Indiana State Representatives

Patti Byerly - rbtgranny@aol.com

Hello, my name is Patti Byerley and I have been raising rabbits since September 1992, and joined ARBA at that time. Over the past 22 years my family and I have raised over 20 different breeds and have shown at almost every convention since. On January 1 2016, I will be beginning my term as President of the American Harlequin Rabbit Club.  I am presently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Indiana RBA, Sec/Treas of the Hoosier Florida White RSC and Past President of the American Harlequin Rabbit Club. I am currently the 4H rabbit superintendent for Harrison County here in Indiana. I am a strong supporter of youth and judge several 4H Fair rabbit shows in Indiana and Kentucky. I have served on a few boards or committees of the various specialty, state and local clubs  I belong to. We currently have approximately 350 holes in our rabbitry and raise 7 different breeds but specialize in Harlequin and Californian. My husband and I also hybridize daylilies and utilize to rabbits to furnish true organic fertilizer for them.

If anyone has any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me at Rbtgranny@aol.com or Hutchnbunch@aol.com and I will forward the information to our District 8 rep, Terry Fender. Also let me know of your winnings at the shows so Terry can give recognition in his D8 article in the Domestic Rabbits. Let's support Terry by keeping him informed on issues and concerns by sending information to me to pass along.

Jim Hupp -jjhyorkie@aol.com

My name is Jim Hupp. I'm originally from Ohio in which I graduated from Ohio Sate University. Moved to Indiana and worked for Delco Electronics as a mechanical engineer for 35 years.

Currently have cavies and Yorkshire Terriers. I currently specialize in Black American cavies, and breed, show and I am an ARBA Judge for Cavies and also an AKC licensed judge.

Lee Nevills - bulletsink@msn.com

My great-grandfather raised meat rabbits in Germany in the late 1800s, and my grandfather carried on the tradition when he came to America.  Therefore, when I was ready for 4-H, rabbits were the logical choice for a project. I started out with New Zealand whites and over the last four decades have raised almost all of the ARBA recognized breeds (and a few unrecognized breeds, at that!).  I am a  firm believer in the use of rabbits for food, fur and fancy!  I enjoy every aspect of raising rabbits and am a Life ARBA member, havingjoined as a youth in 1978.
 
Currently, I am President of the North American Lionhead Rabbit Club (NALRC), Vice President of the Indiana Tan Rabbit Club (ITRC), a Director of the Czech Frosty Club of America (CFCA) and a Director of my local rabbit club, Calumet RBA.  In the past, I have been Secretary-Treasurer of both the National Silver Rabbit Club (NSRC) and the National Silver Fox Rabbit Club (NSFRC), and also a ten year 4-H member and former 4-H leader.  I am pleased to have volunteered my time at a few ARBA Conventions to help judge youth showmanship.  I am very pro youth, as our youth are the future of our hobby!
 
I hold an active variety Certificate of Development for the Chocolate Lionhead rabbit.  I have had two successful presentations, and am looking for a final pass in San Diego, CA in October, 2016.  Lionheads in chocolate, tortoise, REW and black comprise most of my herd, but I also raise black and blue Silver Fox for meat, and began raising the foreign Czech Frosty breed about a year ago.  I share my rabbitry space with my 10 year old son's white Beverens,  black Tans and American Sables.  I became an ARBA Registrar in 2015 with the ultimate goal of becoming an ARBA rabbit judge in the future.  
 
Rabbits have been a large part of my life all my life and I cannot imagine my  life without them in it. 

Youth Advisory Council - Emily Zimmer

My name is Emily Zimmer. I attend high school in Indiana where I participate in a Freshmen Mentoring Program and Debate Team.  Demonstrating effective communication, being trustworthy, exhibiting strong life skills and actively serving in youth organizations are a few strengths that I feel will help me fulfill the role of the District 8 Youth Advisory Council Representative. It is important to be engaged and active in rabbit organizations so I value my membership with ARBA, ISRBA, AMLRC, ACRBA, IMLC, AHARC, MLRCA, TRVRC and NCIRBA. I serve as a youth director for ISRBA and NCIRBA. I am an active, eight-year 4H member serving as the secretary for the county Rabbit Poultry Cavy Club, Vice President, Secretary and Director for my township Jr. Leader Club and secretary for the county Jr. Leader Program. I was chosen as the 2013 & 2014 Outstanding Jr. Leader and 2014 County Jr. Ambassador. I hold a 1st degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and am an inducted member of the National Junior Honor Society. 

