The Rules

Mission Statement

All young people should be able to receive a college education if they desire one.

Introduction

The Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour was established in 2000 for the purpose of providing scholarship money to youth exhibiting Texas Longhorn cattle at designated Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour shows.

The animal classes, rules and regulations were formulated by the Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour management trusting that breeder and exhibitor integrity will allow for simplicity in the rules.

Rules and Regulations

Management: The Autobahn Youth Tour management will handle all the affairs of Autobahn Youth Tour shows.

Location: The site of Autobahn Youth Tour shows will be located at clean, easily accessible facilities, able to handle a high volume of cattle.

Date and Schedule: Although the Autobahn Youth Tour is sensitive to scheduling conflicts with other Texas Longhorn events, suitable facility availability and youth exhibitor schedules are the priority when determining the dates for Autobahn Youth Tour shows.

Scholarships: Scholarship amounts for the in-class money of the Longhorn portion of the show is determined by the number of entries received and will not be available prior to the entry deadline. Every effort will be made to have the information available as soon as possible but is not guaranteed before the start of the show.

Entry: Entries will be submitted on official Autobahn MotorCar Group Youth Tour entry forms. Entries will be sent to the Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour office in Fort Worth, Texas, post marked on or before the designated deadline for each show. A copy of the animals’ registration certificate (front and back) must accompany the entry for verification of age and registration.

Entry Fees: Entry fees for Autobahn Youth Tour shows will be established by Autobahn Youth Tour management.

Entry Acceptance: Autobahn Youth Tour management reserves the right to accept or reject conditionally any entry or applicant.

Extra Activities Entry: All extra activities will follow the same age divisions as the Longhorn portion of the show. Rules for each activity are listed separately.

Entry Program: The Autobahn Youth Tour will publish a list of entries including class, entry number, name of animal, registration number, date of birth, owner and exhibitor. A copy of the program will be made available to all of the exhibitors.

Cattle eligibility: All registered Texas Longhorn cattle (steers must have registered sire and dam) meeting the age criteria and other requirements for a class are eligible. However, they are not required to be registered in the name of the youth exhibiting the animal. All cattle must be 120 days of age (the day of the show) to be eligible. The Autobahn Youth Tour recognizes cattle registered with the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA), International Texas Longhorn Association (ITLA), Texas Longhorn Cattle Association (TLCA), and Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry (CTLR).

Proof of Registration: Autobahn Youth Tour management will inspect the registration certificate or a copy of said certificate for each animal entered. All animals will be subject to positive identification upon arrival and through the duration of the show.

Exhibitor Eligibility: All youth meeting Autobahn Youth Tour age requirements and possessing a social security number are eligible. Membership in a Texas Longhorn Association is not a requirement.

Tie Stall Assignment: Tie stalls will be assigned to all animals entered in an Autobahn Youth Tour show by Tour management or the designated host of an Autobahn Youth Tour show. Transient cattle are discouraged. Pens and/or confinement areas for transient cattle will not be provided.

Appearance of Tie Stall and Exhibit Areas: Tie stall and exhibitor areas are expected to be kept clean of trash and animal waste.

Release: All animals entered in an Autobahn Youth Tour show are to stay on the show grounds until released by show management.

Entry Numbers: Exhibitors must use a standard number clip for all classes. Entry numbers should be clearly visible and must reflect the entry number of the animal being exhibited.

Exhibitor Dress Requirements: Exhibitors must wear long sleeve shirt or blouse with collar and cuffs and pants or skirt with boots while exhibiting cattle in the show ring (Western hats may be worn). Strictly prohibited are baseball style caps and tennis shoe type foot wear. Additionally, electronic devices, scotch combs, tobacco product packages, name badges and ribbons are not allowed in the ring while exhibiting cattle.

Judges: Judges for Autobahn Youth Tour shows will be selected by Autobahn Youth Tour management.

Weighing of Cattle: All Junior and Intermediate Females, all Bulls and all Junior Steers will be weighed at each Autobahn Youth Tour show. Weight results will be posted on the official Autobahn Youth Tour web-site.

