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2013 ABGA NATIONAL SHOW RULES
Eligibility – ABGA National Show
Exhibitors must be a current active or a current junior member of the American Boer Goat Association to submit a show entry for the ABGA National Show. Competition is open to goats registered in the Herdbook of ABGA by May 17,
2013. Active or junior members of ABGA must be listed as the current owner on
the ABGA registration certificate on or before May 17, 2013. Custom fitters /
agents, if different from the owner, will register with the superintendent if the
owner will not be in attendance at the show. There is no limit on the number of
goats that can be entered in a class by a member. Application for entry must be
on current, official entry forms. Junior members can enter the ABGA National
Show by completing the entry and paying the correct fees for each animal.
Eligibility – JABGA National Show
Exhibitors must be a current member of the Junior American Boer Goat
Association to submit a show entry for the JABGA National Show. Goats must be
registered in the JABGA member's name only. No ranch or family name can be
listed in the owner section of the certificate. There is no limit on the number of
goats that can be entered in a class by a member. If the JABGA owner has more
than one entry in a class, the other goats must be shown by another JABGA
member. Application for entry must be on current, official entry forms.
JABGA Showmanship Classes
Exhibitors entered in showmanship classes must own the goat that is
Defining an Exhibitor
Throughout the ABGA National Show and JABGA National Show Rules the term "exhibitor" is defined as the owner of the animal listed in the ABGA registry.
Defining a Participant
Throughout the ABGA National Show and JABGA National Show Rules the term "participant" includes but is not limited to an exhibitor, agent, custom fitter,
vendor, office staff, superintendent or spectator.
Junior Exhibitor Age Requirement
In order to show, the junior exhibitor must be at least 4 years of age
on the day of the show.
Special Needs of an Exhibitor
Any exhibitor with special needs is required to contact the ABGA office prior to June 1, 2013.
Interpretation and Violation of Rules
The American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) reserves to its Executive Committee
the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and to arbitrarily settle and
determine all matters, questions and differences in regard there to or otherwise
arising out of or connected with, or incident to, the ABGA National Show or
JABGA National Show. The ABGA further reserves to its Executive Committee the
right to amend or add to these rules as its judgment may determine. Any
exhibitor, custom fitter, agent or spectator who violates any of the rules will
forfeit all privileges and be subject to such penalty as the Executive Committee
may order. The Executive Committee may apply other penalties and sanctions
from time to time as deemed appropriate.
National Show regulations and show rules will be adhered to and enforced by
ABGA National Show Superintendent(s). The decision of the Superintendent(s)
shall be final in all cases except where a protest has been properly filed.
The decision of the judges shall be final in all cases except where fraud or
misrepresentation on the part of an exhibitor is proven. Any such claim of an
exhibitor's fraud or misrepresentation must be timely submitted as an official
protest. The judging and procedures method are at the discretion of the
Official protests for exhibitor's fraud or misrepresentation shall be submitted to
the Superintendent(s) in writing and be accompanied by $300.00 fee. The ABGA Executive Committee reserves the right to refund the $300.00 fee. Only
members in good standing with ABGA can file a protest. Any such protest must
plainly state the fraud or misrepresentation of the exhibitor. Any protest filed
more than 24 hours after the alleged incident shall not be considered. Protests
shall be referred to the Executive Committee which shall have full and final
authority to determine the matter and from whose decision there is no appeal.
The Executive Committee will determine the method in which the protest is
reviewed. Judging procedures shall not be interrupted for protest investigation.
Any goat showing any pronounced defect or abnormality will be barred from the
show. Any evidence of a cosmetic surgical alteration of an exhibited animal will
be a disqualification. Also, the exhibitors of animals deemed to have been
surgically altered will be banned from future ABGA and JABGA National Shows.
Artificial coloring will be a disqualification. Illegible tattoos or tattoos inconsistent
with registration papers will result in disqualification. Any animal testing positive
for any performance enhancing drug and/or chemical, their substitutes or
derivatives will be disqualified. Should any animal that has been awarded a prize
be disqualified, the lower placing animals will not move into any higher position.
