To sort out the best of the best, certain groups are called up to the table first. The writer or judge will yell out the category they need at the table and all the rabbits in that category are then brought up and put in the cubbies on the table. First, they are sorted by breed, then variety, then age, then sex.
note: "broken" is considered a variety, even though they come in many colors.
For example, you will hear the categories in the following order:
Breed, Color, Senior, Male
Breed, Color, Senior, Female
Breed, Color, Junior, Male
Breed, Color, Junior, Female
(This is called a 4 class. It has 4 classes per color. Some larger breeds are 6 class and include the "Intermediate" age group- one group of each gender- to make 6 classes total.)
After your rabbit has been judged, it will be sent from the table unless it wins first in the class.
After the top ranked rabbits (senior male, senior female, junior male, junior female) from this color/variety are chosen, the judge chooses ONE male and ONE female from that color to be the Best of Variety (BOV) and Best Opposite Sex of Variety (BOSV). Any age or gender can win the top spot.
Next, they move on to the next color, in ABC order.
Dutch goes: Black, Blue, Chinchilla, Chocolate, Grey, Steel, Tortoise
Once the BOV and BOSV have been chosen of each color, then they compete for Best of Breed (BOB) and Best Opposite Sex of Breed (BOS)
Some breeds have the colors separated into groups. After all the colors in a group are judged, then a Best of Group (BOG) and Best Opposite Sex of Group (BOSG) will be chosen to then go on to be considered for BOB and BOSB.
So, BOB can be the Dutch, Blue, Senior, Female while the BOS is the Dutch, Grey, Junior, Male
All the remaining rabbits will be sent from the table, and the next breed will start to be called up.
At the end of the show, the BOB of each breed will be brought up to the table. The Best 4 Class and the Best 6 Class rabbit will be chosen, and then the Best in Show will be chosen from those two. At some shows, all the BOB rabbits will be judged together and then a Best in Show and 1st/2nd Reserve will be chosen.
Best in Show
Best 4 Class & Best 6 Class
Best of Breed (BOB)
Best Opposite Sex of Breed (BOS)
Best of Group (BOG)
Best Opposite Sex of Group (BOSG)
Best of Variety (BOV)
Best Opposite Sex of Variety (BOSV)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
Win a Leg!
What on earth does that mean?
To become a Grand Champion Rabbit, you need to complete three legs of a "race".
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