Developed in 1989 by the CAA, the Gold Show program encourages breeders to move between regions to show cattle. Individual animals must show in a minimum of three Gold Shows in at least two different regions in a given year to qualify for awards. Awards are presented based on the number of points collected over the course of the show season. Each year the following awards are presented in both red and black categories:
- Show Bull of the Year
- Show Female of the Year
Canadian Angus Gold Show Requirements:
- Each region may designate two shows per year as Gold Shows (except the Maritimes who can designate three shows) in which breeders can accumulate points for individual animals that are exhibited. The official list is maintained by the Canadian Angus Association.
- Regions will notify the CAA of which shows have been designated along with show location and show dates by March 1st each year.
- Animals competing must have a Canadian Angus Association registration number at the time of judging. Unregistered, pending or “applied for” animals will not be awarded points or count toward grant funding.
- Animals born in or after 2012 must have a CCIA or ATQ ‘Angus Indicator’ in order to qualify for points.
- Any animal with colour products applied to it in a Canadian Angus Association sponsored show will be disqualified from the show and any aggregate points this animal has amassed will be forfeited.
- The class structure may be determined by the show organizing committee however it is encouraged that the Canadian Angus Association Gold Show Class Structure provided be used whenever possible.
- Individual animal points vary depending on the number of entries in the show. Points are awarded to the top six animals in each class or split, divisional champions and reserve, grand champions and reserve.
- There are no limits on the number of animals that can be exhibited by an individual member.
- Requirements are subject to change. Changes will be communicated by the Canadian Angus Association to the regional associations.