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  1. Registrar Study Workshop Studying for the ARBA Registrar’s Exam A Rabbitcon Presentation by Allen Mesick, ARBA Judge

  2. Course Objectives • Inspire You! • Procedures to a Registrar License • What Do I Study? Not Study? • “Live” Crash Course through the Registrar’s Study Guide • Discussion

  3. Why a Registrar License? • It’s time in your rabbit hobby! • Register your own rabbits • First official step to a JUDGE license • Social perks, i.e. new people, travel • Indulge yourself • Do it before February 1, 2011! • It really isn’t hard!

  4. The Steps to Your License • ARBA Membership for 3 consecutive years (any age) • Obtain an “Application to Become a Registrar” through the ARBA • Obtain 20+ ADULT endorsing signatures • Select two examining judges • Send $25 with your application to ARBA • Pass the Registrar’s Exam • Work under 3 judges and 1 registrar • Pay a small fee for the license • You’re a registrar!

  5. Time Limit Remember! You have TWO YEARS to complete the entire process, including working your shows. Time FLIES! Allen’s Recommendation DO NOT send your application (i.e. signatures and $25) to the ARBA until you are ready to take the exam.

  6. The Passing Grade Part I: The Written Exam 70% Written Part II: The Oral Exam 70% Written Part III: Apprenticeship Secure Endorsement of 2 of the 3 Judges Secure Endorsement of the Registrar

  7. Your Examining Judge The Choice is Yours (kinda)! • Often called the “testing Judge” • You’re given 2 choices • Must have been a Judge for at least 5 years • Choose someone you’re comfortable with • Choose someone geographically close – you might take it at their house • Contact them to arrange a testing date • Be flexible with the Judge

  8. Oral Exam • Questions are made by the Examining Judge • Know how to “clamp tattoo” • Breed and Variety ID Ask your Examining Judge PRIOR to the test, “How would you recommend preparing for the oral exam?”

  9. Apprenticeship: Fun Part! Working With a Judge • Select someone you’re comfortable with for the first show • Select Judges you respect • Secure permission of the show superintendent well in advance of the show (i.e. 2 weeks) • Secure permission of the Judge well in advance of the show (i.e. 2 weeks) • BRING YOUR STANDARD • Don’t try to teach the Judge. You are the student! • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are a student!

  10. Apprenticeship: Fun Part! Working With a Registrar • Work under your Judges first • Select someone you’re comfortable with • Secure permission of the show superintendent well in advance of the show (i.e. 2 weeks) • Secure permission of the Registrar well in advance of the show (i.e. 2 weeks) • BRING YOUR STANDARD • Ask questions. This is your new job!

  11. How Do I Study? • BUY the Standard of Perfection • BUYthe Registrar’s Study Guide • DON’T WASTE BRAIN SPACE ON UNIMPORTANT INFORMATION

  12. Do You Know the Answer? Is a 7 month old Frosted Pearl Mini Lop with lilac shading be disqualified if he is 5.12 pounds and has less than a delicate tint of the appropriate lilac shading color?

  13. The Answer… WHO CARES!

  14. Disclaimer This presentation is not endorsed by the ARBA This is an Allen Mesick Production Allen Mesick doesn’t know everything This presentation is the Registrar’s Study Guide on a diet The Standard is kinda boring… Read it! All of our brains work differently: You know You best.

  15. What’s NOT Important? Don’t waste BRAIN SPACE on… • Breed Weights • Super detailed information, i.e. the undercolor of Chocolate Agouti French Angoras • Point Schedules, i.e. does the American Fuzzy Lop allot 25 points or 30 points to the head?

  16. What IS Important? • Recognized Varieties, i.e. Holland Lops recognize Otter • Breed Specific Disqualifications, i.e. Harlequins DQ for a bald face • Breed Basics,i.e. Body Type, Fur Type, Ear Carriage • Breed Oddities, i.e. “Balance” is defined in the Flemish standard

  17. The Moral of the Study Story • Think rationally and reasonably about the information you are studying • Would the subject be important if it was presented to you as a Registrar? Answer: KNOW IT! • Would the subject only serve as a conversation piece while in line at the food booth? Answer: SKIP IT!

