Australian All Breeds Miniature Goat Society Inc.

INC#: IA41987
HEAD OFFICE: 1165 Brightview Road, Brightview QLD 4311

AABMGS Inc. Show Rules

1. General Show Rules


 a) All Entry Forms must be filled in correctly, signed and a copy sent to the Show Manager prior to each show. The entry close date and all other relevant information will be made available prior to each show.


b) The original Entry Form is to be handed in to and along with all Entry Fees to the Show Manager or other assigned Steward on the day prior to judging.

(Please refer to the current show schedule for the Exhibiting Fee)


c) The Breed Standards and Height requirements for each breed can be found on the AAMBGS Inc. Website:


d) All goats must hold a current Registration Certificate which will be sighted by the Show Manager or assigned Steward on the day of exhibiting. The Registration Certificate is considered proof of the animals identity and age.

(The assigned Steward's information will be available prior to each Show and included on the Show Schedule). The registration certificate from any breed society or group is permitted.


e) All goats will be measured in prior to the commencement of judging by the assigned Steward. Any goat deemed over height for the class entered, will not be permitted to be exhibited on the day.

(Please refer to the current show schedule for the Height information)


f) All goats must have NLIS Ear Tags in place for identification purposes and these will be sighted on the day of exhibiting. The tag number must correspond with the information listed on the goats Registration Certificate.

g) Photographs and the results will be published on the AABMGS Inc. website and other forms of social media for promotional purposes and all Exhibitors are required to cooperate while photographs are being taken by the assigned Photographer on the day of showing.


h) All Exhibitors will be issued a Program and are required to check for any errors made regarding their goats names and classes. Exhibitors must notify the Show Manager of any errors prior to Judging so corrections can be made.

i) Exhibits that are considered ‘tested’ goats must have had a whole herd check test completed for both Johnes (JD) and Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) within the last 12 months. Test results MUST be provided to the Show manager prior to the show day. Animals meeting tested requirements will be penned separately to those that are untested.

j) Basic biosecurity regulations apply to all exhibits. Further biosecurity is the responsibility of the individual. We recommend curtains or tarps in-between pens and using bedding and buckets brought from home. A 2-metre buffer zone will apply to the exhibition ring where animals will be judged in the same class together as per veterinary recommendation. There will be a tested and untested side to the ring. The judge will use hand sanitizer in between each animal.

k) Milk is to be contained. The storage and ‘milking out’ of a goat at a show must be contained with no milk products being moved into the areas of other exhibits.


 l) State specific paperwork and health statements must be submitted with your entries. This is required for the state that you are exhibiting in.

m) Regarding imported breeds (Nigerian and Pygmy); animals with 12.6% and above imported genetics must be exhibited in their associated class. Animals 12.6% and above cannot be shown in any other class.

2. Exhibits


a) Presentation of each goat is dependent on the individual breed and at the discretion of the individual owner. Goats are required to be healthy, clean, well groomed and free of lice, mites and ticks. Goats can be shown with their natural coat or clipped and hooves need to be neatly trimmed.


b) Any goat deemed to appear unwell, in poor condition or injured on the day of Exhibiting will be scratched from the Program in consultation with the owner.


c) All goats must wear a collar or halter at all times and an adequate lead must be attached whenever a goat is being exhibited and not contained in a pen, goats must be handled by a competent person at all times.


d) The AABMGS Inc. allows some breeds of goats with horns to be exhibited as long as the horns are neat, tidy, symmetrical and the goat is well behaved and not considered a danger to other exhibitors or spectators. This is specific to the breed type of miniature goat for horn allowances. Animals for other breed types born after 2014 must be neatly disbudded or polled. Animals born prior to 2014 are allowed to be exhibited with horns. Scurs over 5cm in length are under the same rules as horned animals.


e) Any goat who is behaving in an unruly or aggressive manner may be removed from the ring.


f) Bucks over the age of 12 months but under 24 months must be handled by a competent person over the age of 15 years and bucks over the age of 24 months must be handled by a person over the age of 18 years.

g) No treats or food are to be brought into the ring. Any exhibitor doing so will be excluded from the class and not placed.