My passion is raising American Chinchilla and Mini Lop rabbits. I have been working hard on my breeding programs for the past 1½ years and credit those who have mentored me. This past year, I increased my rabbitry from limited to average size. It was an honor to be named the District 8 Management Winner for the second year in a row at ARBA National Convention. This was my first year competing in the senior division and I earned Runner-Up for Achievement, Individual Breed ID, T-Shirt Design, and Management. Team Indiana Breed ID and Team Judging placed National Champion as well as my woodworking project. At ISRBA, I was Runner Up Queen for Royalty. Tenacity and diligence are reflective in my accomplishments. My rabbit projects are so special to me. I try to learn as much as I can from fellow youth and open exhibitors as well as judges. I am very grateful for their time and expertise they have shared. 

In addition to my rabbit projects, my hobbies and interests are diverse. I enjoy cake decorating, woodworking and photography. I use my talents to assist with fundraising efforts. I give back when I can. I often build and donate wood-burned nest boxes for show awards and silent auction items as well as bake cakes or cupcakes for show fundraising. I love mentoring to fellow youth. I provide rabbit workshops to teach younger 4H members about breed identification, knowledge, showmanship, health, care and maintenance. I also plan, organize and execute rabbit ambassador experiences at local shows.  Time management and teamwork are two important components! Here’s some advice I often share: Always be grateful for the support you have been given and pay it forward when you can. Use your time and talents to serve your community!  Always give your personal best, try to make new friends and have fun! Those are my simple goals. When I compete, I don’t have “winning” in mind. I try to exceed my personal best from the last competition. This has kept me focused on improvement and growth.  I want to enjoy the journey. Rabbits serve as an avenue to success throughout your life!

I look forward to representing the youth in District 8! Please contact me if you have a question or concern. Catch me at a show and introduce yourself! Thank you!

ARBA Registrars & Judges

ARBA Registrars

Name Location Email Phone Number
 
Tom Berger South Bend, IN
tlberger793@yahoo.com
(574) 243-1183 R
Chance Brewer Gasport, IN brewerrabbitry@yahoo.com
(812) 821-2801
R
Andrea Childress LaPorte, IN Andreachildress77@gmail.com (219) 851-1330 R
Randy Embry Indianapolis, IN randallembry@aol.com (317) 783-0958 R
Kelly Flynn Monrovia, IN blueribbonrabbitry@gmail.com
  R
Janet Furnas Terre Haute, IN furnasfamily@frontier.com (812) 201-1469 R
Bill Gendren
Francisco, IN
bjrabbitry@yahoo.com (812) 677-0766
R
Joseph "Mike" Ginder
Noblesville, IN
jjcavy1@aol.com
H:
(317) 219-5719
C:
(317) 453-1674
C
David Hauser
Luverne, IN
dhauserarba597@aol.com
(574) 735-6200
R
Randall K. Hickman
Petersburg, IN
randy681@hotmail.com
(812) 385-6508
R
Jim Hupp Kokomo, IN
jjhyorkie@aol.com H:
(765) 453-9264
C:
(765) 776-2046
C
Danielle Lowe
Dunkirk, IN
sposed2bnsdakota@hotmail.com (260) 273-7622 R
Justin Lowe
Dunkirk, IN
jlowe@alumni.nd.edu (260) 726-5569 R
Megan Matthys
Plainfield, IN
mmatthys@ymail.com
(317) 869-9902
R
Ronn Mauck Anderson, IN
maucktwo@att.net (765) 683-9444 R
LeAnn McKinney
Monticello, IN
leann_mckinney@hotmail.com
(219) 309-4151
R
Todd Naragon Huntington, IN
naragonhl@aol.com (260) 750-1422 R
Lee Nevills LaCross, IN bulletsink@msn.com   R
Bruce Ormsby
Milan, IN
rabbitjudge@gmail.com
(812) 623-6482
R
Don Petersen Lebanon, IN don568@bellsouth.net (317) 500-6080 RC
Bob Price
Hanover, IN
wildwestwabbits@hotmail.com
(812) 866-5181
R
George Raisor Mooresville, IN  JudgebyGeorge@aol.com (317) 407-2799 R
Ron Riddle
Rochester, IN
riddle_martens@yahoo.com
(574) 223-4849
R
Donyelle Schultz
Muncie, IN
glpals4me@hotmail.com
(765) 729-2788
R
Carolynn Shaffer
Columbia City, IN
kcshaffer@isp.com
(260) 244-5520
R
Caleb Thomas
Cloverdale, IN
toaster@ccrtc.com
  R
Judy Todd
Lebanon, IN
hjtodd0060@att.net (765) 482-3921
R
Randy Waggoner
Indianapolis, IN
  (317) 897-1964
R
Carla Wilson
Portland, IN
calawilson@embarqmail.com
(260) 726-8751
R
Charisse Wolf
Ligonier, IN
reese07@ligtel.com
(260) 635-2147
R
Diana Young
Unionville, IN
secam.chin@yahoo.com
(812) 339- 0040
R
Herman Young
Unionville, IN
hoyoung@indiana.edu
(812) 339- 0040
R
Mike Young
Logansport, IN
pjdc@lneti.com
  R


