What is the Working Cow Horse Challenge?

  • In this competition, horse and rider are asked to work a single cow in an arena, performing specific maneuvers that include circling the cow, turning it in a specified manner and performing a pattern.
  • Working Cow Horse Classic will comprise of reined work and fence work in a NRCHA sanctioned show format.
  • Cow Horse Fence Work Spectacular will showcase top ten fence work scores in each class from Thursday (July 12) advancing to the Finals.
  • 3 classes – Open Bridle, Open Hackamore and Non Pro Bridle
  • Watch John Swales and Cats Picasso win the 2017 Calgary Stampede Working Cow Horse Classic – Open Hackamore Competition.


Where is the event held?


Dates and schedule

July 11, 2019

Working Cow Horse Classic

10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.


Northern Lights Arena

12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Nutrien Western Event Centre

July 12, 2019

Cow Horse Fence Work Spectacular

2:10 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Nutrien Western Event Centre

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Nutrien Western Event Centre

Guest information

Do I need a ticket to spectate?

  • No. Seating is on a first come-first served basis.


Will there be a lineup? 

  • Possibly. As all seats for competitions and shows in the Nutrien Western Event Centre are first come-first served, depending on the popularity of the event, there might be a line-up.  


What time do I need to arrive?

  • To increase the possibility of guaranteeing a seat, we recommend arriving 30 minutes before the start of the event.


Is accessible seating available?

  • Yes. There is an elevator located in the rotunda. This will take you to the upper bowl of the arena where designated accessible seating is available.


Where is the closest accessible parking?

  • There are two accessible parking lots of equal distance from the Nutrien Western Event Centre. One is located south of the Erlton Gates in Lot 8 and the other is located northeast of the BMO Centre in Lot 10.


Can I bring my stroller?

  • Yes. You can take your stroller to the Nutrien Western Event Centre where there will be a designated unsupervised area to store your stroller while watching the event.


Can I bring non-alcoholic beverages?

  • Yes. Non-alcoholic beverages are permitted on Stampede Park and in all our venues.


Can I purchase alcoholic beverages at this event? 

  • Yes. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.


Can I bring my service animal?

  • Yes. Providing your service animal has the appropriate registration. Please see our service animal guidelines here.


Can I bring my camera?

  • Yes. Cameras for personal use are permitted.


For more information on results, schedule, entry fees, awards, judging criteria and Calgary Stampede Western Performance Horse Committee please visit the Calgary Stampede Working Cow Horse Classic Website.