Rules & Regulations

2017 National Junior Shorthorn Show

All exhibitors, their parents, legal guardians, employees or agents as a condition of participation, do hereby release and forfeit all legal rights to bring litigation in any form or any state against the ASA, its Board of Directors, employees or show officials for claims arising in any manner from the enforcement, interpretation of any rules or policies of ASA.

  1. Exhibitors must be a paid member of the AJSA and must be 7 as of January 1, 2017, and not have had their 22nd birthday as of January 1, 2017.
  2. Early entries must be done online by May 1, 2017. Late entries accepted online after May 1 and not later than May 15, 2017.
  3. Entry substitutions will be allowed until the May 15 deadline. Absolutely no entries online or substituted past May 15.
  4. Animals must be officially registered to the one person who will be showing it at Junior Nationals by May 1, 2017.
  5. Animals must be in the name of only ONE individual junior member to be eligible to show. (no farm name allowed)
  6. You must have registration papers at check-in.
  7. Animals entered in the National Junior Shorthorn Show must be tattooed. We will not verify tattoos at check-in but animals tattoo must match the corresponding registration papers. If there becomes a reason to check, entries not matching will be disqualified from show.
  8. All animals will be weighed at check-in on July 4 the weight per day of age may be provided to the judge. Exhibitors will bring their registration papers and health papers to the processing area. All Champion and Reserve Champion Division and show Champions and Reserve Champions will be subject to DNA testing. This will be done at the completion of each show.
  9. General health requirements for the state in which the show is held will be followed. Current health papers must accompany the animals at the show.
  10. All members of the AJSA in attendance at the Junior National are expected to conduct themselves in a manner becoming an AJSA member and abide by the on-site directives of the host state. Violations of these standards include, but are not limited to: misrepresentation of animals, vandalism, theft, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, failure to comply with the directives of officials, being under the influence of intoxicating or prohibited substances, or willful violation of rules. Failure to cohere to the above regulations may lead to disciplinary actions, which may include expulsion from the event at the discretion of the AJSA/ASA staff and/or a disciplinary committee.
  11. Exhibitor must show his/her own animals unless excused by the ASA Junior Activities Director. Only exhibitors who are in attendance at the Junior National and are physically unable to show the animals due to illness or injury, with a doctor’s note as confirmation, will be excused. The animal may be shown only by a family member of the owner, if such a family member is present at the Junior National and is an AJSA member. If this family member doesn’t exist, the owner may secure another junior member to show his/her animals if excused by ASA Junior Activities Director. Written explanation and doctor’s note must be given to the ASA Junior Activities Director prior to the show in cases of illness, injury or if exhibitor has more than one entry in the same class.
  12. All exhibitors must wear the official 2017 Junior National Shirt when showing entries, excluding showmanship and team fitting. (Showmanship will have its own t-shirt that must be worn). Every exhibitor must also wear the correct show number in a show harness for all shows. (These back numbers are specific to the individual animal being shown)
  13. Any exhibitor who loses control of his/her entry three times in a single appearance in the show ring (calf gets away) will be required to remove the animal from the ring. For the sake of safety of all exhibitors and spectators, this rule will be at the discretion at the ASA staff and directors.
  14. Exhibitors are NOT permitted to have help or assistance handling their animals from anyone but show officials, unless they have a physical or mental handicap or are otherwise impaired. Size/age alone is not considered a valid impairment. All exhibitors who meet the qualifications for allowing assistance and plan to do so must give prior notification to the ASA Director of Junior Activities.
  15. The American Shorthorn Association reserves the right to disqualify any animal that has been fitted in an unethical manner. Unethical fitting situations include: a) Any altering of the natural color of the animal. If the animal is red it is red, if it is white it is white, if it is black it is black. b) The addition of any hair or hair like substances (including twine), false tailheads, and false polls (false tail switches are allowed); c) The cutting, tearing or gluing of the hide or underneath the hide or removal of tissue in an attempt to alter the shape of the animal; d) The injection of any gas, solid or liquid under the hide to alter the normal conformation; e) Any attempt to disrupt or change the normal dental development of the animal; f) Any products/solutions/ liquids administered internally or externally to alter the conformation of the animal is prohibited. This includes the use of steroids, growth promotants and the act of artificially filling animals internally, which would include stomach pumping, drench tubes, or any other method per os (by esophagus).

