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ARBA Convention Show Results – 2015 – Portland Oregon

November 2, 2015

Who won Best in Show at the ARBA Convention 2015?  Here are your answers!

The 2015 American Rabbit Breeders Convention show judging finished off today in Portland, Oregon.  It’s been a great show by all reports!

These are the results I’ve seen posted.  Breed clubs are starting to post full results on their websites, and I’ll include links when I see them.  If you know any results that aren’t listed here yet, please let me know and I’ll add it.

Best in Show was by Brad and Katie Boyce with a Havana.  This is the second time their breathtaking Havanas have won BIS at Convention!

Major congratulations to all the winners!!


BIS – Brad & Katie Boyce – Havana

Group 1 – French Angora by Charlotte Schweikart
Group 2 – Netherland Dwarf by Fred & Leslie Bond
Group 3 – Satin by Rob and Amanda Wampner
Group 4 – Havana by Brad & Katie Boyce


BOB:  Lorena Ferchaud, White Sr. Doe
BOS: Steve Shea and Valerie & Michelle Uptagrafft, Blue Jr. Buck


American Fuzzy Lop

BOB Muriel Keyes & Diana Keefe, Solid Senior DOe
BOS: Nate & Stuart Burbidge and Carol & Kendall Green


American Chin
BOB: Tex Thomas
BOS: Sarah Crocker


Belgian Hare
BOB- Jameson
BOS- Jeanne Walton


Blanc de Hotot

BOB – Konency Family

BOS – Konency Family


Britannia Petite

BOB – Krista Moe, REW Doe
BOS – Randy Shumaker & Allen Mesick, REW buck



BOB: Laura Blank
BOS: Kevin/Cherry/Luke Buttles


Champagne D’Argent

BOB: 6/8 Doe, Tracy Gouette
BOS: Jr. Buck, Annie Wilson


Checkered Giant

BOB: Milt & Dave Freeman, Black 6/8 Doe
BOS: Callie Weber, Black Jr. Buck



BOB: Helen Eden & Jacqueline Sutton
BOS: Helen Eden & Jacqueline Sutton


Creme D’Argent

BOB: 6/8 Doe, Gary & Phyllis Glisan, 6/8 Doe
BOS: Scott & Kevin Rudolph, Jr Buck


Dwarf Hotot
BOB: Patty Percy
BOS: Paula Courtney



BOB:  Shanon & Eric Mixdorf, Black Sr. Buck
BOS:  Kevin Hooper, Tortoise Jr Doe


English Angora

BOB: Marcus Rhoden
BOS: Marcus Rhoden


French Angora

BOB: Charlotte Schweikart
BOS: Charlotte Schweikart


Giant Angora

BOB: Tammy Vaughn


Satin Angora

BOB: Cody Darst, Colored Sr. Doe
BOB: Sarah Martin, Colored Sr. Doe


English Spot

BOB:  Joel Marshall/Dallas Meyer, Black Jr. Buck
BOS:  Joel Marshall/Dallas Meyer, Blue Jr. Buck


English Lop

BOB:  Trina Carlson, Solid Sr Doe
BOSB: Helen Wartman, Broken 6/8 Buck


Flemish Giant

BOB: Jennifer Krueger, Sandy Doe
BOS: Therese Fabela, Sandy Buck


Open French Lop results:
Bob and bov solid – solid sr doe, Melissa McMullen
Bos and bosv solid – solid sr buck, Patrick, Lynn and Ross Eden

Open Florida White:
BOB: Sr. Doe, Robbie & Amanda Wampner
BOS: Sr. Buck, Rusty Westhoff

Open Giant Chinchilla
BOB: Int. Doe, Richard Civil
BOS: Int. Buck, Sonya Garcia


BOB: Chocolate Magpie Sr. Buck,

Barb Adams
BOS: Black Magpie Sr. Doe, Pam


Open Havana

BOB: Broken Buck, Katie Boyce
BOS: Black Jr. Doe, Kelsie Gomes

BOB Himalayan, Holly Bernal
Open BOS Himalayan, Suzanne


Holland Lop
BOB: SJD, Randy & Hope Blackburn
BOS: SJB Nicole Brockreide/Debra


BOB: Broken Sr. Buck, Amber

BOS: Shaded Sr. Doe, DeAnn


Open Lilac:

