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1/29/2015

BEW Britannia Petite and Mini Satin Copper Variety and New Siamese Group Varieties Recognized as of February 1, 2015

Blue-Eyed White Britannia Petite and the Copper variety and Siamese Group varieties (blue, chocolate, and lilac), in Mini Satins passed their 3rd and final presentation at the 2014 ARBA Convention in Fort Worth, TX. The ARBA office has prepared official standard inserts for the 2010-2015 ARBA Standard of Perfection:

2/1/2014 ARBA Standards Insert (Britannia Petite and Mini Satin)

10/8/2014

ARBA Judges and Registrars Ethics Statement

The ARBA Board has endorsed an ethics statements pertaining to registrars and judges. The following statement is the result of ARBA Board member discussion, legal review, and confirmation from our insurance provider that it will not impact our current policy/coverage. Each licensed registrar and judge is required to agree to sign the ARBA Ethics Statement as a prerequisite for license renewal and/or retention. Any registrar or judge having not returned their signed ARBA Judges and Registrars Standard of Ethics before February 1, 2015 will have said license suspended effective immediately. Reinstatement of license requires a vote of the ARBA Board of Directors. Should you have any questions regarding or remarks about the ARBA Judges and Registrars Standard of Ethics, direct correspondence to your District Director.

ARBA JUDGES AND REGISTRARS STANDARD OF ETHICS

An ARBA judge or registrar is a reflection of the association and is an extension of its values as observed by members and the public. Licensure is a peculiar privilege and not an inherent right of membership. The Association's activities are family oriented and a high standard of ethics and conduct are expected from judges and registrars at all times. Unethical conduct may involve violations of Association rules, customs, or standards, dishonesty, misrepresentation, inappropriate behavior, as well as actions that violate the law.

The association places a high value on the integrity conveyed by its judges and registrars; thus, a failure to conform to such ethical standards shall be subject to disciplinary action by the ARBA board up to, and including, revocation of a license or disqualification of an application. The action taken depends upon the particular circumstances involved and how the conduct in question reflects upon the dignity, integrity, and standards of the Association.

  • Signed statements shall be accepted via either electronic or hard copy submission. All judges with listed email addresses will receive their ARBA Judge Review Exam via email along with the questionnaire containing the ARBA Judges and Registrars Standard of Ethics. Judges not returning their signed statements by January 15, 2015 will be provided on a list sent to their District Director for follow up contact.

  • All registrars due to renew 1/1/15 will be sent a copy of the Ethics Statement and must return by February 1, 2015 or have their license suspended until such time as the signed statement has been returned, filed, and the Board reinstates their license. All registrars with a listed email address will receive their questionnaire containing the ARBA Judges and Registrars Standard of Ethics via email. Registrars without listed email addresses will be mailed the applicable questionnaire. Registrars not returning their signed statements by January 15, 2015 will be provided on a list sent to their District Director for follow up contact.

  • Any registrar who does not renew in 2015, will receive the Ethics Statement via email (mail if there is no email address on file) and must return by February 1, 2015 or have their license suspended until such time as the signed statement has been returned, filed, and the Board reinstates their license. Registrars not returning their signed statements by January 15, 2015 will be provided on a list sent to their District Director for follow up contact.

  • Notice of this adopted Ethics Statement along with the requirement for licensed officials to sign will be posted on the ARBA website and printed in the November-December 2014 issue of Domestic Rabbits magazine.
Judges Conferences...
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ARBA Judges' Conference Guidelines

DISTRICT 8
4/10/2015

Where: Berea, OH - Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Time: 6:30 PM

Sponsored By: Ohio Cavy Club

Contact: Jim Hupp
              765-776-2046
              E-Mail

DISTRICT 8
5/1/2015

Where: Columbus, OH

Time: 7 PM

Sponsored By: Ohio State RBA

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

DISTRICT 8
5/2/2015

Where: Chrisney, IN

Time: 12 PM

Sponsored By: Rolling Hills RABA

Contact: Flora Werne
              812-357-2702 or 812-549-5355
              E-Mail

DISTRICT 1
6/26/2015

Where: Moses Lake, WA - Grant County                           Fairgrounds

Time: 6:30 PM

Sponsored By: Washington State RBA

Contact: Janice Coffelt
              360-568-8902
              E-Mail

DISTRICT 6
7/24/2015

Where: Panama City, FL - Central Panhandle                   Fairgrounds

Time: 6 PM

Sponsored By: Emerald Coast RBA

Contact: Ann Roney
              850-867-0817
              FAX: 850-872-0477
              E-Mail

