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2018 Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge

July 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - July 12, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

The Calgary Stampede Cowboy Up Challenge is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles. Each obstacle demonstrates both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed. Held in the Nutrien Western Event Center, this event is the richest and most well attended Extreme Cowboy Race in the World. Competition will be tough with a $30,000 purse and $10,000 going to the winner of the sudden death finals.

This is an invitational competition, limited to 10 elite riders selected to compete in the three go-round event.

Now in the state-of-the-art Nutrien Western Event Centre, the competition will kick off on Monday, July 9 from 7PM to 9PM and continue Wednesday, July 11 from 7PM to 9PM The finals follow the next day, Thursday, July 12, again in the prime spot of 7PM to 9PM.

Automatic invitations are awarded to the following athletes:

  • Top three riders in the Pro Class at the previous year’s Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA) World finals
  • Top three riders from the previous year’s Cowboy Up Challenge
  • Pro Division champion at the previous year’s EXCA US National Championship.

Where overlap in these placing occurs, up to two additional exceptional performers at the EXCA world show maybe awarded automatic invites. Additional invitations are extended throughout the months of April and May until the desired number of spaces is confirmed. These additional invitations may be extended to elite EXCA riders for a variety of reasons – including but not limited to exceptional or lifetime achievements, rising stars or filling desired niche roles.

Competitors who believe they are ready to compete at this elite level and are not yet invited for this year’s event are encouraged to submit a formal application for consideration. We strongly encourage applicants to include a detailed biography including accomplishments, wins and a video of you and your horse competing. This application pool will be used to fill any remaining spots. In a typical year, one or two spots are filled from this pool; some have gone onto become the Cowboy Up Challenge Champion.

*Sanctioned by the Craig Cameron Extreme Cowboy Association


July 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
July 12, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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Calgary Stampede
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Calgary Stampede – Nutrien Event Center
Stampede Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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