BOB: Luke Vickery

Open Lionhead:

BOB: Tort Sr. Doe, Mueller/Rafoth
BOS: REW Jr. Buck, Amy Schettini

Open Mini Lop:

BOB: BJD, Linda Bell
BOS: SJB, Jason M. Scott

Open Mini Rex:

BOB: Broken Doe, Sandra Neal
BOS: Blue Sr. Buck, Kari Kramer

Open Mini Satin:
BOB: Black Jr. Buck, Robbie &

Amanda Wampner
BOS: Tort Sr. Doe, Roger


Open Netherland Dwarf:

New Zealand
BOB White, Hildaho
BOS Broken, Binker

Netherland Dwarf
BOB: Silver Marten Buck, Fred &

Leslie Bond
BOS: Otter Sr. Doe, Fred & Leslie


Open Polish:
BOB: Black Doe, Jeannie Shaske

BOS: Broken Buck, Becky McCall


BOB Castor Doe, Jean and Kevin

BOS Opal Buck, Jody and Rebecca



BOB – Susan Londe
BOS – Kam Padlina
Judge Eric Stewart

Open Satin:
BOB – Broken Amanda Wampner
BOS – Broken Stacy Billings

Open Silver Fox:

Best of Breed: Junior buck, Stephanie Boeder
Best Opposite: Intermediate doe, Jessica Hoopfer

Open Thrianta
BOB: Sonya Lyons
BOS: Schmidt

Open Tan:

BOB: Black Jr Doe, Patrick, Ross, & Lynn Eden
BOSB: Black Sr Buck, Bonny Wagoner


BOB/BOS YOUTH Rabbits – 2015


Group 1: Mini Lop
Group 2: Silver Marten
Group 3: English Angora
Group 4: American Sable

Youth American Fuzzy Lop:

BOB: Gabrielle Hibbert
BOS: Gabrielle Hibbert

American Chinchilla

BOB: Hannah Poe

BOS: Kyla Addison

Youth Blanc De Hotot
BOB: Bella Stoeffer
BOS: Bella Stoeffer

Youth Britannia Petite:
BOB: Chestnut Sr. Doe, Sarah Martin
BOS Brit was also Serena Shultz



BOS: Ben Voorhees

Youth Champagne D’Argent:

BOB: Katie Frice
BOS: Kayla Bemis

Youth Creme D’Argent:

BOB: Adam Bates
BOS: Bethany Hobson

BOB Dutch- Taylor Mills
BOS Dutch- Kory White

Youth English Angora:
BOB: White, Jeffery Olson

Satin Angora

BOB: Colored Sr. Doe, Sarah Martin

French Angora

BOB: Rachel Penterman

BOS: Rachel Penterman

Giant Angora

BOB: Rachel Penterman

Youth English Lop:
BOB: Solid Jr. Doe, Jessica Larkin
BOS: Broken Sr. Buck, Lucas Gribi

Youth Florida Whites:
BOB: Jr. Buck, Stephanie Riegal
BOS: Sr. Doe, Gunner Fisher

Giant Chinchilla
BOB: Ally West
BOS: Melinda Piek

Youth Flemish Giant:

BOB: Light Grey Jr. Doe, Eddie

BOS: Sandy Buck, Cassian Starr

Youth French Lop:

BOB: Broken, Raymond Juballa
BOS: Broken, Ross Eden

Himalayan BOB youth – Colten

Westbrook, BOS Lena Magee

Youth Holland Lop:

BOB: SSB, Autumn Richardson
BOS: SJD, Emma Curia

Youth Havana:

BOB: Black Jr. Buck, Bryant Miller

Youth Jersey Woolies:
BOB: Melanie Lyons
BOS: Melanie Lyons

Youth Lilac Abigail Polasik won

BOB. There were only does entered

so no BOS

BOB&BOS went to Todd Maya in youth

mini lops

Mini Satin
BOB: Maddie Hicks
BOS: Kyle & McKenna Samuelson

Youth Mini Rex:

BOB: Broken Sr. Doe, Maya Lowder
BOS: Otter Sr. Buck, Leo Lucey

Youth Netherland Dwarf:

BOB: Black Otter, Serena Shultz
BOS: Siamese Sable, Trinity Serafin

New Zealand:

