2020 Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition

The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition showcases the top cutting horses in the world and offers spectators an opportunity to cheer on the horses and riders as they compete. 

In a cutting competition, each horse and rider is faced with a herd of cattle and two and a half minutes on the clock. Working together they must select a single cow to move out of or ‘cut’ from the herd. Once the cow has been selected and removed from the herd the rider drops their reins, saying to the horse - take it from here! The pair must then demonstrate their ability to keep the cow from returning to the herd. The horse uses great strength and agility as it mimics the movements of the cow, always staying one hoof ahead. Once the cow has lost interest and looks away, the team may re-enter the herd for a fresh cow to cut.

Years of careful training are invested into each cutting horse. Their natural instincts to herd cattle, or what we like to call “cow sense”, are fine-tuned to allow them to become true athletes of the arena and the stars of our show.
 

Congratulations to our 2019 Champions!

  • Open Champion: Downtown Calico ridden by Brad Pedersen and owned by Brad & Heather Pedersen of Lacombe, AB
  • Non Pro Champion: Miss Smoke Is Smooth ridden and owned by Emma Reinhardt of Irricana, AB

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 2–3, 2020
Early Entry Date: May 1, 2020 9:00 AM
Entry Closing Date: June 8, 2020 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

We are currently finalizing the 2020 schedule. Please check back soon for more details!

Entry Fees

Entry Fees & Deadlines

Important Entry Dates

  • Entries Open: May 1, 2020
  • Entries Close: June 8, 2020
  • Draw Date: June 22, 2020

Entry Fees

  • Open & Non-Pro Entry Fee: $1150 per entry
    • All entry fees payable in Canadian Funds only
    • NCHA Classification Rules apply (NCHA Standing Rule 8)
    • Open riders are permitted to ride two (2) horses, Non-Pro riders are permitted to ride one (1) horse only.
Class Added Money Entry Fee Cattle Charge Office Charge* Total Entry Fee
Open $25,000 $500 $450 $200 $1,150
Non-Pro $25,000 $500 $450 $200 $1,150

*Office Charge consists of Judges, Arena, Video and Affiliation Fees

 

NCHA Senior World Tour: Returning in 2020

The Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition will continue to host a class within a class as part of the NCHA Senior World Tour.

  • Entry Fee: $30 per entry
    • 50% of the entry fee will be jack-potted. NCHA Payout rules will apply. 
    • The NCHA Senior World Tour rules apply to this class within a class. A senior is defined as any open or non-pro rider that is age 60 or older and meets all other NCHA rules regarding the status of membership.

 

Scratches & Substitutions

  • Substitutions: A horse may be substituted within the same class and with the same rider up to the draw date. No horse substitutions will be permitted after the draw date. Please fill out a Substitution Form and return to our Entries Office. 
  • Scratches: If an entry is cancelled, all fees will be forfeited. The only exceptions permitted are as follows:
    • (A) In the case of a disabling injury to the horse, the contestant must furnish a certificate from a qualified veterinarian declaring the horse disabled and unable to compete. Such certificate must be in the hands of the Show Management prior to the start of the competition. 
    • (B)In the case of a disabling injury to the rider, or a serious sickness or death in his/her family, Show Management must be advised prior to the start of the competition. 
    • Should the conditions of A or B be met, a full refund will be made if cancellation is made PRIOR to the draw. If the cancellation is made AFTER the draw is made, only the cattle and office fees will be refunded, the entry fee portion will be retained. Please fill out a Scratch Form and return to our Entries Office. 

 

To Submit Your Entry

Please click on the following link: Link will be made available on May 1

  • All entries must be completed online. Entries made by telephone, email or fax will not be accepted. All owners and riders must be active NCHA members and all entries must be accompanied with a copy of the registration papers for all registered horses, as per NCHA Standing Rules 2 and 3. Entries not complying with the requirements will be rejected. The entry charge portion of the fee will be allocated to prize money (GST not applicable). NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020 AT 4:00 P.M.
  • If you require assistance completing your entry please contact our Entries Office at 403-261-0336 or email agriculture@calgarystampede.com and we will be happy to assist you!

 

Equine Biosecurity Protocols

We take the health and safety of your equine athletes very seriously at the Calgary Stampede. As such, for 2020 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 the Cutting Horse Competition. We kindly ask that you return these forms to our Entries Office by Friday, June 12. 

