Bradford County 4-Hers compete in rabbit show

PHOTO PROVIDED Showing off their meat pen rabbits are, from left, Sarah Vandermark, Jessica Tice, Rachel Fritsch, Lacie Coe and Jessica Fritsch.

This year at the Troy Fair, the two annual 4-H rabbit shows were a great success.

Nine pens were entered in the Monday Meat Pen show. A meat pen, or market rabbits, consists of three equally sized rabbits.

Grand and reserve champion honors were given to Rachel Fritsch for her two pens of white New Zealand rabbits. She sold her rabbits at the 4-H Livestock Auction on July 25.

Honorable mention went to Jessica Fritsch, who placed third and shared her stock with many of the participants to help the program keep moving forward. It was a very 4-H thing to do.

Others who competed and placed were Sarah Vandermark, Jessica Tice and Lacie Coe.

Mike Ross was the judge.

On July 28, the Breed Show had 35 participants and 56 entries. It consisted of a purebred rabbit show and grade rabbit show, with a cavy (guinea pig) portion as well.

Winners of the purebred show were Grand Champion, Lauren Reed with her tort (tortoiseshell) Holland lop senior buck and Reserve Champion, Alyssa Barnes, with her red-eyed white Netherland dwarf, senior buck.

Honorable mentions went to Emily Rathbun’s miniature rex and Sara Jones’ broken New Zealand.

In the grade show, the Grand Champion went to Emily Rathbun and her black Dutch senior doe.

Reserve Champion went to Sara Reed with her broken mini rex senior doe.

Cavies were shown with rabbits and this year the grand champion went to a Peruvian cavy shown by Averie Cook. Reserve Champion cavy was also given to Cook for her Abyssinian cavy.

Other awards included:

• Costume contest, Noelle Rogers.

• Doe and litter award, Thomas Moon and his Holland lops.

• Rabbit jumping, Katie Graham.

Each age group also competes for showmanship honors. Results were:

• Senior division, blue, Emily Rathbun;

• Intermediate, blue, Megan Rathbun; and

• Junior, blue, Noelle Rogers.

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