2019 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show

133 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 Tuesday, July 9, 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.

2019 also marks another special milestone as the 20th Anniversary of a wonderful partnership between the Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Show and members of the prestigious Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.


*Please note, we are currently working on the arena schedule for 2019 and the show premium will be available soon.

Entries open April 15, 2019

Entries close May 31, 2019

Substitutions close June 24, 2019

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 4–10, 2019
Move in Date: July 3, 2019 7:00 AM
Release Date: July 10, 2019 10:00 PM
Early Entry Date: April 15, 2019 8:00 AM
Entry Closing Date: May 31, 2019 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre and Northern Lights Arena

Entry Fees

ENTRY INFORMATION:

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. If you require assistance with online entries please contact our entries office at 403-261-0336 or agriculture@calgarystampede.com and we will be happy to assist you!

 

Please click on the following link to enter: Link will be made available on April 15

 

All horses with the exception of foals and grade horses must be accompanied by registration papers.

 

**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.

 

THE ORIGINAL REGISTRATION PAPER OR A NOTARIZED COPY MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR PEDIGREE CHECKING.

** NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 31, 2019

SUBSTITUTION of one animal for another within a class will be allowed up to 4:00 p.m. on June 24, 2019 with no listing in the official show program. The substitution must be submitted in writing to the Agriculture Entries Office.

All horses must be in the barn by Thursday, July 4 at 11:00 a.m.

An exhibitor meeting will be held on Thursday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m. - Location TBD.

The entry fee must accompany the entry. All entry fees will be allocated to Prizes - GST not applicable.

ENTRIES NOT COMPLYING WITH THE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE REJECTED.

ENTRY FEES:

CLASS ENTRY FEE SUBSTITUTION FEE
Youth Cart $15 $15
Youth Team $15 $15
Youth Showmanship/Decorating $20  
Line/Halter  $15 $15
Gelding/Grade Mare  $15 $15
Costume $25 $25
Teams/Cart $30 $30
Unicorn Hitch $40 $40
Four Horse Hitch $60 $60
*Six Horse Hitch $100 $100
*World Champion Six Horse Hitch $250 $250

*NOTE: Hitches must enter and show in the appropriate breed six horse hitch class to be eligible for entry in the World Championship Six Horse Hitch class.

NASHHCS rule – for those who do not hold a current NASHHCS membership, a show pass of $25USD must be purchased to be eligible to show in the Six Horse Hitch classes.

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.

Entries must be received by May 31, 2019.

The selection committee's decision is final.

Awards

World Championship Six Horse Hitch
The Champion will receive a hand-crafted, custom-designed Calgary Stampede buckle.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th-18th
$15,000 $10,000 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000 $3,000

Breed Supreme Champions & Best of Show

  Champion

Breed Supreme Champion

*Awarded to each Breed Supreme Champion

$100
Best of Show $600
 

Class Prize Money 

CLASS

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

Youth Cart

$100

$75

$50

$40

$30

$25

$25

$25

Youth Team

$100

$75

$50

$40

$30

$25

$25

$25

Line/Halter

$150

$100

$75

$50

$40

$30

$25

$25

Youth Classes

$40

$30

           

Gelding

$150

$100

$75

$50

$40

$30

$25

$25

Cart

$150

$100

$75

$50

$40

$30

$25

$25

*New~ Ladies All Breeds Cart
*See note below

$450

$300

$225

$150

$120

$90

$75

$75

Teams

$150

$100

$75

$50

$40

$30

$25

$25

Champion Teams

$100

             

Supreme Team

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unicorn Hitch

$300

$250

$200

$150

$150

$150

$150

$150

Four Horse Hitch

$500

$400

$300

$250

$200

$200

$200

$200

Six Horse Hitch

$800

$600

$500

$400

$400

$400

$400

$400

*Remaining placings of Ladies All Breeds Cart class (9th-20th) will receive $50

Jackpot Payouts – Costume Class – 1st = 40%, 2nd = 30%, 3rd=20%, 4th=10%. *A minimum of 4 entries is required to hold this class. The class may be cancelled at the discretion of the Committee (entry fees will be refunded).

SPECIAL AWARDS

CLASS RIBBONS ~ will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
CHAMPION RIBBONS ~ will be awarded where applicable
YOUTH AGGREGATE AWARD ~ will be presented to overall youth exhibitor
BEST OF SHOW ~ will be presented by the James/Ferguson Family
PREMIER BREEDER AWARD ~ In Memory of John Walker

Red roses for the Ladies Classes and Best of Show 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.

Rules

Rules:

2019 Heavy Horse Show Rules:

Original registration papers or original notarized copies must be presented to be eligible to show. See Rule #6

Special attention is called to the following:

  1. 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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. Heavy Horse exhibitors are responsible to carry their own liability insurance (see Liability - General Rules).
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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.
    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.
     
  7. No registered female can be shown as a grade mare.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. All foals must be exhibited on the halter. Mares may accompany foals into the ring if desired by the exhibitor.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. Cross entries between Registered Mare Hitch classes and Open Hitch classes will NOT be permitted.
     
  14. World Six Horse Hitch – In order to be eligible to compete in the World Six Horse Hitch Class you must have completed the individual breed six horse hitch class.
     
