2020 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show
134 years and still going strong, the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show is back for seven magnificent days in July!
The majestic heavy horses have been showing at the Calgary Stampede since the inception of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth in the late 1800’s (1886). Not only is it the longest running, uninterrupted agricultural competition on Park, it is also the oldest heavy horse show in North America.
The major highlight of our show is the World Champion Six-Horse Hitch class on the evening of Monday, July 6, where teams from across North America converge in Calgary to compete for the coveted title. Pulling immaculately styled freight wagons, these impressive horses weighing around one-ton apiece, demand attention in their sparkling patent leather harnesses and gleaming chrome. The finale sees the final hitches move in time to the accompaniment of members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, adding even more class and elegance to an already stellar event.
|Event Dates:||July 2–7, 2020|
|Move in Date:||July 1, 2020|
|Early Entry Date:||May 1, 2020 9:00 AM|
|Substitution Date:||June 15, 2020|
|Entry Closing Date:||June 1, 2020|
|Location:||Nutrien Western Event Centre and Northern Lights Arena|
We are currently finalizing the 2020 schedule. Please check back soon!
Entry Fees & Deadlines
- Entries Open: May 1, 2020
- Entries Close: June 1, 2020
- Substitution Deadline: June 15, 2020
All entry fees must be paid in Canadian Funds. The entry fee must accompany the entry. All entry fees will be allocated to prizes. GST is not applicable.
|Class||Entry Fee||Substitution Fee|
|Four Horse Hitch||$60||$60|
|*Six Horse Hitch||$100||$100|
|*World Champion Six Horse Hitch||$250||$250|
*Six horse hitches must enter in the appropriate preliminary six horse hitch class for their division in order to be eligible for entry in the World Championship Six Horse Hitch Class.
NASHHCS Rule: All entries into the Six Horse Hitch classes must have an active NASHHCS membership. For those who do not hold a current membership, a show pass of $25 USD must be purchased to be eligible to show in the Six Horse Hitch classes.
|Stall Type||Stall Fee|
|Horse (10'x10' boxstall)||$60|
- Stalls must be ordered and paid for with entry. All stalling will be subject to available space. All Heavy Horse Show Stalling will be in the Agriculture Barn.
- Tack stalls will be given last priority and may be shared. Refunds will be issued for any paid stalls that cannot be accommodated.
- Due to space limitations, the committee reserves the right to limit the number of entries to the show.
- The selection committee's decision is final.
Important Entry Information
- All horses with the exception of current year foals and grade horses must be accompanied by registration papers.
- Copies of registration papers must be uploaded with entry.
- THE ORIGINAL REGISTRATION PAPER OR A NOTARIZED COPY MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR PEDIGREE CHECKING. Please reference Rule #6.
Canadian Bred Clydesdale Mare Class
- Please click here for eligibility requirements and rules.
- No entry or fee is required for the class. All eligible mares will be advanced from their respective age class.
- All eligible mares must be registered in the appropriate halter class for their age.
- Past winners of this class at the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show are not eligible to compete.
Scratches & Substitutions
- Exhibitors cancelling their entries shall forfeit their entry fee, except when a certificate of disability is issued by a qualified veterinarian. A completed SCRATCH FORM and Certificate of Disability must be received at the Agriculture Entries Office by Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in order to receive the entry fee refund.
- Substitution of one animal for another within a class will be allowed up to 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 2020. A completed SUBSTITUTION FORM must be submitted in writing to the Agriculture Entries Office by the substitution deadline. Substitution fees will apply.
Equine Biosecurity Protocols
We take the health and safety of your equine partners 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 exhibitors entered into the Heavy Horse Show. We kindly ask that you return these forms to our office by Friday, June 12.
Importing Horses to Canada
- For information on importing horses to Canada please click here.
To Submit Your Entry
Please click on the following link: Link to be made available May 1
- All entries must be completed online and submitted through our online system. Entries will NOT be accepted over the phone, by email or by fax.
- Please reference the class schedule when determining your entries to ensure you have no conflicts with times and are able to make the classes you entered. There will be no gate holds.
- No late entries will be accepted. All entries must be submitted by June 1, 2020.
- If you require assistance with online entries please contact our entries office at 403-261-0336 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you!
2020 Prizes & Awards
All prize money to be paid out in Canadian Funds.
Class Prize Money
|Ladies All Breed Cart*||$450||$300||$225||$150||$120||$90||$75||$75|
|Four Horse Hitch||$500||$400||$300||$250||$200||$200||$200||$200|
|Six Horse Hitch (each division)||$1,000||$800||$700||$500||$400||$300||$300||$300|
*Remaining places of Ladies All Breed Cart Class (9th-20th) will receive $50
Canadian Bred Clydesdale Mare Class
Awards will only be paid for the actual number of horses participating in the class to a maximum of ten horses.