BOB – Bryant Miller
BOS – Bryant Miller


BOB: Broken Sr. Doe, Brianna Gustafson
BOS: Black Sr. Buck, James Konzek


BOB: Black Sr. Buck, Haley Carr

BOS: Black Sr. Doe, Haley Carr

BOB/BOS with Brokens: Alison


Youth Thrianta:
BOB: Torres
BOS: Bowman

Youth Tans

BOB: Black Jr Doe Raymond Erway
BOS: Lilac Jr Buck Tristan Erway


RIS: TEDDY, Steve Belcher





Fantastic Photos from ARBA Convention 2013 — Harrisburg, PA

October 24, 2013

If you couldn’t make it to the ARBA Convention this year, here’s a bit of news that might cheer you up.  Juli LeeAnn Whitehaus did a wonderful job photographing the event, and is sharing her photos so all of us can enjoy them.  She’s even given permission to share them as long as you don’t alter them.  Thanks so much, Juli LeeAnn!

View the albums by clicking this link 

Pictured: the Best in Show-winning Florida White. Photo by Juli LeeAnn Whitehaus

ARBA Convention photos BIS florida white

ARBA Convention Results 2013

I haven’t been collecting results this year like I did in past years, sorry.  So I don’t have complete results by any means, but here are a few things I’ve heard circulating around the web.  If you have any to add, please contact me!  The official results probably won’t go up on the ARBA website for a few days yet.

Top Open Winners

Best in Show – Flordia White  (need the owner’s name)

Best of Group – Jersey Wooly (Amber Henderson)

Best of Group – English Angora (Betty Chu)

Best of Group – Havana  (Julie Spier)


American Chinchilla – BOB Anita Trautwein, BOS Crystal Krienke-Bonkoski

American Sable – Results available for download here:

Dwarf Hotot – BOB Veronica Hurtado, BOS Thomas Rowland

Dutch – BOB Billy Bounds, BOS Billy Bounds

English Angora — BOB- Betty Chu.  BOS – Betty Chu.

Jersey Wooly — BOB – Amber Henderson.  BOS – Timmy Bauer

full results here:

Havana – BOB Julie Spier.  BOS Julie Spier

Mini Rex  — BOB Kathy Tellechea/Pam Renfro    BOS – Amanda Byron & Daniel Crook

(More Mini Rex results here)

Mini Satin – BOB Don Sheets, BOS Todd Naragon and LeAnn McKinney
more results here:

Netherland Dwarf — BOB – Gary and Susan Smith.   BOS — Melody Champion

(More ND results here)

Satin – BOB Gordon, Lynette, Samantha, Mitchell WIlliams, BOS – Brian Coates
full results here:

Silver – BOB Charlotte Ford, BOS Barb Adams & Kathy Mannweiler

Thrianta – BOB – Danny Long.  BOS – Susan Pohto & Abby Stask


ARBA Convention Harrisburg Youth Results – UNOFFICIAL

Top Youth Winners

Best in Show – Dutch (need owner’s name)

Best of Group – Britannia Petite

Best of Group – Florida White

Best of Group – Champagne d’Argent

Melissa of Fuzzybutts rabbitry posted some footage of youth BIS judging on her blog here.

Youth BOB/BOS Winners

American Sable –  Results available for download here:

English Angora – BOB Brock Meanor

French Angora – BOB Meghan Kane

Giant Angora – BOB Rachel Peterman

Satin Angora – BOB Maddie Shaw

Blanc de Hotot – (none shown)

Checkered Giant – BOB Kaylie Krueger & Clayton Schwendiman

Dwarf Hotot – BOB Makenzie Kline, BOS Kristen Morris

Dutch – BOB Macallister Bengston, BOS Alexus Grecoe

English Lop – BOB Melody Miller

English Spot – Paul Weikel

Florida White – BOB Andrew Hicks

Giant Chinchilla – BOB Kitty Peririck

Harlequin – BOB Jessica Deitrich

Havana – BOB Kersten Zimmerman, BOS Bryant Miller/Miranda Tolsma

Jersey Wooly – BOB Melanie Lyons, BOS Lindsay Aversa

Mini Satin – Kaleigh Salzman

Mini Lop  BOB- McKenna Lynch

Mini Rex – BOB – Otter Senior Doe – Parker While.   BOS – Black Senior Buck – Mary Williams

(More Mini Rex results here)

Netherland Dwarf –   BOB – Kristie Abrams.   BOS – Ashlee and Shawna Olah

(More ND results here)

Polish  BOB- Mitch Campbell  (Go Mitch!!!)

