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ARBA Convention 2011 Results and Pictures – Indianapolis

October 31, 2011
*Note!  Click here for the 2012 Wichita Results Page.  This is the results page from last year.*


Final 2011 Results are now available on the ARBA website:


If you didn’t get to “Race to Indy” this year, you are probably eagerly searching for results and pictures from the 2011 ARBA national show that’s going on right now in Indianapolis.  As I learn of more results I will update this page, but for now, here’s what I’ve gathered and here are some links to sites with pictures!

*Last update 11/7  11:30pm*  Keep checking back!!!  More results are coming in.    If you hear of any BOB/BOS results that I don’t have listed please let me know.  I have been updating this page every day.  These are not guaranteed to be official results, but the news that is being passed around.


Check this out — also from Kristina.  ARBA convention video

Convention Pictures!!!

Kristina Ruth of Fuzzy Patch has pictures up on her facebook page.   Julie re-posted the pictures of the presentation animals that are trying to be accepted as new breeds and varieties.  Tim of Tru Luv Rabbitry has some neat shots also.  You can get some good pictures on the NCAG blog. Whitney put up a lot of good pictures of the Rhinelander judging.  And here’s a flickr album with some photos … caution, there’s a bit of swearing in the captions.

We’re so grateful to you for the updates!!!!

New Breed/Variety Presentation Results

Blue Rhinelanders, Silver Marten Mini Rex, and Blue Tortoise Netherland Dwarfs passed their third showing and will be fully accepted varieties as of February 1, 2012!

Click for a larger image.  Photo courtesy of Kristina.  Thanks!!!

Click for the results of the new breed and variety presentations

Best in Show Winners

BIS Live Tweeting!  A gentleman was live tweeting during the BIS ceremonies and you can read the recap here:!/search?q=%23arba2011 Or if the link doesn’t work, search #arba2011   Scroll to the bottom of this page for his few-paragraph summary.


BIS – New Zealand by Bob Crawford, NC

Group 1 winner: New Zealand.
Group 2 winner: Netherland Dwarf.
Group 3winner: Britannia Petite.  – Renee Goedderz
Group 4 winner: Mini Lop.

Youth BIS – Holland Lop by Riley and Reagan Crews of Florida.  Story is that this Holland Lop is 5 years old!  It was bred by Narrow Gate Farm and lives a pet life, running around the house!
Group 1 winner: Mini Rex
Group 2 winner: Satin
Group 3winner: Holland Lop
Group 4 winner: Mini Lop.


Open Results

Netherland Dwarf –

BOB –  Allen Mesick and Randy Shumaker with an otter junior buck – ALSO WON BEST OF GROUP (as in a runner-up for BIS.  Pictures HERE)

BOS – Rita Stelzer and Ruby Rezak with a Chestnut Jr doe

BOSV Chocolate (Jr. Buck)- Leslie Hobbs
Chocolate Sr. Doe- Vicki Weisgerber
BOV Opal (Sr. Buck)- Nikki Seehafer
BOV Fawn (Senior Buck)- Amanda O’Gorman
Chin Jr. Doe- Leslie Hobbs
BOG Shaded (Siamese SableSr. Buck)- Mark Jacobs
BOSG Shaded (Sable Point Jr. Doe)- Nikki Seehafer
BOV Sable Point- Mark Jacobs
BOSV Smoke Pearl: SanDee Northam
Sable Point Sr. Doe- Mark Jacobs
Smoke Pearl Sr. Doe- SanDee Northam
Smoke Pearl Jr. Doe- SanDee Northam
REW Jr. Buck- Cheryl Oney
Himi Sr. Doe- Farrah Stewart


Mini Rex

BOB – Richard/Hilda Lowing

















Polish  BOB - Black buck by Pat Glenn of Indiana.  Pictured right.

Pat with her BOB Polish at ARBA Convention. Photo copyright Pat Hanberry
















BOB – Black buck by Pat Glenn of Indiana.  Pictured right.

