Ken Hart is one of the longest standing Cavy West members and has been a cavy judge for many years. We have asked him some questions ahead of the Bassendean Show where he will be judging on the day.
Gnarojin Cavy Stud
What breed/s of cavies do you show and breed?
I have red Dutch and most agouti and dark self-breeds of Dutch. I also have silver agouti’s, self-black’s and pink eyed golden’s and I have recently acquired a line of gold / slate agouti’s.
I also have a project where I am developing white / slate agouties as a new breed.
How many years have you been judging Cavy Shows?
I judged my first Cavy Show in 1974.
What do you enjoy most about judging?
I would walk over hot coals to be able to judge very large classes of top quality animals.
Apart from the Cavy West club, which other clubs have you judged for?
I have judged in every State and Territory of Australia, including the Northern Territory, when it had a club and in New Zealand.
What is your best advice for a new pedigree owner?
Don’t worry too much at all about your new pedigree, after all it is only a piece of paper with a bunch of names on it. The pure bred cavy that you have acquired and is accompanied by that pedigree is always much more valuable than the piece of paper it comes with. You can show and breed your cavy but you can’t show or breed your piece of paper.