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Over 100 adorable rabbits at the annual Rabbit Show July 9th
Around 100 rabbits will be displayed on show at the Payneham Masonic Hall on Sunday, July 9th. The general public is invited to come along for free to learn about many breeds, as well as how to care for fur bunnies.
SA Rabbit Association Inc committee member, Beverley Dobbs, says the annual event will see four breed sections of rabbits judged on numerous qualities by internationally renowned show judge, Chase Austin, who flies to Adelaide from Texas, US for the show.
Some of the most ridiculously cute fluff balls imaginable will be judged, including breeds Fancy, Lop, Fur and Rex rabbits.
Athena the Rex rabbit won't be on show, but will come along for kids to meet and pat. She has the softest coat. You will love her.
On Sunday, July 9th, only purebred rabbits will be on show. They are rung, which means they have a British Rabbit Council (BRC) or recognised ring on the hind leg. They are top of their class, competitive and spectacularly huggable. The public will get to meet and pat bunny friends at a special petting table set up by Beverley Dobbs and friends, so kids and attendees can socialise. But we don't get to cuddle with the talent. We cannot mess their hair before such a special show. These bunnies have been primping all year for this event.
The 5 Star Pen Show is being organised by South Australian Rabbit Association Inc.
So, how is a purebred rabbit judged according to BRC standards? Let's take just one breed, the Cashmere Lop. According to the BRC, its 'body should be bold, thickset and firm...cheeks set well into the shoulders...eyes should be bold and bright...fur is dense, top coat is longer and denser than undercoat'. Fur length is important. Weight is important, so a good healthy diet is essential. Some of the shades of colour - this doesn't include other colour details - are Siamese Sable, Siamese Smoke, Sealpoint, Bluepoint, Sooty Fawn, Beige, Iron Grey, Chocolate Tort. Chocolate Tort sounds more like cake, but it's a shade, and judge Austin will be watching for perfection so these bunnies are under massive pressure. They need moral support from rabbit fans across Adelaide so go along to the Payneham Masonic Hall and see these magnificent snuggly looking champions.
Seriously you'll just wanna hug him, and squeeze him, and love him forever. Image courtesy of SARA Inc.
The general public will see how rabbits are shown for competition in the biggest show event for the year, ahead of this year's Adelaide Royal Show. You'll watch purebred rabbit owners weave their magic and pull a trophy out of their hats on the day. Though this show is only for purebred rabbits, an opportunity exists to show your own bunnyeautiful pets at this year's Royal Show. So if you have a beloved fur baby that you think is a winner, you can go along to the July 9 SARA Rabbit Show and get all the hints and tips on how you could show your own little cotton puff from the friendly experts.
Read below for more information on the wonderful world of wabbits.
Beverley Dobbs will be at the rabbit show, and can discuss all things rabbit with you. Meet her bunny buddy, John Snow.
Beverley says, "rabbits are just a lot of fun. They've got their own personalities. Sometimes we bring them in the house. For some reason they love the carpet...they zoom around the room, and like throw themselves in the air. They do binkies."
Don't know what a binkie is? Neither did I. Google binkies and you will go next level rabbit-enthusiast.
Beverley continues, "I often let them free range in the back yard when I'm home and they get a free run. And they'll sit with you while you're watching TV. And you can litter train them, although it does tend to be the wee only. They do tend to leave their little pellets - we call them popcorn."
But tell me you wouldn't forgive this little munchkin over a minor 'popcorn' mishap!
One more picture of Athena, who you can say hi to at the Rabbit Show.
Beverley and Christina are expert at taking good care of bunnies, and some of their information is surprising. Bugs Bunny should not eat so many carrots. That's right, folks! Carrots are like chocolate to rabbits. According to expert Beverley, carrots should only make up around 5% of a rabbit's diet. 90% of their diet should be oaten hay, meadow hay, or fresh grass. And not lettuce. Lettuce has too much water and may cause diarrhoea. What's up doc? A bunny with the runs is what. And everybody knows, a runny bunny ain't too funny!
Rabbit Show, Sunday July 9, Payneham Masonic Hall. Image courtesy of SA Rabbit Association Inc.
When considering purchasing for yourself, if you intend to show rabbits, registering with a club like SARA Inc is a good start. You will be in contact with experts in their field and get to know quality breeders. If it's a pet rabbit you're after as a companion for the family, SARA Inc recommends adopting from the RSPCA, where you will find a healthy pet rabbit that has been desexed and is vaccinated. For great information and education, head to The Rabbit Show on Sunday, July 9 at the Payneham Masonic Hall. Entry is FREE. Doors open to the general public from 10am. The canteen will be open for food and drinks. It's a great way to enjoy your Sunday.