I was planning on writing about this after the Gridley show, but I have an English assignment on developing paragraphs by giving examples.
As you may recall, we were at the West Coast Classic in May 2014. That was our first ARBA show and our first experience with multiple shows in a single day. There we had an eye-opening experience.
At all our 4-H shows, Snowball was always in the best condition, meaning she always got Best of Breed. No matter what I did with Ninja or Indy, Snowball always won. She always had the density and texture. So I thought that most judges were the same and all was lost for Ninja and Indy.
When we went to the West Coast Classic in May, we all thought Cookie was in the best condition and thought he would win the leg in the youth show. And indeed, Cookie was favored over Indy in the first show. The judge detested Indy. (Indy was a little stressed and it showed, if you know what I mean.) The next three shows that day, Indy was highly favored over Cookie, to the point where he got the leg in the youth show. That day I learned that I shouldn’t take only the rabbits I thought were best, but all of them, so I can see what the judges have to say. The judges all look at rabbits so differently.
At the Truckee Meadows show in July, Snowball won Best of Breed in the first show, beating out her brother Ninja, who still got a leg for Best of Variety. But surprisingly, in the second show, Ninja trumped and won a second leg for Best of Breed and Snowball got nothing.
At the Stockton show last month, Muddy was favored in the first show. He had great wool but lacked a little in density. He has a great body. So he got the leg. However, in the second youth show, Honey got the leg. The judged was almost drooling over her wool and density. He was ready to whip out his spinning wheel right then and there.
So in conclusion, don’t lose heart if your bunny isn’t favored. He could win a leg in the next show.