Physical Inspection: Autobahn Youth Tour management maintains the option to physically examine all cattle entered in Autobahn Youth Tour shows. Cattle may be subjected to mouthing by a certified veterinarian for age verification.

Health Certificate: Upon arrival at Autobahn Youth Tour shows, all cattle must have a current health certificate (federally approved form) issued by a licensed veterinarian. Health certificates must be made available upon request by Animal Health Officials and/or Autobahn Youth Tour management. Health certificate must individually identify all animals, reflect their holding brand and private herd number with location; reflect required tests and/or vaccinations; reflect name and address of owner or exhibitor. It is suggested that all females be Official Calfhood Vaccinates, requiring vaccination at the appropriate age.

Pregnancy information and/or age of calf at side will be available for the judge upon request. Nursing calves, 205 days of age or less, may be shown at side, on halter with its’ dam. Calves shown at side of dam must be eligible for registration in the ITLA, TLBAA, TLCA or CTLR (no crossbred calves).

Bulls: All bulls will be shown with nose ring and lead straps. It is strongly suggested that bulls over 12 months of age have a permanent nose ring. Neck ties or neck straps must be used on bulls, 12 months of age or older, when secured in stall area.

Steers: All senior steers born third preceding calendar of Autobahn Youth Tour show, must be shown with nose ring (permanent or temporary) with lead strap.

For safety concerns, if the horns of the animal being shown present a danger to the exhibitor, a stand-off may be used over a portion of the lead shank.

Grooming: Animals exhibited in an Autobahn Youth Tour show are expected to be shown in a neat and clean condition. Washing, combing, brushing and the trimming of excess hair are permitted. The following are prohibited: the use of a grooming chute on show grounds, sanding horns and spray-painting hoofs. Show sheen and other brand products similar in nature are permitted.

Alteration of Physical features: The alteration of an animal’s appearance by surgical means is unethical and will be grounds for the animal’s disqualification from the Autobahn Youth Tour, with the added possibility of sanctions, to be determined by Autobahn Youth Tour management, for the owner and/or exhibitor of the altered animal.

The usage of growth hormones is prohibited in all animals entered in Autobahn Youth Tour shows and are a detriment to the future fertility of animals entering production.

Unethical Fitting: Animals showing any signs of being unethically fitted will be disqualified. Examples of unethical fitting include, but are not limited to the following: draining of fluids, bruising, surgical alterations, artificially filling animals by stomach pumping or airing injections, glued on hair or hair-like substances, false tailheads, balancing the udder by any means other than leaving naturally produced milk in any of the quarters.

Unmanageable Animals: All animals entered in the show are expected to be manageable. If an animal should become unmanageable, Autobahn Youth Tour management has the right and the responsibility to remove the animal from the show. The ring steward is responsible for the movement and placements of animals in the show ring. Any exhibitor and/or animal disrupting the movement or placement of animals in the show ring or animals deemed uncontrollable, which could endanger other exhibitors and/or animals, shall be dismissed at the discretion of the ring steward. Ring steward decisions are final and not questionable. All entry fees are forfeited for animals removed from the competition by Autobahn Youth Tour management or ring steward.

Autobahn Youth Tour management is not responsible for the movement of cattle to and from the show arena. The owner and/or exhibitor is fully responsible to have the animals in the make-ready area and available for class call by the announcer or make-ready official. Entries will enter the show ring in the order designated by the make-ready official and/or ring steward. Only individuals that are showing or helping with the make-ready of animals will be allowed in the make-ready area.

No adults, except the judge, ring stewards and Autobahn Youth Tour show officials will be allowed in the show arena, except in case of emergency.

Acceptance of Rules: The presentation of a signed entry form by the owner and/or exhibitor shall constitute acceptance of all rules and regulations pertaining to an Autobahn Youth Tour show. In the event the owner and/or exhibitor fails to sign an entry form, the first entry into the show ring of an animal entered by the owner and/or exhibitor shall constitute acceptance of all the rules and regulations and release of liability pertaining to an Autobahn Youth Tour show.