ABGA or JABGA SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR
DAMAGE IN CONNECTION WITH, ARISING OUT OF OR INCIDENTAL TO THE
ABGA NATIONAL SHOW or JABGA NATIONAL SHOW.
Release of Liability
PARTICIPANT EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM AGAINST ABGA BY
REASON OF, AND RELEASES ABGA FROM ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER WITH
RESPECT TO, ANY INJURY TO PERSON OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY
(INCLUDING CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) RESULTING FROM ANY CAUSE
WHATSOEVER (EXPRESSLY INCLUDING ABGA'S NEGLIGENCE).
PARTICIPANT AGREES TO HOLD HARMLESS AND UNCONDITIONALLY
INDEMNIFY ABGA AGAINST AND FOR ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES,
COSTS, EXPENSES, AND DAMAGES (ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE)
WHICH ABGA MAY AT ANY TIME SUFFER OR SUSTAIN OR BECOME LIABLE FOR
BY REASON OF ANY ACCIDENTS, DAMAGES, INJURIES OR LOSSES EITHER TO
PERSONS, PROPERTY OR BOTH, OF PARTICIPANT, OF ANY OTHER
PARTICIPANT, OF ANY OTHER PARTIES, OR TO THE PROPERTY OF ABGA, IN
ANY MATTER ARISING FROM, CONNECTED WITH OR INCIDENT TO THE
ACTIVITIES HEREUNDER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY NEGLIGENT
ACT OR OMISSION OF ABGA, IT'S OFFICERS AGENTS, EMPLOYEES OR
VOLUNTEERS. [THE TERM "ABGA" MEANS AMERICAN BOER GOAT
ASSOCIATION, JUNIOR AMERICAN BOER GOAT ASSOCIATION, ITS OFFICERS,
DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, SUPERINTENDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS.]
Computing Ages for ABGA & JABGA National Shows
ABGA will establish June 1 as the ending date for computing age classes.
Classes with more than 50 entries will be divided into classes as equal
as possible with no more than 50 to a class and all class breaks will be
done by age. Date of birth as listed on the ABGA registration certificate
will be used to determine the class breaks. The first and second from
each class will return to the ring for the Championship Drive.
To enter without paying double the entry fee, entries and accompanying fees must be in the ABGA office by May 17, 2013. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
Entry Fees / Late Entries
Option I – Provide Registration Numbers
The entry fee for animals is $40 per head in the ABGA National Show and $30
per head in the JABGA National Show. Substitutions are available for a fee of
$5 per head until the end of Check In at 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013.
Option II – Slot Entry
The entry fee for slot entry is $45 per head in the ABGA National Show and $35 per head in the JABGA National Show. Actual registration numbers must
be provided at check-in.
All entry fee(s) for animals received after May 17th is doubled. Mail courier
and other delays are not considered in determining entry fees: the receipt date
will determine if an entry fee is doubled.
Please remember the Herdbook closes May 17, 2013, for ABGA Nationals and
JABGA Nationals. Entries are required to list only the number of head entered.
Entry for group classes is required but will also be done at check-in.
All goats must have a legible permanent ear identification (ear tags are not
permanent IDs) corresponding to the registration certificate upon arrival on the
grounds. GOATS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM JUDGING WITHOUT
PROPER IDENTIFICATION. All goats must be registered purebred, fullblood
or percentage Boer goats. Percentage doe classes are for goats 50% to 87.5%
Boer. Fullblood classes are for does that are 15/16 blood (93.7%) and higher
and 31/32 blood (96.8%) and higher for bucks. Progeny of fresh does will NOT
be allowed in the ring. Goats entered in group classes also must be entered and
shown in the appropriate individual class. Does must have kidded or exhibited
pregnancy by 24 months of age.
JABGA Bred & Owned Classes
All JABGA National Show entries reflecting the JABGA member as both the
Breeder and the Owner will have automatic entry into the applicable JABGA Bred & Owned Class in addition to the regular class.
