Eligibility – ABGA National Show
active adult or junior member or junior member’s sibling or
step sibling with current membership at same address with
linked junior accounts documented with the American Boer
Goat Association to submit a show entry for the ABGA National
Show. Competition is open to goats registered in the Herd
books of ABGA. No entries will be accepted until the animal
is first registered in an ABGA herd book. Active or junior
members of ABGA must be listed as the current owner on the
ABGA registration prior to entry. Custom fitters/ agents, if
different from the owner, will register with the Show Chair 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 goat.
Eligibility – JABGA National Show
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 or junior member’s
sibling or step sibling with current membership at same
address with linked junior accounts documented with ABGA.
All goats that are not bred and owned over the age of ninety
(90) days must be in the herdbook by May 14, 2018 11:59 P.M.
CST. 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.
Defining an Exhibitor
National Show Rules the term “exhibitor” is defined as the
owner or junior member’s sibling or step sibling with current
membership with linked junior accounts documented with
ABGA, of the goat listed in the ABGA registry..
Defining a Participant
and JABGA National Show Rules the term “participant”
includes, but is not limited to an exhibitor, agent, custom fitter,
vendor, office staff, ring steward or spectator.
Junior Exhibitor Age Requirement
exhibitor must be at least 4 years of age on the day of the
show. Maximum exhibitor age is 18 years of age on January 1,
JABGA Showmanship Classes
showmanship classes must own or be a junior member’s sibling
or step sibling with current membership at same address with
linked junior accounts documented with the ABGA of the goat
that is being shown. The animal shown in showmanship must
have been entered in the JABGA or JABGA Bred and Owned
show by the same exhibitor showing it in showmanship. Age
division will be determined based on the contestant’s age on
January 1st, for the division of competition.
a. Junior Division- 4-8 years of age
b. Intermediate Division- 9-13 years of age
c. Senior Division- 14-18 years of age
Special Needs of an Exhibitor
required to indicate what special needs they have on the entry
form and check in at the office upon arrival at the show.
Interpretation and Violation of Rules
American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) Executive Committee
has final and absolute right to interpret these rules and to
arbitrarily settle and determine all matters, questions and
differences in regard thereto or occurring during, 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.
rules will be adhered to and enforced by ABGA National Show
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
misrepresentation shall be submitted to the Show Chair
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
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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
or abnormality will be barred from the show. Any evidence
of a cosmetic surgical alteration of an exhibited goat will be
a disqualification. Any goat found not to be in accordance
with ABGA Rules and Regulations will be disqualified.
Artificial coloring that alters the natural color of a goat
will be a disqualification. Artificial coloring that enhances
the goat’s natural color is acceptable. Illegible tattoos or
tattoos inconsistent with registration papers will result in
disqualification. A microchip inconsistent with registration
papers will result in disqualification. An exhibitor must provide
a reading device if a microchip is utilized for identification. Any
goat testing positive for any performance enhancing drug and/
or chemical, their substitutes or derivatives will be disqualified.
Should any goat that has been awarded a prize be disqualified
before its class has been dismissed from the show ring, the
lower placing goats shall move up to fill the vacancy. Should
any goat be disqualified after the class has been dismissed from
the show ring, the lower placing goats will not move into any
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
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).
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,
INJURIESOR 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, RING STEWARDS, AND VOLUNTEERS.]
Computing Ages for ABGA & JABGA National Shows
establish June 1 as the date for computing age classes..
Determining Class Breaks for Junior Division ABGA National
Show: The Junior Division in the Percentage does, Fullblood
Does and Fullblood Bucks will be broken by age starting with
the youngest to the oldest with no more than a 90 day age
spread in each class. Class breaks will not be determined until
all entries have checked in at the National Show.
late entry fees, your entries must be in the ABGA office by the
end of business day May 7, 2018 (5:00 P.M. CST). Entry fees are
Entry Fees / Late Entries
in the ABGA National Show and $30 per head in the JABGA
National Show. The entry fee for the Bred and Owned JABGA
is $20 per head. Substitutions are available for a fee of $25 per
head until the end of Check In at 4:00 p.m. Sunday June 10, 2018
for JABGA exhibitors, and 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, for
ABGA Open Show Exhibitors.
