|Posted by Jenny Buckingham on June 3, 2011 at 7:16 AM|
And now the end is the near, and so I've closed the final curtain....Within the next twelve hours we will be on our flight out of Sydney international airport back to the UK. It has been a great experience to be in Australia and judge the rabbits over here. It has been good to see what judges over here think of stock, and how our exposure to a wider range of breeds etc can develop their knowledge. The stock on the whole has been good, and each state has its own pro's and con's with certain breeds. As we have already said numerous times, the only way the Australian rabbit fancy will continue to survive is by unifying and bringing everything together under one body. The organisation that shows the most developed and closest to this is the Australian National Rabbit Council Inc (ANRCI) and is literally weeks away from voting on it's constitution, appointing its new committee from the current steering committee, finalising breed standards to go into ANRCI and the future running on the organisation with representation of equal proportions from across the Australian landscape. No other organisation has showed such development as ANRCI, and under the unbias leadership of Mark Page this will undoubtedly be a success, this man gives so much to the development of ANRCI. The important thing is as well that the BRC involvement will be there in the background until the organisation is well underway. We ourselves are going to join up as Full founder life members showing our committment to the organisation. What an endorsement is that, along with the full support of other top and leading BRC individuals in Derek Medlock, John Self, Eddie Hutchings etc. etc. We were very pleased to crown the champion of champions in Allears Guaranteed the Chinchilla buck Junior of Allan Harvey and David Lake, a surprise that Allears shows up-eared breeds most definetley. Some very good examples of stock fought for this position, closely followed by Janine Daniels who is a true inspiration to the rabbit fancy in Australia and does not realise how good she really is, the Southern Australia Rabbit fancy is well led under Janine's guidance. In Tasmania, whilst a new rabbit fancy has started in recent years after the demise of the former one, Debbie Pulford most definetley along with her team is making a fancy that is competitive across the whole of Australia. Debbie is a legend and her knowledge knows no bounds. In NSW, the network of fanciers is amazing and glad to see that the majority work together. The running of the 6* national show by President Sharon Jacobs was outstanding, and she must be praised for that, her outstanding work along with the support of Maria and Georgina Catazincous was fabulous. We only visited a very limited number of rabbitries across Australia, and hope our judging seminars in all states where received well and gave some guidance as to projects underway and how you can further your hobby and breeds. We will truly miss Australia, but really look forward to returning in the very near future. Good bye for now, you are all amazing people. Simon & Richard.