Conduct: Any false representation, interference or unmannerly conduct on the part of any owner and/or exhibitor will be dealt with by Autobahn Youth Tour management according to the equities of the case. Unauthorized physical inspection of other owners’ and/or exhibitors’ cattle is strictly forbidden.

Final interpretation of the Rules: Autobahn Youth Tour management reserves the right to settle all questions and disputes arising at an Autobahn Youth Tour show. All owners and/or exhibitors, as a condition of admission, give unqualified consent to the Autobahn Youth Tour management to settle such questions and disputes and agree in advance to be bound by Autobahn Youth Tour management decisions.

Protest: Protests, other than those regarding age and/or parentage, must be submitted, in writing, to Autobahn Youth Tour show management, along with a $500 cash deposit. Protest must be received a minimum of two hours before published show time or two hours after the culmination of the show. The Autobahn Youth Tour management will review the protest and act accordingly. If the decision is in the favor of the protester, action will be taken, and the deposit will be refunded. If the decision is against the protester, the protester forfeits the deposit to the Autobahn Youth Tour.

Protest for Parentage and/or Age:

(A) Protest Submission: Age and/or parentage protests must be submitted, in writing, in a sealed envelope, to the Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour General Manager, 3000 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107.

(B) Protest Definition: A protest is a written statement of fact, not opinion, of a violation of the rules and/or regulations concerning parentage and/or age in an Autobahn Youth Tour show, complete with supporting evidence.

At a minimum, the protest will include the name of the animal involved, the owner of the animal involved, the protest grievance, any relevant background, other substantiating parties and references and the signature of the individual initiating the protest.

(C) A $500 deposit must accompany all submitted protests. The deposit will be held by the Autobahn Youth Tour until disposition of the protest. Prior to any investigation, the Autobahn Youth Tour General Manager and the Protest Committee will review the protest. If it is not deemed to be an acceptable protest, the deposit will be returned to the protester. If the Protest Committee accepts the protest, there will be an investigation.

If, after investigation, the protest is upheld by the committee, the deposit will be returned to the protester. If, after investigation, the protest is denied by the committee, the deposit will be retained by the Autobahn Youth Tour.

(D) Protest Reviews: It is the intent of the Autobahn Youth Tour that all protested animals are not considered in violation based solely on having a protest filed against it. The burden of proof will be with the person initiating the protest. However, the Protest Committee investigation may implicate others who are parties to the rules violations, as well as, against the owner of the animal being protested. In such cases, those other persons may be subject to sanctions imposed by the Protest Committee.

Sanctions: When Protests are upheld, the Protest Committee will impose sanctions against the breeder, the fitter or the owner. These sanctions will include barring the animal from showing for life on the first offense and suspending the breeder, and/or fitter, and/or owner from showing in any Autobahn Youth Tour show for life on the second offense.

Sanctions Impacting Show Placement: An animal may continue to show in Autobahn Youth Tour shows while a protest regarding age and/or parentage is being reviewed by the Protest Committee. Any scholarship money awarded during Protest Committee review will be withheld until a ruling by the Protest Committee. If, after review, the protest is denied, the scholarship funds awarded will be placed in the account of the youth exhibitor. However, if the protest is upheld, any titles awarded to the animal will be vacated and any awards made on behalf of the animal will be returned by the owner to the Autobahn Youth Tour. When an animal is disqualified, the next ranking animals move up in position and scholarship money and awards, if applicable, will be awarded to the youth exhibitor of those animals.

The decisions of the Protest Committee are final and are not subject to appeal.

Autobahn Youth Tour Class Structure

Junior Females – Born 120 days from the date of the show through July 1 preceding calendar year of the show. The classes to be determined by entries received, youngest to oldest with 10 in a class.

Intermediate Females – Born June 30 preceding calendar year of the show through September 1 second preceding calendar year of the show. The classes to be determined by entries received, youngest to oldest with 10 in a class.