All entry fee(s) for goats received after 5:00 P.M. CST on May
8th are subject to a late fee. Mail courier and other delays are
not considered in determining entry fees: the receipt date
will determine if a late entry fee is required. There will be
an additional $10 per animal late fee charged for each class
entry received between May 8th 2018 and May 15th 2018. Any
late entries received from May 16th 2018 and before the end
of Check In at 4:00 p.m. Sunday June 10th 2018 for JABGA
exhibitors, and 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 11th, 2018, for ABGA
Open Show Exhibitors will require a double entry fee. Any entry
received after May 15, 2018 will not be in the show program.
No entries will be accepted until the animal is first listed in
the ABGA herd book. Entries are required to provide the
information as listed on the entry form. Entry for group classes
is required but will also be done at check-in.
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identification (ear tags* are not permanent IDs) and or a
microchip (owner must supply reader) corresponding to the
ABGA 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. Any
animal disqualified in a regular class for a cull fault or tattoo
will not be eligible for the pairs or group classes. (*please see
attached JABGA National Regional Show rules in reference to
Commercial Does and Market Goats.)
By 24 months of age, does must have kidded or show evidence
of visible udder formation consistent with late-term pregnancy.
JABGA Bred & Owned Classes: All JABGA National Show entries
where the JABGA member is both the animal’s sole Breeder and
Owner can be entered into the applicable JABGA Bred & Owned
Class in addition to the regular class for an additional $20.00.
The breeder of an animal is the owner or lessee of record of a
kid’s dam on the date of service.
Heelers/JABGA National Show
JABGA National Show in the yearling classes and older to assist
youth exhibitors under the age of twelve (12) as of January
1, 2018 or members with physical or mental disabilities. [The
youth exhibitor must show their goat and be assisted by the
heeler]. Heelers must be current JABGA Member. A heeler is
allowed to only lead and or hold the animal.
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-yearold
entry). All goats on the grounds must meet Nebraska State
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.
Judging: 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.
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 goat
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.
Nebraska State Fairgrounds at Fonner Park Regulations
Nebraska State Fairgrounds. Regulations will be enforced by
ABGA Show Chair and/or Nebraska State Fairgrounds at Fonner
Park 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
alcohol venue, and cooking is not allowed inside the facility.
Goat Health Requirements
ABGA / JABGA National Shows exhibitors will need a Medication
Report filled out and turned into the office with their entry
packet. Goats must be accompanied by a current health
certificate to enter the state of Nebraska. The health certificate
is to be issued by your veterinarian within the past 30 days
and must state the goats are for show purposes. All goats are
expected to be healthy, free of disease and in show condition.
All goats in the barn must comply with Federal and State
Scrapie and the state of Nebraska 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 goats 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 goats thereto. This includes, but is not limited to,
actual and consequential damages.
Nebraska State Veterinary Office
Office contact number is (402) 471-2351.
Each exhibitor’s veterinarian is required to call the Nebraska
State USDA Office to obtain animal health requirements.
Exhibitors failing to meet Nebraska animal health requirements
are subject to fines and removal from the Nebraska State
Fairgrounds at Fonner Park.
exhibitors during check-in of a local veterinarian that can assist
exhibitors with goat health issues. The contact information of
the veterinarian will also be posted in the check-in area.
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 Ring Stewards based on in the barn
Buy In Arrival
permitted to arrive and unload on Saturday June 8th from 4:00
pm-8:00 pm. A fee of $10 per head with a maximum cost of
$100 per Exhibitor will be charged for early arrival. Only JABGA
entries are exempt from this fee. ABGA entries traveling with a
JABGA participant are not exempt from the early arrival fee.
