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ACBA regional districts: where do you belong?

20 Jun

The ACBA does not organize individual cavy shows; that responsibility falls to local clubs and fanciers. To better facilitate these clubs’ needs, the national organization is divided into regions.

There are nine districts total, and each is represented at the national level by an elected official who sits on the ACBA board. These board members serve two-year terms, and the regions are divided up so that half of the board is elected on odd-numbered years, and the other half on even-numbered years.

The districts are defined geographically as follows:

District 1 represents Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska, as well as Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon in Canada.

District 2 represents Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah, as well as Mexico.

District 3 represents North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

District 4 represents Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

District 5 represents Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

District 6 represents Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, as well as Puerto Rico.

District 7 represents Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as Quebec, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia in Canada.

District 8 represents Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Manitoba and Ontario in Canada.

District 9 represents Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.

The American Cavy Breeders Association

7 May

The American Cavy Breeders Association, usually just ACBA for short, is North America’s preeminent organization for cavy fanciers. Think of it like the American Kennel Club, but with guinea pigs instead of dogs.

The official American Cavy Breeders Association logo.

The ACBA’s primary function is the organization and maintenance of cavy shows throughout the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, in Canada as well. The national organization is divided into regions, and those regions are comprised of local clubs that, for the most part, are responsible for arranging individual shows. The ACBA itself is in charge of bigger-picture type stuff — for defining and maintaining the rules and regulations that govern cavy shows within its jurisdiction. The ACBA determines which breeds of cavy are recognized in the U.S., the standard by which those cavies are judged, and who has the authority to judge them.

It’s worth noting that the ACBA is not an independent organization, but is technically a specialty club within the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The national convention where ACBA officers are elected is actually ARBA’s national convention, which is held each fall. The ACBA is also subject to many of ARBA’s rules about the licensure of new judges and the creation of new breeds, which is why ACBA judges must be ARBA members, and partially why you don’t see some of the breeds available overseas in the U.S.

Though the cavy show at the ARBA convention is usually the year’s largest, the ACBA Specialty show, another annual event, is a close second, and is dedicated entirely to cavies. Both are destination events, and judges are required to attend attend judges’ conferences at these conventions every few years to maintain their licences. Fortunately, both events rotate among host clubs — during even-numbered years, the conventions take place in the west; on odd numbered years, in the east.

Most cavy shows are hosted by a single local club, or by several local clubs acting jointly.

The ACBA also produces a quarterly magazine about cavy husbandry.

For more information about the ACBA, it’s rules, recognized breeds, or for membership information, go to www.acbaonline.com.