BOS – Jeannie Webb

BOV and BOSV Broken – Tiffany McCord


American Sable

BOS – Myron Dinsdale


Britannia Petitie

BOB – Renee Goedderz


Champagne D’Argent

BOS Jerrold Fisher



BOB Briony Barnes

Dwarf Hotot:
BOB Sr. Buck – Bill Whaley
BOS Jr. Doe – Sharon Toon


English Angora-

BOB and BOS by Marcus Rhoden

You can get more angora results and pictures from the NCAG blog.
English Lop
BOB – Dave and Trina Carlson
BOS – Larry Nash from Ohio.   He only brought  one rabbit to convention!      (Thanks Russ for the report!)


French Lop

BOB – Tammy Shaw – Solid Sr Buck
BOS – Lynn and Patrick Eden – Broken 6-8 Doe – Bred by Steph Anderson


Flemish Giant

BOS flemish giant ARBA convention fawn

BOS Flemish Giant. Fawn buck.

BOB – Fred Russell, Light Gray doe
BOS – Dan Brink, Fawn buck   More Pictures on this flickr album



BOB – Brad and Katie Boyce

BOS – Sarah Carden



BOB – Laurie Adams


Jersey Wooly
BOB (Tan Sr. Buck)- Brian Caudill
BOSB (Chestnut Sr. Doe)- Brian Caudill
BOG Self- Brian Caudill
BOSG Self- Kristen Drum

BOG Shaded – Amber Henderson


Holland Lop
BOB (SSB)- Blackburn/Taylor
BOS (SSD)- Jenny Poprawski
BJD/BOSV- Judy Macheyne



BOS – Gatewood Farms


Mini Satin
BOB – Scott Rudolph


New Zealand

BOB – Bob Crawford with a white. Also won BIS!

BOS – Benker Family with a Broken black



BOB – Rabbit’s name:  Pellham’s Needs No Introduction (aka ‘Dorothy’), senior, golden, GC doe with 2 RIS.

Owners: Patty Montag and sister, Kellie Jo Williams of Oklahoma.



BOB;  jr. doe, Evylen Halsey
BOS ; jr buck, Evie Cunningham.

Best of Breed Palomino at ARBA convention 2011

Best of Breed Palomino at ARBA Convention. Thanks Jojuan C. for the photo!

You can see photos of the judging on the Imagination Acres Blog!

Standard Chinchilla

BOB – Donna Abel, MN



BOB- Laural Sohns



BOB- Krystal Willhite with Sr. Doe

BOS-Daniel Long with Sr. Buck

Complete results at the ATRBA website


Youth Results

Dwarf Hotot

BOB Sr. Doe – Ashleigh Budrick
BOS Sr. Buck – Sarah Mugge


English Lop Youth

BOB- Melody Miller, Solid Sr Buck.  Same buck that won last year

BOS- Zach Sauer, Broken Doe.


French Lop

BOB  – Ciera Allen  from MI – Solid 6-8 doe
BOS – VanWienen girls from IN – Solid Jr Buck


Jersey Wooly – BOB and BOS by Nicole Boulier.  The Jersey Wooly club did a live video broadcast of the BOB judging and you can watch the replay at by searching for the channel tllrabbits.”

BOSG Agouti- Jessica & Taylor Usokowski
BOG Tan- Jessica & Taylor Usokowski
Agouti Jr. Buck- Eric Lorensten Chin
Self Jr. Buck- Eric Lorensten REW
Self Jr. Doe- Eric Lorensten REW
BOG Self- Eric Lorensten REW
Shaded Jr. Buck- Melani Fletcher


Holland Lop
BOB (SSB)- Tonya Crews of Florida.  Also won BIS! Note: I saw owner’s name listed elsewhere as Riley and Reagan Crews.
BOS (BSD)- Briana Hall


Netherland Dwarf-
BOB – Black Jr Buck – Cole Simons
BOSB – Black Doe – Lindsey Gilbert


New Zealand

BOB – Blake & Brock Hadley with a Black Jr. Doe



BOB – Jessica Cotter

BOS – Ryland Sypnieski



BOB – Collin Starkey

BOS – Collin Starkey



BOB- Brontee Anderson with Sr. Buck

BOS-Amanda Grove with Sr., Doe

Complete results at the ATRBA website



BIS Recap by “The original turtle”

I actually live-tweeted the Best In Show judging on Monday… the best youth rabbit was a broken tort Holland Lop bred by a girl in Florida who was not actually present for the award, and the best open rabbit was a spectacular New Zealand. I also live-tweeted the youth and open group selections (four of each) and which judges did the picks.

