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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Red Jersey Woolies and other Presentations.

I hate to say it, but Red Jersey Woolies are not presenting today at the ARBA Convention.   They did not pass the breed club inspection due to mismatched toenails on the senior buck.

This is the second fail for reds (they did not present last year), so the variety fails.  They'll try again in a few years.

Otter Mini Satin- Pass (New Variety)
Smoke Pearl MS- Fail (pimple)
Lilac MS- Fail (pimple and broken toe)
Chin Dutch-Fail (brassy)
Blue New Zealand - Fail (white spot)
Red Jersey Wooly- Not presented-Fail (white toenail)
Lilac Havana- Fail
REW Lionhead- Pass
Tort LH- Pass

Black LH- Fail (white spot)
Blue Britannia Petites- Not presented- Fail

Sable Mini Rex- Fail (white spot)
Smoke Pearl MR- Pass (New Variety)

Chocolate Silver Fox-Fail (split penis)
Blue Silver Fox- Pass
Blue MS-Pass
Black MS-Pass (New Variety)
Chocolate MS-Pass (New Variety
Broken MS-Fail (no show)
Argente Brun-Fail (no show)
BEW Britannia Petite-Fail
Broken Petite-Pass (New Variety)
Tort Mini Satin-Pass
Silver Marten MS-Pass

Squirrel MS-Fail (toenail)
Blue Point Holland Lop- Fail (broken tail)
Lilac Polish- Fail (mismatched toenail)
Champagne Netherland Dwarf- Fail (no show)

Tort Britannia Petite- Fail (mismatched toenails)
Sable Britannia Petite- Fail (white spot)
Copper Mini Satin- Pass

Black Giant Angora- Fail (No Show)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Jersey Wooly 2012 Convention Results!

A HUGE Congratulations are in order- we have the results of the 2012 Convention for the Jersey Woolies!


Jessica & Taylor Usakowski took BOB.
Kelsey Shultz took BOSB

In Youth:

Ashley Landis took BOB and BOSB!

Ashley told me just a little while ago that the dad to her BOSB Jr. Doe is Keep's Hot Chocolate! Now I'm definitely going to be joining her on Cloud 9 :).

Congratulations ladies, what a huge accomplishment!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Convention Wishes

I'm not going to Convention this year.  After the stresses of the past two, I made the decision that I needed a break.  It helps a lot that Convention is in Wichita, which is really just too far for me to go- Indianapolis almost killed me!

That isn't to say that now, just a few days before everyone converges for the largest rabbit show in the world, I'm not regretting that I won't be there.  Nevermind the molting rabbits, I'm just really going to miss my friends from the other areas.

I wish I was going.

You know what they say though- if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

So instead, my wish is that everyone who goes has a wonderful time, learns a lot and makes new friends.  I hope that everyone who goes has at least one placement that exceeds their wildest expectations.  I wish that everyone would get there safely and return home safely- and yes, bunnies are included in that!

Go enjoy yourselves folks- and don't forget to post pictures and updates for all of those who are sitting at home, wishing we were with you!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Proud of my Juniors

It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a generation of babies.  I look at the little bucks and does going in to their uglies and I see the future of Keep's Rabbitry...and the future looks bright.

I went on vacation for a week and when I came home, my teeny little babies are turning in to mini adults.  Nevermind the molt lines and the tangled wool- I can see parts and pieces on these little bunnies that I have been working to get for a long time.

This isn't to say I think any of the rabbits are perfect- there is always room for improvement, but right now, I'm going to bask in the happiness of what I have accomplished to this point.

Now on to breeding the newest "best generation ever"!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Busy Show Weekend

This weekend was incredibly busy.

Friday I headed to Joni's house to spend the weekend.  We were heading to Fairview for the double on Saturday and since we had to be up bright and early, it is just easiest to go to Joni's, since she's so much closer.

We had a great time typing her babies and chatting about shows.  All too early, Saturday morning arrived and we loaded up to head to the mountains!

Show A was INCREDIBLE! We had a judge I've never shown under- Karen from NY.  I was happy to see she had gentle hands with the woolies and wasn't afraid to credit a nice junior!

Keep's Orion (broken black sr. buck) won BOB, while Keep's Lovesong (agouti jr. doe) won BOSB! I was floored!  I'm not sure I can even remember all the BOGs and BOSGs, but several of my juniors earned their first legs.  I was very happy with the results!

The second show, Panda won a BOSG and was looked at hard for BOB.  The judge was one that doesn't choose juniors unless there is really no other option.  Since 6 of my 11 entries were juniors, I didn't do nearly as well in this show.  That's the way the cookie crumbles.

While waiting for BIS, I made new friends! It's so funny how you see someone around shows for years, but never really talk with them.   Then when you finally do, you find a new friend.  I am sure there is a lesson in that somewhere, but I'm too tired to go all philosophical right now.

We returned to Joni's, where her husband treated us to grilled burgers.  Ohhh they were yummy!  Joni & I crashed not long after dinner, knowing we had to be up early on Sunday for the next show.

We headed to Winston Salem early the next morning.  Neither of us had ever attended the Dixie Classic show, so we thought "why not."

The first show we had Piper Smith, who I've never shown under before.  I was interested to see her judging style and was just as pleased with her as I was with Karen. I love a judge with soft hands when it comes to touching the animals!

Keep's Panda took BOB!  Joni's adorable little self junior doe (8 weeks old) won BOSB!  Again- I can't remember the BOG and BOSG placements, but I was pleased with the comments on the babies.

In the second show came the biggest surprise of the weekend.

Keep's KPP (shaded jr, buck) took BOB, while Keep's Dove (shaded jr. doe) took BOSB.  If you'd given me 10 guesses and a million dollars I could have never predicted that- especially since both of them are under 4 months old.  I guess the junior buck needs a name sooner rather than later!

Overall it was a fun weekend and I'm glad I got to spend so much time chatting with so many different folks.  Of course, the cumulative 3 BOBs and 2 BOSBs didn't hurt my feelings either!