The HLRSC Hall of Fame was established in 1997 for the purpose of recognizing and showcasing special and dedicated breeders who have made significant contributions to the Holland Lop breed and its advancement. Hall of Fame Inductees are chosen by a selected committee and honored at the annual ARBA Convention. The HLRSC would like to thank and congratulate the Hall of Fame inductees for the impact they have made not only on the breed but also in the lives of many fanciers.
To learn more about the HLRSC Hall of Fame inductees and their service and dedication to the Holland Lop breed, please click below. Enjoy!
2018 — Vi Crowder (TN)
Vi and her husband Howell, were two of the first members of the HLRSC. Vi served as club president from 1989-1992, and as Vice-president in 1998. She was instrumental in getting the HLRSC incorporated, as well helped the club achieve non-profit status. She supported the HLRSC in any way she could!
Her first big win was with Lord Phillip who won Best of Breed at both the Tulsa ARBA Convention, in 1989, as well as Best of Breed at the National show in Huntington, IN, in 1992. She and her husband, Howell, were Herdsman of the Year for four years, between 1987 and 1990. She hosted the 1984 National Show as well as spearheaded the 1993 national.
Vi’s southern charm and hospitality is legendary. She helped formed the Music City Labor Day show, which became a long weekend event including a barbque, that drew breeders from all over the east coast
She gave many current breeders their start with Hollands, including Jamie Wardlow and Todd Naragon, and as well as helped many others along the way to success. She loved the Holland Lop bar none. They were her passion!
2016 — Becky Brim (TX)
Becky has been raising Hollands since 1993. She has raised several other breeds, but the Holland stole and kept her heart.
Becky was Zone 4 Director for several terms. She served as convention breed secretary and superintendent, as well as helped put on numerous local shows. Becky is widely respected for the quality of Holland that she breeds. However, she is probably even more loved for the quality of Holland Lop that she sells to others. Becky does not believe in inferior quality. She works closely with buyers, new and old alike, to help them evaluate their herd and choose what will benefit their program, and the breed as a whole. She also makes sure to send trios that will work together, guaranteeing success.
Becky has said, “To have a good name in rabbits and to truly help people, you have to let go of your good rabbits. You aren’t helping people, helping the breed, encouraging showing or camaraderie if you sell culls and crap.”
2013 — Pandora Allen (VA)
Pandora has raised and shown Hollands for over 20 years, and has served as HLRSC Secretary for four-teen years, as well as on several HLRSC committees, including audit, election, national Show and ARBA Convention committees. She also wrote and edited several editions of our club guidelines.
Pandora has contributed greatly to the ARBA, through many years co-chairing the ARBA Research and Development Committee. She tackled the week-long task of running the R&D booth at convention for many years. Through her hard work thousands of dollars have been raised for rabbit research.
She is one of those “forever helpful” club members who can always be depended upon, no matter the task. She has a confidence that transcends to others that things will be accomplished, and everything will be fine. When you think of the words “southern charm”, you think of Pandora.
2012 — Debra Sandoval (CA)
Debra has raised Holland Lops continuously since 1983. She has consistently put good Hollands on the show table and won at convention and Holland Nationals (3 BOB, 5 BOS, 4 Display). Deb has also won Herdsman of the Year for every year from 2010 through 2017 with her partner, Nicole Brockriede.
Deb has served as HLRSC Secretary-Treasurer for two years, Sweepstakes Chair for numerous years, as well as on several committees. She has been on the show Committee for several national shows and ARBA conventions and was the breed secretary for the California ARBA Conventions. Deb has served as the President of Cal State RBA (2 years), the NCHLC (25 years), and Littlest Lop Club (22 years). Deb is also an ARBA Registrar.
Deb has locally supported our youth Holland breeders by consistently selling quality stock and works with them to improve their stock. She is always willing to pitch in and help at all local shows, as well as at ARBA conventions and Holland nationals. She is the “forever” clerk at the local shows, and is a part of the backbone of the HLRSC.
2011 — Allan Ormond (UT)
Allan Ormond joined the HLRSC in March 1988. He served as President for four years as well as Zone 2 Director, and on several committees. Allen is also an ARBA Judge and beloved by our youth members. He is dedicated to educating and has given several youth seminars at the ARBA convention. Not only youth members attend; often many open breeders glean words of wisdom from his talks.
Becky and Allen have also helped many get started with rabbits. He is best known for his generosity, and kindness. He always teaches when he judges, making showing an educational experience. He have been voted to judged several Best in Show Groups at ARBA conventions, and has mentored several new judges.
Allan and his wife, Becky, have won several awards at ARBA Conventions and Holland nationals with their stock (3 BOB, 2 BOS, 1 Best Display). Raising the Holland Lop breed is his passion, even though he has successfully raised several other breeds.
2010 — Barry Hustins (ME)
Barry joined the HLRSC in May, 1984, and has served as Director as well as on numerous committees sharing his expertise. Barry loved to serve in the background. He served on the HLRSC Standards Committee for 15 years, and his knowledge of Dwarfs was of immense help in writing the color standard as it stands today.
He founded the New England Holland Lop Club back in 1987, which is still active today. During a weekend long card game in Massachusetts with a club majority presence of three other members, he brainstormed the 1991 HLRSC National Show. A truly brave idea since the club had only $350 to its name. The result, a very successful National that not only didn’t bankrupt the NEHLC, but allowed it to donate $250 back to the National Club for the next years National!
