Show cages
The show cage is to be provided by the exhibitor and should be the standard size of 30cm x 40cm. Water bottles are a must for all show cages. Some form of food is also a nessecity, whether it be a toilet roll filled with hay or a small lucerne cube. Sawdust or a puppy pad to line your show cage with, aswell as a show cage base to reduce mess at the venue. Show cage curtains can also be used to cut off contact with other rabbits whilst waiting to go onto the judging table. Our very own Eliza Jane makes fabulous show cage curtains, contact her with any enquires. Show cages are not to be split at our agricultural shows, however we will accept them at our club shows if stated so on your entry form.
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Stewarding at our TVRAI Shows
TVRAI encourages our new members to take the step and after a handling seminar to give stewarding a crack! Getting up close on the judges table is the quickest way to learn about each of the Rabbit breeds on display from Fancy to Lop to Fur to Rex! We often run handling seminars in which we request our members to pick any rabbit breed from the show cages, we then get the fanciers to bring the rabbits to the judging table and pose the animals. We then discuss the posing method and if any improvements need to be made. Once the breed and pose has been discussed the rabbit can be swapped with the person next to you. This ensures us that all our stewards are confident when bringing rabbits to the table as well as the handling of the rabbit. It's not the stewards job to make the rabbit look amazing, that's the job of the exhibitor, however the rabbit should be posed accordingly to the BRC standards. Which we highly recommend all our fanciers to study! Also remember a well built rabbit will present itself.

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Rabbit Hopping! Hop along to TVRAI!

What's the role of a steward at TVRAI?

When the book steward calls up the pen numbers, the stewards job is to go to the carry cages and safely bring the rabbit to the table with one of the two pen numbers on the show cage. It's then the stewards job to ensure the rabbit stays on its show matt until the judge is ready to access the animal.

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Show Presentation!

For our new members, when coming to your first shows take a close look at the condition and presentation of the animals. It takes great effort to breed a good rabbit, why not take it to the next level and ensure the rabbit presents itself to the best of its ability. After all if the BIS line up is down to two rabbits and the judge is tied between the two, however one has a stained under, we know which one is going to take the win! Our fanciers prepare weeks even months in advance coming upto our championship shows! Grooming is a major key in getting those coats upto scratch also. There is no points awarded to the presentation of the animal however a clean, spotless rabbit looks impressive and shows exhibitors and the judge the efforts put into your rabbits

Any breed of rabbit can be shown, both pet and pedigreed rabbits are catered for. Each club offers several classes for the rabbits to be shown in and in particular encourage new exhibitors!

All Rabbits must be a minimum of 10 weeks of age to be shown or sold aswell as in healthy and fit condition.

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Talking to the Judge!
Why is it important to talk to the Judge?
Your best rabbit may not have placed due to it’s condition on that day, but by talking to the Judge and asking his / hers reasons for the way he placed the rabbits you could find out what you really wanted to know, so do-not be afraid to ask. Even if you do not agree with his or her decision or reasons, accept the Judge has done his / her best. Be nice talk over your rabbits with the Judge in a constructive manner that way both you and the Judge will benefit. Also talk to other breeders of the same breed. By the time you leave the show you will feel you have learnt just a little bit more about you hobby! Written by Brian Emmott (volume 2 TVRAI yearbook)

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A gentle reminder that you must attend at least three shows to enable you to purchase Identification rings.
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Rings are for identification purposes only. Rabbits should NOT be sold rung to pet homes under any circumstances
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if your unsure if the buyer for your rabbit is a club member feel free to email us with your quiery.

Basic Show Etiquette -

Arrive on time - The show commitee also have rabbits to enter, and rely on exhibitors to arrive in a timely fashion, book their rabbits in and pay their entry fees. Once your rabbits have been vetted in and are placed on the table.. Do NOT handle your rabbits please. The shows are anonymous, should the judge walk in and your fussing or grooming still, you have identified your animal. Grooming should be part of your preparation and to be done at home.

Stewarding is a privilage - The best way to learn about all the breeds, not just yours is ask for permission to steward. Please dont just pop in when your breed is being judged. It is blatantly obvious to all in attendance and brings inappropriate attention to your rabbit. If your not stewarding, please remove yourself from the immediate show table, allowing the stewards plenty of room to work. You are more than welcome to find a spot at the end of the table to listen.

Be seen not heard - The judge should not know who the rabbit he or she is judging. Exhibitors should not point which rabbit is theirs to the judge and exhibitors should not make comments about the rabbit that the judge may hear. New exhibitors sometimes make the mistake of proudly announcing to the judge a recent win their rabbit had or how well their rabbit is doing on the show table. Please note this isn't on!

Judges opinion on the day - Please keep your opinions to yourself. Not everyone will agree what the judge says - however you should not blurt out your dissagreement with the comments or placement of your rabbit. If you have any questions or want clarification, you may polietly ask the judge after the class or breed is judged. Most judges will take a few moments to explain their comments to your after the completion of the show.

Congratulate the winners - It is common good sportsmanship that should always be practiced at presentation. Young exhibitors should also be encouraged to do the same. Poor sportsmanship is detrimental to both the club image we present to the public and to our wonderful hobby!