The way they did it was, they broke the showroom into four “lanes” according to distribution of wabbits from Minneapolis. Breeds were broken into four groups (as well as youth and open) according to these distributions. At the BIS spectacular, which was in an adjoining hockey rink where the Indiana Ice play in the CHL (they actually had a game Saturday), each cluster of breeds got a youth and an open judge — both groups had the same breeds in youth and open regardless of the actual number of wabbits — and they picked their choice from that “lane.”

That meant that for the final BIS, there were four wabbits in open and four in youth. There was no 1st or 2nd reserve. Various sponsors contributed money and trophies for the lane winners and the youth and open picks. There were also various sponsored trophies and cash awards for youth and open BOBs.

If you go on Twitter and search for the #arba2011 hashtag that I used, you can probably go back and view my play-by-play, I didn’t miss any of the eight winners. I didn’t necessarily get names of the breeders, and I may not have spelled the judge names right if I don’t know them myself, but all that stuff will be in the ARBA convention book and the official results.

I only breed Flemish, and I did not show any wabbits here this year. I came out to be with the club and to buy rabbits… I got an amazing junior sandy buck who is actually sitting on the hotel bed here in Ohio watching me type this!

There was no way I could run around and get pictures of everything and everybody, so I picked and chose. As far as exhibition and presentation breeds and varieties, once again, the lionheads failed. However, Netherland dwarf blue tort was accepted!


2011 ARBA Convention Indianapolis – What are you wearing?

October 12, 2011
Announcement! If you are a youth member studying for the 2013 ARBA Convention, we are having an online group quiz/study night on every Sunday evening leading up to Convention. Dates are Sept 22, Oct 5, and Oct 13. Anyone is welcome. The place is Contact me if you have any questions.

*Update!  Are you looking for 2011 Convention ResultsClick Here!*

The dates of the 2011 ARBA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana are October 29th- November 2nd.  Yikes!  That’s coming up soon!  Convention is so much fun, and so much work, both before and after.  In all the busyness, don’t forget to think about something special you might want to wear to any banquets you would like to attend.

At Convention, there’s a general open banquet and a special youth banquet, and most breed clubs also have their own banquets.  Awards for the year are passed out at these events, and it’s usually worth attending to support your clubs and spend some social time with bunny people.  If you don’t mind sitting through a speech or two at the ARBA open banquet, you are usually rewarded with some entertainment.  You don’t need to be a youth to attend the youth banquet, and they always have a DJ come to put on a dance.  But what should you wear?

ARBA royalty queen dress youth banquetNational Breed Club banquets are not usually formal, and a decent looking shirt and pants set will do.  As you might imagine, the more popular breeds have bigger banquets and you’re more likely to find someone in formal dress at the Mini Rex or Holland Lop banquet than the backyard silver breeders’ meet-up.

Attendees to the ARBA open banquet usually dress up more.  Think “church clothes.”  But they’re not going to turn you out at the door if you come under-dressed.

The ARBA youth banquet can be more like a homecoming dance, especially for the kids who are competing in royalty.  You’ll see everything from plain skirts and tops to prom dresses and elaborate hair-do’s.  Again, dressing up isn’t required for attendance, but if you plan to compete in judging, breed ID, or royalty and hope to go on stage, you will want to wear something nice, or even very nice.  See the picture at the left of the girls with their awards at the youth banquet 2008.

As you may know, I am working on rebuilding the Nature Trail rabbit information website.  I came across a post written by Laurie Stroupe on this very topic, written right before the ARBA convention in Indianapolis…in 2005.  For interest’s sake, here it is:

ARBA Convention Youth, Open and Breed Banquets Dress

If you are going to ARBA Convention, you are probably going to a banquet, whether to the ARBA banquet or to your breed specialty banquet. If that’s the case, pick out what you are going to wear now.

