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Wow, My First Show! What Can I Expect?

 

Congratulations on taking the first step in showing rabbits: you're going to a show. Now, what should you expect when you go? Hopefully, this article will help you so that the show won't be so confusing. The keyword here is hopefully, hehe!

Congratulations on taking the first step in showing rabbits: you're going to a show. Now, what should you expect when you go? Hopefully, this article will help you so that the show won't be so confusing. The keyword here is hopefully, hehe!

 

If you're going without rabbits to the show, just to check it out and to look for a rabbit that you may want, then go with the attitude that you'll be there all day. When you get there, walk about the show, meet people, and ask them questions about their breed of rabbit, if that breed is of interest to you. Whatever you do, don't buy the first rabbit that you see for sale. Look around first.

Find out who's judging the breeds that interest you, watch the breeds being judged, and even ask a question or two of the judge. Most judges are more than willing to answer questions. By watching the judging, you can pick up pointers about which traits are good and which are bad in that breed. My kids used to say that judges ought to judge rabbits on how cute they are. Unfortunately, that's not the way it's done because almost all rabbits are cute.

Make sure that you also talk to the rabbit equipment dealer at the show about the size of the cage you should get. You can also discuss any other equipment that you need, such as water bottles, crocks, feeders, carriers, etc.--unless you already have equipment at home and are just awaiting the arrival of a bunny. Please remember--one cage for one rabbit (unless you have a doe with a litter).

If you already have a rabbit and you want to show it, go and have fun. Going to a rabbit show is a whole other world. It's exciting to see all of the rabbits and people. The hustle and bustle of a show is like no other experience that I've ever had.

Tips on Showing for the Beginner
When you first get to the show, check in and find out who's judging your breed and in what order the breeds are being judged. This way you'll know if your breed is going up on the table first, last, or somewhere in between. If your rabbit is not one of the first two breeds up to the table, it's a good idea to check constantly what breed is on the table. Know which two breeds are scheduled to be on the table just before yours. This will help you listen better for the time when your breed is called. While you're waiting, check your rabbit to make sure that all is fine and groom your rabbit if needed. Make sure that you check the tattoo in the ear to see that it's still there. Many times we've gone to a show--and we've shown for years--only to find that the tattoo that I made last week on the rabbit has disappeared. If that happens to you, hurry up and retattoo your rabbit if you have the equipment. If you don't, find someone who does and who'll redo the tattoo for you. In this case, be prepared to offer the person a dollar for his or her services.

While waiting to have your rabbits judged, talk to some of the breeders who have the same breed. Ask them questions that you may have wondered about. We have been raising rabbits for 13 years now, and I still have questions from time to time.

Most of all, have fun and realize you've just been bitten by the Show Fever Bug. Once you've gone to one show, you can't wait till the next one. You'll think that you're going nuts if you can't get to another show and fast.

Good luck at the show. If you ever show in Oklahoma, Missouri, or Arkansas, look up Cooley's Critters. We'd be happy to meet you.

 


 

 
 

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