There are five candidates for three positions.
Hi my name is Rob Pape and I live in Anderson, Indiana.
My oldest daughter, Courtney, has been raising Thriantas for 3 years. As the parent of five children, I see rabbits as a valuable hobby for myself and my children. We have attended the last three national shows and intend to be in Wichita, KS this fall. At the last convention I was asked to be a youth director for the Thrianta club in order to encourage youth breeder involvement in the club. This is a good fit as I enjoy encouraging my children and other youth breeders to promote the breed by raising, showing and selling high quality healthy animals.
Currently, Indiana has some outstanding youth Thrianta breeders. I submitted my name for the position of director as there are no directors in the state of Indiana. My education includes a bachelor’s degree from Ball State and a Masters from Grace College and Seminary. My job as a small business owner allows me to be accessible for emails throughout the day.
To the electorate of the ATRBA:
My name is Gail McDaniel and I have submitted my name as a candidate for Director of the ATRBA. I am currently serving as your reporter to the Domestic Rabbit and will continue to do so irregardless of the election results.
I am a widow and now have the time to devote to rabbits and rabbit clubs. I was somewhat inactive in rabbits, although I never quit raising them, for several years due to the illness and death of my husband. So now, having the time, I am seeking the opportunity to serve the thrianta rabbit club in yet another.capacity. The ATRBA and breed are growing rapidly in size and popularity and I am interested in assuring the continuation of that success.
I have raised rabbits for over thirty years and have been a member of the ARBA since 1985. I am a licensed Rabbit Registrar since 2006 and a member of the ATRBA for five years. I also am a member of numerous breed clubs and state organizations and show primarily in Mo., Tx., & Ok. as there are not many shows in Arkansas. I have attended most ARBA conventions with the exception of the last two years since 1988.
My career in rabbits began with my children's interest in 4H in Kansas. All three of my sons raised and showed rabbits at one time and the youngest stayed in until college and held the title of ARBA Rabbit King and also Kansas Rabbit King twice. I also organized with my sons a 4 H rabbit club called Tri Rivers Rabbit Club, but I am no longer associated with this club due to moving out of state, although it is still in existence.
In Arkansas I was a member of the Diamond State Rabbit Club serving as President twice and also held other offices during ist existence. This club held two yearly shows. While living in District 4, I ran for District Director of the ARBA. I also have been involved in cavies and the organization of a cavy club in Ar. which held several shows as well.
I currently raise four breeds, thrianta, hollands, polish and mini satins. I have also raised, in the past, mini rex, rex, mini lops, silver martins, himalayans and standard satins.
As a director, I am willing to listen to your issues and seek to assist you with them, and to assist the other officers in order to serve the club to promote the club, the hobby and the enjoyment of our wonderful fiery fancy breed.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for voting, whom ever you choose. Its only because of the interest and support of the membership that the club has been as successful as it is and I am willing and able to assist with its continued success and growth.
Thank you, Gail McDaniel
Hello Red Rabbit fans!
Thanks for considering me for ATRBA director. Husband Brian, daughter Rachel and I live on a small farm in SE
Growing up in 4-H, my sister and I raised meat rabbits for a short time in the 70's. In 2006, daughter Rachel was given a mismarked Dutch, joined 4-H, and thankfully had a good county rabbit leader who coached us on how to purchase a "show" rabbit. (she went on to make me county 4-H rabbit leader!) We went to our first ARBA show, listened to the "rabbit Portuguese"; (body type, pinched, deep, so many breeds and colors and !!!) The competitors were so nice and helpful...and fun.
One of our local 4-H families traveled to Missouri in 2007 to buy a new breed called the "Thrianta". We had no idea how to pronounce the name, and the kids were highly allergic to the bunnies, so four Thriantas came to live with us. We gave a pair to FFA and kept a pair. Once the pair FINALLY conceived, the chubby red cheeks of that first litter stole my heart! I read the ATRBA's history of the breed, and was fascinated by their origin. I started showing at ARBA shows, and found that the competition was south, in OK and TX. We are now finally seeing more Thriantas in my area.
I am currently active in my local SWMHR rabbit club as Youth Secretary and Vice President. SWMHR held Thrianta Nationals in 2011 in Sedalia MO, which was a wonderful way to meet even more of our club members! I am also the county 4-H rabbit leader, and the superintendent of rabbits at our county fair.
Once again, thanks to all the members and officers of ATRBA; what a wonderful, fun group of people. I look forward to seeing you in Wichita!
We live in South Bend, Indiana and our family got into the “rabbit habit” in 2004 when our daughter, Amanda, was in second grade. Beginning with one Thrianta, we now have nearly 40 with several ARBA and ATRBA BOB and BOS. We try to attend every convention possible and have enjoyed travelling as a family for our little red habit. At last year’s ARBA Convention, Brigette, Kim, and I worked diligently to keep the “Soper Shuffle” on track and moving. This year’s ATRBA in Fort Worth was a huge success and we enjoyed spending time with friends in Texas!
Our family works diligently to improve the breed and we promote the breed wherever we go. By running for this Directorship, I hope to represent the members in our District by hearing what you have to say and presenting it to the ATRBA Board of Directors. Being a college professor, I have helped teach many youth in our area about the breed and the overall ARBA standards of all breeds and I enjoy working and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Our Thrianta breed has grown and so has the ATRBA … we will continue to grow as the strong club we are! Thank you for your support!
My name is Dera Oldofredi and I am running for Director of the ATRBA. I have served as Director for the last term after being appointed by the Board. Thriantas are one of three breeds in my barn. I also raise Havanas and Californians. I first discovered Thriantas in 2005 when I saw them on the ARBA website and realized they looked just like me, red hair and brown eyes. Needless to say I fell in love and have never looked back. I have raised and shown the little red guys since early in 2006.
In Texas, 2006 I was fortunate enough to win the first ever Best of Breed Thrianta at an ARBA Convention with a beautiful Senior Doe, Lucille Ball, that I had purchased as a baby from Teri Reyman. Winning under Glen Carr was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I am glad to have gotten the opportunity to know him a bit over the years and would like to help the ATRBA continue to promote his goals for the Thrianta rabbit in the future. Under Rusty Westhoff in San Diego in 2009 I won Best of Breed again with a Junior Buck of my own breeding. That was also very satisfying; there is nothing like winning with your own!
Along the way we started the Really Red Rabbit Club, a local Thrianta Specialty Club serving the West Coast. I am currently President. I am also Vice-President of the Havana Rabbit Breeders Association, Secretary/Treasurer of the Western Havana Owners and Secretary of the Rabbit Producers of Santa Clara Valley. So, I do bring little bit of experience with me.
I hope you will consider voting for me to give me the opportunity to continue to serve the ATRBA, you the membership, and, our little red guys.