All About Showing Rabbits

An excerpt from “Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits” provides information for those interested in showing rabbits.

| 2012 Guide to Backyard Rabbits

Showing rabbits is only one reason for raising them, but for some folks it’s the only one. They love the fun and thrill of competing and winning. They enjoy spending a day with friends who have the same interest. They often make show day a family outing, with a tailgate picnic, a fishing trip or local sightseeing.

One of the most rewarding aspects of showing rabbits is learning from the other raisers and the judges what you have done wrong and right so you can overcome your mistakes and oversights before another show date arrives. Raisers who hope to sell breeding stock try to build a record of winning that will attract customers.

What can you win? There are trophies, ribbons, and special prizes put up by other competitors. There are breed-club sweepstakes points and grand championship leg certificates, and simply the judge’s nod of approval. Except for some state fair exhibitions, there is not a lot of money to be won, and that probably does more than anything else to keep rabbit shows as honest and fair as humans can make them. You’ll always find friendly competition and none of the brutally serious attitudes that prevail at dog or horse shows.

Locating and entering rabbit shows

Rabbit shows don’t receive a lot of publicity in local newspapers. That’s probably because they are not spectator oriented; they’re really only fun for the exhibitors or those who plan to exhibit. 

Local and state clubs and breed clubs sponsor the shows. If you belong to local and breed associations, you will learn about rabbit shows near you via club newsletters. If you belong to the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), you will find a listing of upcoming shows in each issue of Domestic Rabbits magazine and on the association’s website. The listings include the show date, as well as the name and address of the show secretary.  

Contact the show secretary and ask to be put on the postal or email list for the show catalog. There is no charge for this catalog, which gives directions to the show, the time to arrive, the entry fee, and the prizes offered. The catalog also lists the breeds that are sanctioned, which means the breeds that will receive sweepstakes points. Any recognized standard breed may be shown, whether listed or not.

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