Kids show rabbits at Elbert County Fair

4-H event highlights 58 entries in 13 categories

The Elbert County Fair hosted its annual 4-H Rabbit Show in association with Colorado State University Extension. The event was held on Aug. 2 at the Elbert County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.
There were 58 entries that competed in 13 categories (Meat Exhibit, Single Fryer, Companion, English Spot, Polish, Mini Rex, Mini Lop, Californian, Satin, Mini Satin, New Zealand, Netherland Dwarf and Champagne D’Argent). Though only 10 rabbit breeds were shown at the competition, the American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes 50 rabbit breeds.
Scott Wiebensohn of Colorado State University served as the judge for the rabbit show. Wiebensohn has served as a licensed rabbit judge for 18 years and has raised rabbits for nearly 40 years.
The 4-H Rabbit Show has undergone several hurdles over the past few years. During 2020, the competition took place digitally due to COVID-19. This year, the public fundraiser was canceled due to the increase of rabbit hemorrhagic virus. In the past, members of the public could show their rabbits to raise money for the Elbert County 4-H Rabbit Project.
In an email correspondence soon after the event, Kim Tervort, rabbit superintendent, expressed why she feels 4-H and FFA are important to the kids of the Elbert County community.
“4-H and FFA are important to the kids and the Elbert community or kids in general as it teaches kids responsibility, how to be self-sufficient by raising animals farm to table, or how to simply do a trade like woodworking, leather craft, cooking and sewing, etc.,” said Tervort. “Rabbits are often an entry animal as they don’t take much space to take care of. It’s not as large of a commitment as a huge steer or pigs. The kids also learn how to give back to their communities and these programs.”
Four of the event’s competitors were new to the 4-H Rabbit Project and were showing for the first time. Faelynn Reinschmidt was one of the new competitors.
“I started this year. This is my first time showing her (Apples, a Jersey Wooly rabbit). I wanted to see what it was like doing a competition,” said Reinschmidt. “I was practicing showing dogs, but I switched to rabbits because they are so peaceful, and they don’t move a lot.”
The show’s winners were:

I. Category: Companion Rabbit

Grand Champion — Faelynn Reinschmidt
Reserve Grand Champion — Brooke Tartaglia

II. Category: Meat Exhibit

Grand Champion — Dayton Tervort
Reserve Grand Champion — Alexa Duricy

III. Category: Purebred Rabbit

Grand Champion — Dayton Tervort
Reserve Grand Champion — Lexi Grad

IV. Category: Showmanship

Novice Grand Champion — Brooke Tartaglia
Novice Reserve Champion — Faelynn Reinschmidt
Junior Grand Champion — Cade Tervort
Junior Reserve Champion — Lexi Grad
Intermediate Grand Champion — Bailey Barnhart
Intermediate Reserve Champion — Randi Carson
Senior Grand Champion — Dayton Tervort
Senior Reserve Champion — Alexa Duricy
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