If you don’t, time will sneak up on you. And just when you are neck deep in pressure cleaning carriers and checking who has blown a coat, you will need to stop and go shopping.

And they won’t have what you want at the first 9 stores you visit – or at least not in your size. The tension will mount up and you will panic.

Not that I’ve ever done that myself . . .

You don’t want that, do you? Noooooooooooo. Of course not. So take a minute now and think about it.

While you are at it, make sure you locate your jacket or sweater and other fall clothes. Just because you are experiencing Indian summer where you are, doesn’t mean that you won’t need long sleeves in Indianapolis.

According to NOAA, the average high for Indianapolis in October is 65.6 degrees and the average low is 43.6. The average temperature is just 54.6. And the average SNOWFALL is 0.4 inches.

Personally, my fall clothes are still in the attic and I’m still wearing shorts every day. I guess it’s take to get them out and see what I need for my trip – before I’m neck deep in pressure washing carriers and checking to see who has blown their coats.

Laurie Stroupe
The Nature Trail Rabbitry

Whose Nose? Who knows! – Bunny Nose ID

October 6, 2011

Who knows whose noses these are? Just for fun, guess which breed each rabbit is just by looking at the photo of the nose. Click each pic for the answer!












Thanks for playing!

“October” poem by Robert Frost

October 4, 2011
it was a dark and stormy night.  The bunny with glowing red eyes

It was a dark and stormy night. The bunny, with glowing eyes...

Kristina has brought a trend to the rabbit blogoshphere: Blogtober! You’re supposed to blog every day in October, or at least more often than normal.  I thought it was too cute an idea to pass up, though I think I’ll be in the second category of “more often than normal.”  I was planning to blog more come this fall anyway, so it seemed a good time to start!

I just posted a rabbit faults and DQ’s quiz for those who want to practice for ARBA royalty or judges’ tests.  But as that is probably boring to many of the other blogging RA’ers, I’m hereby putting up my dark and stormy scary bunny picture (see left) and posting one of my favorite poems (I have a lot of favorites)…


by that Robert Frost dude.

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
one from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if the were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost–
For the grapes’ sake along the all.


ARBA Judge Study Test – Rabbit Faults and DQ’s

October 4, 2011

*Newsflash 9/12/13* I have an extensive ARBA Royalty/Registrar’s practice exam that I will give away free once we reach 100 likes on our new facebook page!  We’re more than halfway there, so like us and share the word and we will share the practice exam in appreciation! *

Announcement! If you are a youth member studying for the 2013 ARBA Convention, we are having an online group quiz/study night on every Sunday evening leading up to Convention. Dates are Sept 22, Oct 5, and Oct 13. Anyone is welcome. The place is Contact me if you have any questions.

Here’s a short quiz on the ARBA Standard of Perfection for those studying for ARBA judge’s tests, rabbit registrar’s licenses, and 4-H showmanship and quiz bowl or youth royalty competitions.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE

*Update! *  3/31/13.  If you downloaded an earlier version of this quiz, there is an error in the answer key.  The quiz was written from the 2005-2010 Standard of Perfection, which lists 3″ as the maximum ear length for Britannia Petites.  This is changed to 2 3/4 inches in the 2011 Standard.  The quiz has been updated to reflect the change.


Rabbit Faults and Disqualifications Study Quiz –

Based on the ARBA Standard of Perfection for ARBA Royalty, 4-H Quiz Bowl, and Showmanship Practice


Name  ____________________________________   Age / Division __________    Score  ____/ 50 points

General Faults and Disqualifications

Write F for fault and DQ for Disqualification.  These apply to all breeds.  Each Answer: 1 Point

1. Chopped Hindquarters

2. Missing Tail

3. Ears carried above horizontal in lop-eared breeds

4. Wry tail

5. Excessive scattered white hairs

6. Wrong color eyes

7. Pinched hindquarters

8. Low shoulders

9. Missing nose marking in broken patterned rabbits

10. White purulent nasal discharge

11. Toenails of different colors on same foot

12. Poor flesh condition