This spring I had planned on going to local shows again. Aside from the ARBA Convention, I really have not shown rabbits for a few years. I needed the break to do other things -- travel, work, finish grad school and start new hobbies. I do jiu jitsu now, can you believe that? Weird, for sure. Enjoy this non-rabbit related photo of my women's jiu jitsu group meeting via zoom. Sign of the times, huh?
During my break from showing I was able to stay engaged with my close friends in the hobby. This time away from shows (and Facebook) really proved that they are real life friends and not friends merely because we share a mutual hobby. The time has also afforded me the opportunity to work on improving my herd without outside influences. As someone who feels there is always something new to learn from others, this was initially tough, but I feel it has been an opportunity for me to grow as a breeder in a new way.
BOSV Black and 1st Place Black Junior Buck - Flynn's Slow Burn
5th Black Black Junior Buck - Flynn's Cruel Summer
2nd Place Black Junior Doe - Flynn's Daylight
Best Blue Junior and 1st Place Junior Doe - Flynn's Miss Americana
As exciting as it is to win a class, I am most proud of my junior doe placing. Daylight is one of my favorite rabbits and if you are going to lose a class, you want it to be to the Best of Breed winner. Big congrats to Dillon on his win.
As summer winds down and we head into fall, I have started to receive a lot of emails from people who are either post 4-H fairs, or looking to purchase animals at the ARBA Convention in Reno, Nevada. While I will be showing rabbits at Convention, due to the distance and logistical issues with travel, I am not taking rabbits to sell to the show. I will have a small number of animals available this fall, local pickup in central Indiana only. Please see the "availability" page in the navigation bar for more information.
Best of luck to everyone attending Convention! Safe travels!
The first time I showed Tans at a Convention was as a youth breeder in 1999 in Louisville, Kentucky under Gene Johnston. I went with my grandfather, who made the rabbit hobby entirely possible for me as a kid.
Judging the youth Tans at the 2018 ARBA Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts has truly been the highlight of my rabbit hobby. It is a moment I am sad my grandfather was not there to see as I know he would have been proud. Our youth kids nominate and vote on their judges, so I am enterally grateful to them for the opportunity. I hope they all know how seriously I took the responsibility, having been in their shoes before. I love this breed dearly.
I am also very thankful to the Beveren folks. They were an amazing group to judge for. The love and enthusiasm they have for this hobby was infectious.
The 2018 ARBA Convention was my first show in a year. Over the last year I have focused on making certain improvements in my herd and less on breeding for specific sho...
[Pictured: Flynn's Aura - Black Junior Doe - BOS and Best Black at 2017 ARBA Convention]
BEST OPPOSITE SEX AND BOV BLACK
Flynn's Aura (Black Junior Doe)
BOSV Black and 1st Place Junior Buck - Flynn's Afire Love
2nd Place Black Junior Buck - Flynn's Gold Rush
1st Place Senior Doe - Flynn's Ibiza
I have not had an opportunity to closely look though show results, but I had a few other top ten placings as well. As someone who focuses on blacks, winning BOV and BOSV black at Convention is a proud moment. Also, winning these three classes was a big personal accomplishment for me because they were the only classes I had show prime rabbits entered in. I had a handful of brood/unfinished animals entered in other classes because they had been brought to sell.
Big thanks to the Hoosier Rabbit & Cavy Club for hosting Convention. This was hands down one of the best quality Conventions I have ever been to. While I may seem biased because I am from Indiana, I actually really love travel...
Last weekend was the ISRBA State Convention. It was my second show of the year and actually only my second show since the ARBA Convention last fall. We had around 50 Tans in all four open shows. In the specialty shows our black junior classes ranged from 14-16 animals per class both days. When you look at the show results below, please don't think that judging was inconsistent. There was a different mix of animals in all of the shows.
ISRBA Show A:
Judged by Josh Humphries
BOB - Flynn's Not Today Kanye - Black Junior Doe
BOS - Flynn's Superstar - Black Junior Buck
ISRBA Show B:
Judged by Todd Naragon
BOB - Flynn's Not Today Kanye - Black Junior Doe
BOS - Flynn's Reputation - Black Junior Buck
Tan Specialty Show A:
Judged by Danny Long
BOB - Flynn's Gold Rush - Black Junior Buck
BOS - Flynn's Roar - Black Junior Doe
Tan Specialty Show B:
Judged by LeAnn McKinney
BOB - Flynn's Aura - Black Junio...
Congratulations to Jimmy Phillips of Oregon on being selected by the judges for this year's contest. While fellow breeders select the winner, I always read through the entries as well just for fun. I was thrilled by the number of entries received and the time taken to put together responses. There were many deserving kids. I would like to encourage everyone to check back again next summer for next year's contest.
The most rewarding thing about this contest is knowing that I have in some small way I have helped out someone else. I also love that every year at least one person tells me that they are going to start doing a similar contest in their breed. That is wonderful. Please do not hesitate to "copy" this idea.
Each year I hold a contest for a youth Tan breeder to win a pair of black Tans. The rabbits must be picked up at the ARBA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October of this year. You do not need to be in attendance at Convention, but you must have transportation for the animals from the show. The deadline for entering is August 31st.
The Ohio Mini Convention was the first show I have attended as an exhibitor since the ARBA Convention last fall. The National Tan Show was held on Saturday and the OSRBA All Breed Show was held on Sunday. There was a beautiful array of Tans shown both days. I left this show feeling refreshed and inspired by the other wonderful breeders and animals I encountered.
OSRBA All Breed Show (Sunday):
Judged by Joel Marshall
Best of Breed - Black Junior Buck
Best Opposite - Black Senior Doe
1st Place Black Senior Buck
National Tan Show (Saturday):
Judged by Eric Stewart
1st Place Black Senior Doe
2nd Place Black Senior Buck
2nd Place Black Junior Buck
Congrats to not just the winners this weekend, but to all of the exhibitors. Your contributions to the breed are important and significant. All of you are greatly appreciated for your help in furthering this breed we so love.
Last fall I was really junior heavy and weak on seniors. This spring I have had the opposite issue...
[Pictured: Flynn's Supersonic - Best of Breed at 2016 ARBA National Convention]
BEST OF BREED
Flynn's Supersonic (Black Junior Buck)
Black Junior Bucks
1st - Flynn's Supersonic
2nd - Flynn's Californication
3rd - Flynn's Helter Skelter
4th - Flynn's Moses
6th - Flynn's Revolver
7th - Flynn's Woodstock
Black Junior Does
2nd - Flynn's Amelia
3rd - Flynn's Lyla
5th - Flynn's Kaleidoscope
Flynn's Avalanche (Junior Buck)
Best Display of Breed
Florida White Results:
10th Place Senior Buck
6th Place Senior Doe
Show results aside, this was a really great Convention. I had a wonderful time with my friends and fellow breeders. In Tans, I did not take any "show seniors" this year, so there was a lot of pressure on my black juniors. I am more than thrilled with how well they did. This was my first ARBA Convention showing Florida Whites, so I was also very happy to crack the top ten in both senior classes.