Show Sanction Information


If you want to sponsor a show, read the show rules in the handbook or online. As a sponsor, you would have to pay the office for the sanction(s), hire a judge chosen from the published list of AGS official judges, organize the classes, locate facilities for the show, establish a time for the show and rules for the show, and arrange for clerical help during check-in and show. You would also have to be familiar with the show rules, determine what awards (championship rosettes and certificates come from AGS with the sanction) will be given, and clean up afterwards.

The show secretary is very important. This person must know the rules well enough to assist the judge, be well-organized enough to obtain the sanction (at least three months before the show date), record wins, and properly fill out the Report of Awards for the office.

Postcards will be sent from the office (verifying the win was awarded to the grand or reserve in each sanction) to the owners of the animals.

Sanctions are offered on bucks, junior does, and senior does of each breed. The office keeps records on shows won, and three official wins, or legs, in shows containing at least ten (10) animals per sanction, (at least eight (8) of which must be in milk for senior does), under two different judges with at least two (2) different exhibitors competing, will give an animal a master championship. If the animal also has an AR in production testing, the animal is an ARMCH (Advanced Registry Master Champion).

Showmanship is important in exhibiting animals. An animal should be posed to show its height, width, length, and femininity or masculinity to their best advantage. Generally an animal is posed with its front feet squarely under it and spread apart to show chest width. Rear feet are also spread apart, and they should be placed so there is a straight line from the pin bones, through the hocks, to the pasterns. The head is held high enough to make the animal look alert and attractive. Excessive handling might cause the animal to look sway-backed or shallow, so once the animal is placed, it is best simply to stand and hold the collar.

Leads or leashes interfere with control, a hand on a collar is a better way to control an animal, even if it is very small.

The animal should always be between the exhibitor and the judge, so the exhibitor must often move to keep from blocking the judge’s vision. When animals circle the ring, it should be in a clockwise rotation, and animals should be turned toward the exhibitor (the exhibitor should be in front of the animal on a turn, not behind it). Exhibitors should be neat. White show uniforms are preferred. Showmanship classes, which are not sanctioned, add to the educational value of the show. Such classes are usually offered for different ages of exhibitors. They are judged on 100 points, with fifty (50) offered on showmanship ability, forty (40) on grooming of the animal, and ten (10) on appearance of the exhibitor.

Other unsanctioned classes might include classes for wethers. If exhibitors in a particular area do not like to think of their wethers as meat animals, the judge should be informed of this before the show so he doesn’t make butcher-type comments in the ring.

Group classes help people see uniformity of strong and weak points in herds and their owner’s breeding programs. Show committees need to decide whether exhibitors of group classes must own all animals shown, or if they may borrow needed animals from other exhibitors. Common group classes are:

Junior get of sire--three does, not in milk, sired by same buck. Get of sire--three does, any age, at least one in milk, sired by same sire Produce of dam--three does out of the same dam. Dam and produce--a doe and two daughters. Best Pair--any two, selected by exhibitor. Breeder’s trio--any three, selected by exhibitor. Club or Chapter group--five does owned by at least three members of the same 4-H or FFA club or chapter Dairy Herd--See Mrs. J.C. Lincoln awards, see below for requirements. State Herd--eight animals owned by at least five exhibitors from the same state. This would be a good class for a national show. Milking competitions are also educational and fun. Either exhibitors milk their own animals, and it’s strictly a speed/quantity competition, or the judge will be asked to determine which milker uses the best techniques including cleanliness. Judging classes can be offered for children, divided into age groups. Each child can judge four classes of four animals in ten minutes per class, to see who comes closest to the judge’s placings and reasons. This class is judged on a basis of 100 points, fifty (50) on placing accuracy, and fifty (50) on reasons: accuracy, organization, and presentation. Neither AGS nor sponsoring agencies can accept liability for death, damages, disease, or loss of animals, equipment, or exhibitors while at or en route to or from a show. Showmen or exhibitors accept those liabilities.


The Mrs. J.C. Lincoln Dairy Herd Award will be available at any AGS sanctioned show where the Dairy Herd class(es) meets application, show report and class requirements. Class requirements are that the class will consist of four or more dairy herds of four or more does per herd, herds owned by 4 or more different owners. The Lincoln Dairy Herd award is $25 and a certificate to the first place dairy herd. Herds that participate and win more than once will only receive the certificate after the first win.

It is the responsibility of the show secretary to send the names of the herds participating with the names of the herd owners to the office with the winning herd noted*.

If not included with the show report, award will not be honored. The cash award can be earned by a particular herd owner only once per year. Certificates will be awarded after that.

American Goat Society sanctions a show by:

  1. offering well-trained judges,
  2. furnishing championship rosettes and certificates,
  3. keeping records of show wins in the office,
  4. supplying Master Championship certificates based on recorded wins.
A local club or individual sponsors a show by:

  1. hiring a judge and furnishing any equipment the judge requires,
  2. applying for the AGS sanction 30 to 90 days before the show,
  3. furnishing a show ring and penning facilities,
  4. setting classes for show entries,
  5. formulating local show rules within the confines of AGS rules,
  6. publicizing the show,
  7. cleaning up facilities after the show.
Exhibitors accept responsibility for:

  1. care, protection, feeding, and watering of animals at show and en route,
  2. having animals properly groomed and trained,
  3. bringing only healthy animals to the show,
  4. having original and correct registration papers on hand for all show animals,
  5. using their own proper equipment for care and showing,
  6. helping with clean up at local show if officials so request
  7. transporting animals to and from the show.
Single breed (per show): $20.00
Each additional sanction: $10.00 (when applied for at the same time)

The scale for 3 sanctions (i.e., Sr. does, jr. does, bucks) would be: $40-60 days in advance 30-59 days in advance: $50.00
15-29 days in advance: $60.00
Less than 30 days in advance requires a pre-paid over-night return postage paid box must be included.
Each additional breed per sanction:$5.00

All these are based on the "60 or more days before the show" price.
Sr. doe sanction-$20each additional breed $5 (so if I wanted to sanction all 9 breeds of Sr. does, it would be another $40) Total $60
Second sanction in the same show-$10 Jr. does +$40 ($5 per breed) Total $50
Third sanction in same show-$10 Bucks + $40($5 per breed) Total $50
For a total of $160 this includes Best Udder rosettes in the senior doe sanction as well as Grand & Reserve rosettes and CC if offered.

Additionally, you get the certificates for all the sanctioned breeds. Please see show sanction rate sheet or contact the office for more information.

Reduced rate sanction:$10.00
AGS offers a discounted (reduced rate) show sanction that does not include rosettes or award certificates. This service was added to assist our members in hosting or dual sanctioning shows. The rate is $10 for a single breed sanction. Members who win Grand or Reserve at these shows may request a rosette and certificate from the AGS office for a $5 fee. (BOD 2005)

Contact the office for more details.

  Show Sanction Application
  Show Sanction Rate Sheet

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