Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cherokee County Rabbit Show

Last Friday, Sept. 17th, the Cherokee County Fair had a 4-H/youth rabbit show. They also do have an Open category too, but there weren't too many rabbits in it this year. We'll have to spread the word to get more Open folks involved in it next year. Since it isn't an ARBA sanctioned show, I was the judge for the show.

It was a small show - just 62 rabbits entered, but it was a lot of fun. So, here are a few pictures from the show.

Judging just beginning:

The bigger meat breeds were first - Cals, New Zealands, Satins. All (except for 1) were owned by the same breeder (the girl in the green shirt). She shows in ARBA shows and has won Nationals for certain breeds of hers before. She had VERY nice rabbits. She won both BIS and RIS.

Judging the mini lop class:

I felt so bad for this little mini lop below and her owner. She was about 10 wks old or so and since in 4-H shows srs & jrs are shown together, she stood no chance. Her color was terrible (very sunburned - at just 10 wks) and she was SO small. My 10 wk olds are a good 1 1/2 to 2 lbs bigger than her. She was about the size of my 5 wk olds. She wasn't skinny or anything, she was just so small. And her type . . . well, it wasn't that great either. I gave her owner a lot of tips, told her what her type should look like and all and of course gave her my card. She was a cute little rabbit just as a lop, but definitely lacked in a lot of areas for ML type.

Mini Rex:

This little doe had decent type, but she was molting so funny, it made her look so sloped off in the HQ's.

Explaining long & low shoulders to the Mini Rex owners :):

Choosing the best buck:

Some of the kids listening to the explanation of what they need to do for showmanship:

Chrysta with her Jr. Showmanship trophy! I got this girl started in ML's a year or so ago. She now has a nice little herd.

Mahala (the gal who runs the show) & I at the end of the show.

It was a good show and I had a great time!