Midlands Rat Club

MRC Winter Show, Saturday 2nd February 2019

Collingwood Centre

Collingwood Drive
Great Barr
Birmingham
B43 7NF

10am - Doors open
11am - Judging begins

Entry to the show hall is free of charge and open to non-members.


Show Entries:

Show Secretary: Sandra Mobbs

Show Manager:

Varieties Judge: Gemma Corfield

Pet Judge: Lynn & Mike Bailey

Catering Co-ordinator: Hannah Garland

Health Checks: Committee member

Attractions: Refreshments, MRC Club Shop, Cosy Beds and Burrows, RattieAngels, Solstice Minis, Art by Anna, Rattybum Hammocks.

Please have your entries in by 8pm on Wednesday 30th January. Hire tanks available if booked in advance.

Rats can be entered as pets or under their variety standard. Try our 'Which class?' guide to find out which variety class to enter your rat in.

Entries and Exchanges
The Online Show Entry Form and the Online Rat Exchange Notification Form are currently closed. They will usually be open from two to three weeks before each show until 8pm on the Wednedsday before the show.

Show FAQ

Directions

Entry Guidance Scheme:
If you have not previously shown rats, but are interested to see whether your rat could be entered, why not bring him or her along to find out whether you could? You can then make up your mind on the spot and enter your rat if you like!

Due to the popularity of this scheme at the last show, please email the show secretary at showentries@midlandsratclub.org to register your interest, so we can ensure we bring along sufficient numbers of hire tanks and documentation.

Show Rule F2, Awards

An annual award (for example, a trophy) may only be awarded to a fully paid-up member of the club, who may keep the award for a specified period of time following its presentation. If the winner of such an award is a non-member then the award will be retained by the club until it is next competed for. Should any award holder in the intervening time cease to be a member, then the award must be returned to the club at or before the time their membership expires. It is the responsibility of the award holder to return any awards to the club in good condition at or before the next time the award is due to be competed for. Should the award not be returned at the appropriate time or the award is not returned in reasonable condition then that award holder may forfeit the right to take away awards in the future. The MRC also reserves the right to recover its property by any legal means necessary and reserves the right to recover the cost of doing so. Upon receiving such an award, the recipient will sign a declaration to say that they have understood these conditions. The presentation of rosettes and/or trophies will take place as soon as possible after the conclusion of the judging in all sections.


Bringing Rats to the Show

Shoulder Rats

Shoulder rats are allowed at this show - a maximum of three from any one household. There is no charge for bringing shoulder rats but we remind people not to bring ANY rats, either as entries or as shoulder rats, unless they are 100% fine and healthy. Please also do not bring rats if you have taken in rats from an 'unknown' source (eg. rescue or pet shop) in the past two weeks.

Please note that the MRC does not allow rats with harmful mutations within the environs of the show. At present, these varieties comprise:

  • Hairless or Sphinx rats, either genetically hairless or double rexes that are hairless.
  • Tailless or Manx rats, or rats which, through injury, are not distinguishable from these.
  • Black Eyed White rats may not be shown either in pets or varieties, but may attend the show. (This does not apply to faded roans, which can be shown in the pet classes.)

THE 2 WEEK RULE

To prevent the spread of infections, we request you not to bring rats to the show if you have attended a show or taken in rats within the past two weeks, particularly if a virus is known to be circulating. See the article Prevention is better than cure for more detailed advice.

Your Entries

Enter using the online form above right or by email to showentries@midlandsratclub.org. Close of entries is at 9pm on the Wednesday preceding the show. See How to Show for more details.

Hire tanks are available for novice or first time show-ers. We only have a limited number of tanks available for hire, so we would ask that members who regularly show provide their own suitable tanks to allow novice entries priority.

Health Checks

If you wish to exchange rats at this show please use our online form or contact the Show Organiser. You must pre-notify details of any rats or small furries which will be taken to the show for collection. Descriptions and ages will be required. Only pre-arranged sales and exchanges may be made.
Why do I have to notify the club?