Heelers / JABGA National Show
Heelers are allowed in the JABGA National Show in the yearling classes and
older. Heelers must be a JABGA member in good standing.
Goats for which the owner has not paid an entry fee will not be allowed on the
grounds, with the exception of those goats that are nursing (Examples: the dam
of a 60-day-old entry or the 40-day-old offspring of a two-year-old entry). All
goats on the grounds must meet Louisiana State health requirements.
The exhibitor will be liable for damage to fences, other goats or injury to people.
In addition to penning, unruly bucks may be required to be restrained or
removed from the show if deemed necessary by the show management. If any
goat is a threat to the public or is unruly, precautions must be taken. Exhibitors
are responsible for the actions of their goats.
Exhibitors are responsible for knowing the times at which their goats will be
judged. Any goat not presented promptly will be ruled ineligible and barred from
competition in the class.
If any participant, in any way, whether in person or by agent or employee,
interferes with the judges, show officials or staff during their adjudication or
shows any disrespect to them or the show, ABGA may demand a proper apology
from the exhibitor, may exclude the exhibitor and animal in question from
competition, bar exhibitor from the grounds, and may also withhold prizes that
may have been awarded. The Executive Committee may apply other penalties
and sanctions from time to time as deemed appropriate.
Ike Hamilton Expo Center Regulations
Exhibitors are responsible for knowing the regulations of the Ike Hamilton Expo
Center. Regulations of the Ike Hamilton Expo Center will be enforced by ABGA
Superintendents and/or Ike Hamilton Expo Center officials. Any charges or
material cost incurred by ABGA due to an exhibitor violation or ignorance of
these regulations will be paid by the exhibitor. The facility is a non-smoking, no
Animal Health Requirements
Goats are required to have a current health certificate to enter the state of
Louisiana. A copy of the health certificate is required. The health certificate is to
be issued by your veterinarian within the past 30 days. All animals are expected
to be healthy, free of disease and in show condition. All animals in the barn
must comply with Federal and State Scrapie and the state of Louisiana animal
health requirements. ABGA assumes no duty or responsibility nor shall it
otherwise be liable to any exhibitor for any of the following: (i) the prevention of disease; (ii) the protection of animals from disease or exposure to disease; (iii)
the enforcement of animal health laws or regulations; or (iv) notifications or
warnings about disease or other animal health related concerns. In this regard,
ABGA shall not be liable for any damages, injuries or losses arising from,
connected with or related to disease or the exposure of animals thereto. This
includes, but is not limited to, actual and consequential damages.
Louisiana State Veterinary Office
The Louisiana State USDA Office contact number is (225) 925-3980. Each
exhibitor’s veterinarian is required to call the Louisiana State USDA Office to
obtain animal health requirements. Exhibitors failing to meet Louisiana animal
health requirements are subject to fines and removal from the Ike Hamilton Expo
ABGA will provide contact information to exhibitors during check-in of a local
veterinarian that can assist exhibitors with animal health issues.
The contact information of the veterinarian will also be posted in the check-in
Pets on the grounds must be leashed. ABGA reserves the right to remove
disruptive pets from the grounds.
The Ike Hamilton Expo Center will provide trailer parking which is at the risk of
the exhibitor. Exhibitors may only park in designated areas reserved for the
ABGA Nationals. Vehicles and trailers improperly parked will be fined and towed
at the exhibitor’s expense.
Each entry will be assigned a number. Exhibitors will receive cards which
correspond with the numbers; these cards must be worn by the exhibitor in the
show ring when goats are being judged.
A tentative schedule is listed in the show packet and noted as subject to change.
The schedule of classes for the show will be posted each day. The schedule of
classes is at the discretion of the Superintendents based on in the barn entries ALL ANIMALS MUST BE OUT OF THE BARN BY 8:00 AM Sunday June 16,2013.
