Ring of Gold

The American Gelbvieh Association established the Ring of Gold program to honor the top animals shown at the conclusion of a show year. The Ring of Gold show season begins after the conclusion of the Gelbvieh, and Balancer® National Show held each January, which is the final show of the season. State associations and show coordinators may use these forms to assist in reporting Ring of Gold show results:

The Ring of Gold points system is a three-tier system that is applicable to both Gelbvieh, and Balancer® shows based upon the actual number of entries shown, not number entered. Within each tier is a point scale dedicated to the grand champion, reserve grand champion, division champion(s) and reserve division champion(s). Points earned by such winners is based on the actual number of animals shown among both Gelbvieh and Balancer® divisions combined including bulls and females. In the case of cow calf pairs, the female receives the points, not the calf shown by side. While the point scale is determined by the number of Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle shown, points are awarded for the two divisions separately. Junior Shows are not calculated into the total number of entries for the Ring of Gold tabulations.

It is the responsibility of the show superintendent to send the results of qualifying shows to the AGA office within 30 days of the show.

The Ring of Gold Rules apply to Gelbvieh & Balancer® shows meeting the below qualifications, along with select designated points shows throughout the year. Requirements for Ring of Gold shows are explained in Section A. Requirements for designated shows are outlined in section B. Points allocations outlined in section C.

SECTION A: Ring of Gold Show Requirements
1. Gelbvieh females and bulls, 75.0% or higher, must show together.
2. A 75.0% female, or bull, that also qualifies for the Balancer® trademark may choose to show as a
Gelbvieh or Balancer®. The animal may only show, and earn points, in one division per show.
3. Ring of Gold Balancer® shows must accept all animals that qualify for the Balancer® trademark
as defined by Rule 1, sections 2& 3 of the AGA Hybrid Rule book.

Balancer® pertains to all cattle that meet the AGA standards for registration and
✓ The sire and dam must be recorded by an officially recognized organization. (Am. Gelbvieh Assn., Am. Angus Assn., Red Angus Assn. of Am., etc.)
✓ Contain a 25% to 75% Gelbvieh and 25% to 75% Angus or Red Angus, with a maximum 12.5% unknown or other breed genetics.
✓ 75% of the pedigree must be known and documented by AGA and/or another officially recognized recording/registration association. This officially documented breed percentage of the pedigree shall be referred to as “Documented”.

4. ROG champions must have earned points in 2 or more eligible shows in the current show year.
5. ROG points are awarded based on the number of cattle exhibited among both Gelbvieh and
Balancer® entries (Bulls & Females) combined. For points to be earned (per entry), the show
attended must meet the minimum number of head per tier as outlined in the Ring of Gold Point
6. Event results should be reported to AGA staff within 30 days of the event but can be accepted at
the discretion of the show committee until the start of the AGA National Show within the same
show year. Qualified results must be reported from show superintendents. Exhibitors & their
state associations are responsible for following up on these reports.
7. Any state fair, or national level show meeting the minimum number of head shown required per
tier is eligible for recognition as a Ring of Gold show, regardless of the previous year’s entry
8. Designated national level points shows are encouraged to select Judges from the National Show
Committee list of Approved judges.
9. Each ROG point show is allowed a Gelbvieh Division and a Balancer® Division.

SECTION B: Point Show Designation Requirements
1. Designated point shows must adhere to all rules of section A.
2. Designated points show will have both a Gelbvieh & Balancer® division and must not only
recognize but also select champions among the Gelbvieh and Balancer® divisions separately.
3. Shows will receive points based on total number of Gelbvieh and Balancer® entries exhibited
combined (bulls and females) within their respective tier. Show designation seen below:

  • Tier 1- State Fair Shows Any state fair meeting all requirements within Section A.
  • Tier 2- National Level Shows For example: American Royal, NAILE, NILE, NWSS
  • Tier 3- AGA National Show Designated Tier solely for the annual AGA National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show held each January concluding the Ring of Gold show year.

Points earned for champions is based on event prestige & the opportunity provided by the event to
expose potential new stakeholders to Gelbvieh & Balancer® cattle. Points show designation is subject to review annually at the Gelbvieh National convention show committee meeting.

SECTION C: Point Scale
Points are based on the number of head exhibited among Gelbvieh and Balancer® entries combined
(bulls and females) within their respective tier. Points are allocated, per tier, as follows:

Tier 1

*Includes state fairs

Actual Head Shown
Number of Head < 40 40-59 60-79 80-99 100-119 120-139 140+
Grand Champion 2 4 8 10 15 20 30
Reserve Grand Champion 1 3 6 8 12 16 24
Division Champion NP 2 4 6 9 12 18
Division Reserve Champion NP 1 2 4 6 8 12
*NP = No Points Awarded.

Tier 2

*Includes: American Royal, NAILE, NILE, Great Northern, NWSS

Actual Head Shown
Number of Head < 59 60-79 8099 100-119 120-139 140+
Grand Champion 8 10 15 20 30 35
Reserve Grand Champion 6 8 12 16 24 30
Division Champion 4 6 9 12 18 25
Division Reserve Champion 2 4 6 8 12 15

Tier 3

*Includes: AGA National Show Only

Actual Head Shown
Number of Head < 75 75-99 100-124 125-149 150-174 175+
Grand Champion 10 15 20 30 35 40
Reserve Grand Champion 8 12 16 24 30 35
Division Champion 6 9 12 18 25 30
Division Reserve Champion 4 6 8 12 15 25

2024 -2025 Show Season Standings

It is the responsibility of the show superintendent to send the results of qualifying shows to the AGA office within 30 days of the show. Please direct all Ring of Gold questions and completed show results to Tawnie DeJong at tawnie@gelbvieh.org.

2023-2024 Ring of Gold Champions

Champion Gelbvieh Female

Entry: GHGF 052H Lady Cassandra
Exhibited by: Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, MO

Champion Gelbvieh Bull

Entry: . CRLL JNCC Empire 0983H ET
Exhibited by: Nowack Cattle Company, Owensville, Mo. and Carroll Land & Cattle, Raymore, Mo.

Champion Balancer Female

Entry:  VLK Drip Drop H027
Exhibited by: Jentry Johnson, Maquoketa, IA

Champion Balancer Bull

Entry: KBRO Spiked 4 Life
Exhibited by: Kaycee Brown, Dwight, KS