Madelyn and I spent our Saturday doing something we haven’t done before. We went to a Rabbit and Cavy(Guinea Pig) Show in Grinnell.
It was very interesting. I stood and listened to the judge to see what he was looking for in each rabbit and how he decided to place them. There were people from all over! We were fortunate enough to have meet an awesome young lady and her husband who are helping mentor us with getting started in the show circuit and with a new (to us) breed of rabbit.
This is Jersey Boy! Jersey is a pedigreed Beveren. The Beveren is a very old breed. Although uncommon in the United States, the Beveren has a rich European history, as the breed was first developed in Beveren, Belgium during the 19th century. The Beveren was derived from crosses of the Brabanconne, St. Nicolas Blue, and the Blue Vienna. In 1902, within Beveren, Belgium, the first standard was instituted for the “Blue Rabbit of Beveren” with the first exhibition of the Beveren Blue presented in Norwich, Great Britain during 1905. However, after its introduction into the United States, it was later recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association on December 3, 1925. (Excerpt from or to read more about this beautiful breed go to the American Beveren Rabbit Club)
Madelyn had fun showing him, and although he only won his class, we think he is pretty great. We are currently waiting on a couple of litters from the couple we bought him from for a doe. If you would like to see more of their amazing setup and rabbitry, head over to H&N Rabbitry and Caviery.
Side note about Rabbits shows. I learned that as a fundraiser for scholarships at each show, contestants are asked to bring something to enter in a drawing. People then buy tickets and put in the bag with the corresponding number on it. Guess what Madelyn won?!
Yup! A baby guinea pig! Meet Nygle. I don’t think we wanted another one, but I guess if you have 2 might as well have 3?
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!