Fitting will be left to the discretion of the exhibitor. All fitting and trimming must
be done in the designated area. No fitting or trimming will be permitted in the
show barn. Any altering of pigmentation is prohibited. If an exhibitor’s goat is
found to have altered pigmentation, the goat will be disqualified from the show
and the exhibitor will be banned from future National Shows. Any
evidence of a cosmetic surgical alteration of an exhibited animal will be a
disqualification and that exhibitor will be banned from future National Shows. The use of any performance enhancing drug and/or chemical, their
substitutes or derivatives, is prohibited and will result in disqualification and that exhibitor will be banned from future National Shows. The exhibitor
agrees to submit any goat entered by him/her to inspection by any veterinarian
appointed by the Board of Directors and agrees to have such goat submitted to
such tests as may be requested.
DNA Testing / Urine Testing
ABGA reserves the right to DNA test and/or urine laboratory test any goat
entered for competition. The conclusions based upon the analysis of any of these
tests by the veterinarian in charge shall be final, conclusive, and without
recourse against ABGA, any officer, director, volunteer or employee thereof or
any veterinarian in charge shall be final, conclusive, and with recourse against
ABGA, any officer, director, volunteer or employee thereof or any veterinarian
appointed by the ABGA. The exhibitor waives any right of action which he might
have for action taken under this rule and releases ABGA and the veterinarian
from any claims or demands whatsoever in connection with the inspection or
testing of any such goat or any ruling or action taken due to the conclusion of
the veterinarian. All testing required by the ABGA will be performed at a
laboratory selected by ABGA, will be paid for by ABGA and will be completed
within 60 days after the show.
Due to the expected large number of entries
and limited animal pens, pens will be assigned
based on 1.5 goats per pen based on the
number goats presented by the exhibitor to
show officials at check-in. The assigning of
pens is at the discretion of the
Superintendents. Pens for entries received at
check-in are subject to availability. Upon
arrival, the pens will have shavings. Extra
shavings will be available for a fee at the Ike
Hamilton Expo Center office. Pens will be
filled on a first-come, first- served basis.
Members can divide the pens with a divider.
There will be no reserving” pen space for
other exhibitors. If several exhibitors want to
pen together, they must arrive and check-in
together. No hay will be allowed in the barn.
Exhibitors may have a sign over their exhibit
advertising their own herd. Superintendents
can remove exhibitors’ signs at their
discretion. An animal pen can be used as a
tack or display as long as the display and tack
fits in the pen. Tack and goat carts will not be
allowed in alleys, showing area or staging
Tack & Display Pens
Exhibitors can use their assigned animal pens
for tack or displays. One additional pen may
be purchased at the fee of $40, limit one pen
per exhibitor/fitter. Displays must fit in the
pen space as allocated. Displays cannot be
located in a walk area, end cap or alley.
Superintendents can remove displays at their
discretion. Exhibitors are permitted to display
prize ribbons or trophies at their allocated
space during the entire show at their own risk
in a pen. If the display area needed is larger
than 2 pens, commercial exhibit space may be
purchased by contacting the ABGA office. NO
TACK Pens will be assigned. Horse stalls in the
fitting area will be available for rental.No vendor/individual sales from display/tack pens.
Premier Exhibitor Award
The Premier Exhibitor Award will be given to the Premier Percentage
Exhibitor and the Premier Fullblood Exhibitor determined by the 10 point system.
