Wow! Convention came and went and here it is already
Thanksgiving. I had a great week in Providence, Rhode
Island, and met many new friends in the fancy, several
of them Broken and TSW American breeders with whom I
will be staying in contact.
What great fortune that I was able to aquire a beautiful
American TSW boar at Convention, purchased from Cool
Beans Caviary. This little guy is a welcome, and much
sought after, stud to my TSW line. I may even enter
him in a few shows after the first of the year. He was
placed in breeding today with two virgin sows and two
sows that are each carrying a litter from another boar.
As soon as they deliver they will be backbred to the
The number of litters arriving in Novemeber dropped
but December should pick up a bit. I anxiously await
the TSW litters from the new boar that should begin
arriving in February.
The Fall Fancy brought the OCBS 2004 show season
to a close. This has been a special year of celebration
for OCBS as it marked its 20th year anniversary as an
ARBA State Specialty Club, a milestone, and I am proud
to be a member amongst this fine group of fanciers.
Opportunity and growth lie ahead and I welcome the challenge
to see our club grow even stronger in membership and
Nocatee received Best of Variety, Silvercrest
Chehalis received Best Opposite Sex of Variety,
and Silvercrest Chiloquin received Best Junior
of Breed for Show A under Judge Dana Kolstad.
Chippewa received Best of Variety and Best Opposite
Sex of Breed, receiving his first leg, Silvercrest
Chehalis recieived Best Opposite Sex of Variety,
and Silvercrest Nocatee received Best Senior
of Breed for Show B under Judge Tracy Iverson.
ARBA Convention in Providence is just over a week
away. The number of entries are a bit down this year,
however, there is a very good showing of Americans in
the 'Any Other Marked' variety. It should be exciting!
I look forward to meeting up with new friends I made
at the 2004 Specialty Show and 2003 Convention. Best
of luck to Tracy Iverson as he makes his third presentation
Silvercrest Nocatee received Best of Variety on
October 9th, under Judge Roy Colver, at the OCBS show
in St. Helens, Oregon. This little guy is 5 months old
and, to date, has earned 5 legs.
Silvercrest Chehalis received BOSV, earning her
Silvercrest Nokatee received Best of Variety
and Best Opposite Sex of Breed under Judge Tracy Iverson
at The High Desert Hop in Redmond, Oregon, on September
11th, receiving his 4th leg. Silvercrest Chehalis
received Best Opposite Sex of Variety.
& A. Wichita received his 12th and 13th leg
at the WCF shows in Bothell, Washington, on August 4th.
This boar has performed exceptionally well over the
last year, in spite of the fact he has remained in breeding
the entire duration. He is well deserving of an extended
vacation so, except for an occassional local show, this
guy will spend all his time in breeding, producing more
Nationals are just around the corner. This will be my
first time traveling to the Northeastern United States
and I can't wait to see the beautiful colors of Fall
that this area of the country is so famous for.
Once again, the Summer Show proved to be great fun
and good company. The weather remained cool until early
afternoon. Then it got really warm.
Silvercrest Nokatee received Best of Variety
(earning his 3rd leg) and Silvercrest Chehalis
received Best Opposite Sex of Variety at the Open Show
under Judge Diana Mortensen. H.P. & A. Wichita
received Best Opposite Sex of Breed under Judge Marny
Kirkpatrick for the Round Robin Show (earning his 11th
Lots of babies have arrived this month. Several
will reside at Silvercrest for showing or breeding.
New cavy pictures should be posted in the next few weeks.
The OCBS Summer Show is tomorrow. I can't wait! Every
year this event brings a fun-filled day that includes
two great shows (one is a Round Robin that is judged
by all the ARBA Cavy Judges present, so the results
are always exciting), a potluck, raffle, membership
meeting and cavies to buy and sell. The show attracts
exhibitors from throughout Oregon and many neighboring
states. See you all there!
