ARBA

All ARBA members are invited to the 93rd Annual Convention and Show

October 9-12, 2016 at Del Mar, California, USA

 Del Mar Fair Grounds and Race Track – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

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NON-PROFIT MISSION:

The California Rabbit and Cavy Shows, Inc, (CRCS) a California 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to the education of the public in all phases of rabbit keeping and showmanship. CRCS promotes rabbit keeping as a wholesome family activity, a therapeutic, stress relieving hobby for busy individuals. In addition, CRCS programs encourage wholesome after-school activities for many underprivileged rural and inner city children as well as children with developmental disabilities.

OUR THIRD NATIONAL CONVENTION:

CRCS is proud to present the 93th annual American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention and Show. The show wilL be held October 9-12, 2016  at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County, California. The show will use all of the largest buildings on the fairgrounds and will see approximately 15,000 show quality rabbits and guinea pigs entered from all over the world. The show will be held in conjunction with the 8th Rabbitcon Annual Conference October 7-8th. Rabbitcon is the industry’s premiere educational symposium.

TRENDSETTERS:

The previous CRCS hosted shows in 2001 and 2009 were among the finest shows ever produced with many “firsts” in the modern era of ARBA Conventions.The 2001 ARBA Convention was the first to have an interactive website, on-line entries, credit card entries, a Best in Show extravaganza, convention style name badges and lanyards, a “Best of Breed row,” and a results book with individual placements. Many of these breakthroughs were continued by subsequent convention hosts. The 2009 show premiered the first annual Rabbitcon with top name educators in the rabbit and cavy show world giving informative seminars on current topics. The Rabbitcon tradition has continued every years since in every region of the United States.

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THE CUTTING EDGE:

This year’s show will feature several more “firsts:  an outdoor ARBA Banquet, a downloadable E-Catalog, early commercial classes, a live art demonstration, a rabbit equipment factory tour, and much more!
 

HISTORY OF THE FIBBER CUP:

 The Fibber Cup is named for the winningest rabbit showman of all time, THE legendary Eabert. R. “Fibber” McGeehee (May 26, 1926 – December 21, 2009)  of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  An esteemed exhibitor of fibcupfloat (1)New Zealands, Florida Whites,  and Mini Rex. . Fibber has won the honor of ARBA Best in Show, 4 times in his showing career – three times with a New Zealand and once with a Florida White. His Mini Rex won a group win in his twilight showing years. The Fibber Cup made its debut at the 2001 San Diego Convention and has been presented every year since. The perpetual trophy was the concept of Kevin Whaley and Randy Shumaker after noticing that the most prestigious win at the ARBA convention deserved an equally prestigious award. The cup is a project of the non-profit California Rabbit and Cavy Shows for the benefit of all ARBA members. The hand-crafted silver-plated cup stands approximately 32″ tall. The cup itself has a delicate pattern which was “chased” by hand. Chasing is a highly skilled method of decoration which has remained unchanged over the centuries and is now a very rare art form. It is mounted on a mahogany plinth which incorporates a silver plated plinth band which contains the name of every Best in Show winner in the modern history of the ARBA.  The cup’s corporate sponsor is KW Cages who will be presenting the cup.
 

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FIBBER WAS A SPECIAL GUEST AT THE 2009 ARBA CONVENTION 

CRCS mad a point to make sure Fibber did not miss what would be his last convention and arranged all travel for him to attend the 2009 show. In a very special opening ceremony, Fibber was given the honor of cutting the ribbon and opening the convention. Fibber’s achievements were highlighted at the opening ceremony by ARBA’s President, Dr. Chris Hayhow. A special tribute video was shown during the Best in Show Ceremony. There is no doubt Fibber was a special individual in our great Association and his memory is cherished and lives on in his eponymous perpetual trophy.