Sunday, March 18, 2012

Capital City Rabbit Show

We weren't going to go. Really. We were not!!
But we did.
I kept feeling conflicted as there was another show 2 hours away and it is a 3 hour 45 min drive to Emporia. We would have nothing good to take with us, as all of our does are bred and due this coming week. BUT!  We were pretty sure ALL of Tristen's Dutch does had missed, and his Dutch mentor, Briony, was willing to load up her herd bucks up to breed them at this show.  After breeding Oreo 6+ times to several does, we've come to the conclusion that the guy is sterile. 

But it was a wonderful 2 days!  After prom dress shopping with my sister, Danny met us outside Wichita and picked me up, so I wouldn't have to drive BACK from Wichita, and then all the way to Emporia.

I was happy we got there early, so we could play a little and not rush around.

Bright and early the next morning, we headed to the show. I was happy to FINALLY get to wear my new bunny show shirt I had Cindy make.

I should probably start by telling you that Jacob hauled 4 Havanas, 1 Mini Rex, and 2 Californians to this show.  The Californians are 2 Sr bucks. Truman is 3, and is Jacob's very first homegrown winner. He won 1st Reserve In Show in the very first show Jacob ever went to! Anyway, he also brought along Brat, Truman's son, who is 2. Brat hasn't left our barn in over a year, and Truman for over 2. He pretty much just brought them to have more rabbits to show. When we arrived, Jacob realized that Tara had come to show her Cals. Tara is from OK, is a really sweet girl, and has the most AMAZING CALIFORNIANS I have never seen. Jacob has quite literally drooled over them for over 2 years now, and anytime she's there, she easily sweeps the BOB and BOS. She had brought 12 with her, Jacob had the 2 old guys, and there was another exhibitor there who had 4. I think Jacob pretty much thought he was walking the walk of shame as he hauled his carriers up to the table. BUT--  would you believe who won?? could have pretty much knocked us all over with a feather. Jacob's Brat won Best of Breed under Tex Thomas.  I wish I could have taken pictures of Jacob's face when Tex kept sending bunnies back and Brat was still in the coop. Jacob claimed it was almost as exciting as the Best In Show judging!

Brat has hopefully sired a litter of babies expected later this next weekend!

In the Havana Specialty, Jacob was thrilled to win BOB with Jagger, his broken chocolate, with his buddy Tyler winning Best Opposite with a broken doe. It was St Patrick's Day and everyone was really festive, as you can see!

Jagger also went on to win Best Opposite in the regular show, (I'm bummed I didn't get a picture, but Tristen had rabbits on the table and we were in a hurry to get over and see how he was doing)   with a little blue doe from OK winning Best of Breed. That doe later went on to win Best In Show!

And THIS guy...!!!

 This guy won Best Opposite in the Ks Dutch Specialty with Oreo. He took 5 Dutch to show. Tristen met and shook hands with the vice president of the American Dutch Rabbit Club. He's from Gardner and a super nice guy. Dutch people are the BEST people out there!   Briony got all 3 of his does bred, so hopefully we will have Dutch babies in the nest box in a month. GO Dutch!

T also talked his parents into buying him a super cute 4 month chocolate Dutch buck, who has yet to be named, but took to our family very well...

It is, apparently, absolutely exhausting being so cute while trying to impress your new family!

I am constantly amazed where these little bunnies have taken us,  the time spent together, just the 4 of us, and the friendships we have formed along the way.  Sometimes in life, only our rabbit friends will do. And we were sure happy to see them!!

And on the way home, I was drug, perhaps against my will, to THIS PLACE!!  Its not that I HATE Cabela's. I mean I don't LOVE it either, but I have 3 men in my house. I've learned to be tolerant!  But I hate crowds. And this was the week of grand opening of this store. *shudder*  Pure insanity!  These people are just nutty over dead animals, camo, and guns!  I found a little tiny candle section and tried to sniff my way to my happy place and  pretend I wasn't just bumped into by a 6 1/2  foot man dressed in a deer costume, wearing a blaze orange cap.  It didn't work. As we were leaving the parking lot, which had police officers directing traffic I might add, I found there is a super-Target just down the block.

So,next time they have the urge to go there, I'm just running to Target!! As fast as I can...


Sara said...

Hard to believe it is Yabbit season already! Sounds like you had a good weekend. I would totally hit the SuperTarget too!

Melanie said...

HAHA! GReat job!! I heard that the Cabela's lot was OUTRAGEOUSLY full. .and that super target down the street is the place for YOU to be the next time THEY think they need to cruise through Cabelas!! You should also walk next door to the World Market store just to peek around. .neat things in there too!!