Going to a show can be somewhat intimidating to a new breeder, or first
time rabbit exhibitor. Entering a show requires certain items from you in
order to get registered for a show, and get your rabbits entered. There are
generally two required forms for a rabbit show, the first is the show entry
form, and the second is the judges remark cards.
Most local shows allow you to register on the day of the show. The forms
that you will need will be available at the show. Larger national shows
will require that you register in advance. Please be considerate and only
take the forms you need. The ARBA show entry form will look something like
Completing the ARBA Entry Form
It is important that every form be filled out completely and accurately.
Errors in these forms may result in the unshowability of your rabbit.
- Entry No. - This will be completed for you
- Show Date - The date the show takes place
- Exhibitor(s)/Owner(s) - This field is extremely important. This is
the name that will be used for accumulating points and standings
for the various clubs. If you are a member of the HLRSC (Holland
Lop Rabbit Specialty Club) you would want this name to be the same
as the name you registered with for the HLRSC. If any of the
rabbits you are showing are registered, this field must also match
the name under which the rabbit is registered. As a rule of thumb,
we encourage exhibitors that join clubs to use their legal name and
not nicknames, for every club they join.
- Rabbitry Name - This is an optional field.
- ARBA # - This is where you place your ARBA number. If you are not
an ARBA member you would not have a number. You do not have to be
an ARBA member to show rabbits.
- Enter your name and address. Make sure this is correct. Show
reports get sent to the address.
- Mark and ‘X’ if you are or are not an ARBA member.
- Do you desire ribbons - This option may not be used at the show you
are participating in. We always check yes, because if this is an
option, we would like to receive the ribbons.
In addition to your name the fields 9-11 are extremely important
that they are correct. Errors in these fields may result in your
rabbit not being showable.
- Breed & Variety - Its rare that exhibitors are incorrect in
identifying their breed. However, mistakes are often made in
variety. Each breed of rabbit has their own distinct variety. For
example, holland lops are shown by color pattern, solid and broken.
Dutch on the other hand are shown by colors, black, blue,
chocolate, steel, and tortoise. If you are unsure of what varietys
your breed shows with, concult the Standard of Perfection publiched
by the ARBA.
- Ear Number - All rabbits entered in a show, must have a legible ear
tatoo. The tatoo should be unique to your rabbitry. This is the
blank where you enter that tatoo number.
- Class & Sex - Class is another field that depends on your breed of
rabbit, it is usually related to the age and/or weight of your
rabbit. Small breeds are whats called 4 class breeds. They have
juniors (ages 3 months - 6 months ) and seniors (ages 6 months and
older). They are then broken down by gender. So the four classes
would be junior buck, junior does, senior buck, senoir doe. The
Standard of Perfection will tell what class your breed is shown in.
- Entry Fee - Usually there is an entry fee for each rabbit you show.
This helps cover the cost of the show. In order to keep the
registration process flowing, please make sure this field is
Everything to the right of the Entry Fee on a standard ARBA
registration form is used by the show secretary.
- Total Entry Fee - Basically this is the total of all the per rabbit
entry fees added together.
- Sponsoring Club - This is the organization that is putting on the
- Show Location - We put the city and state or you can put the
- Show Secretary - Show secretary name
Final Thoughts on Entry Forms
The show entry from is usually a carbonless two part form. The top form
will go to the show secretary and the bottom form will be returned to you
at the registration table. We use Breeders Assistant software, which has
the ARBA form built in. When we select the rabbits it completes the form
for us. We just print off two copies, one for the show secretary and the
other for our records.
You’re not quite ready to proceed to the registration table yet. Now its
time to complete the other form you need, the judges remarks card. Check
back for that article in the near future.
Three Little Ladies