National English Rabbit Club

~ The 24 Carat Club ~

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YSS 2016 Report

By Bob Chappell

The weekend of 25 and 26 June saw English fanciers from all parts of Great Britain heading to the Newark Showground for the 2016 Yss. For the second time the show was with the UK Dutch on the light and spacious Newark Pavillion.

Penning was available from the the Friday afternoon for long idstance travellers, these having been erected by a contractor. This made life a lot easier with the increasing average age of fanciers!

Saturday morning saw the arrival of more fanciers and rabbits. The 102 youngsters and 40 adults were soon penned. One exhibit made a bid for freedom in the car park but was recaptured with the help of several fanciers (I wonder who owned it?). It made another escape attempt after being penned!

During the morning, cup steward Janet Howson set up her usual impressive display of club silverware and glassware.

There was a time for a cuppa and a butty before
judging started. The canteen was manned all
weekend by the Kirkland family, Ann Hemsley,
Mick Weeks and Amy Wilkinson. Show manager
John Kay was making sure all judging tables were
ready and show secretary Roy Wearmouth had all
the paperwork in order so, with his President's hat
on, he and Gary Booth, UK Dutch President,
welcomed everyone to the show and introduced
judges - Team Germany, Steve and Duane for the
YSS and Donna Nicholson for the adult rosette show.

There were plenty of stewards so the judges were
soon hard at work. the blacks came first and after
thorough examination of all exhibits Steve put Steve Dixon's buck as his winner and Duane chose
Alan Wainwright's doe. After much deliberation, they chose the doe as winner of the black cup.

Blues were next up with Kitwood Ken's buck up against Mrs Lee's doe. Ken's buck became the winner. The grey classes resulted in both the buck and oe classes being won by Steward and Janet Howson. The doe took the cup.

With lunchtime getting nearer, the judge's decided to sort out the two choc classes next as they were smaller than the torts. This resulted in Brian Taylor's buck taking on Ian Kirkland's doe, the doe winning the cup.

The judges and book stewards sat down to a well deserved lunch. There was soon a queue at the canteen counter for the excellent food on offer.

Before judging recommenced, there was time for English and Dutch fanciers to mingle and look at each other's rabbits.

After lunch, Steve and Duane soon had the torts started with Ian McConnell's Doe taking the cup.

With the colour classes completed the buck and doe challenges were up next. When they were completed the gold cup winner was going to be between Ken Lee'sblue buck and Alan Wainwright's black doe.

John Kay made the announcement that BIS was about to be judged and Steve and Duane, watched by a large crowd, gave each rabbit a thorough examination before President Roy announced that the black doe had won the gold cup for 2016. A great exhibit admired by everyone.

While the youngsters were being judged, Donna had been working her way through the 40 adults, making an excellent job on her National debut. She made Gary Lees' well known grey doe best adult.

With judging completed, it was time to feed and water the stock and head off to hotels or home, with those camping on the showground having an excellent barbecue cooked by the Brasier family.

Sunday morning was nice and sunny after Saturday's heavy showers. Reports fromthe local hotels were that a ood time had been had by all the night before. Steve and Duance soon got stuck into the remaining duplicate classes and Donna judged the first leg of the Spotlight competition.

At 12.30, it was time for the AGM. For a while it looked asthough it was going to be held outside in the sun until John Kay found the key to the room we had been allocated. In Stewart's absence, Roy took the chair. A minute's silence was held for Dave Bishop who died recently and, with all business having been speedily dealt with, it was back to the show hall for more excellent refreshments.

The raffle followed, a joint one for the two clubs, and Graham Langham had been busy selling tickets on both days.

Finally it was presentation time and with Alan Wainwright not being at the show, the first person up was 'Kitwood Ken' to receive the blue cup and runner up BIS trophy too much applause. The other cup
winners followed to more applause from the watching crowd.

President roy with Donna (left) and Steve and Duane (right)
The three judges all received attractive hand engraved glassware.

The UK Dutch having alos finished their presentation, it was time for the two presidents, Roy and Gary, to close the show. Rabbits were boxed, handshake and goodbyes all round and time to head home.

Everyone I spoke to had a great weekend, there seemed plenty of mixing of English and Dutch fanciers and I am sure everyone is looking forward to next year when both clubs return to Newark.

If you missed the show this year, come next time, you will have a great time!

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National English Rabbit Club

Secretary
Mr Phil Shaw
(01325) 260409

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President Roy with Kitwood Ken accepting the blue cup (left) and Janet and Stewart accepting the grey cup (right)

Roy with Ian Kirkland, choc cup winner (left), Ian McConnell, tort cup (middle) and Lee Daly, best junior (left)

***2017's YSS is to be held on 24th & 25th June at Newark Showground***

Judges: K Last (Bucks), B Gardner (Does) & R Fenn (Adult Support)

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