The Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles. Each obstacle demonstrates both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed. Held in the Nutrien Western Event Center, this event continues to be the highest viewed and biggest paying Extreme Cowboy Race in the World.

Our cowboys and cowgirls will be kicking off this lightning fast competition with the first round of Extreme Cowboy Racing starting Friday, July 15, at 6 p.m. We jump into Round Two on Saturday, July 16, at 6 p.m. On the final Stampede Sunday, the gates will crack open at 6 p.m. for an exciting race-to the finish where it will be determined which Cowboy or Cowgirl will win it all in a riveting clean-slate final round.

This year’s event is an invitational competition, limited to 10 elite riders who have been selected to compete in the three go-round event.

Competitors who believe they are ready to compete at this elite level and are not yet invited for this year’s event are encouraged to submit a formal application for consideration as a Wildcard. We strongly encourage applicants to include a detailed biography including accomplishments and wins. This application pool will be used to fill any remaining spots. 

WILDCARD ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED: Tuesday May 24, 2022 - midnight (MST)

*We have extended the application period for the Wildcard applications in order of reaching a broader, international scope of potential competitors. All those who have applied will be notified of the final list by phone and/or email no later than the end of May, 2022. We thank you for your patience.

Event Runs: July 15 - July 17, 2022

Nutrien Western Event Centre

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