World Championship Six Horse Hitch
The Champion will receive a hand-crafted, custom-designed Calgary Stampede buckle.
Breed Supreme Champions & Best of Show
Breed Supreme Champion
*Awarded to each breed champion
|Best of Show||$600|
- Costume Class: A minimum of 4 entries required to hold this class. The class may be cancelled at the discretion of the Committee (entry fees will be refunded)
- Class Ribbons: Awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
- Champion Ribbons: Awarded where applicable
- Youth Aggregate Award: Presented to the top overall youth exhibitor
- Best of Show: Presented by the James/Ferguson Family
- Premier Breeder Award, In Memory of John Walker: Presented by the Walker Family & Barb Stephenson
- Grand Champion Clydesdale Junior Mare, In Memory of Dennis Gordeyko: A special presentation and cheque for $500 will be presented by Bernice Gordeyko and family
- Ladies Classes and Best of Show: Red roses donated by White's Flowers
Perpetual or Memorial Trophies
- Percheron Champion Team - George E. Church Memorial, The Church Family
- Percheron Junior Champion Mare - Dwight Ellis Memorial, Alberta Percheron Club
Special Ribbon Presentations
- Clydesdale Grand Champion Mare - Canadian Clydesdale Association
- Clydesdale Grand Champion Stallion - Canadian Clydesdale Association
Golden Fork Award
$5,000 added prize money for five days of Golden Fork Awards!!
The daily Golden Fork Awards will be presented to Exhibitors who display the best cooperation, attitude, stall cleanliness, decorations, and public relations during the Heavy Horse Show. Based on two categories (exhibitors with 1-5 horses being exhibited, and exhibitors with 6 or more horses), we will award $300 for 1st and $200 for 2nd for five days in both categories.
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:
- Animal Care Codes of Practice
- Calgary Stampede Exhibitor Agreement
- General Rules
- Health Regulations
- IAFE Code of Ethics
Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show Rules
- Animals shall be presented to show events free of volatile drug residues. The act of entering an animal in a livestock show is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer and/or absolutely responsible person for show management to obtain any specimens of urine, saliva, blood or other substances from the animal to be used in testing. Animals shall not be administered drugs other than in accordance with applicable federal, state and provincial statutes regulation and rules. Livestock shall not be exhibited if the drugs administered in accordance with federal, state and provincial statues, regulations and rules affect the animal's performance or appearance at the event. If the laboratory report on the analysis of saliva, urine, blood, or other samples taken from livestock indicates the presence of forbidden drugs or medication, this shall be prima facie evidence such substance has been administered to the animal either internally or externally. It is presumed that the sample of urine, saliva, blood, or other substance tested by the laboratory to which it is sent is the one taken from the animal in question, its integrity is preserved and all procedures of said collection and preservation, transfer to the laboratory and analysis of the sample are correct and accurate and the report received from the laboratory pertains to the sample taken from the animal in question and correctly reflects the condition of the animal at the time the sample was taken, with the burden on the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to prove otherwise. At any time after an animal arrives on Stampede Park, all treatments involving the use of drugs and/or medications for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal shall be administered by the Official Stampede Veterinarian or Accredited Veterinarian.
- Any surgical procedure or injection of any foreign substance or drug or the external application of any substance (irritant, counterirritant, or similar substance) which could affect the animal's performance or alter its natural contour, conformation, appearance. Except external applications of substance to the hoofs of animals which affect appearance only and except for surgical procedures performed by a duly licensed veterinarian for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal, is prohibited.
- The use of showing and/or handling practices or devices such as striking animals to cause swelling, using electrical contrivance, or other similar practices are not acceptable and are prohibited.
- Heavy Horse exhibitors are responsible to carry their own liability insurance (see Liability - General Rules).
- The age of horses shall date from January 1 of the year in which they are foaled. No stallion, two years of age or older, may be exhibited unless he has two testicles down and showing. Stallions may be examined by the Official Stampede Veterinarian or an Accredited Veterinarian at the discretion of the Heavy Horse Committee.
- All horses must be owned by and registered as a purebred in the name of the exhibitor, or accompanied by a lease registered in the name of the exhibitor. A copy of the registration papers must be uploaded with entry. The original registration paper(s) or an original notarized copy must be presented during pedigree checks to be eligible to show.
Note: Copies that are not notarized will not be accepted.
**Shire yearling, and two year old stallions require a Certificate of Notification to comply with these requirements. Grade B Shire mares will be accepted in Shire Breeding classes with notarized registration and compliance with SHS, and ASHA rules.
- No registered female can be shown as a grade mare.
- Brood Mare – The exhibitor is required to show a mare visibly nursing a current year foal or provide the registration paper for its current year's foal.
- All foals must be exhibited on the halter. Mares may accompany foals into the ring if desired by the exhibitor.
