being sent; a 20 second penalty will be assessed if the dog is outside the circle when sent.
  7. This is a timed arena trial. Timing will start when the dog is sent or the gate closes after the 3rd sheep has entered the arena, whichever occurs first.
  8. Dogs may be directed by voice or whistle (handlers may carry a stockman's cane or shepherd's crook).
  9. At least one sheep must complete each obstacle before proceeding on to the next obstacle. Retries are the handler's choice. If the handler decides to retry the obstacle, all of the sheep must be taken back to a point prior to the obstacle with the stopwatch running. Any previous points for that obstacle are forfeited.
  10. Knocking over an obstacle will result in all points lost for that obstacle.
  11. The handler must remain in the handler's circle until the last sheep exits the chute. Failure to do so will result in a 20 second penalty per occurrence.
  12. Once the rope on the gate has been taken up by the handler it cannot be intentionally released until the sheep are penned. Releasing the rope to gain an advantage will result in a disqualification.
  13. At no time will a handler come in contact with the sheep except in the case where the sheep runs into the handler while blocking them. This includes contact with any part of the handler's body or any inanimate object. Contact with the sheep will result in a disqualification.
  14. Gripping and/or biting will result in disqualification.
  15. If two or more handlers are equal in time and points at pen time, the tie will be broken by chute times and points. In case of incomplete runs by all competitors, positions will be determined by chute times and points. In the event of multiple 0 point scores, positions will be determined by times and points attained up to the point of disqualification.  In the event of multiple 0 point scores in the finals, positions will be determined by the aggregate times and scores of the first and second go rounds.
  16. The judge can award a rerun at any time during the trial if circumstances warrant such action. In the case of a rerun, the judge will decide if the dog is to start from the beginning or a certain point of the run. If decided that the rerun shall start from another point other than the beginning, points up until the restart position will stand.
  17. No dogs will be allowed on the trial course prior to their run.
  18. Only competition dogs are allowed on Stampede Park. Please do not bring any non-competition dogs with you. Do not leave any animals in your vehicle. This is grounds for dismissal from the trial and forfeiture of all fees and prize money.
  19. Clean kennels will be provided for handlers. Outside kennels are not permitted due to biosecurity measures. 
  20. Handlers must wear a western dress shirt, long pants and appropriate foot wear. Handlers must be in presentable clothing. 
  21. Dogs must be clean and groomed.
  22. Competitors are expected to be ready for their run when called. Handlers who fail to answer the call will be disqualified.
  23. Any abuse of dogs or livestock seen by the Trial Directors or judge will result in the handler and all dogs entered under the handler’s name being disqualified and all monies won by the handler will be forfeited.
  24. At no time will a handler approach the judge. The judge's decision will be respected and considered final.
  25. The trial Judge reserves the right to call off a dog at any time. Dog and handler will be excused if in the opinion of the judge there is excessive running or over working of the sheep.
  26. If there is a discrepancy in the trial Judge's call, there will be a meeting of The Arena Director, the Trial Director, and the Trial Judge before a final decision is imparted.
  27. The Calgary Stampede World Stock Dog Committee and Stampede Officials shall in their sole and unfettered discretion have the right at any time to add, delete, modify, waive or interpret a Rule or Rules in order to clarify or address a circumstance or action not previously outlined or contemplated in the existing World Stock Dog Rules or as Stampede Officials may deem appropriate for the betterment of the competition.

Judging Criteria

2020 Judge

  • Maggi Mclure

Time Limit = 4 minutes; Point totals will be awarded according to course outline.


Arrival to the Calgary Stampede

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.


Exhibitor Badges (Accreditation)

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. Accreditation passes must be purchased on the entry application 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). 



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