This is THOR of Ruskin. A rabbit way ahead of his time (in the UK) and the most influential Minature Lop in the first Ten Years of the breeds development in the UK
He was imported from Holland in January 1994 from his breeder - Wijnand Van Leeuwen along with 6 other animals and on arrival in the UK had to go straight into 6 months Quaratine. In the July he was realsed from Quarantine and it was evident his care whilst incarserated had not been fantastic, however, with quality feed, plenty of water and plenty of fresh clean bedding he soon started to look like the animal I had seen in Holland in the January. It was important to me to make sure that I got him into peak condition in the weeks follwoing him being released as the Miniature Lop was to gain Standardisation in the August and I wanted to be able to show him as soon as possible.
The first 10 days of August went by before I took him to a show. This was Rotherham Championship Show - incorporating the Yorkshire & Humberside Lop Club summer show and the Rare Varieties Club Show (both of which he was entitled to be shown in as well at the Championship Show). I had long been saying that I wanted to be the first person in the UK to win a Best In Show with a Miniature Lop - I never drempt that Sept 11th 1994 would be that day - just 11 days after standardisation.
He won Best in Show from over 100 Lops (all breeds) in the YHLC Stock Show. He then went on to win the SECOND BIS UK on the same day by winning BIS in the RVCGB Stock Show and he won Best of Breed and Runner up Best Fancy in the Open Championship Show. To say it was a day of shocks and huge surprises would be an understatement.
The FIRST EVER Best In Show Award for a Miniature Lop Rabbit in the UK
Ruskin's Grace (Gucci's Mother)
Grace was out of an outcross doe I brought in from a well known stud, local to me who were doing a lot of winning with REW's at that time - Jervis & Donnagain, and it would appear that she slotted in quite well.
I showed her as a baby and she won a couple of classes, but was always competing against either one of my bucks, or one from the show team of J&D for the CC
I include her here as she played a pivitol role in the direction that Ruskin went in at this time and is a doe that can be raced through almost every Ruskin Mini Lop bred from then on.
DOUBLE Supreme Champion Ruskin's Gucci
Gucci became the First BRC Supreme Champion to be registered in the breed in 2007
after winning BIS twice at 4 Star Championship Shows along with numerous other
He was sold to Chris Humphrey's of Lynbrook Stud , Wales in 2008 to get her back into
the Fancy after almost 20 years of being away from rabbit breeding and showing
She was a lovely doe, bred out of Gr Ch. Ricardo (Sooty Fawn) and a REW import doe from Harold Wolf - she was an only youngster and grew on really well.
She was first shown at 4.5 months old at the Southern Champ Show in 2006. She was not actually entered, but when I discovered the rabbit I had intended taking had pulled a nail, I looked for another u/5 that could go in its place - and she was chosen.
So..... on her very first (and only) time out, she beat her stable mate Sup. Ch Gucci for the CC, she then took BoB and went on to win the Lop Group as well.
**Suprised was an understatement**
She was almost completely bald underneath and still to this day I will never know how she managed to do so well that day
Ch. Ruskin's Wilson
Wilson was out of a litter by a new import buck from a line I had never used before and had brought in to see what could be imnproved, if anything with the first outcross.
His mother was Gucci's litter sister
Surprisingly, the outcross was very successfull, and this buck was a 4* Championship Show BIS winner, with numerous other Regional Stock Show BIS's under his belt as well.
and as this bucks name also suggests (you'll see a pattern emerge with this) Wilmot was a Ch. Wilson son. He went overweight for a youngster, before he was 4 months old, so was never shown as a baby. However, he levelled out and was successfully shown to BIS wiins as an adult.
He was later sold to another breeder, to help with their Breeding in Denmark.
Supreme Champion Edam vom Ruskin
Imported from Holland in 2006, this boy was another from the Country of Origin that came to Ruskin and was hugely influential on the forward direction and improvement of the breed in the UK.. He Was a super show animal, but with was in the breeding pen he proved even more incredible. He was the Sire of 23 different BIS winning children and the Grandsire of probably treble that. He wont the Lop Group At Bradford Championship Show in 2010 and was the Grandfather of the 2012 Group and Best in Show Winner.
Nadia vom Ruskin
At the same time I brought over Edam, I had the opportunity to bring a couple of does as well - from the same litter. I wouldn't usually have taken 3 animals the exact same way bred, but they were just too good an opportunity to pass over.
Nadia is pictured Left after winning
Best Lop and Best In Show at the 4* SOLENT CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2006
she had a futher 2 BIS win before I mate her up
Ch. Ruskin's Middleton
Biorn in 2007 and bred for the BRC 6 Star Show (one held - at that time - every 7 Years
He won Best in Show on his first ever outing to the Northern Lop Club stock show at Middleton in Manchester (hence his name) and then he went on to Win the Mini Lops at Stafford 6* Show a month or so later. He was a super show buck with lots of 'character' and he always held his head up shouting 'look at me' to all of the Judges.
