Calgary Stampede Rule Changes

The Calgary Stampede introduces progressive new rules and format changes for the Rangeland Derby and Stampede Rodeo

The Calgary Stampede is pleased to announce that it is moving forward with a comprehensive package of rule and format changes for the Rangeland Derby and the Stampede Rodeo. They are designed to provide additional safety measures for both iconic sports. The changes continue to demonstrate the Stampede’s ongoing commitment to make changes that are right for our community.

“The safety of all participants in the Calgary Stampede – both animal and humans – is our number one priority and always has been,” says Paul Rosenberg, vice president, Programming, Calgary Stampede. “These changes help insure that rodeo and chuckwagon racing at the Calgary Stampede remain as two of the most exciting sports in the world.”

One of the most important new initiatives will take place before the Rangeland Derby even begins. All horses will undergo thorough arrival inspections by a team of veterinarians before being allowed to compete. Another significant format change will see the number of outriders reduced from four per team, to two per team for all nine heats. The Stampede’s new outrider format will align itself with the racing formats of both the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) and the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA).

“We’re confident the Stampede is making these important rule and format changes to make the Rangeland Derby even safer for our drivers, riders and horses,” says Pat Powell, president, WPCA. Coleman Carey, president, CPCA adds, “Nobody cares more about animals than the Stampede and the drivers who bring their animals to Calgary to compete in the sport of chuckwagon racing.”

In rodeo, a significant rule change will take place in the tie-down roping and steer wrestling events where a judge will have the discretion of calling a re-run or a no-time if a calf or steer exhibits an obvious injury during competition.

“The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) is very supportive of the changes for the Stampede format,” says Dale Leschiutta, president, CPRA. “The experience in Calgary will continue to be unique in the world of pro rodeo.”

Over the past several years, the Stampede has consistently implemented major rule and format changes in order to reinforce that safety has always been the primary concern of rodeo and chuckwagon race organizers.

The new rules and format changes will be in effect for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, July 8-17.

Read more about all of the Stampede’s rodeo and chuckwagon racing rules and format changes.

-Thank You to Aaron Heeks from the Canadian Rodeo Scene group for sharing this story with us! You can find the group at



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