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Access ARBA Youth Contest Results…

2014 ARBA NATIONAL CONVENTION RESULTS
(The following results are unofficial and may be subject to change.)

OPEN BEST IN SHOW RABBIT Matt & Chris Zemny Holland Lop
BEST GROUP 1 Marilyn Demaree French Angora
BEST GROUP 2 Terry Herman Netherland Dwarf
BEST GROUP 3 Matt & Chris Zemny Holland Lop
BEST GROUP 4 Cliff Floyd Checkered Giant
BEST IN SHOW CAVY Steve & Marge Lussier American
RESERVE IN SHOW CAVY Joseph Ginder Abyssinian
YOUTH BEST IN SHOW RABBIT Colby & Hunter Seymore Dutch
BEST GROUP 1 Colby & Hunter Seymore Dutch
BEST GROUP 2 Julia & Caroline Lawrence New Zealand
BEST GROUP 3 Jeffrey Olson English Angora
BEST GROUP 4 Hannah Stephanson Checkered Giant
BEST IN SHOW CAVY Alyssa Welter Texel
RESERVE IN SHOW CAVY Ariel Dornbusch American

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RABBIT RESULTS

BREED

WIN

OPEN

YOUTH

American Chinchilla

BOB

Cody Darst

Emily Zimmer

BOS

William Bryan

Kyle Addison

American

BOB

L & E Ferchaud

C & N Bohn

BOS

Elizabeth McKissick

Joshua Weigang

American Fuzzy Lop

BOB

Thomas Skip/Kathi L

Sarah Compton

BOS

Ryan Sells

Madison Shaw

American Sable

BOB

Rob & Amanda Wampner

Kendyl K Howard

BOS

Rob & Amanda Wampner

Andrea Kintzler

Belgian Hare

BOB

M Hendricks/P Schutz

Martha Moyers

BOS

Samantha Sessamen

Martha Moyers

Beveren

BOB

Kim Calloway

Tye Nevills

 

BOS

Kim Calloway

PJ Heusted

Blanc d'Hotot

BOB

Chris & Melissa Carlson

Kaitlyn Huffman

 

BOS

Chris & Melissa Carlson

Kaitlyn Huffman

Britannia Petite

BOB

Doug & Molly Covert

Sarah Martin

BOS

SVB Uptagrafft

H. & J. Henry

Californian

BOB

Bob Donnell

Becca & Bryant Miller

 

BOS

Jody & Rebecca Windt

Riley Reichard

Champagne D'Argent

BOB

Tom Bemis

Shiane Boyer

 

BOS

Tracy Gouette

Shelby Mills

Checkered Giant

BOB

Cliff Floyd

Hannah Stephenson

 

BOS

Danny Long

Jake Patton

Cinnamon

BOB

Jack & Helen Eden

Kylee/Madalyn

 

BOS

Donna Crosby

Kylee/Madalyn

Creme D'Argent

BOB

Travis & Karma West

Joann Grum

 

BOS

Travis & Karma West

Bethany Hobson

Dutch

BOB

Dan & Theresa Schwandt

C & H Seymore

 

BOS

Gene Knieling

Audrey Bliss

Dwarf Hotot

BOB

P Percy

Kaitlin Huffman

 

BOS

P Percy

Lauren Turner

English Angora

BOB

Linda Casella

Jeffrey Olson

 

BOS

Betty Chu

Nichole Wilson

English Lop

BOB

April Foster

Melody Miller

 

BOS

Dara Gribi

Pieper Jaehn

English Spot

BOB

Tim & Jacquie Branham

Amanda Pepper

 

BOS

Heather & Karen Dunaway

R & J Biggs

Flemish Giant

BOB

Billy Carter Sr

Jesse Outlaw

 

BOS

Dr. Dan Hall

Emily Hambright

Florida White

BOB

Rob & Amanda Wampner

Jackson Daily

 

BOS

Mary Ann Preston

Chyann Stewart

French Angora

BOB

Marilyn Demarree

Maggie Hoffman

 

BOS

Charlotte Schweikart

Rachel Penterman

French Lop

BOB

Maria & Douglas Cramer

Ciara Allen

 

BOS

Caleb & Jean Thomas

Ciara Allen

Giant Angora

BOB

Caroline Waskow

Rachel Penterman

 

BOS

Melissa Deitrich

Rachel Penterman

Giant Chinchilla

BOB

Dan Brink

Hannah Foster

 