I later sold him on, after taking stock off him self, to help further anothe Mini Lop breeders stud
Ruskin's Fred the Head
This was a buck I never showed - I know - you are looking at him and wondering WHY?
Well he was actually very soft coated and not the kind of coat I was wanting to show around that time, so even though he had incredible type (he was a Middtle son) He stayed at home and was hardly uised at Stud either, due to me being too wary that his coat would pass on.. Still, it was always nice to go int he shed and see that head staring back at you from his hutch.
This buck was in the very first litter I had off Edam, and originally I sold him as a youngster to another breeder, but she felt that he was too big (he only ever at him heaviest weighed 3lb9oz) so I bought him back.
He went on to sire Gr. Ch. Ruskin's MG (Top Winning Mini Lop 2009) and a number of other veruy prolific BIS winners.
Ch Ruskin's Edason
As his name suggests, he is an Edam son (the first one to be shown) and he was a National & Regional Stock Show BiS winners, and also Open Show BIS winner.
I never used him myself for breeding, and sold him on at a still relatively young age, to another breeder to help progress their lines, which he did immensley.
Ch. Ruskin's Alexander
Alex was obviosuly destined to be at Ruskin to do some good, but in his early months, I decided to sell him (along with about 10 other REW's) to someone wanting a really top start in REW Mini Lops. Jim Pearson (Barracuda Stud) was diversing from his Top Winning REWN,Dwarfs and moving into the Lops. He also got R.Pattriick and Ruskin's Massimo (a Pattrick Nephew, and 8 Does.
Within 3 years, the bucks (and does) were sold on, over and over again - eventually coming back to me (after I hunted each one of them down) when I bought them all back.
Alex stayed with me and won a number of BIS awards, before I loaned him to Adey Ley - I didnt want to sell him again, so loanign was the better option.
This ended up being almost a permanent loan, as I only had him back in my possesion once (for him to win the NMLRC ASS and the YHLC ASS at Doncaster - where he left the show hall and again went back to Ady's. ... where he spent the remainder of his life. I have a beuatiful som of his here however - Ruskin's Alster
Ch Ruskin's Marvello
this was a lovely baby who I wont a few BIS with and then donated him to the National Mini Lop Club of GB's 15th Anniversary Show Auction where he was eventually purchased by Dave & Amanda White of Sunnybank Stud in Wales, where he went on to sontinue winning and produce for the,
Marvello was sired by Gr.Ch. Ruskin's Rocardo - a Sooty buck who shares the same father as Ch. Ruskin's Middleton - CH Ruskins Jamie - an Agouti Buck who was
Runner Up Best In Show at the NMLRC 10th Anniversary show in 2005 at Sandbach
Ch. Ruskin's Marvric
This was a super baby, winning his first CC and 3rd BIS at the NMLRC 15th Anniversary YSS. He developed on well and was eventually donated to the Bradford Championship Show auction where he was bought by Julie Livingstone and went on to be the backbone of her stud of REW Miniature Lops of this day
Gr. Ch. Ruskin's MG
TOP MINI LOP 2009
This buck ended his show career with 18 BIS wins for me and was (and still is) the Mini Lop that has won me the most - even though he didnt make Supewmw Champion Status (he was the rabbit I had intended to take to Bradford Champ,in 2010 and that win would have given him Sup. Ch, but he broke coat 4 days before, so I took his Grandfarther instead and he went on to Win it ifor him LOL)
Supreme Champion Ruskin's OMG
although his name would suggest he was an MG Son, infact his father was Ch.Ruskin's Remington - Steel Buck, himself being sired by Sup Ch. Edam
On his mother's side however, OMG was an MG Grandson
seen here sitting in the
Bradford Championship Show BEST IN SHOW Rose Bowl
after winning BIS in January 2012, he was Retired & never shown again
Ruskin's The Rock
Unshown as always has sat on the top end of the wright limit, but did I care, nah. He has been a useful branch of the bloodline to reatin. His father was an import buck, his mother wa litter sister to Sup. Champion R.OMG
I have now moved this buck on and it has gone to live with
Oliver Kelly, Donna and Karen Gillians (Kellians Stud)
this is my Ch Alex son, unshown as most highly prized for his bloodline and better off at home with me than at a show showing eveyone how beautiful he is (he knows it anyway)
His a small chap, wieighing only 3lb1oz at 4 years old, but he certainly doesnt look pewney. he's a solid hunk of muscle
Ch. Lanark of Ruskin
Lanark was a buck I bought in from Julie Livingstone (Lazarus Stud)
His Grandfather was the Buck Julie bought from me at Braford Champ Show the year before (R/Marvric) and I wanted some of the bloodine coming from the maternal side of his pedigree.
he was an incredibly UGLY baby and took a long to to start to fill into anything looking like a Mini Lop, but at around 5.5 months old he did startto change, and it happened which a bopm.
His first outing to a show he won BIS in the NMLRC srtock show and the Open Show,
his second outting he also won another 2 BIS and a third outng in that month saw him win another BIS.