Exhibitor Info

SHOW RULES

Eligibility – ABGA National Show

Exhibitors must be a current 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 Herdbooks of ABGA. No entries will be accepted until the animal is first registered in an ABGA herdbook. 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

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 or junior member’s sibling or step sibling with current membership at same address with linked junior accounts documented with ABGA. 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

Throughout the ABGA and JABGA 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

Throughout the ABGA and JABGA 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.

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. Maximum exhibitor age is 18 years of age or younger on January 1, 2017.

JABGA Showmanship Classes

Exhibitors entered in 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 shown by the same exhibitor showing it in showmanship.

Special Needs of an Exhibitor

Exhibitors entered in 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 shown by the same exhibitor showing it in showmanship.

Interpretation and Violation of Rules

The 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 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.

Show Superintendent

National Show regulations and show rules will be adhered to and enforced by ABGA National Show Superintendents.

Judges Decision

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.

Official Protests

Official protests for exhibitor’s fraud or 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 stand- ing with ABGA can file a protest. Any such protest must plainly state the fraud or misrepresenta- tion 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.

Disqualification

Any goat showing any pronounced defect 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 will be a disqualification. Illegible tattoos or tattoos inconsistent with registration papers will result in disqualification. 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 higher position.

No Liability

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).

Indemnification

PARTICIPANT AGREES TO HOLD HARMLESS AND UNCONDITIONALLY IN- DEMNIFY 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 PAR- TICIPANT, 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

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.

Entry Deadline

To enter the 2017 National without paying late entry fees, your entries must be in the ABGA office by the end of business day May 8 , 2017 (5:00 P.M. CST). Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Entry Fees / Late Entries

The entry fee for goats is $40 per head 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 11 for JABGA exhibitors, and 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 12, 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 9th 2017 and May 16th 2017. Any late entries received from May 17th 2017 and before the end of Check In at 4:00 p.m. Sunday June 11th 2017 for JABGA exhibitors, and 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 12th, 2017, for ABGA Open Show Exhibitors will require a double entry fee. Any entry received after May 16, 2017 will not be in the show program. No entries will be accepted until the animal is first listed in the ABGA herdbook. 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.

Identification

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 individ- ual class. Does must have kidded or exhibited pregnancy by 24 months of age.

JABGA Bred & Owned Classes

All JABGA National Show entries where the JABGA member is both the animals 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

Heelers are allowed in the JABGA National Show in the (six to nine month classes) and older to assist youth exhibitors under the age of twelve (12) as of January 1, 2017 or members with physical or mental disabilities. [The youth exhibitor must show their goat and be assisted by the heeler]. Heelers must be JABGA Member. A heeler is allowed to only lead and or hold the the animal.

Unauthorized Goats

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 Nebraska State health requirements.

Unruly Goats

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.

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.

Participant Conduct

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 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

Exhibitors are responsible for knowing the regulations of the 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

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

The Nebraska State USDA Office contact number is (402) 471-2351. The website is: www.nda.nebraska.gov/regulations/animal/tilac.html#7. Each exhibitor’s veterinarian is required to call the Nebraska State USDA Office to obtain animal health require- ments. Exhibitors failing to meet Nebraska animal health requirements are subject to fines and removal from the Nebraska State Fairgrounds at Fonner Park.

Veterinary Services

ABGA will provide contact information to 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.

Pets

Pets (dogs, in particular) are strictly prohibited from being on the grounds.

Exhibitor Parking

The Nebraska State Fairgrounds at Fonner Park 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.

Exhibitor Numbers

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.

Show Schedule

The Show Schedule is included in the Show Packet and on the website. It is 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 Goats MUST Be Out of the Barn by Noon Saturday June 17, 2017.

Fitting

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 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 Rule 1400.L. 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 Rule 1400. 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 Rule 1400.L. 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 perform one or any combination of 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 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, 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 a national show that goat will be banned from competing in any future ABGA and JABGA sanctioned shows. The owner must surrender the registration certificate to the ABGA office within 30 days of receipt of notice for labeling as ineligible to show. In the event the owner fails to surrender the registration certificate to the ABGA office the owner shall be subject to further sanctions as described in ABGA Rule 1400.L.
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.

Pens

Due to the expected large number of entries and limited goat 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. 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 Ring Stewards. Pens for entries received at check-in are subject to availability. Upon arrival, the pens will have shavings if paid at time of entry. 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. There will be no reserving” pen space for other exhibitors. 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 Chair 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.

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 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

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

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 or banner in the JABGA and Bred & Owned JABGA shows.

A cash prize, banner or rosette, 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.

*JABGA Premiums

Premiums in the individual JABGA and JABGA Bred and Owned classes will be paid based on the following Schedule:

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 2015 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.

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 classes.

Group Classes

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.


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 breeders 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 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 breeders herd is the breeder of the included goat(s).

  • 1.) Two percentage does less than 12 months,
  • 2.) Two percentage does 12 months or greater.