RABBITS AT ARBA SHOWS IN THE CORRECT CLASS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
ARBA Standard of Perfection”, on the Flemish Giant Standard on the first
page lists proper “SHOWROOM CLASSES & WEIGHTS”.
This is very easy to understand (Showing Flemish in the wrong class
in unacceptable). Basically
this is what the Flemish Giant Standard says about the rabbits ages in
each class entered:
BUCKS & DOES - “Under 6 months of age.”
Minimum weight for Jr. Bucks and Does 6 1/2 lbs.”
This means the day your rabbit turns 6 months of age it is an
Intermediate. Personally I
would not recommend showing a rabbit less than 11 lbs.
BUCKS & DOES - “6 to 8 months of age”
The day the rabbit turns 6
months old it is Intermediate. For
TWO months only…. At its 8
month birthday it turns Senior. (This is the day it turns 8 months old it
is a Senior.) This
should leave no questions. This
does not reflect in anyway that it is ok to show thru 8 months.
is actually 6 months thru 7 months of age. )
BUCK / DOE - “8 month of age and over” Sr. Bucks min. weight
are 13 lbs. and Sr. Doe weight must be 14 lbs.
This means that the day the rabbit turns 8 month of age it is a Sr.
. Also included in the
Standard is a Note that says: “No
Animal may be shown in a higher age classification than its true age.
No Animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true
Shows and including the ARBA National Convention had a few of our members
breaking these ARBA Show rules.
We had rabbits that were bought from other breeders alleged to be
intermediates shown by and exhibiter in the Junior classes (Totally
Unacceptable), and several does shown inadvertently Seniors in the
Intermediate Class. At the
National Show the Best of Breed rabbit was alleged to be out of class, and
was a Senior shown in the Intermediate Class.
These breeders took away from the National Convention and our
Members. Please insure
that you show your Flemish Giants in the proper class with due respect to
your fellow breeders.
YOU CAN DO IF YOU HAVE PROOF OR VERIFICATION THAT A MEMBER IS CHEATING AND
SHOWING OUT OF CLASS: This
would mean a person showing a rabbit they purchased from you out of class.
A person that shows a rabbit in the intermediate class more than
two months. Any intermediate
being shown past 8 months of age etc…..
UP CHARGES THRU THE FEDERATION: Page
153 of the Federation Guidebook, Article IV – Discipline:
Section 1: Any member
being charged with willful misrepresentation or fraud or dishonest
dealings or conduct derogatory to the Federation must have such charges
made in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer.
(This could result in a board judgment up to as much as loss of
membership in the Federation).
member of the Federation found guilty of breaking the show rules and have
displinary action taken against them will see the results of the board in
the newsletter. This is
for those showing out of Class.
(NOTE: past board
action stated the board will not pursue displinary action between two
members who are buying or selling rabbits to each other.
It would be impossible for us to police this).
article is to help all members understand the proper showing of rabbits in
the correct class. It
also is a warning to those that have lost respect for others , that they
will be watched. Please take
the time to go to your ARBA Standard of Perfection and to follow the Show
rules as indicated for Rabbits to be in the proper class.
are presently looking at all the avenues available to our members to stop
those that are cheating. This
means intentionally or unintentionally .
Bob Bomia, President, NFFGRB