Michigan State Representatives

Cath Alberts - poshpawscavys@gmail.com

I started raising and showing animals as a youth in 4H and Girl Scouts. As an adult, I’ve shown dogs, cats and horses. I had a pet Guinea Pig throughout college that travelled every where I did.

I discovered Cavies when I was at a Lapeer Rabbit Raisers’ show in 2006 with my granddaughter, Kate, who was showing English Spot rabbits. I asked if cavies and guinea pigs were related and from there it snowballed! I began with White Crested and Americans thanks to Becky Dubbink. I joined ARBA in 2007 and the ACBA. My caviary is Posh Paws Caviary and I do have a web site. I belong to MSRBA, Lapeer Rabbit Raisers, and the Michigan Cavy Breeders Association. I am a Director for the Lapeer Area Rabbit Raisers club and in my second term as president of the Michigan Cavy Breeders Association.

The English Spots are still here and now I raise and show them as Kate attends U of M in Ann Arbor. They’re a lovely and friendly breed that I thoroughly enjoy. My cavies are my main interest. I enjoy the fancy and am always happy to help others get started breeding or showing their own cavies.

Niles Boulier - furrytreasuresrabbitry@gmail.com

My name is Niles Boulier, I live in Michigan about an hr north of Detroit. My family has been raising rabbits since 2008. Our rabbitry is Furry Treasures Rabbitry. We currently raise Jersey Woolies and Mini Rex, and have also raised Holland Lops and New Zealands in the past. We have gotten into this hobby to spend time together with our family and to meet new people.  The friendships we have made and the places we have traveled have been some of the best times!  My wife and I are also 4-H leaders and have our own club, Furry Friends & Fun!  It’s an absolute joy to work with the kids and see the progression and hard work that they put into their projects every year.  If you see me at the shows stop and say Hi or email me and I will pass along any information.

Jane Burt - mittenfeet@gmail.com

My name is Jane Burt and I currently serve as Editor of Michigan Rabbit News and webmaster for the club website: www.msrba.net

In the 29 years that I have been involved in this wonderful hobby I have raised several different breeds including, Florida White, Giant Chinchilla, Silver, Dutch, Netherland Dwarf, Havana and my current breed Palomino. I have had a couple Best in Shows over the years - one with a Dutch and once with a Palomino.  I have also won BOS Havana at an ARBA Convention.

I am a life member of the Michigan State RBA, Cal-Bra-Hill Rabbit Club and South Central MI RBA. I am a founding member of the Michigan Florida White RBA and still serve as their secretary/treasurer. In 1992 I was honored by The Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Youth Association with their Youth to Adult Award. In 1998 I received the MSRBA Master Breeder Award.

My commitment to this hobby does not stop at the local or state level. I have had the honor of serving on numerous ARBA committees including: Constitution, Resolutions, Membership Services and History. I am currently a member of the DR Committee and have accepted the chairpersons position of the Advertising & Publicity Committee and their partner group the Membership Services Committee. In 2007, I was the General Chairperson for the 84th ARBA Convention held in Grand Rapids, MI. At that Convention I was honored with the President’s Award from Dr. Chris Hayhow.  In 2010, I received the ARBA Distinguished Service Award.

When not working with 4-H (was a leader for 25 years and currently a member of the State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy show committee), a rabbit club, or judging a show, I spend my days as a sales representative for a franchise of a very large maintenance products distributor. In the evening I enjoy my second job, managing several websites for my company Mitten Feet Graphics.

Youth Advisory Council - Grace Corbin

Hi, my name is Grace Corbin! I have been raising Holland Lop rabbits for about 5 years. I am currently active in the Lapeer Area Rabbit Raisers, the Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club, Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Youth Association, ARBA, and Lucky Hoppers for our county 4H. I have been on the executive board for the MSRBYA for the past year and I was re-elected as the recording secretary for 2016. I have also been on the Michigan state team for breed ID and breed judging for ARBA nationals.  I look forward to being on the District 8 Youth Advisory Council to represent Michigan this year!

