Calgary – Experience the amazing athletic abilities of the top cutting horses in North America as they showcase their skills at the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. The prestigious event takes place at the Calgary Stampede’s Agrium Western Event Centre, October 12-16.

The highlight of this high-energy, family friendly competition is the Saturday night Cut of the West. The evening will see finalists compete for the championship in the Open Derby Final as well as the Open Classic/Challenge Final.  Guests to the event can also shop a western marketplace and bid for unique items in a silent auction. 

For those unfamiliar with the sport, cutting sees a horse and rider faced with a herd of cattle and two and a half minutes on the clock. Working together they must select, or cut, a single cow from of the herd. It’s then up to the horse to use its instincts, also known as cow sense, to keep the cow from returning to the herd.

The public is encouraged to share in the excitement and come see what cutting is all about. Admission is complimentary throughout the entire competition.

Quick Facts about the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity:

  • 233 horses from across North America are entered, from as far away as Texas and California.
  • Some horses will be ridden in multiple classes, with 363 total entries.
  • Each horse and rider teams gets just two minutes and thirty seconds to make an impression on the judges during each run.
  • More than $300,000 in prize money will be handed out.
  • Guests to the Saturday night Cut of the West will have the opportunity to use ‘Smart Bug’ personal listening devices for expert commentary and insight on each run.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2016 

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Cut of the West at 6:30 p.m. includes:

Open Derby Final     

Open Classic / Challenge Final

Silent Auction

Western Marketplace

Sunday, October 16, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NOTE:  Interviews with competitors and organizers available by request throughout the event

 *Photographers must have appropriate western attire to enter main arena    


About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes

Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture

T 403.261.0382

C 403.585.4706