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1. Animal handlers are responsible for ensuring that they and their family members do not behave in a disruptive manner. Violations will result in warnings, followed by disqualification.
2. Animal entered may be any breed of domestic rabbit, no pedigree is required.
3. Animals must be at least 4 months of age to compete. Animals younger than 3 months are not permitted on harnesses or leashes in the showroom.
4. Rabbits must be healthy and free of any disease or parasite. Any animals found to be in poor health must be removed from the showroom immediately.
5. Pregnant does are not permitted to compete. In addition, any doe who has had a litter in the past 8 weeks is barred from competition.
6. Animal handlers will be responsible for cleaning up any debris their animal leaves on the competition mats during the competition.
7. Carless handling of rabbits will result in a warning. Serious negligent handling will result in a disqualification. No refunds will be given for disqualifications.
8. Rabbits shall proceed through the course and over the jumps voluntarily. Animal handlers are prohibited from forcing or carrying animals through the course, but may lift them over jumps, if necessary. Assistance and encouragement may not involve yelling loudly or any other method that would subject a rabbit to excessive stress. Touching your rabbit with your feet is not permitted.
9. Judges are entitled to disqualify any rabbit who must be repeatedly lifted over jumps, or entirely refuses to move, as being clearly unwilling to jump.
10. Animal handlers may choose to scratch any round in which their rabbits decline to jump, which constitutes voluntary disqualification. No refund will be given for scratches.
11. Animal handlers must always embody good sportsmanship. Violations will result in warnings and disqualification. It is up to the judge’s discretion as to what constitutes poor sportsmanship. The judge’s decision is final.
· Animal handlers will be issued a number upon check in. This is your exhibitor number. No replacements will be given.
· Animal handlers need to line up at the gate when their number is called. Numbers will also be displayed on a board. Failure to line up after your number is called 3 times will result in a disqualification.
· Only 1 rabbit is permitted on the course at any time.
· Each rabbit may only have one animal handler. The animal handler must be the trainer.
· Animal handlers are not permitted to step over jumps. They must go around the jump. Repeated violations will result in disqualification.
· Beginning and ending jumps must always be present, and are not taken into account on scoring (no faults will be given for displacing rails on these jumps).
· The jumps must be hopped in the correct order, otherwise a “wrong way” judgment shall be declared, and the rabbit will be disqualified. In order for a “wrong way” to be declared, a rabbit must have jumped an obstacle and all four feet must touch the ground. The start obstacle prior to the beginning of the course does not count in the wrong way judgment.
· The final obstacle must be cleared in the right direction for the clock to stop. Once the rabbit has touched all four feet on the ground after clearing the final obstacle the clock is stopped, and the course is considered complete.
· No treats (for you or your rabbit) will be allowed on the hopping course.
Faults will constitute any of the following:
1. Upsetting an obstacle, or any part of an obstacle. One fault shall be issued for the upset, regardless of how many rails were upset.
2. Lopsided jump: to clear an obstacle the rabbit must jump with its body between the obstacle supports. A lopsided jump fault will be called if the rabbit jumps outside of the obstacle supports.
3. Lifting over undisturbed obstacle. A rabbit may be lifted over or around an obstacle, but one fault per obstacle will be issued.
4. False starts: a false start is issued when the rabbit starts the course before the judge has indicated to the animal handler that they are ready to go. One fault will be issued, and repeated false starts will result in disqualification.
5. Out of bounds: if a rabbit goes more than 5 foot off the course it shall be considered an out of bounds fault. One fault shall be given for each out of bounds instance in a course.
Classes (Open an Youth)
Easy Class: Straight line course. 8 obstacles, not including the start and finish jump. Minimum height 4 inches, maximum height 10 inches.
Intermediate Class: Straight line course. 8 obstacles, not to include start and finish jump. Minimum height 6 inches, maximum height 12 inches.
Intermediate Medium Class: Straight line course. 10 obstacles, not to include start and finish jump. Minimum height 6 inches, maximum height 14 inches.
Advanced Medium Multi Course: Crooked course. Jumps must be completed in the correct order. 10 obstacles, not to include start and finish jump. Minimum height 8 inches, maximum height 14 inches.
Difficult Multi Course: Crooked course. Jumps must be completed in the correct order. 10 obstacles, not to include start and finish jump. Minimum height 10 inches, maximum height 18 inches.
Duel Hopping: 2 rabbits and 2 handlers will complete side by side courses at the same time. The scoring shall be the total score of the 2 animals combined. 10 obstacles, not to include start and finish jump. Minimum height 4 inches, maximum height 10 inches.
Team Relay: a team of 3 rabbits and 3 handlers will complete a course 1 after the other. The first rabbit must touch all four feet on the ground after clearing the final jump before the next one starts. The scoring shall be the combined score of all three animals. Minimum height 4 inches, maximum height 10 inches.
Placings for All Classes
Placings for the day shall be as follows; each rabbit will be placed in a class based on the number of faults received. In the event of a tie, the rabbit with the faster time is placed higher. The total time of all 3 runs is taken into account in the score.
Animal handlers will be allowed 3 attempts at the course. All 3 runs are recorded on the scoresheet. Advancement to the next class will only be issued to rabbits with an average of 2 faults per run or less.
The winner shall be indicated by the rabbit with the least number of faults on the highest class. In the event of a tie, the rabbit with the least amount of time shall be declared the winner, and in a fault and time tie, there shall be a run-off to determine the winner.
Winners will be named for hopping, duel hopping, and team relay separately. PaSRBA awards will be given to the Best in Show Rabbit Hopping for Open and Youth. The top scoring teams in Duel Hopping and Team Relay for open and youth shall receive awards.
Rabbit equipment needed
1. Harnesses must be a flat webbing “H” style harness. The harness needs to be loose enough not to restrict the rabbit’s movement, but not let the rabbit slip out of the harness. Harnesses that pull on the rabbit’s neck will not be acceptable. An "H" style harness will have a strap that goes around the neck and one around the belly, with a strap connecting the two at the top of the back. (see picture above) Some "H" harnesses also have a breast strap that connects the two straps under the belly.
Look for cat or kitten harnesses.
2. Leashes must be between 4 and 6 feet long depending on the size of the competitor and be made of the same type of material as the harness. Elastic or retractable leashes are not allowed for safety reasons.
3. Leashes and harnesses not meeting safety standards for rabbits will not be allowed to be used on the rabbit.
4. Rabbits must wear harnesses and leashes at all times when on the hopping course.