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Congratulations Rabbit and Cavy Breeder’s Club

In October of this year the Rabbit and Cavy Breeder’s Club sent a group of 4-Hers to the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association National Convention in Harrisburg, PA. This competition is a national contest that has individual participants from all over the country and 20 to 25 states represented in the team competitions. Maryland had 23 kids representing Montgomery, Carroll, Howard, Baltimore, Charles and Talbot Counties. We had full representation in all three age groups. Each age group had about 50-60 participants from across the country.

The contests included Breed Identification where participants identified the breed, showroom classification, whether the breed is a 4 or 6 class rabbit and the registrar's variety of 25 rabbits that were displayed in cages. Next is the Rabbit Judging Contest. Each participant evaluates several classes of 4 rabbits which are placed by the contestant in the order of merit and compared to the placing of a registered rabbit judge. The younger group participated in Rabbit Showmanship where the child showed his or her rabbit to a judge in a very specific order that demonstrated the merits and faults of their rabbit as dictated by a published breed standard.

The Royalty contest included an extensive application packet, a written test on rabbit knowledge, Breed Identification, Rabbit Judging and an interview. This contest is very competitive and has participants from all over the country. There is also a Quiz Bowl for the 11 and under participants. State teams of 4 contestants answer questions in a Jeopardy Format in front of an audience. Participants are also encouraged to display their educational products that can include drawings, photographs, displays and games that they have produced. Several of the Maryland contestants won first places and grand prizes for their exhibits.

Where this event was not a 4-H sanctioned event the skills that our 4-Hers learned at their club meetings and from local events helped them do extremely well. The following Carroll County 4-Hers received the following awards

Amy Donna Bittler, – 2nd runner up, Individual Judging, Senior Division

Bryce Cotterino and Hannah Baker (as part of the Maryland Intermediate Breed ID team): 3rd place

Bryce Cotterino : 1st place for Intermediate Individual Judging

Bryce Cotterino: 1st place for Intermediate Breed ID Contest

Please join me in celebrating the successes of these 4-Hers. This is yet another example of how the training and expertise learned in our community extends out into the non-4-H world.

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