Palomino – BOB Zora Brewer

Satin – BOB Devin Lawrence

Silver – BOB Madelyn Fee, BOS Madelyn Fee

Thrianta – BOB Amanda Grove.  BOS Courtney Pape


Youth Royalty Results

You can watch the whole youth banquet online at this link: 


New Breed/Variety Presentation Results

Here’s the list.  In short, Lionheads passed.

new breeds arba convention 2013 lionheads


Rabbit Fever the Movie – A Review

September 23, 2013

Rabbit fever movie youth royalty

At last!  A movie about us Rabbit People!

Recently I finally got the opportunity to watch the movie Rabbit Fever.  And you know what?  I’m glad I did.

Created by Amy Do, Rabbit Fever is a full-length documentary about the rabbit showing hobby.  It focuses on the ARBA Youth Royalty contest, following five young rabbit breeders in their quests to become the ARBA King or Queen.  We’ve been hearing about the production of this movie for years, and now it’s finally available via DVD and streaming at  Amy gave about ten years and most of the resources she had – including funds she had intended to put toward a house – to producing this film, and I’m glad to be able to thank her for that effort.

A Very Personal Connection

ARBA Royalty Contests were the focus of my teenage years.  Like the “stars” in the movie, I poured all my effort into my dream of winning ARBA Queen.  In fact, the kids featured in the movie were my role models.  They were in the age group just above me, and so were the very people that I held in high respect.  Jeremy Garrett helped coach me in Royalty, and Jenna Anderson’s mom answered some of my questions when I was studying.

For a long time I didn’t want to see this movie.  Royalty contests were just too close to my heart.  Since I never did win National Queen (though I was twice a runner-up), I was afraid that seeing this movie would arouse competitive feelings that I didn’t want creeping back.  I was afraid that the movie wouldn’t depict the hobby accurately, that it would play up the Royalty contests to be different than they actually are, or caricaturize rabbit breeders as total weirdoes.  But it doesn’t.  I can say with confidence that Rabbit Fever portrays the hobby exactly as it is, and overall in a very positive light.  (In other words, if it does make rabbit breeders out to be total weirdoes, then I am too much of one myself to notice!)

The Content is Real

Amy did a great job capturing the spirit of rabbit royalty contests: so many young people putting so much time and effort into the project, when only a few come away with an award.  She shows how some youth members have worked at it for most of their lives, and how they give up “normal” teenage activities to focus on their rabbit projects.  She touches on both the hardcore “If I don’t win I’ll cry” competitiveness, and also the priceless friendships that youth members build with each other.  These major themes are brought to life by the little details that are oh-so-accurate, like the total randomness of the judging callbacks, and how easy it is to blow the four-minute interview that makes or breaks your chance at the crown.

Honestly when the film was over, it felt more like I had flipped through one of my personal scrapbooks than that I had just watched a movie.  Of course, it helped that I recognized a huge percentage of the people in it and even spotted myself in the background of one shot.  (I remember Amy being at Convention filming, but I didn’t know at the time that she was making a movie.)   I was there at that banquet in 2005, and at others in later years.  The film brought back the hold-your-breath jitters when the winners were being announced.  I identified with the girls on stage receiving their awards, and also with Lindsey Lauterbach looking into the happy banquet room once her royalty career was over and thinking, “this used to be me.”

These are my friends! A screenshot from the movie showing some Michigan team members

Film Quality is Good

To me the film feels a little rushed, but there’s so much to tell about the rabbit hobby, and an hour and twenty-three minutes is so little time.  Cavies, team contests, and local shows were barely mentioned, and breed judging is covered only briefly.  But when we consider how many facets this hobby has, it’s easy to see how Amy shot over 150 hours of footage for this film.  I was really impressed at how family-friendly the film is.  It’s (virtually) free of bad language and any political slant, and features some super cute animations.  My one minor complaint is that it implies that Joe Kim won convention BIS in 2005, when he actually won in 2003.

