- Part II
are always judged in a particular order. For each breed,
the judges will judge each variety (color) in alphabetical
order and by class. For satins, blacks are first, followed
by blues, and so on. Each color is then broken down
further into classes.
4-class animals, you have four--junior and senior
bucks and does.
Animals that are 6-class have those
classes, plus 6/8 or intermediate bucks and does. Senior
bucks are judged first, followed by senior does, and
then junior (or 6/8) bucks, followed by junior does,
and so forth. You have to pay attention as the "ramrod" or
guy in charge will yell out "Satins! Black Senior
Bucks!" Listen for it and be ready to take your
animal up if you have a black senior buck! If you wait
too long and the class is judged without you, you are
out of luck. The judges usually call out the class
being judged several times, so if you didn't hear it
the first time, you still have a chance to get your
rabbit to the table.
Judging and Evaluation
Each class is judged by itself. For example, all white
senior bucks in a breed are shown together. All rabbits
in a class are compared to two "guides" when
being judged. First, each animal is evaluated and
checked for any disqualifications (DQ) or eliminations.
If found, a DQ or elimination will cause the rabbit
to be removed from consideration.
All animals in the class are then compared to the
breed standard and to each other. The judge will then
begin placing them, and when he is satisfied, he begins
to call out ear numbers. If there are 10 animals, he
starts with tenth place, He then goes to 9th place
and on up the line. If your rabbit's ear number is
called, remove the animal--his day of showing is done.
When the judge reaches first place, the animal is not
removed--it is held back.
All first place animals in their respective classes
will then compete for Best of Variety (BOV) and Best
Opposite Sex of Variety (BOSV)(if applicable). All
the senior white bucks, the senior white does, etc.
are brought back up and then re-evaluated. The best
animal wins BOV and the best animal of the opposite
sex wins--you got it--BOSV. The two winners are then
held back again, and everyone else is released--their
day is done.
If you have a BOV or BOSV you must wait until the
judges go through all the varieties and pick BOV/BOSV
for each one. When the last variety is judged, you
will bring your animal back to the table- where all
BOV/BOSV animals then compete for Best of Breed and
Best Opposite Sex of Breed (BOB/BOS). The best animal
coming closest to the breed standard in the judge's
opinion wins BOB and the best animal of the opposite
sex wins BOS. The BOS goes home, sometimes with a trophy--and
the BOB stays held back again.
After all the breeds have been judged, and the Best
of Breeds have been picked for all the breeds, the
BOB winners compete once more for the final and most
prestigious honor- the Best in Show (BIS) award. The
BIS is highly coveted and to win that award is a very
difficult challenge. However, if you win, you can earn
prize money, a fancy trophy or ribbon or other neat
prize and feel pride knowing it was your animal that
won out over all the others.
Tips and Show Etiquette
All exhibitors must be quiet during judging. The writer
who records the placements must be able to hear the
judge's comments, and others appreciate hearing without
having to strain to hear through rude chatter.
Do not make any comment about rabbit ownership at
the show table--the judge should not know whose rabbit
is whose, and neither should anybody else. It's done
in the interest of a fair, honest evaluation.
If you you disagree with a judging comment, do not
make a scene. You can discuss it calmly and quietly
after judging is complete; a judge will be happy to
discuss his or her reasoning for the placement. Interfering
with a judge by yelling/threatening/etc., is in direct
violation of ARBA Show Rule 47, and you can be forced
to leave the grounds as well as forfeit all winnings
Keep control of your kids and please leave your pets
at home. No one appreciates kids running wild and creating
chaos. People aren't likely to appreciate having Fido
in the showroom, and the rabbits won't like him, either.
Win, lose, or draw--do it with style and grace. Always
be a good sport, and be courteous. Mistakes happen
sometimes, and being polite will make things happen
much easier (and you will not get a reputation as a
Read the show rules, and ask one someone such as the
show superintendant or the show secretary) if you have
any questions. They are there to help you and to run
a safe, well-organized show!
Have a clean carrier and bring all the supplies you
need or think you might need. SaniWipes are wonderful
to bring along. A carrier such as a Pet Taxi is fine,
but if the rabbit urinates, it will sit in its own
urine and you will have a mess (and a nasty, filthy
rabbit). So try to obtain a proper wire rabbit carrier
with a pan below to catch the droppings. Having a leaky
pan--or, even worse, no pan--is something to be avoided.
If the aisles are narrow, please try not to block
them. Tempers can get frayed when people park themselves
in the middle of a crowded walkway and block others
from getting to their animals.
Do not--repeat do not--ever bring a sick or diseased
animal to a show! Ever! If ever there is a big no-no,
this one is it.
Finally, have fun and enjoy yourself!