Senior Females – To be split with 10 in a class
Born May – August second preceding calendar year of the show
Born January – April second preceding calendar year of the show
Born third preceding calendar year of the show.

Bulls – Born 120 days from the date of the show through September 1 second preceding calendar year of the show. The classes to be determined by entries received, youngest to oldest with 10 in a class.

Junior Steers – Born 120 days from the date of the show through January 1 preceding calendar year of the show. The classes to be determined by entries received, youngest to oldest with no more than 10 in a class.

Senior Steers – To be split with 10 in a class
Born July – December second preceding calendar year of the show
Born January – June second preceding calendar year of the show
Born third preceding calendar year of the show.

Showmanship – Each of the 4 age divisions will be split into heats with the number of heats to be determined by the number of entries in the division. In the Showmanship competition, you must exhibit an animal entered in the same Autobahn Youth Tour show. The Showmanship divisions are as follows:

Junior – age 7 – 9 as of January 1 calendar year of the show.

Intermediate – age 10 – 12 as of January 1 calendar year of the show.

Teen – age 13 – 15 as of January 1 calendar year of the show.

Senior – age 16 – 18 as of January 1 calendar year of the show.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Exhibitors are eligible to compete in any/all extra activities and is included with their Longhorn show entry fee. Individuals not exhibiting a Longhorn may enter the Extra-Curricular Activities by paying the entry fee. Individuals not entered in the Longhorn portion of the show will not be eligible for the All-Around Exhibitor award. All activities will follow the same age divisions as Showmanship. A payout schedule for Extra-Curricular Activities scholarships will be published prior to the start of each Autobahn Youth Tour show.

All-Around Exhibitor – The top “All-Around” high point exhibitor, in each of the 4 age divisions, will receive scholarship money. Points are accumulated by participation in the following events: Showmanship, Art Contest or Shop Projects, Speech Contest, Extemporaneous Essay Contest, Livestock Judging and Short Course Quiz.

Within each age division, points will be awarded as follows: 10 or more in a class; 1st place – 10 points, 2nd place – 9 points, 3rd place – 8 points, etc. 10th place and below will receive 1 point.

If there are less than 10 in a class, the points will be pro-rated. Points will be awarded in this manner for Showmanship, Speech Contest, Extemporaneous Essay Contest,

Livestock Judging and Short Course Quiz. Each exhibitor in the Art Contest or Shop Projects will receive 10 participation points, regardless of placing. You must compete in the Longhorn portion of the show to be eligible for All-Around Exhibitor.

Art Contest – There are two categories in the Art Contest:
Paintings and Drawings/Photography

Exhibitors are limited to one entry per category. Entries are to be submitted at check-in, mail-in entries will not be accepted. The Best in Show entry will be determined from the 1st place winners in each age division and category.

Presentation:
1) Works on canvas or canvas board should be painted on edges or framed. Works on paper, including photographs, should be on good quality, clean paper and either matted or matted and framed.
2) Entries in the photography category must be a single photograph – no collages.
3) Entries not meeting these requirements will be judge accordingly.

Inappropriate Subject Matter:
1) In the unlikely event of an entry deemed to depict inappropriate subject matter, the entry will not be accepted for judging.
2) Autobahn Youth Tour’s decision on the appropriateness of an entry is final.While on display, precautions will be taken to protect the art work entered into the contest, however, Autobahn Youth Tour will not be responsible for damage. The contest area will be closed to everyone, during the judging, except the judge and Autobahn Youth Tour personnel. All entries will be released immediately following the completion of judging.

Extemporaneous Essay Contest Rules – Each exhibitor will be given a topic for their essay as they enter the contest room. The topic will be one on which the exhibitor will be familiar. Paper, pencils and erasers are supplied, and dictionaries will be available. There is no requirement on the length of the essay or number of words. Electronic devices will not be allowed in the contest room. Only the exhibitors and Autobahn Youth Tour personnel are allowed in the contest area.