    15-1.

    The ASA Executive Committee shall investigate any possible violation of the Rules & Regulations of the American Shorthorn Association. If a violation of said rules and regulations has taken place, a formal protest must be submitted.

    A formal protest must consist of:

    • A written description of the violated rule and rule number along with a photo or video of the activity.
    • One of the following forms of animal I.D.: tattoo or ear tag, along with date, location and time of activity.
    • Print and sign your name to the protest stating that you witnessed the illegal activity.
    • Contact information for yourself and any supporting witnesses who are willing to sign to the protest, so that you may be easily reached.
    • Submit formal protest with a $250 cash protest fee to an ASA staff member or board director to be reviewed by the ASA executive board of directors. Protest must be submitted before entry enters the show ring.
    • If the protest is upheld at any time:  any class placing and show results will be stricken for the exhibitor; premiums forfeited; and/or the exhibitor and/or any person directly involved with the rules violation may be banned from future exhibiting or fitting at ASA events at the discretion of the ASA Board of Directors. If any of the above items are not included in the formal protest, the protest will be declared null and void or non- enforceable.  Animals shall be subject to a physical examination by the show official before and/or after the animal is exhibited. The decision of the Executive Committee is final.  All exhibitors agree by signing the entry form that no litigation in any form or in any state can be brought to resolve any issue regarding rule 15.
  16. Any animal that reaches the entrance of the show ring after the judge has given the sign for the animals to walk will be disqualified from competition.
  17. All animals must be stalled in the barns throughout the day, regardless of heat, space, or other conditions. There shall be NO stalling at trailers during the day. Exhibitors who are uncooperative with this rule risk being disqualified from competition.
  18. No personal, family, or farm signs of any kind allowed in the stalling or tack area.
  19. No refunds on entries for any reason.
  20. Classes and divisions will be broken as proportionately to age and class size as possible, and will be guided by the class break allowances of the ASA National Show specifications. Class breaks will be posted at least one day prior to the day of the show and are at the discretion of the ASA staff.
  21. Premiums will no longer be given for placing’s in class.
  22. No portacools or buttfans allowed in barns at anytime.
  23. No tents allowed in tie-outs.

Additional ShorthornPlus Show Regulations

  1. Eligible heifers must be born on or after Sept. 1, 2015, and on or prior to March 31, 2017. ShorthornPlus animals must be 50% Shorthorn blood concentration or higher to be eligible for ShorthornPlus shows (see ASA rule: Sec.3, B6a). ShorthornPlus heifers/steers/cow-calves will have green registration papers and will be eligible to show only in the ShorthornPlus heifer/steer/cow-calf classes.
  2. To be eligible to show in the ShorthornPlus Cow/Calf Division, both the cow and calf must meet the 50% Shorthorn blood concentration rule and calves must be of equal or higher percentage than their dams. Purebred Shorthorn cows with a ShorthornPlus calf at side are eligible to show in the ShorthornPlus Cow/Calf division.
  3. All single entry heifers shown in the ShorthornPlus Owned and Bred and Owned Shows must be weaned and cannot be nursing at the Junior National, unless they are also entered as a Cow/Calf Pair. No nurse cows allowed on grounds except for those entered and exhibiting in the cow/calf class.
  4. Bred & Owned ShorthornPlus females will automatically be eligible to compete for the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned ShorthornPlus Heifers. The top placing Bred & Owned ShorthornPlus heifer(s) in each class will be brought back at the completion of the ShorthornPlus Heifer Show for selection of B&O heifer.
  5. There is no ShorthornPlus Bull division.