  18. American Level 1 • Type • Semi-Arch (Mandolin) • Varieties (2): Blue, White • Blue: DQ white, sandy, rust, silver-gray tint, uneven color, foreign color • White: DQ foreign colored patches • Eye Color: • Black Brown • White Pink • Fur • Flyback • Remember: • White has PINK eyes; Blue is to be dark slate blue

  19. American Fuzzy Lop Level 2 Type • Compact Varieties: Agouti, Broken, Pointed White, Self, Shaded, Wide Band • DQ Brokens mising any head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% BODY COLOR • DO NOT recognize TAN GROUP, i.e. NO Otter, Silver Marten, etc… • DO NOT recognize TICKED GROUP, i.e. NO Steel • Pointed White allows for Black, Blue, Chocolate, and Lilac Wool • DQ for length under 1.5” • DQ for wool below first ankle joint of front foot • DQ for excessively soft of silky Remember: A crown is desirable but receives NO points

  20. American Sable Level 1 Type • Commercial and 4-CLASS • Body receives most points Color • Sepia brown on ears, face, back, legs, and upper side of tail = shading • DQ eyes lacking ruby glow FUR • Rollback Remember: Commercial; Sepia Brown Shading; Ruby Glow; Markings are the Shading

  21. English Angora Level 2 Type • Compact Color Groups (6): Agouti, Pointed White, Self, Shaded, Ticked, Wide Band • White includes POINTED WHITE • DO NOT recognize Broken Ears • “V” carriage • DQ for complete lack of ear fringes or tassels Wool • DQ for normal fur on front or hind feet • DQ for length under 2” • DQ for excessively coarse Remember: Shown in COLORED or WHITE classes; Type is to resemble a “round ball of fluff”

  22. French Angora Level 2 Type • Commercial • DQ for round, short body type Color Groups (7): Agouti, Pointed White, Self, Shaded, Ticked, Wide Band • White includes POINTED WHITE • Colored includes BROKEN • DQ Brokens missing any head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% and more than 50% color Wool • DQ for wool on front feet below ankle joint • DQ for length under 2” • DQ for excessively soft, silky, or cottony Remember: The ONLY Angora breed recognizing Broken; Shown in COLORED or WHITE classes

  23. Giant Angora Level 2 Type • Commercial • DQ for rounded, cobby body type Color • White ONLY Ears • “V” carriage Wool • DQ for normal fur on front or hind feet • DQ for length under 2” • DQ for lack of wave • DQ for excessively coarse (from Awn Hair) • DQ for lack of underwool Important Giant Angora Vocabulary: Awn Hair = straight, protruding guard hair Awn Fluff = wavy middle wool with straight guard hair tip Underwool = predominant over other wool; soft

  24. Satin Angora Level 2 Type • Commercial • DQ for round, short body type Color Groups: White and Colored • White includes POINTED WHITE • DO NOT recognize broken Wool • DQ for wool on front feet below ankle joint • DQ for length under 2” • DQ for heavy trimmings on head • DQ for heavy trimmings on ears • DQ for lack of SHEEN Remember: Wool includes 4 parts (density, texture, length, and SHEEN)

  25. Belgian Hare Level 1 Type • Full Arch Color • DQ for complete lack of ticking • DQ for eye color other than brown • Color is brilliant, rich, deep red of tan or chestnut over slate blue undercolor Fur • Flyback Remember: Ticking; Brown Eyes; Rich red over slate undercolor

  26. Beveren Level 1 Type • Semi-Arch (Mandolin) Varieties (3): Black, Blue, BEW • Black: DQ eyes other than dark brown • Blue: DQ eyes other than blue-gray • BEW: DQ eyes other than blu Ears • DQ for ear length UNDER 4 3/4” • “V” carriage Fur • Rollback • DQ for length UNDER 1” Remember: Light Lavender Blue; Distinct Curvature Between Eyes and Nose

  27. Blanc de Hotot Level 1 Type • Commercial • DQ for long, narrow, or mandolin type Fur • Rollback • DQ for lack of visible guard hair Color • DQ eyes other than dark brown • DQ for color in normally white areas Markings (EYE BANDS) • DQ for incomplete eye bands • DQ for eye band width exceeding 3/16” Remember: Frosty sheen to fur; Frosty White Color; “V” Ears

  28. Britannia Petite Level 2 Type • Full Arch • DQ for Dewlap Varieties (5): Black, Black Otter, Chestnut, REW, Sable Marten • BLACK Otter ONLY • DQ Sable Marten with foreign colored patches Head • DQ for Bulldog Head Ears • DQ for ear length over 3” Fur • Flyback • DQ for rollback or Netherland Dwarf-like fur Remember: Wedge Shaped Head; “Temperamental” is acceptable; the “Anti-Dwarf”

  29. Californian Level 1 Type • Commercial Fur • Commercial Normal Color/Markings • DQ for smut on usable portion of pelt • DQ for color above elbow joint of front legs • DQ for color found 2” above hock joint • DQ for lack of color on nose, ears, feet, tail • DQ for white spots on markings • DQ for TAN pattern (ie white under tail) Remember: Point Color is to be as “near black as possible”, meaning that blue/chocolate/sepia are allowed…

