month before convention
You must submit your
entries by the deadline.
I would suggest entering a few days
before the deadline incase you have trouble.
Too many people wait until the last day to decide on which animals
they’re going to bring and they risk not being able to log on to the
You must get a
confirmation for your entries and be sure to print off a copy to bring
with you to convention. If you are entering On-line, a confirmation page
should pop up after you check out and pay for your entries.
You’ll need to bring a copy
of your confirmation sheet with you to convention; this is your only
proof should there be a problem when you arrive.
Last year, there was a few clichés with the entry system.
When I finished my on-line
entries I didn’t get a confirmation page the first try, just a blank
page after I hit send. Without delay I contacted the fellow in charge of
Entries. And I continued to nag until I had confirmation that all my
rabbits where entered. The first time I sent my entries it was a blank
page on my end and showed up as one rabbit entered for $156.00 on the
Convention entry end.
My friend printed off the
Shopping cart page. She claimed there was no other page, the
confirmation sheet that may or may not have shown up (since it didn’t
in my case). When she got to convention she was unable to show her
rabbit since it was placed in the wrong class. Her copy that she’d
printed off was the “Shopping Cart”. So even though it showed her
entries correctly, the Convention Officials wouldn’t accept it. Her
rabbit didn’t get to show.
Your confirmation page Will Not have a Shopping cart icon.
You need to show your ARBA
card at check in. If you can't find your ARBA card then contact ARBA and
get them to e-mail you a copy before you leave home. Print out the whole
e-mail from ARBA and take it with you.
When you get to Convention
find the Check in Booth.
You’ll want to have your
confirmation print out and your ARBA card with you.
You’ll be asked for your
ARBA card and then you’ll be given a folder.
In the folder are the
A sheet of blank sale receipts. If you sell a rabbit you’ll need
You’ll receive two copies of your entries and your assigned coop
You need to carefully check
and sign one copy of the entry sheet and give it back to the check in
booth. You keep one copy for yourself.
You need to check that the
information on the coop tags matches the information on the sheet before
you sign the sheet.
keep a copy of your entries, which will come in handy when feeding time
and check out time comes around.
You can’t make any further
changes once you’ve signed the sheet and handed it back to the check
in desk. Therefore make sure you check it well.
On your check in sheet; you
need to make sure tattoo numbers are correct. If you entered 10 rabbits
and brought only 8 with you then you need to write Scratched on the
sheet beside the rabbits that aren’t there. If you don’t do this
you’ll have a problem when you go to check out and two rabbits
aren’t accounted for. Many rabbits get dumped at convention each year.
So if you have a sheet saying
you brought 10 rabbits when you only brought 8 you’ll be in for a
delay. Make sure you write Scratched beside the rabbit on the sheet
before you hand it in.
I arrived two days early so I
didn’t hand my sheet in until the next day. That way I could check it
after I’d had a rest. Last year the show started Monday. I arrived
Sunday afternoon and put my rabbits away. The rabbits get a full day to
rest this way and I don’t risk arriving too late to get my entries in
(Car trouble etc.).
I was surprised at how fast
my rabbits lost condition at convention. I
had a doe I didn’t enter because she’d gone 4.2 pounds after her
litter and was well padded but not fat. She was 2 ounces over the limit
though. Now I know I could have brought her. She would have easily been
less than 4 pounds by Monday’s Show.
You are allowed to make
changes to tattoo numbers only.
For example; if your Solid
Sr. Doe (Tattoo T45) molted, you can bring another Solid Sr. Doe (tattoo
H36) as a replacement. You cross out Tattoo T45 and write the new tattoo
number (H36) next to it, on the sheet that you sign and hand back. You
can’t change the class or variety, only the tattoo number.
You must write your
rabbit’s coop number in his or her left ear.
Most people use a black marker. The judge will read out the
coop number instead of the tattoo. The runners use the coop number in
the ear to match rabbits to their coops. Even scratched rabbits need the
coop number incase it gets loose.
The coops are sorted by
class. Your rabbits will not be altogether. They will be scattered among
the isles assigned to your breed according to class. For example all
Solid Senior Bucks are in one section. This is designed to make it
easier for the runners to get your rabbits to the table for judging.
Each coop will have a tag
with the coop number, breeder’s name and entry information.
It can be difficult to find your rabbits at feeding time. Most breeders
personalize their cages to make them stand out. I used baby blue risers.
Other breeders attached homemade signs, silk flowers, and Dollar Store
decorations. One thing I did notice was some of the rabbits being able
to get a hold of the markers and where eating them.
Whatever you decide to use to
help you locate your cages make sure it’s bunny proof and bunny safe.
I was constantly pulled foil signs, plastic dollar store toys and
decorated paper away from other breeder’s bunnies during convention.
Bring bottles of water
from home. The water the rabbits is
used to drinking.
Pellets are provided at
convention but you can bring some from home.
Bring your rabbit’s
favorites treats with you. Hay, Parsley etc.
Many rabbits refuse to eat
while at convention and they can quickly lose condition.
Treats can make a difference.
Bring cardboard dividers.
