FOR many people the Royal Show is an opportunity to see the animals, enjoy some rides in Sideshow Alley and purchase a showbag or two.
Bexley’s Real Estate sales administrator Kylie Board breeds and shows rabbits, so for her it was competition time with several of her rabbits in the running for a number of awards.
“My Ivory Satin Princess Aurora was runner up for Best in Show, so I was very pleased as only the best of the best are entered,” she said.
Princess Aurora won a number of other awards including Best of Breed and Best Fur, and another rabbit Rocky won Best Companion in Show.
Miss Board said the next big show in Perth was the Australian National Rabbit Extravaganza, to be held in May 2018 at Curtin Stadium.
“This will be the biggest rabbit show held in Perth in my lifetime so far, with rabbits coming from across the country to compete,” she said.
Miss Board has been breeding and showing rabbits since she was six years old and currently has 21 rabbits.
She breeds English angoras, satins, mini cashmere lops, polish and the very rare English spot.
“I enjoy my rabbits,” she said.
“I love their personalities; each one is different, like my angora, Bon Jovi, who thinks he is a dog and carries his toys and carrots around the house.
“I also have a number of older bunnies that I have adopted and who are enjoying their retirement.”
Miss Board said rabbits made excellent pets as long as they were cared for properly.
“They are a 10-plus year commitment and research before owning one is key,” she said.
“I advise contacting your local rabbit club for a well-bred, healthy, friendly rabbit or a local rescue and give a rabbit a second chance. n