We love West Coast Classic.
There. I’ve said it. And I won’t take it back.
This show has become a highlight of our year, it’s well-run, well-attended (14,000+ rabbits this year!) and within driving distance for us. What’s not to love?!
Because we raise rare breeds it’s sometimes difficult to find other breeders to show our rabbits against. In order for us to know that we’re on the right track with our breeding program, it’s very important we make the effort to get out of our immediate area at least once a year. For us, that opportunity is West Coast Classic.
It’s a 10+ hour driving commitment, and since we have our school co-op day on Fridays that has meant we arrive in Reno in the wee, wee hours of Saturday morning. This year we brought our oldest girls and they also competed in the youth contests.
The West Coast Silver Fox Club sponsored a specialty this year – and look at those prizes! So thankful to Lynn Fischbeck for her handiwork as well as the dedication of Morgan Elliot in promoting the club and donating some really amazing aprons sporting the club logo!
Our Blanc de Hotot received a great compliment from past ARBA President Mike Avesig, he said our doe, Torree, was an excellent representation of the breed. Woo hoo! We’re moving in the right direction!
The best part about our WCC experience is always the conversation. We were so welcomed by the different breeders, were able to put faces and names together, and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. It always warms our heart when a judge takes the time to educate us and our children on the breed as they are going along – how better to learn?!
We already have next year’s show on the calendar, May 6, 2017. We will be helping host the Blanc de Hotot National Show as well!
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Hi MADHATTERS!! I was wondering how i would ho about finding shows and signing rabbits up to show. I got a couple cinnamons and want to show them but cant seem to find info on how to locate shows and sign up my rabbits for them. THNX IN ADVANCED!! 🙂
The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) website is a good place to start. Find a show you are interested in and then open the “catalog” for that show for more information on entering. https://www.arba.net/showsSearch.php I’ve found this site doesn’t always have all the shows for my area so I go to the ARBA district site (I’m in the NW so District 1) https://www.arba.net/district/1/shows.htm Hope this helps. Keep in mind all judges are different so don’t let bad results spoil your experience when you first get started. Listen to the judges on what needs to be improved and go from there on your breeding program.