BOS

Mary Ellen Stamets

Rosanna Legrave

Harlequin

BOB

Kitty Lynch

Ravennah Gray

 

BOS

Sarah Freund

Kylie Foster

Havana

BOB

Rob & Amanda Wampner

Madelynn Yalowitz

 

BOS

Mike & Ryan Raab

Liana Erenberg

Himalayan

BOB

Heather Ponsano

Ross Eden

 

BOS

Laurie Adams

Ross Eden

Holland Lop

BOB

Chris & Matt Zemny

Gabrielle Rhodes

 

BOS

T Deling/S Lagesse

Erin Patton

Jersey Wooly

BOB

B Reilly/C Ringelstetter

Ashley Landis

 

BOS

Sharon Moore

Madaleine Mills

Lilac

BOB

Bob & Donna Koch

Abigail Polasik

 

BOS

Bob & Donna Koch

R Lilly/Lilly

Lionhead

BOB

T Mueller/C Rafoth

Sterling Welty

 

BOS

T Mueller/C Rafoth

Alea Buchanan

Mini Lop

BOB

Travis Valadez

Fayth Young

 

BOS

Andrea Baber

H Olger/J Black

Mini Rex

BOB

Janis Fossati/Sandra Neal

Sally Reed

 

BOS

Kimberly/Jessica Redelman

Jackie Woolever

Mini Satin

BOB

Randy Shumaker

Karsyn Bartell

 

BOS

K McCracken/G Straughter

Bryce Kilander

Netherland Dwarf

BOB

Terry Herman

Katryn Skipper

 

BOS

B Reilly/C Ringelstetter

Samantha Campbell

New Zealand

BOB

Manuel & Linda Hidalgo

J & C Lawrence

 

BOS

Joseph Combs

J & C Lawrence

Palomino

BOB

Mike & Ryan Raab

Tammy Wilcox

 

BOS

Mike & Ryan Raab

Latosha Lucas

Polish

BOB

Jacinta Taulbee

Chyann Stewart

 

BOS

Trevor Sypnieski

Ryland Sypnieski

Rex

BOB

Cathy & John Szychulda

Karter Faust

 

BOS

Kathy Sarman Pawley

Emily Warden

Rhinelander

BOB

Lorena Ferchaud

Grace Legrave

 

BOS

Xanthia Strohl

Paige Smith

Roaster

Open - David Mills

Youth - Porter Retcher

Satin

BOB

Rob & Amanda Wampner

Alison Bentrup

 

BOS

Jack & Mary Etnyre

Alexandra Gast

Satin Angora

BOB

Dana Faber

Madison Shaw

 

BOS

Aileen Brown

 

Silver

BOB

Charlotte Ford

Destiny Beamer

 

BOS

Charlotte Ford

Jamie/Nolan/Alex

Silver Fox

BOB

Shelly Taranoff

Lauren Wilson

 

BOS

Maggie Veale

Lauren Wilson

Silver Marten

BOB

Bonnie/Eric/Dan/Rachel

Allissa Mclean

 

BOS

Bonnie/Eric/Dan/Rachel

Garrett Sanders

Single Fryer

Open - B Miller/H Esterline

Youth - None Shown

Standard Chinchilla

BOB

Allen & Tammy Bush

Kira Knox

 

BOS

Tex Thomas

Kira Knox

Stewer

Open - David Mills

Youth - Zachary Schieffer

Tan

BOB

Kim Fraser

Chase Domingue

 

BOS

A Roarke/Babette Loe

Miranda Tolsma

Thrianta

BOB

Danny Long

Courtney Pape

 

BOS

Danny Long

Angela Penterman

 