3. Exhibitors


a) Exhibitors and exhibits must not display any form of identification while in the show ring.


b) Exhibitors may have displays advertising their Stud and or information as long as it is not placed in a manner where it can be seen by the judge prior to or during judging.


c) Exhibitors must present themselves in a neat and tidy manner with covered in footwear. AABMGS Inc. shirts will be made available for purchase. All exhibitors must wear either a AABMGS Inc shirt or a plain collared shirt (in the colour or white, blue or black) while exhibiting. Short shorts, and skirts above knee length are not permitted.


d) Exhibitors, family and friends are expected to behave in an appropriate manner which is respectful to all other exhibitors and members of the public. Unacceptable behaviour may result in being excluded from any further classes on the day.


e) No form of bullying or poor sportsmanship will be tolerated at any time.


f) Exhibitors are to follow the directions of the Steward and the Judge at all times.


g) Exhibitors are not to speak to the judge prior to or during judging, except for when answering questions which the Judge may ask you in the ring. If you need to ask a question, direct it to the ring steward.


h) Exhibitors are to treat their goats with respect and compassion at all times. Any type of cruelty or abusive behaviour will result in the Exhibitor being excluded from further classes on the day and possibly all future AABMGS Inc. shows.

i) Speaking in the ring, while on exhibition, between exhibitors is discouraged.

j) ring etiquette is of utmost importance, exhibitors are to remain alert as to keep your eyes on the judge and await any instructions. Exhibitors are to be knowledgeable of their exhibit at all times in respect to age, current gestation term etc.

k) Exhibitors may only take one exhibit into the ring to be judged at a time.

l) Ages for handler classes are; Kiddy Klass (7 years and below), Junior Handler (8-16 years), Adult Handler (17 years and above).

  4. Judges


a) All Judges must be a qualified Goat Breed Judge.


b) A copy of the Show Rules and Breed Standards will be provided to each Judge when they are engaged.


c) The Judges decision is final and any disputes are to be directed to the Show Manager at the conclusion of the Show.


d) No classes will be rejudged for any reason. It is the Exhibitors responsibility to ensure they are present and prepared to enter the ring on time.


e) Any animal with disqualifying faults will be quietly passed over and will not be placed. Split scrotum and double teats are a disqualifying fault in the AABMGS inc. for all breed types. Miniature Boers are the only breed type where double teats are NOT a disqualifying fault (Miniature Boers must have either two teats in total or four teats whereby they are symmetrical).


f) In the event of only one goat being entered into a class the Judge is not obliged to reward the goat with first place. The goat will be judged on their own merits and breed standard, and the Judge may withhold placement if the goat does not meet their breed requirements.

 5. Stewards


a) A Steward can be any person who has a clear understanding of the show rules and the procedure. They need to be confident when communicating with and directing exhibitors.  There may be more than one Steward depending on the number of exhibits and task requirements.


b) Stewards may have their goats exhibited on the day by another capable person.


c) The ring Steward is responsible for calling classes, informing the Judge of the number of exhibits in each classes and ensuring the exhibitors enter and assemble in the ring promptly to avoid delays.

d) The ring steward is to be respected at all times. Their instructions and word are final. Cooperation at all times is expected of all exhibitors.


6. Show Manager


a) The Show Manager along with the Stewards are responsible for the smooth running of the show.


b) The Show Manager has the authority to enforce the Show Rules and exclude any exhibitor deemed in breach of the rules at any time.


c) Any complaints or disputes are to be directed to the Show Manager who will attempt to rectify any issues if they are deemed necessary.


d) The Show Manager is not required to rectify or address all complaints on the day of the show if they feel they need to consult with the AABMGS Inc. Management Committee to make a professional decision.


e) The Show Manager is required to report any complaints and disputes to the AABMGS Inc. Management Committee as soon as possible after the show.


f) The Show Manager is responsible for ensuring that a correct record of the show results are documented and photos are made available.


g) The Show Manager may seek and appoint capable people to assist with the roles of Stewarding, photographing, and documenting information on the day of the show.