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Current News... Lionhead - 48th ARAB recognized breed

1/21/2014

Lionhead - 48th Breed Recognized February 1, 2014

After a lengthy process, the Lionhead passed it's 3rd and final presentation at the 2013 ARBA Convention in Harrisburg, PA. The ARBA office has prepared a FAQ sheet regarding exhibition, official standard, specialty club formation, and Grand Champion awards.

2/1/2014 ARBA Standards Insert | Lionhead FAQ

9/11/2013

USDA Restores Important Check and Balance on Retail Pet Sales to Ensure Health, Humane Treatment

On Sept 10, 2013, the USDA proactively called ARBA to discuss the new Internet Pet Sales law. This law is expected to be signed by President Obama next week, and officially released the week after.

We find that the bulk of our breeders will not be required to be licensed, and as before, selling breeder-to-breeder is not included in the licensing threshold. For pet sales, as long as you, or your representative, meets the buyer, then the sale is exempt. If you are sent the money for a pet rabbit or cavy, and the pet animal and you never meet the buyer, then that sale counts toward your $500 limit. More details on this announcement can be found on the ARBA Legislative Alerts page of this website.

We are proud to so quickly see the results of the new ARBA partnership. The USDA visit to the Wichita, KS ARBA Convention, coupled with several meetings in Washington, DC, resulted in some of the rabbit exemptions listed in Paragraph 7 of the below press release. We applaud the hard work of our Board and Executive Director in establishing a working relationship with USDA, and educating our government on who our breeders are, and our association’s commitment to responsible breeding. 

Access News Release of 09-10-2013 USDA Decision

6/19/2013

To ARBA Members...

The ARBA is aware of a case involving the confiscation of rabbits in a residential area on the Southside of Indianapolis. We have been following the case closely by establishing direct contact with the breeder and the City of Indianapolis in order to ensure we had as much factual information as possible. Further details of the case will not be revealed until after the entire trial is finished, and only if it is opened for public review.

The ARBA was established to further the following mission: The ARBA promotes the responsible care and use of rabbits and cavies. We created the ARBA Minimum Care Guidelines to help rabbit and cavy enthusiasts identify the appropriate minimum level of care for their animals as well as to help enforcement officials identify appropriate care standards.

Zoning and ordinance concerns grow each year and the ARBA encourages our members to keep informed as local ordinances may change over time. If you have any questions about current and new zoning and animal control laws, please contact our Legislative Chair, Karen Horn: kjhorn@gmail.com

3/4/2013

ARBA REVISED SHOW RULES
The ARBA Board has reviewed and revised the ARBA Show Rules. Please refer to this version when planning your shows...

ARBA Show Rules - Revised 3/4/2013

2/15/2013

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO REGISTRARS
The ARBA Board has reviewed and reinforced the ARBA Instructions to Registrars requiring that all ear numbers must contain 0-9 and/or A-Z. All ear tattoos may only contain these alpha-numeric characters and no other characters.

1/24/2013

NOTE THE UPDATED INSERT PAGES FOR THE CURRENT SOP
Official changes to the current ARBA Standard of Perfection are available to print and insert for reference. These have been updated since the January 2, 2013 insert. Pages reflect the final revision to the text. Click the link below to access.

Current SOP Inserts - January 17, 2013

The ARBA office will also be updating the printed insert pages we provide inhouse with each new SOP sold and those members requesting a mailed copy of the new insert pages.

Judges Conferences...
Click this link to view the latest
ARBA Judges' Conference Guidelines

DISTRICT 1
4/25/2014

Where: Minidoka Fairgrounds, Antiques Building
            Rupert, ID

Time: 6:00 PM

Sponsored By: Idaho State RBA

Contact: Lawrence Weeks
              208-852-2016
              E-Mail

DISTRICT 1
5/2/2014

Where: Local Hotel (TBA)
            Monroe, WA

Time: 6:30 PM

Sponsored By: Washington Cavy Fanciers

Contact: Sheryl Newland
              425-753-4291
              E-Mail

DISTRICT 8
5/2/2014

Where: Ohio State Fairgrounds
            Columbus, OH

Time: 7:00 PM

Sponsored By: Ohio State RBA

Contact: Terry Fender
              937-364-2133
              E-Mail

American Rabbit Breeders Association Judges Conferences

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Access ARBA Youth Contest Results…

