Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bremerton, WA 4/23/11

Saying "Good-Bye" to Brianna! Long road-trip ahead.
Replacing Brianna with her beautiful daughter Tomato!

Probably the greatest rabbit show of the season so far. I decided to go on Monday, entered my rabbits on Tuesday & found out Lisa was going on Friday. Upon waiting until 7:45am, I was surprised to see that Lisa had invited Sara to come along last minute -- great idea! Show A my two does were 2nd to Lisa's does. Show B my does were 1st to Lisa's does. Brianna won BOV in B. I handed her off to Tiffany and they will head to South Carolina next week! I decided to keep Zinfandel around another month & watch her mature. Bred Tomato to Monroe :) Oh & Lisa won BOB/BOS both shows & Reserve in Show B! How awesome is that?!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm a Judge!

I finished & passed my ARBA licensing requirements :) Endorsed by Allen Mesick, Randy Shumaker, Jeff Jewitt, Melissa Magee/Chris Zemny, Carol Green, Mike Avesing, Erik Bengston & Ted Deloyola.

I visited some really awesome shows in OR/WA/CA & ID, got to judge nearly every breed (minus the Chinchillas) and met & learned from some of the greatest exhibitors. If I could list you all, I would :)

Just waiting to get my card back from ARBA and I can start judging shows :D It will probably take a few shows for the news to sink in. Especially since school pre-occupies most of my time!

Friday, April 8, 2011

2 weeks down!

2 weeks of school down & I am already so drained. But in 8 weeks I will be able to "somewhat" relax, meaning I will be out of school, but still studying for AQ and my GRE test.

Yakima, WA show is tomorrow, as is Mini Lop Nationals. Too bad I couldn't go this year, but next year for sure. I want to wish Nicole & Lisa good luck, as well as to other regions and breeders as well. :)

Next weekend is Reno. I can't personally be there this year, and not sending any rabbits to show. So highlights from last year's BIS simply lurk in my mind, but I wish all my good friends good luck! I am sending 6 pre-sold. 2 Mini Lop does to Michelle Wojick of Wisconsin, 2 Mini Lop juniors to Roxanne Shumate of CA, a Rylee daughter to Karen of Arizona and a Silver Marten buck going to a breeder/judge down in CA.

In two weeks I will pick up the 2 Mini Lop does being transported to Ohio, to their ideal end location being South Carolina to go live with Deb Dolph. I am VERY sad to let Brianna go, but I feel as if I have many good replacements out of her. Her daughter Tomato is a spitting image, if not looking better :) I will also bring up 4 show rabbits, likely 1 Mini Lop & 3 of my Silver
Martens to show in May.

The barn clean last weekend was entirely stressful and painful after 4-H judging on friday night and finishing my last show for my judges license on Saturday ... but I got it done. Above are pictured the 9 new holes from KW cages. I also purchased new feeders (since my other feeders were misc. sizes and brands). I now am using 24 holes at home, with 6 at school, to make it an even 30 working holes. Hope to plan to move some rabbits out in the mean-time to open up a few holes since I do have 4 litters upcoming:

Rylee x Zeus
Nemo x Zeus
Wall E x Zeus
Isabella x Hank

No marten breedings until July or so. I just don't have the space, nor the feed to be pouring into those juniors. They eat a lot! And keeping 6 will be a chore, so I will likely end up selling a junior doe later on.

And just to re-emphasize, I worked the last show for my judges license on the 2nd. Now just the long wait to hear back from ARBA.