Sally Turner- March 29th Show
John Porrit- April 19th Show
Christine Dean- May 24th Show
Jennifer Milburn (USA)- June 6th and 7th Show
I received my judges license in 1993 my number is 486. I have raised rabbits since I was 9 years old. I started in 4H with Californians and Dutch. My first ARBA convention was in 1979 in Ventura CA. I have raised Himalayans, Satins, Polish, Netherland Dwarfs, Florida Whites, New Zealands, Dwarf Hotots, Mini Rex. I currently raise Florida Whites, Netherland Dwarfs, Dwarf Hotots and Mini Rex. I have judged all over the US and Canada. I am currently ranked #1 in the Country for Dwarf Hotots and #3 in Florida Whites. I love to travel and meet people and have thoroughly enjoyed being a rabbit judge.
Paul Young- July 26th Show
Paul became interested in rabbits at an early age, when he was introduced to his first pet rabbit by his father in the 1980’s. In 1988 he joined the newly formed Breeders Association of NSW Inc (RBANSWInc.), and attended the very first rabbit show in NSW. At this point his interest in rabbits was consolidated and he started breeding and showing pedigree rabbits. Initially he started out with Netherland Dwarf and soon diversified into Dwarf lops, Rex and Satin, along with the first reconstruction of the Thrianta from the imported Thrianta and Deilenaar, and the German Angora. In 1990 he began judges training with the RBANSWInc, where he completed his training under John Porritt and Warren Shearman, and in 1996 started regularly judging for a variety of clubs.
Paul maintains a strong interest in genetics which he studied at UNSW. His interest in genetics stems from his early enthusiasm for science along with his interest in rabbits, breeding systems and in particular melanin biology and pigmentation. During the early days of involvement with the RBANSWInc he was given a publication written by Flo Ann Gordon, “Coat Colour Genetics of the Netherland Dwarf” from Angela Elliott one of the founding members of the RBANSWInc. This was instrumental in a series of events that directed him to his career choice in genetics.
Paul now breeds Dwarf lop, Satin and Tans and is currently working on local breed resurrection of English Spot and Thrianta as well as the improvement and colour diversification within these breeds.
Heather Smith- September 27th Show
Heather has been involved in rabbits for 15 years working mostly on Dwarf Lops and Satins as well as having owned and bred Netherlands. She also helps her husband with his German Lops.
She's enjoyed the friends she's made, the people she gets to meet and improving the rabbits she breeds. Heather enjoys judging which she has been doing for the last 8-9 years and getting to meet new people in the fancy.
I would like to share with you all a little about myself, I have for as long as I can remember had a rabbit, as a teenager I discovered the Rabbit Fancy and began showing my pet bunnies in 1996. After a few tears I very quickly learnt how to present a show bunny with clean feet! My passion for improving the breed became obvious when a quick bunny count revealed over 120 contenders!
For the last 17yrs I have always had bunnies, although having a few years of the Fancy in between to travel & follow other interests. I have had over my time most breeds, most challenging being the English Angora & Tan. These days I now have a more conservative number of about 60 rabbits which is still on my ‘too many’ side but consists of mainly Polish, Satin, Netherland and some Dwarf Lop.
I was trained by The Victorian Rabbit Association Inc. & began my training in 2006, I then finished training in 2009 and completed a 2 year probationary which ended Feb 2011.
I have been privileged to judge many shows in my home State of Vic, most Australian states for a variety of clubs including by not limited to, REBS NSW, Rabbit Fanciers Society NSW, ACT Southern Tablelands rabbit Club, Canberra Rabbit Club & SA The South Australia Rabbit Fanciers Society. Hills rabbit club WA & RBA Tasmania for the Hobart Royal. Also New Zealand for the Canterbury Cavy & Rabbit club Assoc in 2012, and the Northern Nationals in Auckland 2013. I have also had the privilege of book stewarding for some of our International UK and American Judges.
My Stud name is Rigby Rabbits & I have strived to produce and present my bunnies the best I can over my time while achieving some very rewarding results, most recently winning the 2013 Royal Sydney Easter show and the Rabbit Breeders of Vic 5* Show.