  15. Ladies Cart –Drivers must be 18 years or older as of show day.
     
  16. Mens Cart – Drivers must be 18 years or older as of show day.
     
  17. No driver cross entries may be made between the Men’s cart class and a Youth cart class.
     
  18. No driver cross entries may be made between Ladies team/cart classes with Youth team/cart classes.
     
  19. Youth Halter Classes – Junior ages 9 – 11, Intermediate ages 12-14, and Senior 15-21, as of January 1st of the current show year.
     
  20. Youth Driving Classes – Junior ages 9 – 14, and Senior 15-21, as of January 1st of the current show year. 
     
  21. 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.
     
  22. The Heavy Horse Committee reserves the right to ask for proof of age of the exhibitor at any time.
     
  23. No stallion may be shown in any youth class.
     
  24. 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.
     
  25. 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.
     
  26. 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.
     
  27. 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.
     
  28. 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.
     
  29. 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. 
     
  30. 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.
     
  31. Exhibitors cancelling their entries shall forfeit their entry fee, except when a certificate of disability is issued by a qualified veterinarian. The certificate of disability must be received at the Agriculture Entries Office by Monday, July 15, 2019 in order to receive the entry fee refund.
     
  32. The release of any Heavy Horses from the Agriculture Building will begin at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. 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.
     
  33. 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.
Judges

2019 HEAVY HORSE SHOW JUDGES

Andy Freitag of Paris, Kentucky

  • Belgian Halter Classes
  • Belgian Performance Classes
  • Interbreed Performance Classes
    • All Breeds Registered Mare Unicorn
    • All Breeds Registered Mare Team
    • All Breeds Ladies Cart
  • Youth Show
    • YHHS Junior Decorating (ages 9-11)
    • YHHS Junior Showmanship (ages 9-11)
    • YHHS Youth Cart (15-21yrs)
    • YHHS Youth Team (9-14 yrs)
  • Panel Judge
    • Best of Show
    • Supreme Team
    • World Six Horse Hitch Championship
    • Champion Youth Decorating
    • Champion Youth Showmanship Class 

Don Langille of Meeker, Oklahoma

  • Clydesdale Halter Classes
  • Shire  Halter Classes
  • Clydesdale / Shire  Performance Classes
  • Interbreed Performance Classes
    • All Breeds Registered Mare Six
    • All Breeds Ladies Team
    • All Breeds Ladies Cart
  • Youth Show
    • YHHS Intermediate Decorating (ages 12-14)
    • YHHS Intermediate Showmanship (ages 12-14)
    • YHHS Youth Cart (9-14 yrs)
  • Panel Judge
    • Best of Show
    • Supreme Team
    • World Six Horse Hitch Championship
    • Champion Youth Decorating
    • Champion Youth Showmanship Class 

Dale Burger of Oxford, Ohio

  • Percheron Halter Classes
  • Percheron Performance Classes
  • Interbreed Performance Classes
    • All Breeds Mens Cart Class
    • All Breeds Registered Mare Cart
    • All Breeds Registered Mare Four
  • Youth Show
    • YHHS Senior Decorating (ages 15-20)
    • YHHS Senior Showmanship (ages 15-20)
    • YHHS Youth Team (15-21 yrs)
  • Panel Judge
    • Best of Show
    • Supreme Team
    • World Six Horse Hitch Championship
    • Champion Youth Decorating
    • Champion Youth Showmanship Class 

General

STAMPEDE ENTRY
An official accreditation pass will be needed by all those granted Park access for thise 2018 Stampede and all future Stampedes.
In addition to granting access to Stampede Park, the photo accreditation 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. The Agriculture Accreditation pass gives you access to the Grandstand Rush areas for the Rodeo, Chuckwagons, and Evening Show.  The pass must be purchased on the entry application for a fee of $35.00 (G.S.T. included) each. These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.

**Please note all accreditation will be sorted by individual last name for pick up in Lot 25 at the accreditation trailer**
 


TRANSPORTATION OF ANIMALS

For information regarding transporting horses in Alberta please see:

** If you require clarification or you have concerns regarding the above information, please contact the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Administration at 403.261.0320.
 


ARRIVAL AT THE CALGARY STAMPEDE

Entry to Stampede Park is via the Nat Christie Gate off of 25th Ave SE.  Please follow the directions of the parking staff.
All Heavy Horse Pull stalling will be in the Agriculture Barns. Competitors with trailers will be directed on where to park upon arrival.


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

General Visitor Information
Hotel & Camping Information

For more information, please contact Programming Manager Tammy Botsford 403.261.9316, or email: tbotsford@calgarystampede.com

Committee

Horse Show Committee ~ Jess Debnam (Chair), Bob Park (Director Liaison), Melissa McKay (Competitions Manager)

Heavy Horse Show Sub-Committee

Brian Coleman (Chair), Todd Shannon (1st Vice Chair),  David Bailey, Kathleen Bailey, Dwight Ferguson, Erin Feldkamp, Glenna Ferguson, Kayce Ferguson, Lorne Hammer, Elliot Hawke, Sylvia Hunter, Laurie Irving, Darwin Krebs, Elise Lucas, John McGruther, Glenn Mryglod, Bruce Roy, Peggy Royle, Donna Sargeant, Courtney Stephenson, Ken Watts, Jamie Westlund, Tammy Botsford (Agriculture & Western Events Programming Manager)