What is the Heavy Horse Show?

  • Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire horses — the gentle giants of the equine world — presented in the Nutrien Western Event Centre and Northern Lights Arena.
  • Members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) perform while the horses compete for top honours at the show.
  • There aretwo classes
  • Halter class – the handler walks their horse into the ring to be judged on appearance, conformation and movement.
  • Cart Class (Driving, Hitching) – The competitor and their horse(s) pull a cart in a pattern around the arena.  They are judged on everything: horses, harness, wagon, driver, performance and overall eye appeal. The majority of points are placed on the performance on the rail.
  • Watch the 2017 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show – Percheron Four Horse Hitch.

Where is the event held?

What’s new in 2018?

  • 2018 brings a bigger and better Heavy Horse Show to the Calgary Stampede!
  • This year the show will run seven days, taking place Thursday, July 5 through to Wednesday, July 11. The majesty of the Heavy Horses will be on display in the Nutrien Western Event Centre as well as the Northern Lights Arena.
  • A crowd favourite, the World Six will now take place Tuesday, July 10 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • In between shows, Stampede guests are invited to visit the big beauties as they relax in box stalls in the Agriculture Barn.

Dates and schedule

July 5, 2018
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Northern Lights Arena

July 6, 2018
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Nutrien Western Event Centre
With CPO
July 7, 2018
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Northern Lights Arena
Nutrien Western Event Centre
Nutrien Western Event Centre


With CPO
July 8, 2018
9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Northern Lights Arena
Nutrien Western Event Centre

July 9, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nutrien Western Event Centre

July 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nutrien Western Event Centre
Nutrien Western Event Centre

With CPO
July 11, 2018
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Nutrien Western Event Centre
Supreme and Best of Show


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.

Competitor information

For more information on the schedule, entry fees, awards, rules, judging criteria and the Calgary Heavy Horse Show committee, please visit the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Show Website.