Show Rules

Eligibility to participate in an MDGA sanctioned Live show requires that you be a current MDGA member.

For those needing rush application review and/or overnight service (as of 1/1/18) in order to have papers in time there will be a $50 fee for members and a $75 fee for non-members submitting a new application.

Registrations and Certificates

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In order for animals to be accepted for participation in an MDGA show, the owner must present either an official registration certificate or a registrar-issued confirmation email with a registration number assigned to each animal being considered for registration. Late MDGA registration applications must be submitted to the registrar a minimum of 8 days prior to a show.

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To compete in an MDGA sanctioned “Experimental” show, a miniature dairy goat is not required to be registered with MDGA but may be registered with another official miniature dairy goat registry. If such an animal is awarded Grand Champion of its breed, the animal’s owner will have two weeks from the show date to register the goat with MDGA in order for the animal to receive the winning leg; otherwise, the leg will be awarded to the Reserve Champion as long as the Reserve Champion is registered with MDGA.

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All MDGA-recorded “Grade” animals are eligible to be shown in sanctioned “Experimental” shows and are also eligible to receive Champion or Reserve Champion wins. To be shown, all registered or recorded grade animals whose certificates were issued by a registry other than MDGA must meet the MDGA standards for registration/recordation. Should it win, an animal belonging to this category must be registered with MDGA within two weeks to receive its official Champion win.

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For all entries in a sanctioned show, either a registration certificate or an email from the registrar showing that an application for registration has been submitted to the registry must be presented to the show secretary or appointed trustee at the time of check-in.

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All animals must be tattooed or microchipped with assigned tattoo numbers prior to arrival at the show. (No tattoos or microchips should be applied at the show.) Owners of animals with microchips must have a microchip reader available at the show. Champion and Reserve Champion animals will not receive official awards if the tattoo or microchip cannot be read.
Tattoo(s) must match the recorded information exactly on the registration certificate to receive credit for an official “leg”. If the tattoo is correct but in the wrong location, MDGA will award the Championship but without the “official leg”. If the tattoo is incorrect for that animal said animal will be disqualified.

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Animals with horns or scurs exceeding two inches are not acceptable for showing.

In an MDGA-sanctioned “American” or “Purebred” show, all entries MUST be registered as an “American” or a “Purebred” with MDGA prior to the show.

Show Fees and Sanctions

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Applications for a show sanction may be found on the MDGA website they may be obtained directly from the MDGA Show Chairperson. Sanction applications should be sent to the MDGA Show Chairperson at least 31 days prior to the planned show.

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The sanction requirements for MDGA shows to qualify for awarding championship legs are as follows:

  • In all shows, a minimum of eight animals and two exhibitors must participate.
  • In an Open Doe Show or a Combined Doe Show, at least three does must be in milk.
  • In a Combined Buck Show, at least three bucks must be twelve months old or older.

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A sanction application must be accompanied by a copy of the scheduled classes, breeds, and any local regulations (all listed in their entirety). The person submitting the application must make sure that the statement, “MDGA rules shall govern,” is on the application. All materials should be sent to the MDGA Show Chairperson for approval.

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Unsigned contracts for judges hired to judge MDGA shows must simply be sent by the Show Chairperson (or designee) to the MDGA office in a timely manner. The contract along with a Judges’ Rules and Responsibilities Packet, will be sent to the judge. The judge must then return the signed contract prior to the show.

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Dual Sanctions: MDGA will agree to dual sanctioning only if MDGA rules govern the show or if the other registry sanctioning has the same rules, registration standards, and restrictions as MDGA.

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The sponsoring show committee will determine the order in which classes will be shown.

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Once the MDGA Show Chairman has approved a sanction, classes cannot be changed.

Sanction applications, accompanied by the required information about classes and the instructions, need to be submitted to the MDGA Show Chairperson at least 31 days prior to the show for the normal fee schedule to apply.

Normal fees are:

  • $25 - First sanction
  • $15 - Each additional sanction (applied for at the same time)

Late fees (for applications submitted thirty days or less before a show):

  • $35 - First sanction
  • $20 - Each additional sanction (applied for at the same time)

Grand Champion rosettes, Reserve Champion rosettes, and certificates are included in these prices. Other rosettes available (with prices listed) include: Best Udder - $5, Best Udder in Show - $5, Best of Breed - $5, Best in Show - $5. Additionally, MDGA offers a Best in Show certificate - $3.

Upon receipt of the Show Award Report, the MDGA Show Chairperson will send a Win Notification to the owner of the animal winning the leg award.

Show Abbreviations, Divisions, and Classes

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Breed abbreviations to be used in naming divisions:

  • MA - Mini Alpine
  • ML - Mini LaMancha
  • MG - Mini Guernsey
  • MN - Mini Nubian
  • MO - Mini Oberhasli
  • MS - Mini Saanen
  • MT - Mini Toggenburg
  • AOM - All Other Miniatures
    (Division for breeds that have too few
    entries to meet minimum sanction numbers)
  • ND - Nigerian Dwarf

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Sanctions - The show could have four sanctions: Junior Does, Senior Does, Junior Bucks, and Senior Bucks. *For smaller shows, Junior and Senior Does can be combined, as can Junior and Senior Bucks, resulting in a “combined” show. A larger show may receive enough entries for separate sanctions for different breeds, thus creating show divisions. The entire show must consist of either separate or combined sanctions. However, if a show  is offering both doe and buck classes, the bucks are considered a separate show and can be combined even if the doe classes are separate.

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Classes - Classes fall under one of the three categories, based on sex and age. Below is a list of suggested classes; after the last class in each category, the typical Champion, Reserve Champion, and other awards are listed.