The Take-Away’s

If you are an ARBA royalty hopeful, then watch this film.  I strongly recommend it.  It portrays the contests very accurately and, since it allows you to see into the lives of other participants, helps put the whole thing in perspective.   Two-time ARBA King Jeremy Collins nails it when he says in the film that the top contestants are all smart kids, and they’ve all done their studying, and so they have really similar scores when it comes down to the interview.  Any one of them “deserves” to win – it’s just a matter of who comes off well to the interview judges.  And even after the interview, the scores between the Queen and 4th Runner-Up are very, very close… in 2008 it was 30 points out of 1000, to be exact.  So if you don’t win, it doesn’t mean that you weren’t good, and it doesn’t mean that you wasted your time. Not at all.

Like the movie says, even when you win, the fame and glory fades really fast: Long-time rabbit breeders see generation after generation of youth go by.  It’s terribly clichéd, but I’ll say it again: the real prize these contests hold out to us is not a tiara, but the person you become while trying to achieve it.  4-H and ARBA Royalty contests really do build confident and capable youth members that will continue to succeed long after they turn 19.

Thanks for this movie, Amy Do.  Nice Job.

And psst, Royalty contestants —  listen closely to Paula Courtney in the film talking about what the judges are looking for in the Royalty interview.  She is dead-on, and shares the most important interview tip I know.

Handy Reminder: the date of the 2013 ARBA Convention Rabbit Show

April 18, 2013
Looking for ARBA 2013 results?  Find them here:

Date of ARBA convention 2013
Just so I have it written down somewhere easy to find, and so it will maybe help others too, here’s a NOTE TO SELF:

The official dates of the 2013 ARBA National Convention are October 19-23, 2013.

Exhibitors will start to arrive about the 17th.  The set up crew will get there more than a week ahead of time to put up dozens of booths and tables, and cooping for some 25,000+ rabbits and cavies.

Show entry deadline will probably be sometime mid-September.

Youth members: Applications for the Royalty, Achievement, and Management contests need to be in by August 20 (mail in) or September 1 (online entry).  You can get the forms at the youth page.  But you are already studying, right?  If so, our website has tons of study guides and tips to help.  Check out our books and blog.

You can order a convention catalog anytime.  Don’t put it off and then forget!



2012 ARBA Convention Wichita – News, Photos, and More

October 27, 2012

Looking for 2015 results from Portland, Oregon? Visit this current post! Click here.


The 2012 Results from Kansas are below.


Last update: 9:56 pm EST.  10/30   New breed/variety presentation results.  See bottom of page.


21,651 Rabbits and Cavies.   One Building.  An Unforgettable Experience.

The ARBA Convention.

I’m posting any  breed/variety/or class win results here as soon as I hear them.

If you hear any results, please let me know so others can see them.  Last year hundreds of people visited the results page looking for information during convention week, so you can help out a lot of interested people by sharing the news.  :)

Results below.  Also, you can gain a virtual convention experience at the following links:

-2012 ARBA Live webcams — watch the convention live and past videos:

-ARBA District 8 Director blogging daily from convention. Includes an overview of the ARBA board meetings so far.     Thanks Terry for the updates!

-2012 Entry numbers by breed, variety, and class

– 2012 Convention facebook page

-NCAG’s convention report, with photos  Thanks, Betty!


Open Results (Unofficial)

Best in Show – English Angora by Linda Cassella

Group 1 Winner – English Angora
group 2  Winner – New Zealand
group 3 Winner – Thrianta
group 4 Winner – Satin

English Angora:

BOB English Angora – Linda Cassella

BOS English Angora –  Cassella /Rhoden


French Angora:

BOB French Angora – Charlotte Schweikart, Colored senior doe

BOS French Angora –  Tina Vance, Ohio.  White buck


Giant Angora:

BOB Giant Angora – Ashley Shaw

BOS Giant Angora – Jack and Karen Bailey


Satin Angora:

BOB Satin Angora – Caroline Waskow

BOS Satin Angora – Dana Farber


Conditioning rabbits for show

August 21, 2012

How do you prepare a rabbit to do its best in a show?