All fitting and trimming must be done in the designated area.
No fitting or trimming will be permitted in the arena area.
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 subject
to terms of ABGA Rules and Regulations. Any evidence of
a cosmetic surgical alteration of an exhibited goat will be a
disqualification and that exhibitor will be subject to terms
of ABGA Rules and Regulations. 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 subject to terms of ABGA Rules and
Regulations. 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
a random DNA, urine, blood, and or hair laboratory test, and
or an ultrasound scan of any goat entered for competition, at
ABGA’s discretion. The ABGA reserves the right to test any or
all champions at their discretion. 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 there of 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,
excluding ultrasound which may be performed on location, will
be paid for by ABGA and will be completed within 60 days after
the show. If a goat tests positive for a performance enhancing
substance at the national show the exhibitor will be subject
to disciplinary actions as described in the ABGA Rules and
Sale of Goods at Pens
With the exception of sales of semen or goats owned
by the exhibitor advertising on the End Cap, or the exhibitor
whose goats are penned in the pens, NO VENDOR OR
INDIVIDUAL SALES WILL BE ALLOWED from the Display / Tack
Pens or End Cap Areas. End Cap Size: 12 X 6. Exhibitor’s Display
must stay within the defined area for end caps.
the number goats presented by the exhibitor to show officials
at check-in. Allowances are made for a tack area and multiple
bucks over one year of age providing space is available. The
assigning of pens is at the discretion of the superintendents.
Pens for entries received at check-in are subject to availability.
Additional shavings will be available for a fee at the Fairgrounds
office. Pens will be pre-assigned before the show. Members can
divide the pens with a divider. If several exhibitors want to pen
together, they must note this on their entry form. Exhibitors
may have a sign over their exhibit advertising their own herd.
Show Superintendents can remove exhibitors’ signs at their
discretion. A goat 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 area. Pen Size
Premier Exhibitor Award
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 goats entered in a class from the official
class sheets. Goats 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 Chair.
The Donald Bird Premier Breeder Award
*Awards for Junior Show Classes
*Awards for Junior Show Classes: Class winners will receive a
buckle in both the JABGA and Bred & Owned JABGA shows.
Ribbons will be awarded to the first through tenth place goats
in all JABGA classes and first through fifth on bred and owned
JABGA classes. Junior, Yearling, and Senior Division Grand
Champions and Reserve
Grand Champions receive a rosette in the JABGA and Bred &
Owned JABGA shows. A cash prize, banner and trophy will be
awarded to the Overall Grand Champion ($400) and Overall
Reserve Grand Champion ($300) goats in the JABGA and Bred &
Owned JABGA show.
Form 1099 and will be held for proper documentation as
Premier Sire Award
the sire that has accumulated the most class points (10 point
system) earned by three or more exhibited offspring during
the 2018 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 goats
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.
tattoo will not be eligible for the pairs or group classes.
Pair Classes: Entry fee is $5 per pair. Goats must be shown in
their regular class and pre-entered. 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
The following rules apply for group classes. The
goats must be shown in their regular class and pre-entered by
the Yearling division class of each division. Exhibitors will have
to fill out and bring a card to the ring listing each animals tattoo
and registration number for the group classes.
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 person.
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 same person.
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. Goats owned by other
exhibitors may be included provided the exhibitor of the
breeder’s herd is the breeder of the included goat(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 BREEDER’S HERD: The exhibitor of the herd
must be breeder of record. Goats owned by other exhibitors
may be included provided the exhibitor of the breeder’s herd
is the breeder of the included goat(s). 1.) Two percentage does
less than 12 months, 2.) Two percent- age does 12 months or
JABGA National Show Individual Competition Rules
2. At the JABGA National Show, points will be awarded to the top 15 competitors in Public Speaking, Livestock Judging, Sales Talk, Skillathon and Showmanship, with the highest score receiving 15 points and each subsequent score receiving one point less, down to one point for 15th place.
