Show Rules for ACA Nationally Sponsored Shows

ACA National Show – Louisville, KY • National Western Stock Show – Denver, CO • Ft. Worth Stock Show – Ft. Worth, TX
Cattlemen’s Congress – Oklahoma City, OK • American Royal, Kansas City, MO

ACA SHOW RULES – Please note, rules for individual shows may vary some.

ALL EXHIBITORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR SHOW HARNESSES WHILE EXHIBITING THEIR ANIMALS.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – All entries must be received by show entry deadline and are non-refundable.

All entries in ACA sponsored shows must be made by active adult or junior members (includes all partial interest owners) in current account standing with the ACA. All entries are subject to the provisions and rules set forth by the Board of Directors of the ACA.

6.25% Rule – Breeding Cattle born on or after January 1, 2012 must have a minimum of 6.25% Chianina blood to participate in ACA nationally sponsored shows such as the NAILE.

ACA registration papers must be presented to the breed superintendent at the show. All animals with a tattoo not corresponding with its ACA registration papers will be ineligible to compete. All animals showing MUST be REGISTERED with the ACA. Applications for registration will not be considered as valid proof of ownership for the purposes of this show. Original registration papers must be presented to the breed superintendent at check in.

Entry Rules

Chianina and Chiangus entries will NOT be entered by designated show classes at the time of nomination. Classes will be broke after all animals are checked in at the show.

Individual bull and female classes will be divided into as nearly equal numbers as possible depending on natural age breaks of entries and the total number of animals to be exhibited.

The bulls will be judged first starting with the youngest bull class through the oldest bull class. The females will be judged starting with the youngest female class through the oldest female class. Group classes will be shown following the female classes.

Please Note: All females 18 months and older exhibited at the ACA National Show must have a certificate of pregnancy from a licensed veterinarian or have produced fertile eggs as certified in a written statement by a licensed veterinarian or embryologist or have a calf at side.

All bulls shown in individual classes must have a permanent nose ring and an attached lead.

* Only Bulls will be weighed in the makeup ring.

SHOWS

Show 1 – All registered Chianina, Chimaine, and Chiford.

Show 2 – All registered 1CA, 2CA and PCA Chiangus cattle, and Red Chiangus cattle.

Classes will be determined by age, using the futurity system.

DIVISIONS

Female Divisions for 2021-2022 Show Season (May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022)

Summer Heifer Calf: May 1 – May 31, 2021
Late Junior Calf: March 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
Early Junior Calf: Jan. 1, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021
Senior Calf: Sept. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020
Summer Yearling: May 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2020
Late Spring Yearling – April 1 – April 30, 2020
Early Spring Yearling – March 1 – March 31, 2020
Junior Yearling: Jan. 1, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2020
Senior Yearling: Sept. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2019
Cow/Calf: All females older that Sept. 1, 2019 with a calf at side

Bull Divisions for 2021-2022 Show Season (May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022)

Late Junior Calf: April 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Early Junior Calf: Jan. 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021
Senior Calf: Sept. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020
Summer Yearling: May 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2020
Junior Yearling: Jan. 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
Senior Yearling: Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2019

There will be a cow/calf class in each division and the class winner will show for Grand Champion. Must be a natural calf, at side, with a maximum age limit of 260 days. Calves cannot be split off their dams and shown in individual calf classes. Cows born prior to January 1, 2012 are exempt from the 6.25% rule. Calves must meet % requirements.

 Note: Cow/Calf pairs need to be nursing their own calves in order to be shown and may be required to have the calf nurse in the ring.

Animal Age Requirements:

Bulls – Calved January 1, 2019 thru May 31, 2021
Females – Calved September 1, 2019 thru May 31, 2021
May 31, 2021 will be the minimum age requirement on cattle. The only exception to the maximum or minimum age as stated above will be in the cow/calf classes.

GROUP CLASSES

Produce of Dam: Two head produced by the same dam, both were exhibited in the individual classes. Need not be owned by the same exhibitor. The “dam” must be registered with the ACA (excludes commercial or foundation animals).

Junior Get-of-Sire: Three head by the same sire calved after Sept. 1, 2020. Both sexes represented. All three were exhibited in the individual classes. Need not be owned by the same exhibitor. The “sire” must be registered with the ACA (excludes commercial or foundation animals).

Senior Get-of-Sire: Four head by the same sire. Both sexes represented. All four were exhibited in the individual classes. Need not be owned by the same exhibitor. The “sire” must be registered with the ACA (excludes commercial or foundation animals).

Best Six Head: Six animals owned, co-owned, or bred by one exhibitor or by a member of the immediate family. All six were exhibited in the individual classes.

Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards will be presented at the 2021 ACA National Show.

In the event of a disagreement, a representative of the ACA will make the final decision as to which division any animal is assigned.