Set the Date!
Keep these dates open and plan to attend the upcoming shows! Below on this page, you will find complete listings with further details for each of the shows as they are finalized.
12/6/14 1st Annual WA State Show
Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
10/4/14 Heartland Fall Field Day
New Strawn, Kansas
11/1 & 2/14 Empress Annual National Meeting
11/15/14 California Fall Claiming Show
Northern California (TBD)
Empress has some of the best judges in the world. If you are planning a chinchilla show and need a current listing of the Empress sanctioned judges. Click the following link.
What is a Chinchilla Show?
Chinchilla shows are an integral part of raising chinchillas whether you are a hobbyist breeder or a chinchilla rancher. Held throughout the cooler months, usually from late October to May, these shows allow breeders and ranchers to put their best animals side-by-side and be judged to see who has the best animal of the show. The animals are judged on qualities such as size, conformation, color, fur strength and density and length. The animal, or animals, exhibiting the best of these qualities win the show. The breeders and ranchers are also rewarded for their efforts with Breeder Awards. Through these shows, breeders and ranchers are able to gauge their breeding program and decide where changes need to be made to improve the quality of their animals.
There are different types of shows held - field days, claiming shows and sanctioned shows. All of these shows lead up to the Empress National Show, held each year in the spring, where the ranchers and breeders bring their very best to be judged for the honor of winning Empress National Grand Show Champion.
Preparing for a Show
When going to a show it's good to get some preparation done ahead of time. Here are a couple of documents that you can dowload that will help better your showing experience. You must fill out an entry form at the show. You can download and print your entry form here or you will be given one at the show. There is also a booklet attached that will help you understand showing criteria and the terms used during a show, it also goes over show etiquette and how to prepare your chinchillas for show.
Shows and Events
Here you will find a listing of the upcoming shows and events for ECBC. First we will showcase the upcoming national event and below that you will find a table of the active chapters of ECBC and downloadable flyers for their upcoming shows. In November, there is the annual meeting and in March we hold the ECBC National Show. The meeting contains an educational seminar and is also an annual meeting to discuss business for the organization.
Upcoming Shows by Branch
Here you will find a listing of the upcoming chinchilla shows by branch. You will need a PDF viewer to view the flyers. If you do not have a PDF viewer, you may download one from http://get.adobe.com/reader/. For chapters that have a current website, you may click on their logo and it will take you to their page for further information about their upcoming events. If you are a member of a chapter with an upcoming show that you would like to have featured here, please email your show announcement to TabithaW.Lindsay@gmail.com.
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