Applicants must be a current member of the OLRCB at the time of entry and participation. The age requirements and divisions are as follows: (Competitive divisions are based on the youth's age as of the closing day of the OLRCB shows and convention.)
Applicants must be in attendance of the OLRCB State Show and Convention of that year. Oregon Youth wishing to attend National Convention as part of an Oregon Team, may request an exemption of the Youth Committee. See OLRCB Royalty Application for details. Preference will be given to youth in at OLRCB.
PLEASE NOTE: Contestants will no longer be able to leave the contest area to put their rabbits on the table.
The Youth Royalty contest consists of 5 parts: applications, judging contest, written test, oral interview, and breed/color identification. In an effort to bring the State contest in line with the National contest, rabbit and cavy portions of the contest were combined as of 2011. Each contestant will take a written test, complete an interview, and participate in breed identification, and judging.
The written test covers a wide variety of topics including:
All contestants, including Lord/Lady, compete in a 10-15 minute oral interview conducted by two or three adult members of the rabbit & cavy community. The oral interview covers information on the youth member, their achievements, goals, management plans and overall involvement with rabbits and/or cavies.
OLRCB members provide a number of representatives of several rabbit and cavy breeds and varieties for the Breed Identification portion of the contest. Each contestant must correctly identify each animal as to its breed, variety, and show class. The Judging Contest consists of four (4) classes of four (4) animals each. Each class of animals will be the same breed, variety, sex and age. Contestants (ages 10-18) are required to check the animals in each class for disqualifications and then place the animals 1st - 4th. It is permissible to use a copy of the ARBA Standard of Perfection while judging. Lord and Lady Contestants (under 9 years) will compete in Showmanship in lieu of judging.
After completing each form, copies of each application should be PRINTED or PHOTOCOPIED. Keep in mind that for the Royalty, Achievement, and Management applications, contestants will be answering the questions on a separate piece of paper. Typing your answers is highly encouraged, but is not a requirement. All answers need to be legible for the contest judges to read them, so if printing by hand, please use your very best penmanship!
I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe, during this COVID-19 pandemic. Although it was a difficult decision, the OLRCB Executive Board, unfortunately, felt we had no choice but to cancel the May 1 st and 2 nd state convention show in Albany. The latest Executive Order from Oregon Governor Brown has ordered us to “Stay at Home”, until rescinded. We weighed the real hardship of cancelling the show against the concern for our membership’s health and wellbeing, with an eye on our fiscal responsibility to the membership. We have not ruled out looking for an opportunity to hold a show in the fall or winter. Due to the uncertainty of the virus and the length of the restrictions on travel, public gatherings, etc., we have not made any concrete plans.
The Royalty committee and I are committed to insuring we make the opportunity to attend ARBA convention in Pennsylvania available to our Youth. We are exploring options to hold some version of a Royalty contest. The contest will not look or feel like it has in the past, but we are doing our best to find an alternative. Due to the uncertainty of the length of the executive order, I am in a holding pattern to find the best options, available. I extended the due date for Applications for Royalty, Management and Achievement to April 10 th . We will not be extending this deadline, again. Management and Achievement Applications will be scored, and the results will be announced at a later time.
The teams for ARBA convention will be chosen from the Youth, who submit Royalty Applications. Anyone, who wishes to represent Oregon in Pennsylvania or participate in any Royalty events, is REQUIRED to send in a Royalty Application by the postmarked April 10 th deadline.
Thank-you, for your understanding and patience, as we move forward.
Linda Eubank OLRCB President Oregon Royalty Committee