It was beginner’s luck that yielded a first-place finish in the rabbit show, Monday evening, at the annual Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair.
Amber Hurst’s, 14, mini-rex, named Mini Mc Moo for her cow-like spots, won Best in Show. Hurst, a member of the Kountry Kids 4-H Club, said she was speechless as it was her first time showing. Hurst and Mini Mc Moo beat out six other contestants showing seven rabbits for the title. She was joined by her two best friends to celebrate her win. Mini MC Moo also won Best in Class and Best in Fancy.
Judge Candy Trujillo said Mini Mc Moo won because of her best conformation, best condition and best fur condition. Trujillo, who has judged the competition several times before, spoke highly of the competition, “there were some really nice rabbits.”
Hurst, of Roswell, is the daughter of Derek Hurst and Shelli Bolin. She showed dairy goats later that evening.
In total, the show, which lasted about two hours, featured 40 carrot-eating, nose-wiggling rabbits of eight different breeds. Justin Armstrong, 13, of Hagerman, brought 13 rabbits to show. His Champagne D’Argent, named Pier, “‘cause it’s French,” won Best in Commercial. “It’s all right I’ll take it, but I would’ve liked the competition,” Armstrong said, referring to Pier being the only contestant in the commercial class. Armstrong, a member of the Hagerman FFA club, is the son of Chet and Todie Armstrong.