Rules & Penalties

While it looks chaotic, a heat at the GMC Rangeland Derby is a precisely choreographed team effort. At the centre of the excitement are teams of thoroughbred horses, poised to explode into action at the sound of the klaxon. Horses, drivers, and outriders must be tightly coordinated to avoid penalties and earn a spot in the $150,000 final heat on Day 10 of the Calgary Stampede. Here are the infractions the judges look for:

Outriders

Stove off ground 1 second
Outrider failing to follow the proper figure 8 pattern 1 second
Outrider knocking over barrel, each barrel 2 seconds
Outrider missing barrel, each barrel 2 seconds
Outrider finishing ahead of lead team 2 seconds
Late outrider 1 second
Outrider failing to finish race 2 seconds

Wagons

False start, or creating a false start 1 second
Wagon starting ahead of Klaxon minimum 1 second
Wagon failing to stop before or with the hub of the left rear wheel in line with or behind any part of right side of bottom barrel and/or wagon moving ahead of the barrel before the Klaxon minimum 1 second
Stove not loaded in rack before wagon completes top barrel turn - (If the stove is knocked or thrown out at any time after it has been loaded in the rack, no penalty will be assessed) 2 seconds
Wagon failing to follow the proper figure 8 pattern 5 seconds
Wagon knocking over barrel, each barrel 5 seconds
Wagon missing barrel, each barrel 10 seconds
Wagon interference 5+ seconds based on severity of offence.