So I took my birds to their (and my) first show. I had 5 call ducks, a Polish and a standard cochin all washed, blown dry and spruced up for the show. We got their early and stayed late in order to learn as much as we could and it was great fun. However as I am new, I am still not quite sure whether my birds did well or not, even though I ended up with three blue ribbons. My winning birds were the only entrants in their particular varieties, so my Splash frizzle Polish banty cockerel got a BV and my two pastel call duck pullets got a BV and RV. My questions are these: 1) Does the judge have to give a BV or RV in each variety if there is an entrant? If the birds are not up to the standard (but without defects rendering them disqualified), then they shouldn't receive a "Best", right? 2) In these birds, the varieties are broken down by color and by sex, right? So for instance there will be a BV and RV awarded in the Splash color for pullets, a BV and RV for cockerels, a BV and RV for hens and a BV and RV for cocks. THanks for your help in clarifying these issues and explaining more about shows in general. We are looking forward to showing again and would love to have a bit more info under our belt by then.