Three litters in one day! The first was born in the
morning, the second in the afternoon, and the third
late in the evening. What a surprise for this to occur
as my caviary is small in number. Two lovely babies,
a GA/R/WH sow and a TSW sow, will remain at Silvercrest
and become part of the show team later in the summer.
The WSRBA State Convention in Ellensburg, WA, had a
great turnout, with about 200 cavies shown at both Saturday
shows and about 180 at both Sunday shows. Many folks
pitched in to clerk, spot animals on the table, ramrod
and keep the coops clean, enabling those traveling long
distances to be on the road early.
This convention was the first show for Silvercrest
Nocatee, a junior Broken boar, who received Best
Opposite Sex of Breed American under Judge Juliet Barrera
at Sunday Show A, earning his first leg. There were
88 cavies entered in the breed. Silvercrest Chehalis
received BOV at Saturday Show B and Sunday Show B, and
BOSV at Sunday Show A, earning 3 additional legs and
making her eligible for Grand Champion registration.
H.P & A. Wichita received BOV at Saturday
Show A and BOSV at Saturday Show B and Sunday Show B,
earning 3 additional legs.
OLRCB hosted a week-end filled with activities at their
annual state convention. Friday night included a Judges
Conference (all rabbit topics, so left early), Saturday
was a Specialty Show and Open Show, and Sunday was a
Youth Show and Open Show. A raffle was held both days.
Rain greeted us all for most of the week-end but my
spirits were not dampened as it is always great fun
for me to meet up once again with my fellow fanciers.
& A. Wichita received BOV for the Saturday Specialty
Show, and BOV and BOSB for the Sunday Open Show.
Silvercrest Chehalis received BOSV for Saturday
Specialty Show and Open Show, and Sunday Open Show.
ACBA Specialty Show photos are posted......finally!
See the "Upcoming Shows" page for the link.
Exhibitors were found
wrapped in fleece blankets and zipped in warm jackets
due to the cool breeze that persisted throught the day
at the Hillsboro Show, but Judge Tracy Iverson kept
the show moving right along, enabling us to pack ourselves
and our pigs in warm cars without delay.
Silvercrest Tacoma received Best of Variety AOM
and Best Opposite Sex of Breed American, Silvercrest
Chehalis received Best Opposite Sex of Variety AOM,
and Silvercrest Omaha received Best Opposite
Sex of Variety TSW.
Crazy 8 Show was one of the biggest attended for OCBS
in some time. About 230 cavies were exhibited in each
show. Reed and Jan Tibbetts, bless their hearts, judged
until about 6:30 PM.
Tacoma received Best Junior of Breed for Show B,
H.P. & A. Wichita received Best of Variety
for Show A, and Silvercrest Chehalis received
Best Opposite Sex of Variety for Show A and Show B.
2004 ACBA Specialty photos will be posted soon.
Specialty came and went so quickly. Although this was
the second Specialty I attended, it was the first one
in which I brought cavies to enter. Silvercrest Tacoma
competed against 6 other juniors to receive Best Junior
Petco Show, hosted yesterday by WCCF in Portland, OR,
was great fun. H.P. & A. Wichita recieved
BOSB, Silvercrest Kewlona received BOV, and Silvercrest
It is hard to believe ACBA Specialty Show is this week.
There are several breeders I will meet for the first
time and many with whom I will become reaquainted. According
to Don Petersen's report this is the largest turnout
ever for entries. To all who are traveling to Noblesville
this week - safe journey, and see you all there! Ummmm.........dreaming
EERBA hosted two shows in Eugene, Oregon, last week-end,
one on Friday evening, the other on Saturday. At the
Friday evening show Silvercrest Shoshone received
BOV for TSW. Reg. H.P. & A. Wichita received
BOV and a second leg, and Reg. Silvercrest Kewlona
received BOSV, both for AOM. On Saturday, Reg. H.P.
& A. Wichita again received BOV and a third leg,
making him eligible for ARBA Registered Grand Champion
certification. Reg. Silvercrest Kewlona received BOSV
and a fourth leg.
