(Lydia dictated this to me two weeks ago. I totally forgot about it and didn't see it until after I posted my report of the show. Lydia had some good information in here that I failed to include, so I decided to post it as well.)
Fortunately for us we have two active rabbit clubs in the area that each host an ARBA show each year. The Truckee Meadows Rabbit Club hosted this year's show at Cold Springs Middle School in north Reno last Saturday. Even though it was a double open show and not particularly well-attended, we still managed to be stuck there until 6:30. That's what happens when two of the three judges devote their maximum attention to each and every rabbit. Fortunately, we were advised in advance that we had some super slow judges so we had no illusions about going home early.
We considered not even attending the show because none of our rabbits had a great coat. Well, Becky's junior black buck looked fine, but he was Becky's rabbit, and Becky wasn't going to be attending the show. The other rabbits had all shed their coats within the past month, so they weren't looking like winners. But Mom thought it would be a good idea to get as many rabbits as possible registered, and so that is what we did.
Muddy Buddy finally made weight, just barely. ARBA rules state that a rabbit must weigh in within a certain range to be registered. At nine pounds, Sage was perfect. Her sister, Phantom, however, is a total porker and was almost sent home to go on a diet.
Another reason we went to the show was to have all of Snowball's kits assessed. Charlotte evaluated them first so as to be sure that she wouldn't be influenced by Seth's and Julie's opinions. She was so happy to have Seth and Julie agree with her completely in selecting the best two rabbits, and really, all the rabbits. Julie also spent a whole lot of time with Charlotte and Lydia in helping them understand what to look for and what to watch out for in rabbit bodies. It was a tremendous help.