Many breeders bring pieces of cardboard to block off contact with the
rabbits next to theirs. This provides a barrier if the rabbit beside
your rabbit is possibly sick or sprays urine and it helps stressed rabbits relax
a bit better. They feel they can hide and don’t feel so exposed. You
cannot block or cardboard the front of your cage, just the back or
Wool rabbit breeders need
to bring their own risers. ALL coops
have solid bottoms. Risers are wire floors to keep woolen breeds from
coming in contact with the bedding. Shaving and pelleted wood bedding is
Keep in mind that the risers you make or buy need to fit through the
cage door. Most are in two pieces or fold in half. Coop sizes vary; the coop
sizes are announced closer to the convention date.
You’ll need to contact a
cage company with the your riser dimensions and have them made well in
Make your risers an inch
smaller than the cage dimensions to make sure they will fit inside. You
can adjust a riser that’s smaller but it’s a lot of work to adjust a
riser that won’t fit inside a coop. You can bring some thin board cut
to length and insert it into any gaps between the riser and the cage if
Some clubs offer a limited
amount of rental risers.
You can’t use hay or
straw as bedding this is against Fire regulations.
You can't leave your carriers under the coops or they will be gathered
up and put in lost and found.
Many breeders zip tie
their cages shut when they are not around.
I’ve found my zip ties had
been cut, so next year I may bring locks.
The day of the show you must
make sure your zip ties are off all cages.
Runners are not allowed to
cut zip ties. Your rabbit will be skipped and not judged.
Day of the show
Make sure you’ve removed
all locks and zip ties from cages.
Otherwise your rabbit will be
skipped and not judged.
Depending on the amount of
entries, you may have more than one judge to judge your breed. For
example last year we had two tables with a judge at each table judging
the same breed. One Judge would get Solid Senior bucks and the other
would judge Solid senior does and so on.
You will not bring your own
rabbits up to the table the day of the show.
You can and should volunteer
to be a runner for some part of the show.
A runner is a breeder that
volunteers to get rabbits from the coops and bring them to the judging
A helper behind the judge’s
table will hand out slips of paper to the runners thatl have
the coop number on it. The runner will remove that
rabbit from that coop and bring it immediately to the table to be
The runner will put the
rabbit in an empty hole and place the slip of paper face down on top of
the hole. The slip of paper will let the judge know he hasn’t seen
that rabbit yet.
You may end up running your
own rabbit to the table if you chance to draw its coop number.
If the runner delays bringing
the rabbit to the table, it will cause a delay in the judging since they
wait for that rabbit. They will not hand out more slips until the rabbit
has been produced.
If the rabbit is scratched or
missing the runner will bring the slip of paper back to the table and
let them know the reason why.
Only the top rabbits will get
a placing written on their Comment cards.
For example in the show I
entered last year there where Approximately 60 to 70 animals in each
class. One table wrote placings for the top 30 on the comment cards.
The other table only wrote
the top ten.
out on the last day of the show
Check out is the most stressful day
Everyone is trying to leave at the
need to gather your rabbits up and put them in their carriers.
You need to have your ARBA card handy, your copy of your entries and any
Feed and water your
you ask the officials to check tattoos because the Official will seal
the carrier with a zip tie after they are finished checking.
then find an official to check every single one of your rabbits tattoo
numbers and check them off on your entry sheet and sales slips.
Once you’ve proved all your rabbits
are accounted for, the show official will zip tie your carriers closed
with a special colored zip tie.
You can then leave the
building with your rabbits.
Before you leave, you need to
go back to the Entry booth and get one last folder.
This folder will contain
your show results and comment cards in it.
Open it and make sure the
right results and comment cards are inside before you leave.
That way you don’t
accidentally leave with someone else’s information if a mistake was
If you brought a
rabbit and do not wish to show it.
For example, I
found two of my entries where too stressed and therefore I scratched them.
The scratched rabbit will stay in its coop. Just write scratched on their
coop tag, you can zip tie the cage shut too. The runners will skip that
rabbit and not bring it to the table.
If the rabbit
your scratched is at the show then Do Not write Scratched on the sheet you
hand back in. Even if the rabbit is sold and isn’t going on the show
table. Only write scratched on the sheet if the rabbit isn’t at the
the show’s officially starts, no rabbit may leave the show room until
the end of the show. This includes sick rabbits.
For the safety of
the other animals at the show, sick rabbits are moved to a sick area away
from the show room where it’s quieter and less stressful.
Sale” rabbits must be entered in the show.
You enter them
just like the rest of your show rabbits, one month in advance of
convention. Your sale rabbits are cooped in the same area as the rest of
the show rabbits.
You are expected
to show your “for sale” rabbits. Your entries fee is not a coop rental
agreement. Many breeders fill their spare coops with “for sale”
rabbits, this has caused a problem in judging in the past. They had the
wrong breed brought to the table to judge because some breeder filled
their spare coops with a different sex or breed of rabbit. There fore the
is a rule in the convention catalog against bring rabbits that you don’t
intend to show.
If you’ve sold a
rabbit that you’ve brought to convention then you must fill out a sales
slip. Sale slips are provided in the folder you get at check in.
You must fill them
out and one copy is given to the new owner and the other copy you keep.
When check out time comes around you need to show you slip to account for
the extra rabbit you bought or sold. Therefore keep them in a safe place
and make sure you fill them out right after the animal is paid for.
rabbits at the show
You must go to
your breed’s booth and notify them that you intend to breed a rabbit.