ARBA Judges

Name Location Email Phone Number
 
Tom Berger South Bend, IN
tlberger793@yahoo.com
(574) 243-1183 R
Kelly Flynn Monrovia, IN blueribbonrabbitry@gmail.com
  R
Bill Gendren
Francisco, IN
bjrabbitry@yahoo.com (812) 677-0766
R
Joseph "Mike" Ginder
Noblesville, IN
jjcavy1@aol.com
H:
(317) 219-5719
C:
(317) 453-1674
C
David Hauser
Luverne, IN
dhauserarba597@aol.com
(574) 735-6200
R
Randall K. Hickman
Petersburg, IN
randy681@hotmail.com
(812) 385-6508
R
Jim Hupp Kokomo, IN
jjhyorkie@aol.com H:
(765) 453-9264
C:
(765) 776-2046
C
Danielle Lowe
Dunkirk, IN
sposed2bnsdakota@hotmail.com (260) 273-7622 R
Justin Lowe
Dunkirk, IN
jlowe@alumni.nd.edu (260) 726-5569 R
Ronn Mauck Anderson, IN
maucktwo@att.net (765) 683-9444 R
LeAnn McKinney
Monticello, IN
leann_mckinney@hotmail.com
(219) 309-4151
R
Todd Naragon Huntington, IN
naragonhl@aol.com (260) 750-1422 R
Bruce Ormsby
Milan, IN
rabbitjudge@gmail.com
(812) 623-6482
R
Don Petersen

Lebanon, IN

don568@bellsouth.net (317) 500-6080 RC
Bob Price
Hanover, IN
wildwestwabbits@hotmail.com
(812) 866-5181
R
George Raisor Mooresville, IN  JudgebyGeorge@aol.com (317) 407-2799 R
Ron Riddle
Rochester, IN
riddle_martens@yahoo.com
(574) 223-4849
R
Donyelle Schultz
Muncie, IN
glpals4me@hotmail.com
(765) 729-2788
R
Caleb Thomas
Cloverdale, IN
toaster@ccrtc.com
  R
Randy Waggoner
Indianapolis, IN
  (317) 897-1964
R
Carla Wilson
Portland, IN
calawilson@embarqmail.com
(260) 726-8751
R
Charisse Wolf
Ligonier, IN
reese07@ligtel.com
(260) 635-2147
R
Mike Young
Logansport, IN
pjdc@lneti.com
  R

 