Additional Purebred Female Show Regulations

  1. Eligible heifers must be born on or after Sept. 1, 2015, and on or prior to March 31, 2017. Purebred heifers are 15/16 or higher.
  2. All single entry heifers shown in the Owned and Bred and Owned Shows must be weaned and cannot be nursing at the Junior National, unless they are also entered as a Cow/Calf Pair. No nurse cows allowed on grounds except for those entered and exhibiting in the cow/calf class.
  3. To show in the Bred & Owned show, the animal must be purebred (15/16 or higher), bred by the individual junior exhibitor (must own cow at time of breeding), owned and shown by the individual junior exhibitor. For embryo transplant (ET) calves, the junior must have been the owner of the dam at time of the flush and in junior’s name must be listed as the sole “breeder” on the registration certificate.
  4. If showing a bred and owned cow/calf pair, both the cow and calf have to be bred and owned. If the cow is not bred and owned then they will show in the owned show. See additional cow/calf show rules for more details.

Additional Bred & Owned Bull Show Regulations

  1. Eligible bulls must be born on or after January 1, 2015, and on or prior to March 31, 2017. To show in this show, the animal must be purebred (15/16 or higher), bred by the individual junior exhibitor, owned and shown by the individual junior exhibitor.
  2. All single entry bulls must be weaned and cannot be nursing at the Junior National, unless they are also entered as a Cow/Calf Pair. No nurse cows allowed on grounds except for those entered and exhibiting in the cow/calf class.

Additional Cow/Calf Division Regulations

  1. Cow/Calf entries are a division and compete for overall Grand Champion Female.
  2. Cow/calf pair entries may be made prior to the calf being born/registered, but the calf must be registered by May 1, 2017. Calves must have been born on or after January 1, 2017.
  3. If the cow is less than 15/16 Shorthorn blood or has a ShorthornPlus calf at side, the pair shows in the ShorthornPlus cow/calf division. See ShorthornPlus Regulations for blood requirements.
  4. Calf must be cow’s natural calf, not embryo transplant.
  5. Unless showing in the Bred & Owned show, Cow does not have to be owned at time of conception but must be owned by ownership deadline of May 1, 2017.
  6. Calf is eligible to compete as a single entry in Owned and Bred & Owned Shows, but must be entered as an additional entry. Calves shown as a single entry must be born between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
  7. All animals in this show may be required to be weighed upon entrance into the show ring with weight per day of age announced and given to the judge. Calves are only weighed if also shown as single entry.
  8. Bred and Owned pairs must have a bred and owned cow AND bred and owned calf.
  9. No nurse cows allowed, unless entered as a cow/calf pair.

Additional Steer Show Regulations

  1. Eligible steers must be born on or after September 1, 2015, and on or prior to March 31, 2017. All steers must be weaned and cannot be nursing at the Junior National.
  2. All single entry steers must be weaned and cannot be nursing at the Junior National, unless they are also entered as a Cow/Calf Pair. No nurse cows allowed on grounds except for those entered and exhibiting in the cow/calf class.
  3. Classes will be broken as proportionately to weight and class size as possible. Purebred and ShorthornPlus steers exhibit in different shows.
  4. ShorthornPlus animals are considered to be steers must be 50% Shorthorn blood concentration or higher to be eligible to show. See ShorthornPlus Regulations for blood requirements. Purebred steers are 15/16 or higher.
  5. Purebred steer divisions will be:a. Prospect Steers: 900 lbs. and lighterb. Market Steers: 901 lbs. and heavier

    c. Bred & Owned – the top placing B&O steer in each class will be asked to come back to compete for the Bred & Owned Champion Purebred Steer (no additional entry fee). Prospect and M arket show together for Bred and Owned.

  6. ShorthornPlus steer divisions:Will be broke at the discretion of show officials after check-in is complete.a. Prospect Steers: 900 lbs. and lighterb. Market Steers: 901 lbs. and heavier

    c. Bred & Owned – the top placing B&O steer in each class will be asked to come back to compete for the Bred & Owned Champion ShorthornPlus Steer (no additional entry fee). Prospect and Market show together for Bred and Owned.

  7. Steers will be weighed on check-in day. Steers may be weighed back upon entering the showing.