Showing rabbits is exhausting, it cost a lot of money, time and energy. The prizes are mediocre at best and people are less then friendly and kind. Many ask why bother?
Each person have a reason to show their rabbits.
My reason is pretty simple I want to know if I 'm improving my herd and in turn the breed I love.
I want to learn what the judges opinion is regarding my animal and because of that the day of the show is very stressful. We want to hear what they are saying and it is very hard with so many people around us who are trying to do the same.
"Here in Utah it seems so hard to get any where with Holland Lops," that's what many breeders claim, however if you have The Standard of Perfection, a focus in mind and determination, it is not harder then any other breed in my opinion. The key to success is to be persistent, stay out of other breeders website and focus on what you are doing to succeed.
The shows will only confirm what you already knew you had at hands, that's why I love showing in Open.
When we were showing in Youth it was hard to see if you improved, but in Open if you get to stay on the table at all is often a good thing.
If you are trying to show rabbits, the first thing you need learn is to be honest with yourself. If you are a adult interested in breeding and showing Holland lops, you should not enter your rabbits in youth under your children's name. It will not help you in any aspect of your breeding. It is easy to become blinded regarding the quality of your herd if you hide behind "County Fair "ribbons, but you will only improve your herd if you go against the big guys on the breed, you need to know what is lacking in your herd!
So if you want to benefit from shows, breed to standard and show on your class. If you hear negative comments in about your herd, make improvements. What fun is there to be the best of the worst?
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