ROE Rules

2020 AHCA ROE Sanctioned Shows

Shows, venues & dates subject to change

"Super" Point Shows - 50 head **

  • MAHA Spring Classic, Mercer, PA - May 15 - Chet Welch
  • UP State Fair, Escanaba, MI - August 21 - Steve Palosaari
  • NCHCA Regional, Austin, MN - September 19 - Melinda Cowell & Kerie Olson
  • Dr. David Demuth Memorial Cornhusker State Classic, York, NE - October 31 - Collin Demuth & Josh Gregg
  • AHCA National, NWSS, Denver, CO - January - Frank Silva

"Regular" Point Shows - 20 head *

  • NEHCA Spring Show, Springfield, MA - May 2 - Laura McDowell-May
  • Boonville-Oneida County Fair, Boonville, NY - August 2 - Dick LeClar
  • York State Fair, York, PA - August 2 - Rich Wurzbach
  • Boulder County Fair, Longmont, CO - August 7 - Jesse Silva & Audra Hall
  • Northwest Washington Fair, Lyndon, WA - August 20 - Dale Hathaway
  • Evergreen State Fair, Monroe, WA - August 30 - Naomi Ewing
  • New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY - September 1 - Sue LeClar
  • MASH, Michigan State Fair, Novi, MI - September 5 - Pat White
  • St. Joseph County Fair, Centreville, MI - September 22 - Eddie Mackay & Pat White
  • Washington State Fair, Puyallup, WA - September 25 - Naomi Ewing
  • World Beef Expo, Milwaukee, WI - September 25-27 - Dave & Jan Larson
  • KILE, Harrisburg, PA - October 3 - Judy Ligo

Super point vs regular point shows

  1. Minimum number of animals for a super point show is 50.
  2. Minimum number of animals for a regular point show is 20.
  3. There will be no limit to the number of super point shows in any region. The NWSS in Denver will always be a super point show as this is the National Show.
  4. Becoming a super point show (beginning with 2019 show season):
    1. Any show that had 50 animals exhibited in 2019 will automatically be a super point show for the 2020 season.
  5. Transitioning from a super point show to a regular point show or from a regular point show to a non-eligible show:
    1. If the number of animals does not meet the required minimum, the show will remain a ROE sanctioned show at the same level for that year and one additional year. If the show fails to meet the required minimum for two consecutive years, the show’s status drops to the next level.

Example of super point show: Super point show falls below the minimum requirement of 50 head exhibited for 2017, the 2017 show will count as super point show as will the 2018 show. If the 2018 show does not have 50 head exhibited, then the 2019 show will drop to regular point show. If in 2019 the show meets the 50 head minimum, it will be reinstated as a super point show in 2020.

Example of regular point show: Regular point show falls below the minimum requirement of 20 head exhibited for 2017, the 2017 show will count as a regular point show as will the 2018 show. If the 2018 show does not have 20 head exhibited, then the 2019 show will no longer qualify as a ROE sanctioned show. If in 2019 the show meets the 20 head minimum it will be reinstated as a regular point show for 2020.

AHCA ROE Sanctioned Shows Divisions

Following are the divisions that points will be awarded. If necessary, each division may be split into several classes at the discretion of each individual show committee. Sovereign and steer classes are set to the discretion of the show committees and the animals should be a maximum of 30 months old.

Intermediate Heifer Calf: born 5/1/20 or after
Junior Heifer Calf: born 1/1/20 – 4/30/20
Senior Heifer Calf: born 9/1/19 – 12/31/19
Intermediate Yearling Heifer: born 5/1/19 – 8/31/19
Junior Yearling Heifer: born 1/1/19 – 4/30/19
Senior Heifer: born 1/1/18 – 12/31/18
Grand Champion Female
Cow/Calf: Cow must be born 12/31/18 or prior.
Calf must be cow’s natural calf, still nursing, a maximum of 250 days old
Grand Champion Cow/Calf
Intermediate Bull Calf: born 5/1/20 or after
Junior Bull Calf: born 1/1/20 – 4/30/20
Senior Bull Calf: born 9/1/19 – 12/31/19
Intermediate Yearling Bull: born 5/1/19 – 8/31/19
Junior Yearling Bull: born 1/1/19 – 4/30/19
Senior Bull: born 1/1/18 – 12/31/18
Grand Champion Bull
Premier Exhibitor – Points will be awarded to animals owned by the exhibitor based on the five highest placing animals.
  • 1st place - 5 points
  • 2nd place - 4 points
  • 3rd place - 3 points
  • 4th place - 2 points
  • 5th place - 1 point
Premier Breeder – Points will be awarded to animals bred by an exhibitor based on the five highest placing animals.
  • 1st place - 5 points
  • 2nd place - 4 points
  • 3rd place - 3 points
  • 4th place - 2 points
  • 5th place - 1 point

AHCA Rules for ROE Sanctioned Shows

AHCA Policy Statement Concerning Highland Breeding Cattle for the Show Ring

It is neither the desire nor the business of AHCA to act as a show ring policeman. It is however within the scope of AHCA’s responsibilities to maintain the integrity of the breed and its breeders. This includes the promotion of the breed in an attractive public setting by both amateur and professional exhibitors, build camaraderie and participation among owners and enthusiasts, and encouraging the selection of highly productive cattle with attributes of the Highland breed. It is also within the scope of AHCA’s responsibilities to mediate and ensure the ongoing contentment within its constituency.

  1. Owners must be members in good standing of the American Highland Cattle Association or Canadian Highland Cattle Society.
  2. All animals must be owned by the owner and breeding stock registered with the American Highland Cattle Association or Canadian Highland Cattle Society.
  3. All shows will conform with IAFE Code of Show Ring Ethics and show rules (see www.highlandcattleusa.org).
  4. Registration papers must be presented to show officials or AHCA representatives upon request.
  5. Tattoos must be legible and correspond to registration papers.
  6. Use of hormones or steroids in animals exhibited is prohibited.
  7. Purebred breeding cattle may not be dehorned.
  8. A calf in the cow/calf class must be the cow’s natural calf, still nursing and a maximum of 250 days old. Both the cow and calf must be registered purebred Highland cattle.
  9. All bulls 12 months or older must be shown with a nose ring or nose lead. Note: We recommend that bulls be experienced with nose ring or nose lead prior to showing the animal.
  10. All ROE shows attended will be counted in the cow/calf division. In the case of a tie for the cow/calf division, the cow/calf that has defeated the most animals will be the winner.
  11. Registered and unregistered steers (both pure and crossbred) and registered Sovereign heifers, will be included for the number of animals in a point show.
  12. Only registered pure and crossbred steers and registered Sovereign heifers will count toward the Premier Breeder and Exhibitor awards at all ROE shows.
  13. Animals in group classes Get-of-Sire, Produce-of-Dam and Breeders Herd must be registered purebred Highland cattle.
  14. Jackpot classes will be left to the discretion of each individual show to structure as they see fit (purebred/Sovereign/crossbred).
  15. Show organizers, you need to use the Herdbook Search on AHCA’s website to verify all animal names/numbers are correct in your show catalogs before printing.
  16. Also, verify all owners are current AHCA members and are entering cattle on their entry forms, that are in their ownership.

Points Point Show Super Point Show Regular Point Show
1st 15 7
2nd 14 6
3rd 13 5
4th 12 4
5th 11 3
Division Champion 12 5
Reserve Division Champion 11 4
Grand Champion 15 7
Reserve Grand Champion 14 6