3. At JABGA National Show, points will be awarded for the top placing animal for each exhibitor with first place receiving 10 points and each subsequent placing receiving one less point, down to one point for 10th place. Points will be awarded to the highest placing entry for each participant to include, JABGA Sanctioned Show, market, and commercial doe show. Maximum of 10 points will be awarded based on the highest placing of a single animal.
4. If a participant competes in more than one JABGA regional show, their highest 4 placings in the Public Speaking, Livestock Judging, Sales talk, Goat Show, Skillathon, and Showmanship will be used to determined their total regional score that will be used for the National Competition. (one score per competition area)
5. Each participant can earn an additional 10 bonus points by attending and participating in more than one JABGA Regional Show or participating in the National Show. Total additional bonus points are limited to 10 per participant.
6. JABGA Sanctioned show rules will be followed for JABGA National show.
Recognition and Awards
- To receive awards, contestants must attend the entire awards ceremony. Any unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.
- Ties: in the event of ties in the overall competition, ties will be broken by comparing scores in the following events:
a. 1st tie breaker Showmanship b. 2nd tie breaker Skillathon c. 3rd tie breaker Goat Judging
- National Awards will be presented to the top five competitors in each age division for Public Speaking, Sales Talk, Livestock Judging, Skillathon and Showmanship.
- National Show Awards will be presented to cumulative high point winner for each age division and a single overall JABGA National Show Winner
- Junior Division winners cannot compete for the single overall JABGA National Show winner
JABGA Commerical Doe Show
1. Participants must show their own commercial doe unless there are two or more commercial does entered by the same participant in a particular class. This includes the champion drive
2. Commercial doe must have ownership declared before weigh-in and may not be entered or shown in another youth’s name after being weighed in.
3. Commercial Does may be exhibited with hair.
4. Does exhibited in the commercial doe show are not permitted to be exhibited in the ABGA or JABGA sanctioned show.
5. Participation at the National Show is limited to JABGA members.
6. Ethical Fitting Practices must be observed at all times.
7. The commercial does will be shown in Divisions by age. Class breaks within the divisions will be calculated by weight. Show management reserves the right to adjust the class numbers and breaks as needed.
8. Classes will be divided into three divisions
- Class 1 will be for does that have all milk teeth in place
- Class 2 will be for does with 2 adult teeth in place
- Class 3 will be for does with 4 tooth and older
9. Grand and Reserve in each Division will compete for Grand and Reserve Champion commercial doe.
10. All Commercial does must have scrapie tag in place and match health certificate.
11. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals at the National Show will be drug tested. Random animals may also be selected for drug testing. At time of testing Quality Assurance Forms will be available to provide information of any medication recently given.
12. Minimum 50% payout on entry fees
JABGA Market Show
1. Wethers and does can be exhibited
2. Participants must show their own market goat unless there are two or more entries entered by the same participant in a particular class. This includes the champion drive.
3. Market goats must have ownership declared before weigh-in and may not be entered or shown in another youth’s name after being weighed in.
4. Market goats must be slick shorn to an even length above the hock but excluding the head and tail switch.
5. Wethers may not have testicular tissue or exhibit behavioral signs of still being intact male.
6. Participation at the National Show is limited to JABGA members.
7. Ethical Fitting Practices must be observed at all times.
8. Market goats will be shown in classes by weight. Show Management reserves the right to adjust the class numbers and breaks as needed.
9. Classes will be divided evenly into three divisions
10. Grand & Reserve in each Division will compete for Grand & Reserve Champion Market Goat.
11. All market goats must have a scrapie tag in place and match health certificate.
12. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals at the National Show will be drug tested. Random animals may also be selected for drug testing. At time of testing Quality Assurance Forms will be available to provide information of any medication recently given.