2020 Calgary Stampede Team Cattle Penning Championship

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.

CTCPA Sanctioned


Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 3–6, 2020
Early Entry Date: May 1, 2020 9:00 AM
Entry Closing Date: May 20, 2020 4:00 PM
Location: Offsite & Nutrien Western Event Centre

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

May 20, 2020 at 4:00PM Entry Deadline: All entries must be submitted on penning.ca by this time. NO entries will be accepted late.
May 20, 2020 at 4:00PM Team Change Deadline: 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 12 will be at a cost of $100 per change.
May 27, 2020 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 12, 2020 at 8:00AM FINAL Team Change Deadline: No further changes will be permitted after 8:00AM.
June 12, 2020 at 4:00PM Payment Deadline: All payments, signed exhibitor agreements, and equine biosecurity forms are due at this time. Payments made after this date and prior to June 19 are subject to a $200 late fee.
June 15, 2020 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 19, 2020 at 4:00PM Late (FINAL) 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


We are in the process of finalizing our 2020 schedule. Please check back soon!

Entry Fees

2020 Entry Fees & Deadlines

Entry Deadlines

*All times are referenced in Mountain Time

  • Entries Open: May 1, 2020 at 9:00am
  • Entries Close: May 20, 2020 at 4:00pm
  • Team Change Deadline: May 20, 2020 at 4:00pm
  • FINAL Team Change Deadline: June 12, 2020 at 8:00am
  • Payment Deadline: June 12, 2020 at 4:00pm
  • Draw Date: June 15, 2020 at 5:00pm
  • FINAL/Late Payment Deadline: June 19 at 4:00pm 
    • *If full fees are not paid at this time your teams will be deleted & a $200 late fee is due


Entry Fees

All entry fees are payable in Canadian Funds only.

Class Entry Fee
Open Class $750/team
14 Class $675/team
10 Class $600/team
7 Class $600/team

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


Team Change Fees

  • Team Changes PRIOR to Entry Deadline (May 20 at 4:00pm): $20/change
  • Team Changes AFTER Entry Deadline (May 20 AFTER 4:00pm  through June 12 at 8:00am): $100/change
    • NO Changes will be accepted after 8:00am on June 12, 2020


Important Entry Information

  1. Entries received after Wednesday, May 20, 2020 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 12, 2020. 
  3. Individual invoices will be emailed out to each entrant by Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  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 12, 2020 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 19, 2020 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 27, 2020
  5. Team changes or deletions prior to 4:00 p.m. May 20, 2020 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 20, 2020 will be at a charge of $100 per change. After 8:00 am on Friday, June 12, 2020 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. Monday, June 15, 2020.  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. 



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. 



For information on importing horses to Canada, please click here


To Submit Your Entry

Please click on the following link: penning.ca

  • Please enter team members in alphabetical order by last name in the descriptive field.
  • NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.



2020 Awards & Prize Money

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.

All prize money will be paid out 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:

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.


  • All entrants must hold a valid 2020 membership with either the CTCPA or USTPA.
  • All ratings will be determined by the CTCPA. For riders from the USTPA, the CTCPA will work with the USTPA to determine an equivalent rating for purposes of riding in a CTCPA sanctioned show. 
  • All questions or concerns relating to ratings should be directed to the CTCPA. Contact Lorie Inglis at 403-479-8334 or email ctcpaoffice@gmail.com


Judging Criteria

2020 Show Officials

Judge: TBC

Line Officials: TBC


Arrival at the Calgary Stampede

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.. Please follow the instructions of the parking attendants.


Parking Information

One parking pass per team will be provided to those teams qualifying to compete in the Championships at Stampede Park. No additional passes will be provided due to limited space. We encourage teams to travel together. There is no overnight parking or stalling on Stampede Park. Competitors are asked to not arrive more than three hours before the posted event start time.

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



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.



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.

There will be no scheduled veterinarian at the border crossing on Wednesday July 1, 2020, due to the Canada Day Statutory holiday. 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.



There is no on-site stalling provided on Stampede Park for the Team Cattle Penning Championships. 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.



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 403-261-0336 or agriculture@calgarystampede.com.


Proudly presented by the Calgary Stampede Western Performance Horse Committee.