  30. Champagne D’Argent Level 1 Type • Commercial Color • DQ for white patches or cream/yellow cast Fur • Commercial Normal Remember: Body color is bluish white; jet black hairs give an “old silver effect”; nose and muzzle form a dark butterfly

  31. Checkered Giant Level 3 Type • Full Arch (allow natural movement. Handle only for DQ exam) Ears • DQ for length under 5 3/4” Feet/Legs • DQ for colored toenails Varieties (2): Black, Blue • DQ for combination of both black and blue on one animal Markings: H.M.S. CLEBS H Head with more than 1 stray spot M Mid-body and forward with more than 1 stray spot S Side Markings which connect to each other C Cheek spots which are double L Legs (front) with colored spots E Eye Circles touching any other head marking B Butterfly that is split, has white spot(s), or white upper lip S Spine with more than 1 break; single break more than 1/4” Remember: Belly spots and stray spots 1/2” from the spine are NOT DQs; ear base is “capped”; spine is NOT a herringbone shape; fur is FLYBACK

  32. American, Giant, Standard Chinchilla Level 1

  33. American, Giant, Standard Chinchilla: Ring Color The Ring (same for 3 Breeds) Undercolor Slate Blue Band 2 Light Pearl Band 3 Narrow Black Band 4 Light Surface Uneven/Wavy Black Ticking

  34. Cinnamon Level 1 Type • Commercial Fur • Commercial Normal Markings: C. Meld C Collar (or Jaw) M Mask (or Butterfly) E Eye Circles L Lap Spots D Dark Color to all Extremities Remember: Orange Undercolor; Smoke Gray Ticking across Back; Brown Eyes; DQ for lack of ANY of the Markings

  35. Crème D’Argent Level 1 Type • Commercial Fur • Flyback Color • DQ for slate coloring ANYWHERE Remember: think ORANGE! Creamy-white surface with an ORANGE cast; Orange Undercolor; Orange Guard Hairs; exhibits a BUTTERFLY

  36. Dutch Level 3 Type • Compact Fur • Flyback Varieties: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Gray, Steel, Tortoise • DQ Gray if lacking intermediate band • DQ Gray if belly undercolor is NOT slate • DQ Steel if ring pattern is evident • DQ Steel if white under tail • DQ Tort if lack of shading Marking Disqualifications: ONLY 3! 1) Split Stops 2) Stop Color Above Hock Joint 2) Tied (undercut color extends past elbow joint on front leg) Other Disqualifications: Bare Spots; Combination of Black/Blue/Chocolate on one rabbit; White Spots; Colored Spots in White Area; Foreign Color; Eye Spots; Light Colored Eyes; Colored Toenails; Excessive Scattered White Hairs

  37. Dwarf Hotot Level 1 Type • Compact • DQ for Dewlap Ears • DQ for ear length over 2 3/4” Fur • Rollback Varieties (2): Black, Chocolate • Brown Eyes in BOTH varieties Markings: EYEBANDS • DQ Incomplete Eyebands • DQ Heavy Feathering of Eyebands Remember: Eyebands should be the width of TWO PENNIES; DQ for Eye spots and marbling

  38. English Spot Level 3 Type • Full Arch (allow natural movement. Handle only for DQ exam) Varieties (7): Black, Blue, Chocolate, Gold, Gray, Lilac, Tortoise • DQ Gray that have any guard hair color OTHER THAN black • DQ Tort for wrong shading color or absence of shading Markings: Chew Sum Bad! C Connected Head Markings H Head with more than 1 stray spot E Eye circle(s) missing W White spot in butterfly S Split butterfly U Upper half of ear with white spot (white runs from ear base OK) M Missing representation of side pattern (1 spot minimum per side) B Break in spine more than once (includes late start but excludes tail) A Any break in spine greater than 1/4” D Double, split, or missing cheek spot(s) Remember: Spine marking is “herringbone” shaped; ONE spot minimum to each side; White “runs” up from ear base are OK

  39. Flemish Giant Level 2 Type • Semi-Arch (mandolin) • DQ for short, blocky body with no arch • DQ body length less than 20” in seniors (end of nose to tail BASE) Varieties (7): Black, Blue, Fawn, Light Gray, Sandy, Steel Gray, White • DQ Steel Gray showing ring color over BACK (slight on sides OK) Ears • DQ ear length less than 5 ¾” • DQ ears that turn over at tips Feet and Legs • DQ short legs • DQ fine or thin bone • DQ weak ankles or flat feet Fur • Rollback Remember: “Balance” describes proportion; All varieties call for brown eyes except Blue and White

  40. Florida White Level 1 Type • Compact Fur • Commercial Normal Remember: This breed has no breed specific DQs. The body receives the most points.

