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 five-tier system that is applicable to both Gelbvieh and Balancer shows based upon the actual number of entries shown, not number entered. (For more information regarding Balancer shows, please see below.)

Points are earned for grand and reserve grand champions, as well as division champions and reserves, and are based on the actual number of animals shown in each qualified show. In the case of cow-calf pairs, the female receives the points, not the calf shown by side. Open shows for Gelbvieh and Balancer, separately, are calculated only. Junior Shows are not calculated into the total number of entries for the Ring of Gold tabulations.

Current Show Season Standings

Points are based off of the number of head shown within each division (Gelbvieh and Balancer), not entries submitted. The total number of head includes the number of bulls and females shown.

Actual Head Shown

Number of Head 20-35 36-50 51-65 66-85 86+
Point Scale
Grand Champion 8 10 15 20 30
Reserve Grand Champion 6 8 12 16 24
Division Champion 4 6 9 12 18
Division Reserve Champion 2 4 6 8 12

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 will be applicable to both Gelbvieh and Balancer shows. In order for AGA to recognize your show as a Ring of Gold (ROG) point show it MUST meet these requirements.

  1. Gelbvieh females and bulls, 69.1% or higher, must show together.
  2. A 69.1% female, or bull, that also qualifies for the Balancer trademark may chose to show as a Gelbvieh or Balancer. The animal may only show in one division per show.
  3. Entry’s 69.1% or higher that also qualify for the Balancer trademark may earn points in both divisions depending on how they are entered and exhibited throughout the year. If such an animal earns points in both the Gelbvieh and Balancer divisions, the points will NOT be combined at the conclusion of the ROG season.
  4. To qualify as a Balancer ROG point show, the show must accept ALL cattle that meet the American Gelbvieh Association’s rules for registration as a Balancer hybrid. The AGA allows 25% to 75% Gelbvieh, 25% to 75% Angus or Red Angus, with up to 12.5% other or unknown ancestry to receive the Balancer trademark.
  5. To be eligible to win a Ring of Gold Champion title, an animal must have earned ROG Points (within the same division) from a minimum of two AGA Ring of Gold qualifying shows.

Points will be based on number of head shown within the Gelbvieh division and Balancer division separately, not on number entered and not on a total of Gelbvieh and Balancers shown.
In order for a state show to become a sanctioned Ring of Gold point show each state association must meet and follow the requirements listed below:

  • A show must meet the minimum requirement of 20 head.
  • Any state fair, state show, recognized regional level show with 20 or more head shown is eligible as an ROG show, regardless of the previous year’s entry numbers.
  • Each ROG point show is allowed a Gelbvieh Division and a Balancer Division.

Please submit all proposals to the American Gelbvieh Association office.

2021-2022 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