Conditioning rabbits for show means a lot more than just giving them special foods.  Housing, sanitation, selection, genetics, primary diet, and handling each have just as much to do with a rabbit’s success on the show table as extra food supplements, maybe more.  So let’s cover some of those basics first:
Baxter - Black Polish Winning Rabbit
A fresh, good quality pellet and clean water are really the most important things you can give bunnies.  Many breeders have success on the show table feeding just pellets and water.

No supplements can beat a clean cage and the sanitary, well-ventilated environment that produces general health.  Proper ventilation is essential to keeping healthy bunnies.  A buildup of ammonia in the air will result in a suppressed immune system, making your rabbits vulnerable to snuffles and other illnesses.  In the warm months, rabbits rely on moisture evaporating off their noses to keep cool, and good air flow helps this process.  Empty trays often.  Use a product like Sweet PDZ to keep the smell down.

Temperature and daylight also play a role in conditioning rabbits.  A colder environment is better for fur condition than a warmer one.  Although does produce best if they have 16+ hours of daylight in a day, show rabbits have better color quality if they receiving only about 8 hours of daylight.   Light fades self colors such as black, blue, and chocolate most easily.  One time I heard a judge talk about how his daughter got perfect chocolate color by keeping her rabbits in a closet.  Of course then you have ventilation issues…

Cage size matters.  Rabbits should have enough room to exercise for good flesh condition.  Be careful not to overcrowd juniors; they grow into best condition if given individual cages  by eight weeks.

Does feeding conditioners help at all?

Without the basic requirements of diet and environment, adding supplements to the rabbit’s feed won’t do much good.  However, a lot of breeders add a little something extra in an attempt to get the best condition.  There are lots of different “recipes” out there, but oatmeal, black oil sunflower seeds (the kind you feed birds), barley, and wheat germ are common ingredients.  You can also buy commercial conditioners called “Showbloom” or “Doc’s Rabbit Enhancer” that work well for some people.  A feed rep once told me that one of the reasons Showbloom is effective is that it encourages rabbits to drink more, and lots of water keeps them in good condition.   So you can sometimes get the same effect by putting a tiny sprinkling of salt or a tiny bit of molasses on the feed.

But in every case, conditioners should be used with moderation, never fed in a quantity that would keep the rabbit from getting balanced nutrition through the pellets.  Also, the younger your rabbits are the more dangerous it is to feed them high-energy conditioners.  Young rabbits of course need lots of energy to grow, but it also has to be balanced with lots of fiber.  Fiber is essential to keep a rabbit’s digestive tract running smoothly.  Timothy hay is also a very good thing to feed bunnies because of its fiber content.   This article at the National Jersey Wooly Club highlights the importance of fiber in a growing bunny’s diet.

Also, feeding high-energy conditioners puts your rabbit at risk of getting overweight, which isn’t healthy for the bunny or good for its show condition.  You should always be able to feel the bumps of the vertebrae when you run a hand down the rabbit’s spine.  You should be able to feel individual bumps, but they should be smooth and rounded.  That indicates a healthy body weight.  If you can’t feel the individual vertebrae, the rabbit is probably too fat.
Top quality national winning broken chocolate polish
Fur growth is connected to the rabbit’s metabolism.  So if you need to get an adult rabbit to molt, feed a high-energy supplements such as calf manna.   You can continue the supplements to bring it quickly into fur condition.  Then once it is in condition, you want to cut out the supplements so it will hold that coat.  If your rabbit seems to be “always molting,” you are probably feeding too much energy.

Forget Not the Details: Tattoos, Posing, and more!

There are a few other important things.  One is keeping the cage clean.  This is not only important for health purposes, but also to keep white rabbits from staining fur and feet.  Use solid dividers between cages so rabbits cannot chew and spray each other.  If you have stackers, make sure the drop pans fit properly so rabbits on the bottom cannot be stained by those above them.  The tattoo is also important.  Tattoo WELL ahead of the show, in case you get ink on the fur.  Keep tattoos in good shape.  All your conditioning efforts will be completely wasted if your rabbit gets DQ’ed for an illegible tattoo.

Handle your potential show bunnies.  Train them to pose.  A rabbit should be accustomed to sitting for the judge, so that it will pose as soon as a judge touches it.  Some people also keep a talk radio running on low in the rabbitry to get the rabbits used to some background noise, so they won’t be as frightened at a show.  As you can see, feeding conditioners is a relatively small part of turning bunnies into winners!