ARBA Registrars & Judges

ARBA Registrars

Name Location Email Phone Number
 
Charity Allman Grand Rapids, MI charity_712@yahoo.com (989) 430-2442 R
Drew Bliss Marne, MI drb88@yahoo.com (616) 560-1638 R
Karah Boersma Allendale,MI seagull553@hotmail.com (616) 566-7961 R
Sherry Callen Galesburg, MI callenart@hotmail.com (259) 303-6785 R
Doug Covert Hudson, MI gotmilk@exede.net (517) 547-4463 R
Molly Covert Hudson, MI gotmilk@exede.net (517) 547-4463 R
Sandy Doyle Big Rapids, MI sandyd@brproducts.com (231) 592-9784 R
Brenda Dumas Pewamo, MI dumabroo@gmail.com (517) 488-8950 R
Karl Ehnis Jr. Whitmore Lake, MI kjrc@att.net (734) 449-4577 R
Don Havlicek Edmore, MI n8de@thepoint.net (989) 427-5577 R
Jenni Himebaugh Mt. Pleasant, MI tovero9800@yahoo.com
(preferred contact method)
(989) 944-2954 R
Penny Jezuit Holt, MI jezuitrabbitry@yahoo.com (517) 202-1618 R
Pam Jones Livonia, MI pjrabbitjudge@yahoo.com H: (248) 473-4008
C: (248) 417-9649
(No texting)
R
Alicia Maxwell Belleville, MI maxwrabbit@yahoo.com (734) 699-9866 R
Mark Osgerby Lansing, MI osgerbym@gmail.com   C
Steve Parker Charlotte, MI parkerfarm@sbcglobal.net (517) 425-2438 R
Chuck Pelham Pittsford, MI cpelham@live.com (517) 425-2438 R
Marcus Rhoden Chesaning, MI mrhoden9@aol.com   R
Julia Rittenour Hale, MI jrpalace@hotmail.com (616) 808-9722 R
Bryan Shirk
Coldwater, MI shirk_123@hotmail.com (517) 677-9928 R
John Soper Caledonia, MI soperjudge@charter.net   RC
Miranda Tolsma St. Joseph, MI suetolsma@qtm.net (269) 556-0926 R
Jeremy Watmuff Warren, MI jwcurve@hotmail.com (810) 706-4666 R
Phil Woollet Niles, MI pawoollet@aol.com (269) 683-4260 R


ARBA Judges

Name Location Email Phone Number
 
Drew Bliss Marne, MI drb88@yahoo.com (616) 560-1638 R
Doug Covert Hudson, MI gotmilk@exede.net (517) 547-4463 R
Molly Covert Hudson, MI gotmilk@exede.net (517) 547-4463 R
Sandy Doyle Big Rapids, MI sandyd@brproducts.com (231) 592-9784 R
Brenda Dumas Pewamo, MI dumabroo@gmail.com (517) 488-8950 R
Karl Ehnis Jr. Whitmore Lake, MI kjrc@att.net (734) 449-4577 R
Don Havlicek Edmore, MI n8de@thepoint.net (989) 427-5577 R
Jenni Himebaugh Mt. Pleasant, MI tovero9800@yahoo.com
(preferred contact method)
(989) 944-2954 R
Penny Jezuit Holt, MI jezuitrabbitry@yahoo.com (517) 202-1618 R
Pam Jones Livonia, MI pjrabbitjudge@yahoo.com H: (248) 473-4008
C: (248) 417-9649
(No texting)
R
Alicia Maxwell Belleville, MI maxwrabbit@yahoo.com (734) 699-9866 R
Steve Parker Charlotte, MI parkerfarm@sbcglobal.net (517) 425-2438 R
Chuck Pelham Pittsford, MI cpelham@live.com (517) 425-2438 R
Bryan Shirk Coldwater, MI shirk_123@hotmail.com (517) 677-9928 R
John Soper Caledonia, MI soperjudge@charter.net   RC
Jeremy Watmuff Warren, MI jwcurve@hotmail.com (810) 706-4666 R
Phil Woollet Niles, MI pawoollet@aol.com (269) 683-4260 R


2016 ARBA Show Schedule

Updated 8/31/2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

8/31/2016
9/5/2016

MILAN SALINE COMMUNITY FAIR KIM GRAHAM  
9/4/2016 NOVI MICHIGAN STATE FAIR (YOUTH) WILLIS PLANK  
9/10/2016 IONIA MID-MICHIGAN RBA (DBL) DIANE TROMS  
9/11/2016 IONIA MID-MICHIGAN RBA (DBL) DIANE TROMS  
9/17/2016 MARSHALL CENTRAL MICHIGAN RBA (OPEN) (DBL) CARLENE BELL  
9/17/2016 MARSHALL CENTRAL MICHIGAN RBA (YOUTH) (DBL) JANET BOWERS  
9/17/2016 MARSHALL THE MICHIGAN NEW ZEALAND SPECIALTY
(New Zealand only)
LALONNIE KOPFMAN  

OCTOBER 2016

10/15/2016 MIDLAND NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN RBA (DBL) MARGARET POTTER  

NOVEMBER 2016

11/5/2016 MASON GREAT LAKES RABBIT & CAVY SHOWS (DBL) MARGARET POTTER  
11/26/2016
11/27/2016
LANSING MICHIGAN STATE RBA (DBL) ANDREA PEREZ