 

Importing Horses to Canada

For information on importing horses to Canada, please click here

Awards

2020 Awards & Prizes

  • The score of first go round will determine advancement to the Finals. Prize money and awards will be determined solely by the scores in the Finals round. NCHA Weekend Show payout rules (Standing Rule 13) apply. 
  • The top 25% of entries will advance to the finals with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 (plus ties) advancing. 
  • The top 50% of the Finalists will receive a cheque based on the NCHA mandatory payout system, with all Finalists to receive a base pay of two times their entry fee. All money will be paid out in Canadian Funds.
Finalists Chart
Number of Entries In Class Number of Finalists In Class
25 or less 6
26-30 7
31-36 8
37-42 9
43-49 10
50 or more 12

 

Calgary Stampede Buckles will be awarded to the Champion and Reserve Champion of the Open and Non Pro classes.

NCHA Bronze trophies will be awarded to the Champion of the Open and Non Pro classes. 

In the event of a tie for Champion, the Champion and award recipient will be determined by either a ride off or coin toss at the discretion of the competitors.  Prize money will be split.

In the event of a tie for Reserve Champion, the Reserve Champion and award recipient will be decided on by the highest aggregate from the first go round and the finals scores. Prize money will be split.

 

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. 

 

Rules

Rules:

Regulations

Special attention is called to the following:

 

This is a Sanctioned NCHA Weekend Show. NCHA Rules & Regulations apply. 

  1. The Cutting Horse Competition will consist of one go round and a final.
  2. The top 25% of entries will advance to the finals with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 (plus ties) advancing. 
  3. The top 50% of the Finalists will receive a cheque based on the NCHA mandatory payout system, with all Finalists to receive a base pay of two times their entry fee. All money will be paid out in Canadian Funds.
  4. There will be 3.5 head of cattle per cut in the Open and Non Pro First Go Round and 4 head of cattle per cut in the Open and Non Pro Finals. 
  5. The performance of the Go Round and Finals will incorporate live commentary and music during the competition.
  6. The horse, rider, and owner must be declared at the time of entry, as per NCHA Standing Rules 2 and 3. NCHA Non Professional rules apply. 
  7. Open riders may ride two horses. Non Pro riders are limited to one horse.
  8. NCHA Adjusted Monitor System (3 judges) will be followed. 
  9. The Calgary Stampede dress code (long sleeve shirt with full collar and cowboy hat) will be enforced by anyone in any part of the show arena and loping area.
  10. All disputes will be dealt with by the Western Performance Horse Committee and the Committee's decision in all matters shall be final. 
  11. All prize money will be paid in Canadian dollars. Non-residents of Canada will be subject to a 15% Non-Resident Withholding Tax on all prize monies awarded as required by the Canadian Revenue Agency.
  12. If an entry is cancelled, all fees will be forfeited. The only exceptions permitted are as follows:
    • (A) In the case of a disabling injury to the horse, the contestant must furnish a certificate from a qualified veterinarian declaring the horse disabled and unable to compete. Such certificate must be in the hands of the Show Management prior to the start of the competition. 
    • (B) In the case of a disabling injury to the rider, or a serious sickness or death in his/her family, Show Management must be advised prior to the start of the competition. 
    • Should the conditions of A or B be met, a full refund will be made if cancellation is made PRIOR to the draw. If the cancellation is made AFTER the draw is made, only the cattle and office fees will be refunded, the entry fee portion will be retained. Please fill out a Scratch Form and return to our Entries Office. 
  13. Health Regulations: For information on importing horses to Canada please click here.
  14. Each horse entered will receive ONE parking pass. However, due to limited space we ask that you travel together as much as possible. Competitors must exit the Infield within 60 minutes after the competition ends. 
     

Judging Criteria

2020 Show Staff & Officials

Judges: TBC

Monitor: TBC

Videographer: Stephen Prankard, Feature Productions 

Photographer: James Hudyma

Show Secretary: Robyn Kurbel

General

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. All exhibitors must vacate the parking area no later than 60 minutes following the conclusion of the competition in order to comply with Hot Zone safety regulations for our evening fireworks display. 
 

Stalling

There is no on-site stalling provided on Stampede Park for the Cutting Horse Competition. Horses must be hauled in daily to compete. 

In the event you require stalling outside of the Calgary Stampede click here for a list of suggested locations.  Please contact these locations directly for booking information.

 

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). 

 

Transportation Of Animals

Please reference our Health Regulations page for detailed information on transporting animals within Alberta and importing horses to Canada. If you have any questions, please contact our Entries Office at (403)261-0336.
 

Committee

Proudly presented by the Calgary Stampede Western Performance Horse Committee.