2013 ARBA NATIONAL CONVENTION RESULTS
(The following results are unofficial and may be subject to change.)

OPEN BEST IN SHOW RABBIT Doug Harrah Florida White
BEST GROUP 1 Doug Harrah Florida White
BEST GROUP 2 Julie Spier Havana
BEST GROUP 3 Betty Chu English Angora
BEST GROUP 4 Amber Henderson Jersey Wooly
BEST IN SHOW CAVY Mark Osgerby Teddy
RESERVE IN SHOW CAVY Carla Jobe-Partington Texel
BEST OVERALL COMMERCIAL FUR Dean & Adam Benker New Zealand
COMMERCIAL FUR (COLORED) Dean & Adam Benker New Zealand
COMMERCIAL FUR (WHITE) Dean & Adam Benker New Zealand
YOUTH BEST IN SHOW RABBIT Macallister Bengtson Dutch
BEST GROUP 1 Andrew Hicks Florida White
BEST GROUP 2 Nellie Brown Britannia Petite
BEST GROUP 3 Macallister Bengtson Dutch
BEST GROUP 4 Anne Mills Champagne d'Argent
BEST IN SHOW CAVY Megan Rudder Silkie
RESERVE IN SHOW CAVY Kelly Rudder Teddy
YOUTH COMMERCIAL FUR White: Ben & Kaitlin Voorhees Colored: Jacalynn Gumz

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RABBIT RESULTS

BREED

WIN

OPEN

YOUTH

American Chinchilla

BOB

Anita Trautwein

Emily Zimmer

BOS

Carolyn & Krystal Krienki

Emily Zimmer

American

BOB

Kellie & Robert Bohn

Elizabeth McKissick

BOS

Kellie & Robert Bohn

Clerence & Nicole Bohn

American Fuzzy Lop

BOB

Nate & Stuart Burbidge

Autumn Voye

BOS

Nate & Stuart Burbidge

Autumn Voye

American Sable

BOB

Roy & Barb Semb

Annette Trieb

BOS

Jennifer Carr

Annette Trieb

Belgian Hare

BOB

Don Petersen

Caleb Taulbee

BOS

Don Petersen

Grace Toy

Beveren

BOB

Kim Calloway

Annette Trieb

 

BOS

Noel Johanson

Tye Nevills

Britannia Petite

BOB

Rene & Lataya Goedderz

Nellie Brown

BOS

Travis Finkle

Michael Hughes

Californian

BOB

Bob Donnell

Riley Reichard

 

BOS

Jerry Thayer

Ryan Kerdeman

Champagne D'Argent

BOB

Tom Bemis

Anne Mills

 

BOS

Chris & Willis Plank

J & A Horne

Checkered Giant

BOB

Danny Long

C Schwendiman/K Krueger

 

BOS

Danny Long

Peter Velcheck Jr

Cinnamon

BOB

Richard & Amanda Smart

Jacalyn Gumz

 

BOS

Maggie Howard-Weigel

Tiana Wiles

Creme D'Argent

BOB

Mark Cox

Bethany Hobson

 

BOS

Mark Cox

Aalyah Nesbit

Dutch

BOB

Billy Bounds

Macallister Bengtson

 

BOS

Billy Bounds

Alexis Grecoe

Dwarf Hotot

BOB

Veronica Hertado

Makenzie Kline

 

BOS

Thomas Rowland

Kirsten Morris

English Angora

BOB

Betty Chu

Brock Meanor

 

BOS

Betty Chu

Madison Shaw

English Lop

BOB

Tim & Nickie Jaehn

Melody Miller

 

BOS

Bill & Beverly Turner

Lauren Morrill

English Spot

BOB

Nancy Searle

Paul Weikel

 

BOS

Nicole Morrow

Rebecca Biggs

Flemish Giant

BOB

Carlo Zappia

Lisa Quinn

 

BOS

Bruce Johnson

C Schwendimann/K Krueger

Florida White

BOB

Doug Harrah

Andrew Hicks

 

BOS

Dennis Keefer

Jakob Hicks

French Angora

BOB

Charlotte Schweikart

Meghan Kane

 

BOS

Eric Stewart

Brock Meanor

French Lop

BOB

Dana & William Bramble

Ciara Allen

 

BOS

L, P, & R Eden

Hannah Ivey

Giant Angora

BOB

Ashley Shaw

Rachel Penterman

 

BOS

Jack & Karin Bailey

Rachel Penterman

Giant Chinchilla

BOB

Laurence Coats

Mikayla Peirick

 

BOS

Laurence Coats

Mikayla Peirick

Harlequin

BOB

Pam Granderson

Jessica Dietrich

 

BOS

Kristin Lehman

Sarah Freund

Havana

BOB

Julie Spier

Kersten Zimmerman

 

BOS

Julie Spier

B & B Miller/M Tolsma

Himalayan

BOB

Linkey/Underberg

Ross Eden

 

BOS

Mary Henry

Sydney Hunter

Holland Lop

BOB

B, L, & B Dubois

Abigail Johnston

 

BOS

Chris & Matt Zemny

Rheana Lund

Hotot

BOB

Chris & Melissa Carlson

Sarah Galkowski

 

BOS

Chris & Melissa Carlson

Sarah Galkowski

Jersey Wooly

BOB

Amber Henderson

Melody Lyons

 