Above picture:  Baxter, BOV Black 2009 Polish National Youth

Below picture: Rustic’s Forego, Broken Chocolate Polish rabbit with 25+ legs and multiple national wins including BOS in 2012.

ARBA Standard of Perfection 2012 Changes – New Varieties and More

February 8, 2012
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.
Silver marten Mini Rex Rabbit blue

A lovely blue Silver Marten Mini Rex - Now Fully Recognized. Photo by the Fuzzy Patch



Happy February!  That means  that this year’s updates to the ARBA Show Rules and Standard of Perfection are now in effect. (As of Feb. 1).  If you’re planning to compete in 4-H rabbit showmanship, royalty, breed identification, quiz bowls and so forth this year, you will want to know this stuff.

As you may be aware, five new varieties of rabbits and cavies were recognized by the ARBA at the convention last fall, and as of this month can now be shown in regular competition.  If you’ve purchased the Youth Rabbit Project Study Guide in the past year, you will want to make note of this in the appropriate places.   The most notable change is in the Rhinelander breed, which now recognizes blue/fawn spotted bunnies as well as black/orange.  The original black/orange color, which to this point was known as “standard,”  is now called “black” as the REGISTRATION variety.  The new variety is called “blue” as the registration variety.  However, both colors are shown together as “Standard”so the showroom classification is still “Standard.  Here’s a quick chart:

2012 New ARBA-Recognized Varieties of Rabbits and Cavies


New Variety

Showroom Classification

Registration Name

American Cavy Martenin colors black, blue, beige, chocolate, and lilac Tan Pattern Marten
American Cavy Gold Any Other Self*NOT shown separately, but in the Any Other Self Group Gold
Mini Rex Silver Martenin colors black, blue, chocolate, lilac Silver Marten Black Silver MartenBlue Silver MartenChocolate Silver Marten

Lilac Silver Marten

Netherland Dwarf Blue Torotiseshell*note that it’s tortoiseshell Tortoiseshell*shown with the regular torts as tortoiseshell.  NOT shown as shaded group. Blue Tortoiseshell
Rhinelander Blue Standard Blue
Blue Tortoiseshell Netherland dwarf bunny

Blue Tortoiseshell Netherland Dwarf Rabbit. Photo by the Fuzzy Patch



You can download the Standard of Perfection for these colors from the ARBA website,and I highly recommend you do so if you’re studying for Breed ID, royalty, showmanship, or a judges/registrar’s exam.

You’ll also want to download the ARBA show rules and read them.  As you may have heard, there have been some recent changes that are listed on the ARBA announcements page.  As this stuff is “news,” it will likely be in royalty exams this year.  The most recent change now allows Legs of Grand Championship for Reserve in Show, Best 4-class, and Best 6-class wins when they are awarded.   All shows are required to pick BIS.  All shows are NOT required to pick Reserve in Show, Best 4-class, or Best 6-class.  However, when shows choose to offer these awards, the ARBA now allows it a leg.

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the corrections to the first printing of the 2011-2015 ARBA Standard of Perfection.

Details, Details!

Rabbit 4-H Showmanship Guide, Breed ID and Judging Contest Tips and More

If you haven’t seen the Youth Rabbit Project Study Guide yet, I welcome you to take a peek at the sample pages below!  This book is based on my experiences as a 4-H’er and ARBA Royalty participant. When I was in 4-H it took me a very long time to learn how to successfully raise rabbits and compete in contests such as showmanship, breed identification, and team judging.  When I did get to successfully competing on the national level, it just came naturally to produce materials to guide other kids there.

For more information, check out the Study Guide’s Own Page. Here are a few sample pages for you to look at:

rabbit breed id guide

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Rabbit 4-H Showmanship Guide Sample Page

Click for larger image -- Showmanship Guide

Rabbit Meat Pen Project Tips

Click for larger image -- Meat Pens

Rabbit Body Type Judging Information

Click for larger image -- body types

Additional Book Features in the New Edition

  • Guide to choosing your course in the project
  • Judging contest tips from an ARBA judge
  • Expanded Breed ID Guide
  • Additional leader’s tips
  • Polish Breed Judging Handout
  • Rabbit Royalty Practice Questions
  • Updated to reflect 2012 Standard of Perfection
  • Still reproducible within your 4-H club.

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