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2010-2011 Winter Issue - the American Dwarf Hotot Rabbit Club

2010-2011 Winter Issue - the American Dwarf Hotot Rabbit Club

The following Judge’s

The following Judge’s Perspective reports are comments by the Open and Youth Judges from the 2010 ARBA National Convention… OPEN JUDGE FOR THE DWARF HOTOT AT THE 2010 ARBA NATIONAL CONVENTION Glen Carr Tuesday morning, the second day of judging at the convention, the Dwarf Hotot breed was called to the judging table. After nearly 40 years of judging many different breeds at National Conventions, my nerves were again unsettled. My goal was to select the best of the best among the approximately 125 entries. I knew it would be no easy task, but I'd give it my best effort. The Senior buck class was first up. After examination of each animal, I was a bit disappointed with the overall quality of the class. Many of the bucks had fine qualities of the breed but none had the “total package.” Some had good body type, some had head type and thick ears, and some had very nice eye bands. Very few had fur condition. The first place buck had the best head type, a nice body, and clean eye bands, but lacked fur quality and condition. It was enough to win the class! The Junior buck class was more impressive. There were a number of fine youngsters presented. When I got down to the top ten, I really had to consider minor faults in determining my winner. The first place animal displayed balance of body, head, ears, and had a quality coat. The eye bands were clean and balanced, but lacked depth of color. The Senior doe class was a real challenge for me. The top ten animals were quite good. I especially like the top three does. I could have switched them around and justified my reasons. My final decision was based on the quality of the ears. There are 15 points allotted to the ears, equal to the head type. The winning doe had the best ears of the three and was equal in all other respects to the two remaining does. This was the most difficult decision I had all day. Finally, the Junior doe class was on the table. It was by far the deepest class in terms of quality that I had. There were many top quality does lacking just a bit here and there. I took a great deal of time with the top ten by analyzing each animal. The first place animal was correct in all aspects of the breed. She had a beautiful body, correct head and ear structure, a clean, dense, soft, roll back fur. Very pleasing to the touch. Well, you can probably guess which animal I selected for Best of Breed. The junior doe was "ready to win" and she did! The junior buck was the better of the two bucks primarily based on the fur quality and condition. All four winners were fine representatives of the breed. I congratulate the winners. I had a terrific time judging the Dwarf Hotot breed. I wish to thank all of the table assistants for keeping everything organized and running smoothly. It was great fun and I hope everyone had a good time. Winter 2011 Dwarf Hotot News Page 9

JUDGING THE YOUTH AMERICAN NETHERLAND DWARF HOTOT AT THE MINNEALPOLIS ARBA NATIONAL CONVENTION Lee Engel ARBA JUDGE #526 I received a phone message the week prior to the Convention in Minneapolis, to see if I would be able to judge the American Dwarf Hotots in the Youth division, and of course I said yes…best decision I could have made! I have been an ARBA judge for some time and have been able to work with this breed on several occasions, but when I was told there were about 80 entered, I was really excited…the more the merrier! I believe this number of Dwarf Hotots eclipsed anything I have judged by at least 60. The first class consisted of 22 Senior bucks who had spent several days in a small cage away from home and were therefore very energetic. After wrestling a few, dodging a bit of urine, and spending a lot of time going over the class, I felt really good about the lineup. I have always felt that people pay a lot for entry fees at Convention and we should take our time to get the placement right. This is especially true with big classes with many fine animals that are a bit wired from being in a small cage for a long period of time. Soooo after what probably seemed like an eternity, I finally ended up with my first class winner, an extremely well balanced senior buck. As a judge, I tend to work from back to front, and place a lot of emphasis on body type and hindquarters. This buck had the type and a lot more. We decided to judge the Junior bucks next because the Senior bucks were so busy and we thought that the doe scent on the table might make the little guys a bit feisty…good decision. The rest of the animals were much more relaxed. The winner of the Junior buck class was a young animal that had very nice balance that day and an extremely promising future as a show animal. I always like to look behind at the winning rabbits I have in the holding cages, and I was extremely pleased with the two boys back there. Senior Does—another strong showing with a solid winner. Junior doe class—turns out the junior buck that won its class had a sister who was even better. The most rewarding judging moments come when there are large numbers of rabbits with great quality and this was certainly the case throughout the day. When it came time to pick Best of Breed I had four great examples of the Dwarf Hotot to pick from. The Junior doe, even though she was not quite as developed as the Senior rabbits, took it with a little edge in balance of body type and a little more substance and shape to her ears over the other three rabbits. The Senior buck was just too much of a stud for the Junior buck and was a strong Best Opposite of Breed. I had a great time judging for the Youth and will always treasure the moment. I was totally psyched up to judge the event when asked, and this turned out to be the highlight of my Convention! I hope the exhibitors had as much fun at the show as I did. A quick note about the hats…I wear them for several reasons. One, I do not have a lot of hair left; two, they may take the exhibitors’ attention away from my terrible judging; and three, they are just fun. Raising and showing rabbits has always been a hobby for me. Life is full of enough stress, so I firmly believe that our hobbies should be fun. At the end of the day, the only important thing is that we cherish the friends and family we have, and that we are satisfied with the rabbits we raise. The real challenge is not at the show, but in the barn, the garage, the back yard where we feed, water, clean and raise the rabbits that are the tool of our hobby and the gateway to making the lifelong friendships that are created at the shows. Winter 2011 Dwarf Hotot News Page 10

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