BOS

T & D Bauer

Lindsay Aversa

Lilac

BOB

Bob & Donna Koch

Holly Minnick

 

BOS

Bob & Donna Koch

Ryan Giminiani

Mini Lop

BOB

Jason Scott

S Jezuit/M Lynch

 

BOS

Beth Dunlap

Travis Terril

Mini Rex

BOB

Kathy Tellechea/Pam Renfro

Parker White

 

BOS

A Byron/D Crook

Mary Williams

Mini Satin

BOB

Don Sheets

Kaleigh Salzman

 

BOS

Info Pending

Jason Whitmer

Netherland Dwarf

BOB

Gary & Susan Smith

Kristi Abrams

 

BOS

Melody Champion

Ashlee & Shawna Olah

New Zealand

BOB

Dave Cardinal

Becca & Bryant Miller

 

BOS

Joe Combs

Becca & Bryant Miller

Palomino

BOB

James Brown

Zora Brewer

 

BOS

Elizabeth Reichert

Zora Brewer

Polish

BOB

Vicki & Bradley Campbell

Mitch Campbell

 

BOS

Drew Bliss

Jessica Cotter

Rex

BOB

Renea Slovak

Nicole Talkin

 

BOS

K & K Sarman Pawley

Kayla Kolb

Rhinelander

BOB

Lorena Ferchaud

Brett Peterson

 

BOS

Wesley Planthaber

Josiah Varney

Satin

BOB

G, L, S Mitchell

Devin Lawrence

 

BOS

Brian Coates

Lyndsay Richman

Satin Angora

BOB

Timothy & Janine O'Neil

Madison Shaw

 

BOS

Kimberley Witherow

Madison Shaw

Silver

BOB

Charlotte Ford

Madelyn Fee

 

BOS

Kathy Mannweiler/Barb Adams

Madelyn Fee

Silver Fox

BOB

J Hoopfer/T Wilson

Monica Simpson

 

BOS

Christie Collins

Gabrielle Vigliaturo

Silver Marten

BOB

Lowell Trausch

Garrett Sanders

 

BOS

Bonnie, Rachel, Eric, Dan

Maxwell Eells

Standard Chinchilla

BOB

Allen & Tammy Bush

Kaitlyn Keen

 

BOS

NW Tex Thomas

Kaitlyn Keen

Tan

BOB

Kelly Flynn

Hannah & Jackson Henry

 

BOS

Jodi Hartman

Caitlin Glazier

Thrianta

BOB

Danny Long

Amanda Grove

 

BOS

S Pohto/A Stask

Courtney Pape

COMMERCIAL OPEN

MEAT PEN

ROASTER

SINGLE FRYER

STEWER

Karen Corda

Richard Tomaszewski

Charlie Rea

Richard Tomaszewski

COMMERCIAL YOUTH

MEAT PEN

ROASTER

SINGLE FRYER

STEWER

Jared Casto

Porter Retcher

Jared Casto

Porter Retcher

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CAVY RESULTS

BREED

WIN

OPEN

YOUTH

Abyssinian

BOB

Joseph Ginder

Dale Mize

BOS

Dawn Gallagher

Dale Mize

Abyssinian Satin

BOB

Dana Kolstad

Danielle Santacruz

BOS

Joseph Ginder

Anthony Svigel

American

BOB

Steve & Marge Lussier

Kalen Whitney

BOS

Margo Purley

Hailey Mart

American Satin

BOB

Elaine Marten

Seth Whitney-Wekar

BOS

Elaine Marten

Hannah Muzic

Coronet

BOB

Ashley & Kyle Kaminski

Megan Rudder

BOS

Theresa Svigel

Megan Rudder

Peruvian

BOB

Felicita/Purdy/Dishaw

Erin Drake

BOS

Tara McParland

Taylor & Justin Guthrie

Peruvian Satin

BOB

Theresa Svigel

None Shown

BOS

Valerie Blaes

None Shown

Silkie

BOB

Jonathan Conrad

Megan Rudder

BOS

Felicita/Purdy/Dishaw

Kelly Rudder

Silkie Satin

BOB

Valerie Blaes

Nicolas Svigel

BOS

Sue & Vince Davies

None

Teddy

BOB

Mark Osgerby

Kelly Rudder

BOS

Cheri Schbert

Erin Drake

Teddy Satin

BOB

Heather Baulk-Smith

Hailey Mart

BOS

Linda Keller

Samantha Mart

Texel

BOB

Kimberly Burgess

Erin Drake

BOS

Carla Jobe-Partington

Erin Drake

White Crested

BOB

Becky Dubbink

Mary Mulder

BOS

Susan Weaver

Hannah Mowry

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ARBA STANDARDS COMMITTEE PRESENTATION RESULTS
Below are the official results of the breed/variety presentations at the 2013 ARBA National Convention in Harrisburg, PA:
(Click to access PDF to print: 2013 Breed Presentation Results)

