Seven rabbits from Broadway Stars Rabbitry were entered in the Cajun vs. Cowboys Labor Day Show in Longview Texas-four English Lops and three Giant Chins. Broadway Stars’ Thistle earned a Best of Breed, and had two Best of Variety wins, so he is ready to Grand after his first weekend of shows! He showed as a senior, even though he is five months old.
Broadway Stars’ Tootsie (Intermediate Chocolate Doe) came home with a BOSB Leg from Show C, and Cobalt (Blue Buck) had a BOSV win, earning his second Grand Champion Leg.
In the Giant Chins, Broadway Stars’ Gilda was selected as BOB by Allen Mesick, and she also won her junior class under Chase Austin. Her sister, Carmen, placed third in Show A and second in Show B. Overall, a great weekend of showing for Broadway Stars.
This show was even more fun because in addition to the Arkansas crew, the Giant Chin club members from Louisiana and Texas were there-and they add a bit of spice to the fun. Especially Wes, who was handing out homemade sausage samples. We also had an excellent turn out for the English Lops, and it was fun to meet new breeders with great rabbits. New breeder Suzanne won BOB in show A and Show C with an awesome blue buck!
In addition to three Open Shows and some breed specific specialties, this club had some great unique specialties which included “Rare Breeds”, “Buns on the Run”, “Meat Lovers” and “Fluff Wars”. They did an amazing job of keeping the show moving considering how many activities were in motion.
I did not stay late Sunday to hear if the Louisiana Cajuns or the Texas Cowboys had more Best of Breed Wins… I do know that on Saturday night, the Arkansas Hillbillies were giving the Cajuns a run for the money…
With summer just around the corner, spring breeding season and show season are winding down. Our last show will be in Mesquite, Texas, at the ETRBA Show on May 25 & 26, and we will take the summer off, and concentrate on keeping the rabbits cool. I spent today getting the fans cleaned, and the soaker hoses ready for the heat that is coming.
The last two English Lop does were bred today. Buttercup was bred to Bonbon, and Glimmer was bred to Freddie Mercury, and if they were successful, there should be lots of color, including more chocolates in 31 days. I am very excited about a litter due on Tuesday: Hyacinth, a broken blue doe who carries chocolate is expecting a litter with Moonlight, an awesome REW buck with 27 in ears! We have a few more English Lop and Giant Chin litters also due in June.
There will be five English Lops and a couple of Giant Chins for sale at Mesquite, and lots more of them available from Broadway Stars this summer.
No box of chocolates this time, just a single Bonbon. Truffle had some problems with her delivery, and had a single broken chocolate kit, now named Bonbon. 🙂 I hope to repeat this breeding to Amaretto in the fall, but now Truffle will be bred to Frosty, a REW buck, to determine if he is actually chocolate under his white coat. Bonbon will be raised by Petals, with her litter of five. Petals’ first litter includes a chocolate (and possibly lilac), so she is a confirmed chocolate carrier, also.
I am very excited about another upcoming litter. Glitter, a chestnut doe (A_ Bb C_ Dd E_), was bred to Starbucks, a buck that is suspected to be a self chocolate chin (aa bb cchdc Dd E_). Starbucks carries REW, and if Glitter carries REW, also, then there is the potential for this litter to produce chocolate and lilac chins! Even if that doesn’t happen, Stars may still have chocolate based agoutis–Chocolate Chestnut and Lynx–from this breeding. Dusty, a Lilac GTS, is our only chocolate agouti so far.