Livestock Judging Contest Rules – Exhibitors will judge four classes of Texas Longhorn cattle with four animals in a class. There will be one class each of Junior Females, Senior Females, Bulls and Steers. Exhibitors will be required to rank each class 1st through 4th. The Hormel Livestock Judging Scoring System is used to score the contest. The judging area will be closed to everyone except exhibitors and Autobahn Youth Tour personnel.

Shop Projects Contest – There are two divisions in the Shop Projects Contest: Wood and Metal

Exhibitors are limited to one entry in the Shop Projects Contest. Entries are to be submitted at check-in. The project must have been constructed by the exhibitor and have been completed within the last twelve months. Prefabricated or Kit projects are discouraged. The Best in Show entry will be determined from the 1st place winners in each age division and category.

Presentation:
1) Projects will be displayed under shelter if possible. Projects unable to fit in the designated display area will be stationed in an outside location close to the judging area.
2) All projects must be painted or properly treated, must be clean and in a presentable condition at check-in, even though they may have been used. No touch up painting will be allowed inside the exhibit area.
3) Appropriate and safe display stands must be provided for gates, panels and other projects that need support. Sharp edges and points should be padded or covered to prevent injury.

Records requirements:
1) An original exhibitor drawn or CAD plan, with measurements, along with labeled photographs showing stages of construction should be included.
2) List and estimated cost of materials used and construction time should be included.
3) Records are to be displayed in a three-ring binder.
Exhibitors are expected to be in place, by their project, at the start of the judging. During judging, the project area will be closed to everyone, except exhibitors, Autobahn Youth Tour personnel and the judges.

The following judging system will be used in judging projects:
Workmanship = 30 points maximum
Design and Materials Used = 20 points maximum
Finish = 10 points maximum
Degree of Difficulty = 10 points maximum
Practicality = 10 points maximum
Interview = 10 points maximum
Project Book = 10 points maximum

Short Course Quiz – Each exhibitor will be given a quiz upon entering the contest area. Questions will cover a wide range of topics from math to geography. Quiz questions are multiple choice or true and false. Tie breaker questions are fill in the blank. Only exhibitors and Autobahn Youth Tour personnel are allowed in the contest area.

Speech Contest – Topic choices will be published prior to the Expo start date.
Speech is to be 3 – 5 minutes in length with a 5 point deduction for every 15 seconds over or under the required time.

The following judging system will be used in scoring:
Appearance = 10 maximum points
Voice = 15 maximum points
Subject matter = 25 maximum points
Presentation = 50 maximum points

Any visual aids will be the responsibility of the exhibitor. Autobahn Youth Tour cannot guarantee an available electrical outlet within reach of the presentation area. Exhibitors may not enter the contest rooms prior to giving their speech.

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One of the most terrifying challenges facing parents is how to address the rising cost of educating their children. If becoming involved with one of the most innovative scholarship programs available that puts kids first, is something you have been considering, or if participating in a scholarship program recognized as the industry standard appeals to you, then you need to contact the Autobahn Motorcar Group Youth Scholarship Tour.

The Chase Family is dedicated to championing opportunities for all young people. Therefore, all inquiries are welcome and the Tour is open to every young person regardless of association affiliation. TLBAA, ITLA, TLCA and CTLR members and cattle are welcome. We want to help the dreams and aspirations of a generation of Texas Longhorn youth become a reality. The path you take today can become tomorrow’s road to success.

The secret to Autobahn Motorcar Group Youth Scholarship Tour success is the underlying philosophy of “kids first.” When decisions about the Tour are made, the first question asked is, “How will this affect the kids?” If you do the right thing for the right reasons, then success will follow. To punctuate that belief, the Autobahn Youth Tour has enjoyed a marked increase in the number of cattle entered and youth exhibitors each year of its existence.

The numbers reflect this impressive achievement, since the inception of the Tour in 2000 well over 900 kids have been enrolled and the Chase’s will have contributed over $4,600,000 to their scholarship funds at the conclusion of the 2017 Autobahn Tour.

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