2016 ARBA Show Schedule

Updated 8/31/2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS CINNAMON RABBIT BREEDERS ASSN
(Cinnamon only)
MELISSA DOTSON Show Info
9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS HOOSIER FLORIDA WHITE RSC
(Florida White only)
PATTI BYERLEY  
9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA DIAMOND DUTCH RABBIT CLUB (Dutch only) VALYNNDA SLACK  
9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA MINI LOP CLUB (Mini Lop only) JUDY TODD  
9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA STATE MINI REX CLUB
(Mini Rex only)
CARL BROADY  
9/10/2016
9/11/2016
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA STATE RBA (DBL) CARL BROADY Show Info
9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA TAN RABBIT CLUB (Tan only) KELLY FLYNN  
9/10/2016
9/11/2016
INDIANAPOLIS STATE OF INDIANA NEW ZEALAND RB
(New Zealand only)
RANDALL EMBRY  
9/10/2016 INDIANAPOLIS SYCAMORE SATIN ASSN OF INDIANA (Satin & Mini Satin only) GINA CAVENDER  
9/11/2016 INDIANAPOLIS CINNAMON RABBIT BREEDERS ASSN
(Cinnamon only)
MELISSA DOTSON Show Info
9/11/2016 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA DIAMOND DUTCH RABBIT CLUB (Dutch only) VALYNNDA SLACK  
9/11/2016 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA STATE MINI REX CLUB
(Mini Rex only)
CARL BROADY  
9/17/2016 SOUTH BEND HEARTLAND POLISH RABBIT CLUB
(Polish only)
BOBBY GEORGE  
9/17/2016 SOUTH BEND INDIANA DIAMOND DUTCH RABBIT CLUB (Dutch only) VALYNNDA SLACK  
9/17/2016 SOUTH BEND INDIANA STATE DWARF BRC
(Netherland Dwarf only)
JIM REYNOLDS  
9/17/2016 CHRISNEY ROLLING HILLS RBA (DBL) FLORA M WERNE Show Info
9/17/2016 SOUTH BEND THE RIVER VALLEY RABBIT CLUB PAT GLENN  
9/18/2016 FRANKLIN INDIANA MINI LOP CLUB
(Mini Lop only)
JUDY TODD  
9/18/2016 FRANKLIN INDIANA MINI LOP CLUB
(Mini Lop only)
JUDY TODD  
9/18/2016 FRANKLIN STONEBELT RBA (OPEN)
(English Spot only)
HEATHER DUNAWAY  
9/18/2016 FRANKLIN STONEBELT RBA
(American Chinchilla only)
BENNIE WADE  
9/18/2016 FRANKLIN STONEBELT RBA RAMONA RICHARDSON Show Info
9/24/2016 WABASH MISS-SALA-BASH RBA (DBL) BILL HUNTER Show Info

OCTOBER 2016

10/22/2016 PETERSBURG FEATHER & FUR RBA (DBL) CHRISTINE HYNEMAN  

NOVEMBER 2016

11/12/2016 HUNTINGTON HOOSIER RABBIT & CAVY SHOWS, INC BILL HUNTER  
11/13/2016 NOBLESVILLE INDIANAPOLIS RABBIT FANCIERS RANDY L WAGGONER  
11/13/2016 NOBLESVILLE INDIANAPOLIS RABBIT FANCIERS (OPEN) (Mini Rex only) RANDY L WAGGONER  
11/13/2016 NOBLESVILLE INDIANAPOLIS RABBIT FANCIERS (OPEN) (Satin & Mini Satin only) RANDY L WAGGONER  
11/13/2016 NOBLESVILLE INDIANAPOLIS RABBIT FANCIERS (OPEN) (Mini Lop only) RANDY L WAGGONER  
11/13/2016 NOBLESVILLE INDIANAPOLIS RABBIT FANCIERS (OPEN) (New Zealand only) RANDY L WAGGONER  
11/19/2016 GREENCASTLE PUTNAM COUNTY RBA (DBL) ANGELA HARPER Show Info
11/26/2016 HAUBSTADT PIKE-GIBSON RBA (DBL) FLORA M WERNE  

DECEMBER 2016

12/10/2016 NAPPANEE NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA RBA
RYAN MCBRIDE Show Info
12/31/2016 LAFAYETTE CAL MAFIA REGIONAL CALIFORNIAN RABB (Californian only) HOLLY NISLEY
Show Info
12/31/2016 LAFAYETTE HEARTLAND POLISH RABBIT CLUB
(Polish only)
BOBBY GEORGE