  41. Harlequin Level 2 Type • Commercial Groups (2): Magpie, Japanese (Shown by Groups) Varieties (4): Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac • DQ Japanese with spots and white toenails. (White belly, tail, under jowls, and eye circles MAY be white.) Markings • DQ for single body marking (Dutch belt) • DQ for failure to show discernable parting down face

  42. Havana Level 1 Type • Compact Varieties (4): Black, Blue, Chocolate, Broken • DQ Brokens missing any head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% color Eye Color: Black Brown Blue Blue-Gray Chocolate Brown w/ruby glow in subdued light Broken To match base color Fur • Flyback Remember: Brokens ARE recognized but may not be listed in your Standard

  43. Himalayan Level 1 Type • Cylindrical (the only one!) • DQ Dewlap Varieties (4): Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac Markings: Nose (Egg Shape), Ears, Front Feet and Legs, Hind Feet and Legs, Tail • DQ smut found on the usable portion of the pelt • DQ white spots in colored markings Remember: Eye stain (smut near eye) is ONLY a fault; Leg markings are to be as high as possible; Rough hindquarters are NOT penalized; Smut on dewlap is a DQ because a dewlap is a DQ

  44. Holland Lop Level 2 Type • Compact Color Groups (8): Agouti, Broken, Pointed White, Self, Shaded, Tan Pattern, Ticked, Wide Band • DQ Brokens missing any of the head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% color • Otter (black, blue, chocolate, lilac) is recognized but SILVER MARTEN is NOT recognized • Tri-Colored is recognized as broken Fur • Rollback Remember: Ears carried above the horizontal are a DQ; Ears and Crown should resemble a “horseshoe shape” when side viewed; Crown shall be placed just behind the top of the eyes

  45. Jersey Wooly Level 2 Type • Compact • DQ exceptionally long, narrow, rangy body type Ears • DQ ear length over 3” Varieties (6): Agouti, AOV, Broken, Self, Shaded, Tan Pattern • DQ Brokens mising any head markings • DQ Brokens with excessive white hairs in colored sections • DQ Brokens with less than 10% color and more than 50% color • DQ Pointed White with smut; DQ for Tan Pattern markings • Pointed White recognizes Black and Blue ONLY • Otter recognizes Black and Blue ONLY Wool • DQ wool length under 1.5” • DQ wool below the ankle joint Remember: Texture receives more points than density; lack of “wool cap” or “side trimmings” is ONLY a fault; natural pose with a high headset

  46. Lilac Level 1 Type • Compact Fur • Rollback Color • DQ white spots, conspicuously showing white hairs • DQ silver tipping • Eye color is Blue-Gray (matching body) w/ruby glow in subdued light Remember: Color is to be a medium dove gray with a pink tint to the surface; Ideal fur length is 1”

  47. English Lop Level 2 Type • Semi-Arch (mandolin) • DQ Pigeon Breast (abnormal or malformed chest) • DQ Deviated Sternum • DQ extremely light bone Ears • DQ ear length under 21” • DQ tears/holes/blemishes clearly detracting from overall appearance Groups (6): Agouti, Broken, Self, Shaded, Ticked, Wide Band • DQ Brokens missing any head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% color • Do NOT recognize Pointed White Fur • Flyback Remember: Ear length completes at sixteen weeks (4 months) of age; yardstick is the recommended measuring device; rest yardstick behind the base of the ears and stretch the ears to the greatest span; ear width shall be ¼ the length

  48. French Lop Level 1 Type • Commercial • DQ fine bone Groups (6): Agouti, Broken, Self, Shaded, Ticked, Wide Band • DQ Brokens missing any head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% color • Do NOT recognize Pointed White Fur • Rollback Remember: Bone is important and receives points; Body is to be massive and thick set; Ears and Crown should resemble a “horseshoe shape” when side viewed; Varieties listed in “Lop Color Guide”

  49. Mini Lop Level 1 Type • Compact Groups (7): Agouti, Broken, Pointed White, Self, Shaded, Ticked, Wide Band • DQ Brokens missing any head markings • DQ Brokens with less than 10% color • Pointed White IS RECOGNIZED Fur • Rollback Remember: There are no breed specific DQs; Bone does NOT receive points; General aspect is massive, thickset body; Ears and Crown should resemble a “horseshoe shape” when side viewed; Varieties listed in “Lop Color Guide”

  50. Lop Color Guide