- Get of One Sire – Three animals, any age, the get of one sire. The registered name and number of the sire must appear on the entry form at the time of entry. Each animal must have been shown in its appropriate single section. At least one animal must be owned by the exhibitor and registered as a purebred in the exhibitor's name. Multiple entries are accepted. Registered Geldings are eligible.
- Progeny of One Dam – Two animals of any age, the progeny of one dam. The registered name and number of the dam must appear on the entry form at the time of entry. Each animal must have been shown in its appropriate single section. Both animals must be owned by the exhibitor and registered as a purebred in the exhibitor's name. Multiple entries accepted. Registered Geldings are eligible.
- Breeders Group (stallion & three mares) – Each animal must be owned by the exhibitor and registered in the exhibitor's name. Each animal must have been shown in its appropriate single section. Only one entry per exhibitor permitted.
- Cross entries between Registered Mare Hitch classes and Open Hitch classes will NOT be permitted.
- World Six Horse Hitch – In order to be eligible to compete in the World Six Horse Hitch Class you must have competed in the individual breed six horse hitch class.
- Ladies Cart –Drivers must be 18 years or older as of show day.
- Mens Cart – Drivers must be 18 years or older as of show day.
- No driver cross entries may be made between the Men’s cart class and a Youth cart class.
- No driver cross entries may be made between Ladies team/cart classes with Youth team/cart classes.
- Youth Halter Classes – Junior ages 9 – 11, Intermediate ages 12-14, and Senior 15-21, as of January 1st of the current show year.
- Youth Driving Classes – Junior ages 9 – 14, and Senior 15-21, as of January 1st of the current show year.
- Youth Driving Classes – The driver in a Junior team or cart class (9-14 years old), must be accompanied by an adult. The driver in the Senior team or cart class (15-21 years old), has the option of being accompanied by an adult. Any attendant must be correctly attired for the class in question.
- The Heavy Horse Committee reserves the right to ask for proof of age of the exhibitor at any time.
- No stallion may be shown in any youth class.
- Judging - Exhibitors must ascertain at what time judging will take place; and no complaint or appeal based upon the statement that the judges have overlooked exhibits, will be considered by the Calgary Stampede.
- An exhibitor lodging a protest must submit it in writing to the Agriculture Administration Department before 10:00 a.m. the day following the cause of protest, and a receipt must be obtained. A protest must state plainly the cause of complaint or appeal and must be accompanied by a deposit of $500 which shall be forfeited to the Stampede, if the said protest is unsuccessful.
- Time of Showing - The Heavy Horse schedule will be published in the official show program. Exhibitors are required to act accordingly. Any animals not presented in the ring at the time the class is called, will be barred from showing in that class. Courtesy barn runners may be present but are not responsible for exhibitors to be on time for classes. There will be no gate holds. Please reference the class schedule when determining your entries to ensure you have no conflicts with times and are able to make the classes you entered.
- The use of long whips (3 feet or longer), by exhibitors in the show ring during the halter classes or in the marshalling area is prohibited. The Official Ringman may make use of a long whip.
- The costume class is a jackpot payout. All costumes must be safe and the Heavy Horse Committee reserves the right to dismiss or refuse any entry it considers unsafe.
- It is the tradition of the show ring that an exhibitor be correctly attired for the class in question, that attendants be neatly dressed and horses properly presented. The Calgary Stampede and Heavy Horse Committee may at its discretion bar any entry or person from entering the show ring if not suitably presented to appear before an audience. No Work Clothes will be allowed in the show ring.
- Please indicate stable requirements on the entry form. Every effort will be made to comply with all reasonable requests. Stall fees must be paid in full with the entry. Due to animal care code practices, please indicate how many horses you are bringing to the show.
- Exhibitors cancelling their entries shall forfeit their entry fee, except when a certificate of disability is issued by a qualified veterinarian. A completed SCRATCH FORM and Certificate of Disability must be received at the Agriculture Entries Office by Monday, June 30, 2020 in order to receive the entry fee refund.
- The release of any Heavy Horses from the Agriculture Building will begin at 8:00 PM on the final day of the show. All early releases must be approved and pre-arranged with the Heavy Horse Barn Boss. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of prize money.
- The Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse 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 Heavy Horse Show Rules or as Stampede Officials may deem appropriate for the betterment of the competition in their sole and unfettered discretion.
Canadian Bred Clydesdale Mare Class
- Please click here for eligibility requirements and rules.
2020 Heavy Horse Show Judges
ARRIVAL AT 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 Heavy Horse Show stalling will be in the Agriculture Barns. Complimentary shavings will be provided. Competitors with trailers will be directed on where to park upon arrival.
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.
OFF-SITE STALLING INFORMATION
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.
CALGARY & SURROUNDING AREA VISITOR INFORMATION
- For information on Calgary please click here.
- For accommodation information for surrounding areas please click here.
- For campground information around Calgary please click here.