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No Shame, Boo Hoo!

I did not know how hard it is to obtain an ARBA Judge License until recently when I started researching on it. I was going through ARBA.net for more information but I believe that they have since taken off the procedure. One of my search results returned this link, http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071009002034AAXOdwh. It is pretty much the procedure to obtain a Judge’s License and I would like to paste the entire content here and highlight some of those that I would like to discuss.



1. Be an ARBA member at least five (5) consecutive years prior to filing for application.

2. Hold a registrar’s license for at least two (2) years and have registered at least thirty-five (35) rabbits if applying for a rabbit judge’s license, or fifteen (15) cavies if applying for a cavy judge’s license.

3. File an application with the ARBA Secretary, including an application fee. Application must be signed by at least twenty (20) ARBA adult members.(See schedule of fees below). There is no refund on this fee if the applicant fails the exam.

4. Complete examination, both written and oral, as soon as possible after making application. The examination must be taken and passed prior to officially assisting a judge at any show. No credit will be given for any show worked prior to examination.

5. Your ARBA District Director makes all arrangements for the examination. The applicant must pass the oral exam with a minimum grade of seventy (70) percent and the written exam with a minimum grade of eighty (80) percent.

6. If the applicant does not pass, he/she may contact the ARBA Secretary via telephone to review the questions missed. Another examination may be requested after a six (6) month waiting period but before a period of twelve (12) months has elapsed. A re-testing fee is required.

7. Assist at eight (8) all breed shows under licensed judges if applying for an all breed license and secure the endorsement of at least six (6) of those judges. Assist in the judging of the desired breed under licensed judges at three (3) shows if applying for a specialty license and secure the endorsement of at least two (2) of those judges. The specified number of shows are in addition to those worked while qualifying for a registrar’s license. Applicant must assist with the placement of awards in at least one (1) class in each breed worked.

8. Secure permission from the show superintendent and the judge with whom applicant will be working, prior to the show. Applicant cannot work a breed in which he/she is an exhibitor. Applicant cannot work at an ARBA convention show. Applicant can assist at only one show each calendar day for official credit.

9. The examination must be passed and the required number of shows worked and passed within a three(3) year period from the date of application.

10. All licensed judges must attend an ARBA judge’s conference at least once every five (5) years. An annual review test must be completed and passed, if required.

11. A judge must hold a registrar’s license and keep it valid.


1. Application fee: $100.00

2. Re-test fee: $50.00

3. Annual renewal fee: Rabbit – $20.00 per year (3 years for $50.00,Cavy – $15.00 per year (3 years for $35.00)

4. All licenses are due and payable on January 1st each year.

5. If license is lapsed for a period up to two (2) years, the judge may be reinstated by the Board of Directors upon payment of all back license fees plus a $10.00 reinstatement fee. ARBA MEMBERSHIP MUST REMAIN CURRENT AT ALL TIMES.

6. If license is lapsed for TWO (2) years or more, a new license application is required.


American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.
PO Box 426 Bloomington, IL 61702
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – Noon and 12:45 PM – 4:30 PM CST Phone: (309) 664-7500 Fax : (309) 664-0941 Email: ARBAPOST@aol.com



As you can see, it is not an overnight process to be an ARBA judge. In case you didn’t notice, the word REGISTRAR is very important. Registrar is a person who registers your rabbits for you. The rabbits that they register will have their details kept by ARBA. Show bunnies must be registered in order to be granded.

It would be nice to play pretend some day as an ARBA judge. But I’ll be so ashamed to even touch someone else’s rabbits as a judge if I do not even have a REGISTRAR license.

Go figure…



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Judges At Rabbit Shows: Something You Should Know

First of all I must say that, an ethical ARBA registered judge will never decide to judge if his/her rabbits regardless of owners are competing in the show. This means that if there is a rabbit in the show what is bred and sold to someone, the breeder who happens to be a judge must not judge in that show. There should not be any room for favoritism even though a judge is known for his/her strong principles and ethics. They will normally not agree to judge based on their own conscience and beliefs. That is a trait worth respecting because after all, humans are weak and may be influenced to a certain extend.

And guess what? I have got word that one of the US breeders that sends rabbits here will be judging a show in Malaysia in near future. He/she is a very experienced show breeder but given the fact that this is just a fancy rabbit show and not a full fledged ARBA show, it is acceptable even though I believe he/she is not an ARBA judge.

But somehow I find it weird as he/she will be judging his/her own rabbits since there may be rabbits in the show that came from him/her. Oh well, this is Malaysia, the land of “Malaysia BOLEH (Malaysia CAN)!”. Anything can happen. Let’s simply put it that I prefer “CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN”.

I wonder what happens in the US if the judge is indeed judging his/her own rabbits and insists to judge despite knowing the fact that there are rabbits from his/her breedings on the table. Let’s see what really happens in the show as it would be really interesting to watch. We better not be judging a rabbit show before the judge judges the rabbits.

But for now, I wish all RABBIT HELL breaks loose! Get those bunnies conditioned and ready for the SHOW!


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