Hello everyone, my name is Lauren Turner and I am proud to be your 2018 PaSRBA Queen! I want to congratulate all of the new members of the Royalty Court, and look forward to spending the next year with you representing PaSRBA at shows, demonstrations, fairs, rabbit schools, and other rabbit-related events.
My Royalty Adventures as Queen started in February, at the PaSRBA Board meeting at Convention. I also helped set up and tear down the equipment for the rabbit hopping and agility events. Can you believe there were 132 entries this year in rabbit performance events? I also helped Mid-Atlantic Dwarf Hotot Specialty Club by selling tickets for their raffle table and with their specialties.
My next adventures took me to the Westmoreland County Rabbit School on March 10th to help do a series of rabbit hopping and agility workshops- from Beginner to Advanced levels. There was a great turnout and everyone had fun! Later in March I travelled with members of my 4-H club - Thundering Hoofbeats of Clearfield County - to a York County 4-H Club to talk about Royalty and rabbit hopping . They saw a presentation and then it was time to practice with their rabbits hopping on the courses. I enjoyed helping them with training tips - they had a lot of fun learning with their bunnies!
April was my busiest month yet. I went to the Apple Country RC show in Gettysburg, the Backyard Bunnies 4-H Club Show in Beaver Springs on April 28th and the Butler RBA Show on the 29th. That was a marathon weekend of showing and rabbit hopping, but it was a lot of fun! I wore my crown and sash at the shows, and helped run the rabbit hopping competitions and the Mid-Atlantic Dwarf Hotot Club Specialties. I won Best Reserve in Show Youth at the Backyard Bunnies Show with a Dwarf Hotot buck, which was a special moment for me. On April 24th, my 4-H club was asked to give a demonstration to Halfmoon Valley 4-H Club of Centre County. They were interested in rabbit hopping and learning about Royalty contests, and I enjoyed sharing my experiences with them.
My local library asked if I would do a “Meet the Queen” event, and give a talk on being PaSRBA Queen to the public. On May 10th I gave a presentation to an excited audience of parents and children. “Meet the Queen” was a success, with quite a few kids attending. They enjoyed seeing and petting the rabbits and especially loved the two cavies I brought! Then on May 20th I went to the PaSRBA Board meeting. The Youth Committee met to talk and vote on what they would like to do this year. There are lots of fun things planned for PaSRBA youth!
Currently I’m working on raising litters of my Dwarf Hotots to show at 2018 ARBA Convention in Massachusetts. I have several litters that look promising. All of them are happy and healthy. They already have fur and are starting to open their eyes. There is no breed cuter than a Dwarf Hotot at that age!
It has been a very busy and enjoyable spring for me. I am looking forward to summer, and I hope to see many of you at upcoming shows, fairs, and events J