Our beautiful and friendly rabbits have come by way of 4H kids, in their pedigrees we have 3 well established lines- Gem's Rabbitry from here in Oregon, Cactus's out of Arizona, and Beach Buddies from Ron Smelt's line from California. This was our first year showing ARBA and we have really enjoyed it. We feel blessed to have done so well, to have had the opportunity to start off with such a bang. We have our first love Sam who started this all, then we have Maria who we had brought home from WCC. Maria had won a GCLeg at Himalayan Specialty for BOSV so she came to us with a sweet surprise. We took both of them to our first show in Canby, while there Sam won BSrV show A, and show B won BOB (1GCleg). Maria got some good comments but was lacking condition as she was refusing pellets her first week or two here. Along with our first BOB ribbon we brought home a junior black doe- Alice. The next outing was "Rabbits on the Willamette" All three of our himalayans went with us, and I scheduled a look-see at a couple available lilac does. Sam took BOB and we got some great comments on the girls show A, and show B we were happily surprised Sam won Reserve Best In Show (another 2 GClegs)! Along with that gorgeous ribbon, we brought home Daisy a lilac doe out of Ron Smelt lines with excellent side lines. We took a break during fair season, and our next show wasn't until Buns & Broomsticks. Daisy had recently weaned her kits so we decided to leave her at home. So again it was us and 3 black himalayans. Maria's coat was awesome and she took BOB both shows. Sam was looking good too and was BOSV for both as well. We were one rabbit short to earn legs that was a little sad. But we had a great day visiting, and learned a lot. As a family we decided we could not attend the Albany show, but at the last minute I did have to go so I took Maria who looked amazing in my newbie eyes. Though they wouldn't let us in for show A ( that day is a whole crazy story on it's own) She did get entered in show B and went on to win Reserve Best in Show! Pretty amazing for me spontaneously showing up with one rabbit. Maria finally had won her second leg. Though I have to say when you win RIS out of 834 rabbits I think you should get two legs. ;) For my birthday we attended the Eugene triple Western Frontier show. We took all six of our himalayans! Our three blacks, our lilac brood doe, and her two blue baby boys. The boys had just reached 12 wks which was the youngest we would take to a show. But with no other show being in the works any time soon we went for it. They were well over the minimum weight and they were very different in body type, being newer we were not sure which was the better of the two. And if we should really keep both until the next show season or find a great pet home now while they were young. Show A Maria won BOB (GCleg), Hawkeye one of our junior blues took BOSB (1GCleg) it was incredible! For the first time Sam wasn't in the top he was given fourth. We do understand why, we totally understand the judge's decision. Show B Sam won BOSB (GCleg) and Maria was BOSV (GCleg) - woohoo! Show C I was exhausted I almost forgot to put Maria on the table and though they let me put her up, it was obvious the judge had made her decision. I totally respect her, it was totally my fault and who knows if she wouldn't have loved that doe better anyhow. We went home very happy, at the end of a crazy busy tiring day. Now in 2015 we plan to show Alice and the two junior blue bucks for the winter/spring season. Daisy and Maria are scheduled to be bred next month for babies to be prime for fall show season. ~~~ From here I will direct you to the blog or look at the other Himalayan tabs and you can contact us if you need too.