2021 World Stock Dog Championship

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Talk about four-legged focus! The annual World Stock Dog Championship is one of the most compelling events of the Calgary Stampede with these startlingly agile and intelligent dogs moving three sheep through a challenging course and into a pen in less than four minutes.

This 2021 event is sanctioned by the Alberta Stock Dog Association. The competition will start with 60 entries, but only the top 12 will advance to the championship final round on Wednesday, July 13 in the Nutrien Western Events Centre.

Its doggone challenging — and fun!


Please note - we are continuing to work with various levels of government and health officials on specific safety measures to support the best and safest Stampede, and recognize the need for our planning to be flexible and adaptable. As such, current plans may be required to change as we draw closer to Stampede. 

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 13–14, 2021
Early Entry Date: May 3, 2021 9:00 AM
Entry Closing Date: May 14, 2021 11:59 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre




2021 Handlers Draw  **Updated June 29, 2021

*Names were drawn according to the rules outlined in our Entry Fees tab. Names on the waitlist will be contacted in order if space becomes open. 



  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 10:00 AM: Handlers Meeting - Lower Concourse of NWEC - Kenneling area
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 -  11:00 AM - 3:30 PM: First Go (Nutrien Western Event Centre, Stampede Park)
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM: Second Go (Nutrien Western Event Centre, Stampede Park)
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM: World Stock Dog Championship Finals (Nutrien Western Event Centre, Stampede Park)  


Entry Fees

Entry Fees

  • $300 CDN per Dog: $150 CDN per go-round. Competitors must enter both go rounds. 

We will accept 60 dogs into the competition. Handlers are eligible to enter two dogs. In the event that our competition roster is not full under the 'two dogs per handler' rule, we will accept a third entry from handlers who wish to do so, and a draw will be made from this pool to make up the shortfall. If you wish to enter a third dog, please indicate it on your entry form. A waitlist will be formed for all third dog entries and a draw will be made from this list should there be a shortfall in entries under the two dog rule. 


Important Entry Information

**Please note that all entries must be completed online. No entries will be accepted via phone or email.**

All positions will be filled by the below process:

  • 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. 
  • Draw results will be emailed out to all draw entries once entries have closed and the draw has been made.
  • Only confirmed entries will be invoiced for payment.

The completed online entry must be submitted between 9:00 a.m., May 3, 2021 and 11:59 p.m., May 14, 2021. Entries not complying with the requirements will be rejected. All entry fees will be allocated to prize money - GST not applicable.

Important Reminders

  • 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, June 21, 2021 to be considered without penalty. Exhibitors canceling their entries after June 21, 2021 shall forfeit their entry fee.
  • 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. They will also be distributed at the Handlers Meeting.
  • Invoices, accreditation and parking forms will be emailed out to all successfully drawn competitors once entries close. 


TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY, please visit:  https://calgarytenday.fairwire.com/ 

**Entries will close Friday, May 14 at 11:59pm.**


Go Round Money:

1st - $600 Cdn.
2nd - $400 Cdn.
3rd - $300Cdn.
4th - $200Cdn.
5th - $100 Cdn.

Finals Prizes:

Grand Champion: $10,000 Cdn.
Reserve Grand Champion: $4,000 Cdn.
3rd - $400 Cdn.
4th - $350 Cdn.
5th - $250 Cdn.
6th - $200 Cdn.
7th - $100 Cdn.
8th - $100 Cdn.
9th - $100 Cdn.
10th - $100 Cdn.
11th -  $100 Cdn.
12th - $100 Cdn.


  • Anyone entering Canada must have a valid Passport.
  • Non-residents of Canada will be subject to a 15% withholding tax on all prize monies awarded as required by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Non-residents of Canada may apply to the CRA to have the 15% withholding tax returned. For more information please click here.




The rules and conditions will be strictly enforced by the Calgary Stampede Stock Dog Sub-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 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 Stock Dog Sub-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.
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.
19. Exhibitors must wear a western dress shirt.
20. Dogs must be clean and groomed.
21. Competitors are expected to be ready for their run when called. Handlers who fail to answer the call will be disqualified.
22. 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.
23. At no time will a handler approach the judge. The judge's decision will be respected and considered final.
24. 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.
25. 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. 
26. The Calgary Stampede Stock Dog Sub-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.

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



Jared Epp of Dundurn, Saskatchewan


An official accreditation pass will be needed by all those granted complimentary Park access for the 2021 Stampede. In addition to granting access to Stampede Park, the accreditation pass will indicate which restricted areas each person can enter based on individual requirements. Accreditation is year specific, and a new pass will be issued each year. These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges. 

Passes are included in entry fee of $300 per dog.


Proudly presented by the Calgary Stampede Livestock Competitions Committee and Stock Dogs Sub-committee.