2019 Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition

Entries open April 15th!

Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Competition will kick off competition in the Nutrien Western Event Centre on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019.

***NEW FOR 2019*** All entries will be completed online. Entries made by telephone, email or fax will not be accepted.

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

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.

 2018 Calgary Stampede Mercuria World Series of Cutting Champions:

Open Champion: Hashtags, ridden by Tatum Rice and owned by Hashtag Ventures LP

Non Pro Champion: Kattalyst ridden by Elizabeth Brumbaugh-Quirk and

owned by Brumbaugh Ranches

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 4–5, 2019
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre



2019**All classes will be held in the Nutrien Western Events Centre on Stampede Park**

**  Please note that loud music, production lighting and additional production elements will be occurring throughout the competition** 

 THURSDAY JULY 4, 2019 – Nutrien Western Events Centre, Stampede Park
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Warm Up 

1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. First Go Non Pro and First Go Open 

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2019 – Nutrien Western Events Centre, Stampede Park


9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Warm Up

11:30 a.m.   Finals, Non Pro - Followed by Awards Ceremony

                      Finals, Open - Followed by Awards Ceremony   

*All competition times are tentative and subject to change; any changes will be posted to this website.


Returning in 2019

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

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.

Entry Fee - $30

50% of the entry fee will be jack-potted. NCHA Payout rules will apply. 

Entry Fees

OPEN & NON PRO: $1000 per entry, per class
NCHA Classification Rules applies (NCHA Standing Rule 8).

Entries must be received by Monday, June 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm, all entry fees are payable in Canadian Funds.













Non Pro







* Office charges consist of Judges, Arena, Video, and Affiliation fees.



All entries will be completed online. Entries made by telephone, email or fax will not be accepted. The completed entry form must be received in the Agriculture Entries Office by the listed date. All entries must be accompanied with copies of the NCHA membership cards of both owner and rider, as well as 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).

Please note, U.S. entries must be paid by credit card or money order in Canadian funds.



Score of first go round will determine advancement to the Finals.  Prize money and awards will be determined solely by scores in the Finals round.

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.




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.  To file a claim with the CRA, complete and submit the following information:

 Canada Revenue Agency Non Withholding Tax Return Information




Judges:  TBD

Monitor: TBD

Videographer:  TBD

Photographer: James Hudyma

Show Secretary: Brett Warder, Alberta      




Stampede Park Arrival and Parking Information
Exhibitors will park in the infield. Entry to Stampede Park is through the Nat Christie Gate off 25th Avenue SE.  Once you enter the gates you will be directed to the accreditation trailer to pick up your exhibitor package. Your Exhibitor Package will include all of your accreditation passes as well as your parking pass. Due to limited space please travel together as much as possible. Competitors must exit the infield 60 minutes after the competition ends.

Stampede Entry

An official photo accreditation badge will be required by all competitors to access Stampede Park for the 2019 Calgary Stampede.  This will now be extremely important to keep on you at all times as access to the Infield Lot. Access will be prohibited without the specific area accreditation, this is strictly enforced. The Infield Lot is not accessible to the public. Only accreditation purchased by the competitor on the entry form will have access to the infield.

A new accreditation must be issued each year.  In addition to granting you access to Stampede Park, the Agriculture Accreditation badge gives you access to the Grandstand Rush areas for the Rodeo, Chuckwagons, and Evening Show.  The badge must be purchased on the entry form for a fee of $35.00 (G.S.T. included). These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.

Transportation of Animals

Health Requirements – Importation of Animals from the United States (General):

Please refer to the CFIA website for the most up to date information on import/export regulations.

For information regarding transporting horses in Alberta please see:

Transporting Horses in Alberta

Alberta Livestock Transportation Documents

If you require clarification or you have concerns about the previous information, please contact Agriculture Administration at (403) 261-0313.

For information on Calgary please click here.  For accommodation information for surround areas please click here.  For campground information around Calgary please click here.

For stalling information please click here.

Addiontal stalling options: Cochrane Agriculture Society and Okotoks Agriculture Society.

**Please note there is no overnight stalling on Stampede Park**

American Port of Entry – Sweetgrass, Montana (406) 335-2142 www.cbp.gov

Canadian Port of Entry – Coutts, Alberta (403) 344-3808 – www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Documents for complete information see Health Requirements



The Cutting Horse Competition will be conducted by the Calgary Stampede Western Performance Horse Committee.