A project is underway to develop a small line of DA/OR/WH
Brokens, with the Dilute Agouti consisting of a lilac
base with orange tip, commonly referred to as Salmon
Agouti. My primary line will continue to remain the
intense colors, but the Salmon Agouti/Orange/White color
combination is very appealing to me and uncommon in
to WCF for hosting two great shows in Enumclaw, both
of which had impressive turn-outs.
Silvercrest Chehalis, a junior, received BOSV
for Show A, earning a leg in the first show of her career.
Silvercrest Kewlona received BOV for Show B and
a third leg, making her eligible for ARBA Registered
Grand Champion certification. Silvercrest Tokatee
received BOSV for Show B, earning his first leg.
"Photos" page has been updated with new pigs.
Two litters are due this month and many more boars and
sows are in breeding. To view a complete list, go to
the "Litters" page.
Hope to see many exhibitors from the northwest at the
WCF Enumclaw Show on March 6th. It should be lots of
Kewlona received Best of Variety on 02.07.04 for
Show A and Show B at the OCBS Winter Show in Eugene,
Oregon, earning 2 legs. Her ARBA Application for Registration
was submitted that day, making her the first registered
cavy for Silvercrest and one step towards my goal of
attaining a 100% registered line. H.P. & A. Wichita
received Best Opposite Sex of Variety for Show B, earning
babies, babies! And I couldn't be more thrilled about
the clean patching, distribution of color and improved
type that is being produced in this latest generation.
more litters arrived this last week. See details on
the "Litters" page. The big surprise was getting
a DA/WH (lilac base, orange tips, pink eyes) baby from
pairing a TSW with a GA/R/WH. Mom is TSW (with both
of her parents being TSW) and Dad is GA/R/WH (with both
of his parents being GA/R/WH). Dilute colors can be
found beginning with the 3rd generation back on Moms
side and REO/WH can be found beginning with the 4th
generation back on Dads side, but no Dilute Agouti
on either pedigree. Hmmmm.....
first litter of 2004 arrived Sunday. See details on
the "Litters" page.
Finally! The ARBA Convention photos are posted. Go to
the "Shows" page to click on the link. Enjoy!
Several litters are expected throughout the month of
January. Visit the "Litters" page for a listing
of sows due in early 2004 and those that are in breeding.
My expectation for the coming year is that these newest
litters bring Silvercrest one step closer to it's goal
of producing an established line of American Broken
Colors that consistantly exhibits great type, patching
and distribution. Stay tuned!
The ARBA Convention
was nothing short of spectacular. I
met so many wonderful cavy fanciers for the first time,
several with whom I plan to stay in touch. The
greyhound races on Saturday were so much fun and the
buffet really good. Other memorable events were the
ACBA Banquet, The Last Supper and, of course, the announcement
of the show winners. A link to photos will soon be posted
on the "Shows" page.
beautiful new boar, purchased at the convention from
David Hardesty (H.P. & A. Caviary), now resides
at Silvercrest. This good natured little guy, who I
named H.P & A. Wichita, is nicely marked
and will make a fine addition to the herd. He is now
in breeding with Silvercrest Ochoco, Silvercrest
Coquille and Silvercrest Siskiyou.
anticipation, I look forward to attending the ACBA Specialty
Show and ARBA National Convention in 2004.
Siskiyou, a TSW sow exhibited by my son, won Best
in Show at the OCBS Fall Fancy sanctioned Youth Show
in Eugene, OR. At the Open Show Silvercrest Ochoco
won Best of Variety and Silvercrest Tokatee won
Best Opposite Sex of Variety. It was a fun day. The
Fall Fancy Show was a great success, and what was most
encouraging to me was that every exhibitor for the Youth
show was new. Watch for photos of the show to be posted
countdown to Wichita begins!
The first annual OCBS Fall Fancy Show is October 25th.