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CAVY RESULTS

BREED

WIN

OPEN

YOUTH

Abyssinian

BOB

Joseph Ginder

Aeris Thomas

BOS

Joseph Ginder

Elizabeth Frey

Abyssinian Satin

BOB

Joseph Ginder

Charlee-Lynne Hoffman

BOS

Dana Kolstad

Robert BJ Jones

American

BOB

Steve & Marge Lussier

Ariel Dornbusch

BOS

John Gray

Luke Hoysa

American Satin

BOB

John Gray

Seth Whitney-Wekar

BOS

Sara & Joe Buchanan

Trinity Serafin

Coronet

BOB

Phyllis Ripley

Jessica Sims

BOS

Becky Lanahan

Ashton Diamond

Peruvian

BOB

Carol Anaya

Caitlin Plank

BOS

Carol Anaya

Leeandra Rupple

Peruvian Satin

BOB

Valerie Blaes

None Shown

BOS

Lorelei Long

None Shown

Silkie

BOB

Ashley & Kyle Kaminski

Caitlin Plank

BOS

Valerie Blaes

Leeandra Rupple

Silkie Satin

BOB

Becky O'Hogan

Abigail Polasik

BOS

Becky O'Hogan

Leith Newman

Teddy

BOB

Michael Welsh

Emily Roberts

BOS

Michael Welsh

Gavin Duhon

Teddy Satin

BOB

Michael Welsh

Mary Turner

BOS

Michael Welsh

Ashley Reed

Texel

BOB

Lee Penrod

Alyssa Welter

BOS

Mary Hardt

Alyssa Welter

White Crested

BOB

Becky Dubbink

Shelby Spaulding

BOS

Becky Dubbink

None

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ARBA STANDARDS COMMITTEE PRESENTATION RESULTS (2014)
Below are the official results of the breed/variety presentations at the 2014 ARBA National Convention in Fort Worth, TX:
(Click to access PDF to print: 2014 Breed Presentation Results)

NOTE: Comments, concerns and direction from the exhibitors’ sheets have been included in the downloadable PDF in order to help clarify any misconceptions or speculations.



Newly Accepted Breeds/Varieties- February 1, 2015:
Britannia Petite - BEW
Mini Satin - Copper, Siamese (Blue, Chocolate, Lilac)

Varieties/Breeds Presented and Passed this Showing:
Mini Satin - Chocolate Agouti, Broken
Britannia Petite - BEW
Argente Brun - New Breed
Lionhead - Chocolate, Sable Point, Seal
Velveteen Lop (Solid) - New Breed


Breeds/Varieties Presented But Did NOT Pass this Showing:
Havana - Lilac
Satin Angora - Broken
Lionhead - Smoke Pearl Point, Siamese Sable
Mini Satin - Himalayan, Squirrel, Gold-Tipped Steel*
Polish - Lilac
Silver Fox - Blue*, Chocolate
American Fuzzy Lop - Otter Group

* COD Terminated


Breeds/Varieties Failing Due to a NO SHOW:
Lionhead - Smoke Pearl
English Angora - Broken
Britannia Petite- Opal*
Mini Satin - Silver-Tipped Steel
Mini Rex - Tan

* COD Terminated - 2 Consecutive No Shows

 

Velveteen Lop - COD Lorrie Stillo

New Variety CODs Issued:

Bob Price (IN), Tara Wolf (IN), and Krista Moe (IN) - Otter Britannia Petite (Blue, Chocolate, Lilac)

Debbie Hilton (FL) - Tort Britannia Petite (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac)

Debbie Hilton (FL) and Tara Wolf (IN) - Siamese Sable Britannia Petite

 

Dropped CODs:

Lilac Mini Satin
- Donald Sheets (VA)

BEW Lionhead - Kevin Friend (WV)

ARBA CONVENTION BREED TOTALS (2011 and 2012)

2012 ARBA Convention Breed Numbers
2011 ARBA Convention Breed Numbers

Archives......

9/16/2014

Myxomatosis

As fall approaches, Myxomatosis has been identified on the west coast. The link below may be informative, particularly for our members in coastal areas of California and Oregon...

Myxomatosis Article

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.

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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In Memoriam...

CM CARROL CM Carrol

ARBA Judge #372 - C.M. Carrol
Lifetime member - original join date 6/6/67
Rabbit registrar - 3/18/71
Rabbit judge- 5/7/76 #372

The ARBA lost a wonderful friend on November 18, 2014 with the passing of a "One of a Kind" person, C.M. Carrol. I met him over 20 years ago and I feel honored to have called him my friend. He always came on as a "gruff" person but under all that was a heart of gold. C M was responsible for a lot people becoming registrars and judges, myself included. He guided me to become a show secretary and to do it for the right reasons. It was always about the exhibitors and not personal glory.

C M served as a judge and mentor for the ARBA and promoted the industry with pride. He was the first one to help a youth exhibitor out with new stock. I'm sure he probably gave away more rabbits than he ever sold. The ARBA and the rabbit world lost a good man and friend.

Those of us that had the privilege of knowing him have suffered a great loss. We know that he is at peace but it still leaves a big hole in our hearts. C M Carrol, we miss you. There will never be another one like you.

Gay Sparks
ARBA District 4

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