The exhibitor must be an active member of ABGA and be listed as the current
owner on the ABGA registration certificate and in ABGA records. Each exhibitor must enter a minimum of three goats in the respective herd books. If
there are 10 or more goats in the class, the first place goat will receive 10 points,
second place 9 points, etc., through tenth. If there are less than 10 goats, the
first place goat will receive points equal to the number in the class. Class totals
will be determined from the total number of animals entered in a class from the
official class sheets. Animals owned in partnership will accrue points for that
partnership towards the Premier Percentage Exhibitor or Premier Full Blood
Exhibitor Award. In the event of a tie the exhibitor winning the most first place
awards will receive the award. If the tie still exists then the one with the most
second place awards will win. If necessary this process will continue until the tie
is broken. ABGA will post accumulated points daily. It will be the responsibility of
the exhibitor to review these points and report any discrepancies to the show
Champion points will be determined as follows:
Grand Champion Junior Percentage............................ 10 points
Reserve Champion Junior Percentage ........................ 5 points
Grand Champion Yearling Percentage........................... 10 points
Reserve Champion Yearling Percentage ...................... 5 points
Grand Champion Senior Percentage........................... 10 points
Reserve Champion Senior Percentage ...................... 5 points
National Grand Champion Percentage........................ 10 points
National Reserve Champion Percentage..................... 5 points
Grand Champion Junior Fullblood............................... 10 points
Reserve Champion Junior Fullblood ............................ 5 points
Grand Champion Yearling Fullblood........................... 10 points
Reserve Champion Yearling Fullblood ...................... 5 points
Grand Champion Senior Fullblood............................... 10 points
Reserve Champion Senior Fullblood ........................... 5 points
National Grand Champion Fullblood ........................... 20 points
National Reserve Champion Fullblood ........................ 15 points
The Donald Bird Premier Breeder Award
The point system for the Premier Exhibitor will be used giving the same points to
the breeder. THIS AWARD IS FOR FULLBLOOD BOER GOATS ONLY.
*Awards for Junior Show Classes
Ribbons will be awarded to the first through tenth place goats in all classes. A
cash prize, banners and bronzes will be awarded to all Grand ($400) and Reserve
($300) Grand Champion goats.
Premiums in the individual JABGA classes will be paid based on the following
# in class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
3-4 25 20
5-8 30 25 20
9-12 35 30 25 20
13-16 40 35 30 25 20
17-20 45 40 35 30 25 20
21-24 50 45 40 35 30 25 20
25-28 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20
PREMIER SIRE AWARD: The Premier Sire Award will be given to the sire that
has accumulated the most class points (10 point system) earned by three or
more exhibited offspring during the 2013 National. If there are 10 or more goats
in the class, the first place goat will receive 10 points, second place 9 points,
etc., through tenth. If there are less than 10 goats, the first place goat will
receive points equal to the number in the class. Class totals will be determined
from the total number of animals entered in a class from the official class sheets.
The Premier Sire Award will be presented to the current owner of record
according to ABGA.
*Per IRS Regulations, a cash prize may be subject to an IRS Form 1099 and will be held for properdocumentation as required.
Entry fee is $5 per pair. Animals must be shown in their regular class and preentered.
Pair entries must be owned by the same exhibitor. Entry Deadline and
Entry Fees / Late Entries Rules apply.
BEST PAIR CLASSES: See Class Schedule
Best Pair of Kids: Both sexes represented. One fullblood/purebred doe and a
fullblood buck kid that has shown in respective classes.
The following rules apply for group classes. The animals must be shown in their
regular class and pre-entered by the Yearling division class of each division.
FULLBLOOD GET OF SIRE: Three fullblood or purebred offspring of the same
buck with both sexes represented. Do not have to be owned by the same
PERCENTAGE GET OF SIRE: Three percentage does, any age, that are out of
the same buck (50%, 75%, & 87% are eligible) Do not have to be owned by the
FULLBLOOD PRODUCE OF DAM: Two offspring of the same doe. Do not have
to be owned by the same person.
PERCENTAGE PRODUCE OF DAM: Two offspring of the same doe. Do not
have to be owned by the same person, and must be a 75% or better.
FULLBLOOD BREEDER’S HERD: The exhibitor of the breeders herd must be
breeder of record. Animals owned by other exhibitors may be included provided
the exhibitor of the breeders herd is the breeder of the included animal(s): 1.)
Two fullblood or purebred does less than 12 months, 2.) Two fullblood or
purebred does 12 months or greater, 3.) a buck of any age.
PERCENTAGE DOE HERD: The exhibitor of the breeders herd must be breeder
of record. Animals owned by other exhibitors may be included provided the
exhibitor of the breeders herd is the breeder of the included animal(s). 1.) Two
percentage does less than 12 months, 2.) Two percentage does 12 months or