Lots of fun activities are planned. This show kicks
off the 20th year anniversary of Oregon Cavy Breeders
Society. A great year of celebration is planned for
is hard to believe that ARBA Convention is less than
two weeks away. Excitement is building! This will be
my first trip to Nationals and having a cavy to enter
gives me much to look forward to. Many fanciers I have
yet to meet in person so I look forward to placing faces
to names I hear regularly and hope to create new friendships
at this event.
caviary is transitioning to a new breeding set-up. Several
of the condos will be replaced with 4x2x2 galvanized
tubs placed on movable shelving units. Look for new
pictures on the Caviary page soon. See you all in Kansas.
Silvercrest is going to Wichita!
Kewlona recieved Best Junior of Breed in Redmond
on September 13, her first show. How exciting! Silvercrest
Ochoco recieved Best of Variety and Silvercrest
Tokatee received Best Opposite Sex of Variety. I
am quite anxious to get a litter out of Ochoco so she
will be placed in breeding at the end of the show season
Photos of the OCBS Summer Show now posted. To view them
go to the Shows page
The OCBS Summer Show was loads of fun, with a full
day that included two shows (Open Show and Round Robin
Show), a potluck, raffle, membership meeting, futurity
judging, and a gathering of new and old friends from
several states including Oregon, Washington and California.
Photos will be posted soon.
Ochoco earned her second and third leg, one as Best
of Variety at the Open Show, with Waldemar Perez judging,
and the other as Best of Variety at the Round Robin
Show, with Marny Kirkpatrick judging. Silvercrest
Shaniko earned his fourth leg as Best Opposite Sex
of Variety at the Open Show, and Silvercrest Tokatee
won Best Opposite Sex of Variety at the Round Robin
more cavies are in breeding with litters expected the
beginning of October.
Two more litters arrived in the last two weeks.
Silvercrest Kewlona, a ga/r/wh sow out of Silvercrest
Cheyenne, will reside at the caviary. One more sow,
NWSSR's Chiquita, is due to deliver about July
New photos of the caviary are posted. To view a look
inside click here.
OCBS Summer Show is less than three weeks away. This
is one of the club's best shows and lots of activities
are planned, such as an open show, round robin show,
futurity, potluck, raffle and membership meeting.
Attending the ACBA Specialty Show sparked a renewed
desire in me to breed exceptional broken colors, and
raised the bar on the level of quality I hope to achieve
in my line. I can't remember seeing so many nicely marked
American ts/w's at one show, and the Best of Variety
for the broken Americans was one of the finest I have
seen. The ga/r/wh had everything going for it - type,
color, patching, distribution.
See photos of American broken color judging on ACBA
Specialty Show page.
The ACBA Specialty Show is just around the
corner and I look forward to the fun and excitement
in store, as it will be my first time attending this
national event. I am tagging this trip on to a business
trip to Las Vegas, so I will not be entering any of
my own cavies, but still, I look forward to making new
friends and meeting those fanciers, breeders and exhibitors
whose names I see mentioned often in the cavy world.
More babies arrived Sunday, April 6. Silvercrest
Tiawah delivered two boars ands two sows. Interestingly,
there is one whose head is has a large black patch on
one side with the remainder of the head white - a trait
I definately want to capitilize on, as something other
than "dutch" face markings are appearing in
the offspring. Another welcome occurance is the fairly
equal balance of boars and sows in the litters overall.
Babies arrived Sunday, March 30. Silvercrest
Illahee delivered two boars and one sow. Silvercrest
Tiawah is due to deliver her litter any day.
The 2003 show season is off to a great start. Silvercrest
Shaniko, a ga/r/wh boar, received "Best of
Variety" and "Best Intermediate of Breed"
at the WCCF Frozen Friends Show A in St Helens,
and "Best Opposite Sex of Breed" at the OCBS
Winter Show A in Eugene. Silvercrest Ochoco,
a ga/r/wh junior sow, received "Best of Breed"
at the OCBS Winter Show A in Eugene. It was her
breeding program is kicking in to gear with three sows
currently bred and litters due the end of March through
beginning of May. Another sow will go into breeding
always, I look forward to attending more shows, meeting
with friends and learning more from those who make it
all look so easy. Until next time....