 

Newly Accepted Breeds/Varieties- February 1, 2014:
Dutch - Chinchilla
Lionhead - REW, Tortoise (New Breed with 2 new varieties)
Mini Satin - Blue, Silver Marten (4 colors), Tortoise (4 colors)

Varieties Presented and Passed this Showing:
Mini Satin - Broken, Copper, Californian, Blue-Lilac Siamese, Squirrel, Chocolate Agouti
Britannia Petite - BEW
Argente Brun - New Breed
Polish - Lilac

Breeds/Varieties Presented But Did NOT Pass this Showing:
New Zealand - Blue*
Silver Fox - Blue
Silver Fox - Chocolate*
Mini Rex - Sable*
Britannia Petite - Opal
Britannia Petite - Tortoise*, Siamese Sable*
Giant Angora - Black*
Jersey Wooly - Orange*
Netherland Dwarf - Champagne*

* COD Terminated


Breeds/Varieties Failing Due to a NO SHOW:
Mini Satin - Sable, Smoke Pearl, Gold-Tipped Steel (Black)
Mini Satin - Tan*
Rex - Silver Marten*
Satin - Lilac*
American Satin Cavy - Gold*

* COD Terminated - 2 Consecutive No Shows

Argente Brun

ARBA CONVENTION BREED TOTALS

2012 ARBA Convention Breed Numbers
2011 ARBA Convention Breed Numbers

Archives......

11/28/2012

RHD VARIANT FOUND IN SPAIN
SUMMARY- In Spain, kits under the age of 30 days were found to be susceptible to a variant of RHD. Previously, it was thought that younger rabbits were not susceptible to the ailment. These rabbits that succumbed to the disease were from farms vaccinated for RHD (approved and widely used in Europe).

The takeaway points for breeders:

  1. RHD, previously thought to affect primarily rabbits older than 8 weeks of age, appear to afflict rabbits under 30 days when exposed to a variant.
  2. While still relatively unlikely, it is important to consider this RHD variant as a reason for massive losses in rabbits under 30 days of age.
  3. The study raises serious questions about the efficacy of the vaccine program in Europe.

The following link contains the full article: CDC RHD Article

8/7/2012

ARBA Reps Meet with Officials in Washington D.C.
ARBA Legislative Committee Chair, Karen Horn and ARBA Executive Director Eric Stewart recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with key representatives of the USDA and House of Representatives and Senate Agriculture Committees. For more information, access the links below:

ARBA Legislative Update August 2012   |   Sign Up for ARBA Legislative Alerts

7/11/2012

USDA CLARIFICATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO ANIMAL WELFARE ACT
The ARBA Legislative Committee has provided the following report of a teleconference with the USDA. The proposed revisions to the Animal Welfare Act will not change the regulations in relation to rabbits or cavies from present day regulatory oversight. The ARBA has been actively addressing concerns and questions regarding the AWA proposed revision for several weeks and at this time can provide the documents below as reference. Please note that the ARBA Recommended Care Guidelines of Rabbits and Cavies has been approved by the ARBA Board of Directors.

APHIS Fact Sheet & FAQ   |   ARBA Recommended Care Guidelines for Rabbits and Cavies

USDA/ARBA Teleconference (07/11/2012)

2/1/2012

OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO CLUBS & SHOW SECRETARIES...
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers/participants are normally allowed to go. This federal law applies to all businesses/events open to the public, including RABBIT and CAVY SHOWS. A link to the ADA Notice is available for you to access and download:

Americans with Disabilities Act Notice

1/26/2012

THE FOLLOWING PDF LINK INCLUDES THE NEWLY RECOGNIZED VARIETIES ELIGIBLE FOR BREED COMPETITION EFFECTIVE February 1, 2012. Pages are formatted to fit the blank pages 269-270 2011-2015 ARBA Standard of Perfection.

11/08/2011

ARBA LATE SHOW REPORT POLICY
Please note that the ARBA Late Show Report Policy will be strictly enforced for all shows with a show date as of January 1, 2012. All ARBA Show Reports are due 30 days from the date the show was hosted.

07/30/2011

The Standards Committee has published their 5 year comparison report on the number of animals shown at the ARBA convention. To view the reports in PDF format, click below for the report you'd like to see.

Rabbit Cavy

 

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12/22/2010

The ARBA Board of Directors have approved the following corrections to the 2011-2015 ARBA Standard of Perfection. The corrections have been formatted to fit page 268 of the 2011-2015 ARBA Standard of Perfection. Please click the link below to access the changes, or alternately, you can right-click the link and select 'Save Target As' to save the file to your PC.

2011-2015 SOP Correction

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