The Nature Trail’s Myrddin

grand champion broken tortoise holland lop

Grand Champion Rabbit

Breed: Holland Lop

Showroom Variety: Broken Pattern

Registration Variety: Broken Tortoise

Sire: GC Camelot’s Merlin

Dam: Style’s Stella

Legs: 4

Best Show Results: 23rd  of 68 broken junior bucks at Holland Lop National Show, Best of Group

Breeder:Laurie Stroupe

Evaluating this Holland Lop Buck

GC The Nature Trail’s Myrddin has an incredibly wide head.  He’s really showing that “mass” that you look for in a holland lop buck.  As you can see from the pictures at the left, he had a narrower head as a junior, but it still had very good width to the muzzle and grew into the hunk of stuff you see in the senior pic.  Myrddin has a good wide crown to balance and good stumpy legs: something you look for when judging holland lop rabbits. He has excellent width to the chest.  He also has a nice short body and good depth.  This is a Holland Lop senior buck of excellent quality.

His breeder, Laurie Stroupe, has this to say about Myrddin:

Even when Myrddin was just a baby, he was adorable.  Normally, I wouldn’t take such a baby to Nationals, but I had to scratch my broken junior buck, so I figured why not.

I was pleased at his placement, considering his age:  23 out of  68 entered.  His comments included “very good head” and “NICE.”

Myrrdin is out of GC Camelot’s Merlin and The Nature Trail’s Estella, a Styles Stella daughter.  I knew that Merlin and Stella worked well together, so I hoped that Merlin and Estella would as well.

His major fault is long fur.  The undercoat is long enough to knot.  My friend Lisa thought he’d be a fuzzy.  He didn’t go fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure he’s a fuzzy carrier.

I knew I was going to have to sit on him for quite a while until he was ready to be competitive again.  It looks like his time may be coming soon.  He has the best depth and width for such a short, short buck.  And I love his head, ear, and crown.  In fact, I’m totally in love with this boy!

He granded as he approached 18 months.  As with many smaller bucks, he had to wait for all of his maturity before forging ahead.

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Myrddin as a junior

fat faced holland lop massive buck

Myrddin as a senior -- see that huge face?