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ARBA Convention 2011

November 3, 2011

Well it certainly was an interesting trip! We dropped a half dozen young hens to their new home near Nashville Tennessee, and created quite a stir in the White Castle parking lot as we had to pull out a carrier of rabbits.

A very busy time and neverending things to do preventing posting during the show as much as I wanted to do – Best In Show open went to a New Zealand and youth was a mini lop. I watched the groups but as it wore on there was conflict with other activities planned and paid for, so had to duck out before the best in show judging. The popular breeds must beat out so many that closer to perfection standard is a given so it’s not surprising to see them in the group lineups. Congrats to all!

We didn’t do too shabby with the first showing of our Giant Chinchillas, with several Top Tens and a few top 5, including Dio who did go to his new home in Michigan. He’ll be missed but it’s cool to see him go on and hopefully contribute to the breed. His brother was right behind him, also top 5, in placing and did come home with us. We’ve also found things to work on to come back stronger next year and, of course, added several rabbits, mostly Connor’s.

Coming home with us was a beautiful young doe from Butch Coates – a challenge for her adapting from the northeast to the south! She’s settling in comfortably. Also coming home – from Colorado – are two Californian does, a four month old that’s already 10 pounds and a two month old that looks very promising. Those who have been looking for meat rabbits – these two young ladies will be bred to the Giant Chinchillas for “B10″ meat rabbits.

Connor picked up his three Silver Fox does and a junior buck, and a nice Champagne d’Argent doe and two very nice bucks. One has two legs on him – so one more win and he’ll be eligible for that CH designation – champion!

Above is one of the Californian entries.Below a red New Zealand.

Beautiful angora fibers on display as well as fur items, meat and of course show rabbits!Posted results on inspections of new varieties and breeds submitted was posted and updated throughout the day Tuesday.

How to fit many rabbits, cages and a half dozen birds in an Explorer…high and tight.

Front layer in – pads down for back ones stacked up. Foldable crates put across the back, feed, shavings on top, lots of rope and locks.

Ready to head south on I65 again.

Beautiful sunset last night

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  1. November 9, 2011 7:58 PM

    That Explorer looked packed:) Glad to hear your trip home was eventful! Thanks again for the guided ARBA tour and pointing out the various breeds. Also, thank you Connor, for selling me the raffle tickets. Mugs getting a good workout.

    • November 10, 2011 10:27 PM

      Thanks for stopping by! Always happy to share function and beauty – both are needed! Connor put some practical use to the marketing lessons he’s learning! Convention is always busy and fun but it’s nice to get home and relax!

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