Our shows are split into two sections, "Competitive" and "Novice", which caters equally for the serious breeder and pet owner alike. Registered purebred rabbits in the competitive section contend for certificates, rosettes, trophies, owner bred points and championship certificates. All pet rabbits are very welcome in the novice section and they also can win certificates, rosettes and trophies. We have many novelty categories as well as kids only and un-rung classes. As with all animal related shows the presentation of your rabbit could be the difference between a first prize and a placing. Cleanliness is the most important factor and all rabbits entered need to have their nails trimmed prior to the show. We provide a compulsory vetting in (health check) of all exhibits before commencement of the judging. A trading table is available with a large range of items for sale ranging from feeds, grooming aids, medicinal goods, cages and equipment plus more. Canteen facilities are available at all of our shows, with other hot and cold foods and drinks.
In order to show your rabbits in breed classes, your rabbit should fit the recognised standard for the particular breed type and be wearing the appropriate leg ring. The judge, committee member or an experienced breeder can advise whether your rabbit fits the breed standard. Time will be allocated at the show for you to have your rabbit examined, classified and registered.
To enter your rabbit in breed classes please download the Excel Worksheet on this website (forms page). Completed entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be eligible for reduced entry fees your entry must be received by the closing date for entries. Most shows allow entries on the day but higher fees and restrictions do apply. Entries can only be accepted in the digital format using our Excel Worksheet. All rabbits must be registered with SARA Inc. to be eligible to compete.
In breed classes you are required to cage each rabbit separately. Each exhibit will be allocated two tags (pen numbers) bearing the same number with one remaining on the cage at all times. The other will accompany the rabbit to the judging table as a means of identification. If you wish to take your penned rabbit/s over to the novice section or leave the show, you may do so once your rabbit/s are not eligible to compete any further in the competitive section. An official of the club must checkout your rabbit/s from the benching area before you may take them. There are two types of competitive sections; Pen shows and Table shows.
All the rabbits are benched together in their respective breed groups. Ownership is confidential. Official stewards are responsible for transporting the rabbits to the show table and back again during judging. Owners and spectators should stand clear from the cages to allow stewards a clear path. Pen shows have the highest star value (championship points).
Each exhibitor has their own trestle table where their rabbits are benched. The exhibitors are responsible for stewarding their own rabbit/s to the show table when they hear their pen number called. This is a less formal show offering exhibitors of any age a more hands on approach to showing in breed classes.
A catalogue show is run the same as pen shows except entries close a month prior to the show. A catalogue is produced which includes all exhibits for the exhibitors reference.
Entering our novice classes couldn’t be easier. There are no forms to fill out, no advance entries required and rabbits do not need to be registered. Listen to the classes as they are called to the judging table. If you wish to enter, simply bring your rabbit to the table along with your entry fee of $2.00. The novice section is open to pure and crossbred rabbits alike. Restrictions only apply in "member only" and "unrung" classes. To compete in unrung classes your rabbit must not be wearing an identification leg ring. Rabbits that have previously been rung and have had their rings removed are welcome.