In 1991, Barry began working for Marylouise Cowan at Fort Cowan Bunny Barracks in Southport, Maine. Incorporating his Grand Champion stock into hers and creating the well-known and much valued bloodstock that has lead to many top national placements and the Best Display at the 2009 HLRSC Nationals in PA. He also had several big wins with his Hollands prior to joining Cowan Bunny Barracks, including BOB at the 1987 ARBA Convention.
Breeders flock to his carriers at shows to see what he has brought for sale. He sells many of his best, which sometimes beat his “keepers” on the show table. He takes this with a coy smile and no doubt much satisfaction.
2008 — Jamie Wardlow (IL)
Jamie joined the HLRSC in the early 80’s, and was involved heavily with the club during the 80’s and 90’s, serving as a director for three terms, and as chairman of Holland Nationals, in IL. Jamie worked as a vet tech, and helped numerous breeders with their Holland health questions. She also put on an ARBA Convention youth seminar, along with Amy Ginley, to help educate our youth.
Jamie and Randy Shumaker were responsible for coming up with ways for the HLRSC to fund awards for conventions and national shows. Prior to the establishment of the banquet auction, stock auctions, and the convention raffle trio, awards relied totally on donations. These fund-raisers allowed the HLRSC to be the first specialty club not to rely on sponsors for awards, plus we were also the first club to give an awards allowance to specialty clubs hosting national shows.
Jamie was also a very successful breeder winning numerous awards at the ARBA convention and Holland nationals (1 Best of Group at Convention, 6 BOB, 6 BOS, 8 Best Display wins). She also has the honor of winning the first Best in Show with a Holland at an ARBA Convention. CJ’s Caleb, who not only won Best in Show at an ARBA Convention, but also won BOB at two separate ARBA conventions!
2007 — Audrey Patriarche (MI)
Audrey joined the HLRSC in October, 1989. She was Treasurer for four years, and served on numerous committees including the Election Committee, Judges Selection Committee, Audit Committee, Editorial Committee, and Guidebook Committee. She also served on the HLRSC Standards Committee for 18 years and was Chairman for two years.
She has been on the show committee for three Holland national shows, and one ARBA Convention committee, and is our permanent ramrod for Holland Nationals and conventions. She has also served as the Banquet Chair for at least 4 national shows and 10 ARBA Conventions.
Audrey shows a passion for Holland Lops, taking great pleasure from seeing a good one win if it hers or not. She is currently working on the certificate of development for Blue Point Hollands.
She has won BOB and Best Display at Holland Nationals, and also bred the winner of two HLRSC national shows. She always places well at conventions and national shows. She has also donated rabbits to the ARBA convention trios, one of which won Best Fur. To sum it up, we have all heard Aud say, “The friends I’ve made, and the pleasure I get from seeing a four week old Holland baby are why I love this breed!”
2006 — Todd Narragon (IN)
Todd joined the HLRSC in April 1991, and has served as club President for eight years and seven years as Vice-President. He is a part of the backbone of the HLRSC.
Todd also served on the Holland Standards Committee for 11 years. He is a charter member of the Hallmark Holland Lop Club, as well as a member of the Hoosier Holland Lop Club. Todd is also an ARBA Judge, frequently judging Hollands at ARBA Conventions and National shows. Todd encourages others to be or do more by his own selfless actions. Leading by example Todd, has helped make the HLRSC the club it is today.
Todd helped host five Holland national shows, and was breed chair or co-chair for five ARBA Conventions. He was and is always ready to work and help behind the scenes. He has been a driving force with the Holland Lop stock auction at convention. Todd also has shared his stock with many. He has several wins to his name nationally, including one BOB, and two BOS, as well as numerous BOV and BOSV wins at conventions and national shows. While his barn holds both Mini Satins and Hollands, his heart still belongs to the Holland Lop!
2005 — Debbie Vigue (ME)
Debbie was one of the first Holland Lop members joining in January 1986. She has served the club as President, Treasurer and Director as well as on several committees. While Treasurer she obtained tax exempt status with the IRS for the club. She single-handedly recovered lost treasury funds, while president, after they were embezzled. This was no small task, and no one thought it was possible, but her tenacity and responsibility to the club came though! In addition, she was a major force behind the 1991 HLRSC National.
Debbie has written many articles for the Hollander and Guidebooks, edited the IMO Column and written most of the club’s guidelines. She is called the “go to girl” to help answer questions and problem solve for many local clubs as well as the HLRSC. She was also co-editor of the New England Rabbit Lore Magazine for several years.
Debbie has worked on developing BEW Hollands. She consistently places at ARBA Conventions and Holland Nationals, and has won Best Fur at convention twice. She continues to write and enjoy her Holland Lops, in the showroom and more importantly in her rabbitry. She is always heard to say that it has not been about the rabbits, but about the people.
2004 — Dwayne Scott (OH)
Dwayne joined the HLRSC in 1988, and has served as President of the club for six years Vice-President for two years. He is the only three term president of the HLRSC. He also served as Director and on several committees including the Standards Committee. While a member of the Board, Dwayne was known for his calming effect. He is a born diplomat able to bring consensus from diverse opinions.
Dwayne will forever be known as the official Holland Lop auctioneer, presiding over a multitude of HLRSC banquet auctions, and convention stock auctions. It is always done with a smile and lots of encouragement for bidders. He always works behind the convention show tables, helping ensure that each rabbit makes it to the table. He endlessly hands out coop tickets to whoever strays close enough, saying “If they make eye contact with me, they HAVE to bring up a rabbit”.
He is a charter member of the Hallmark Holland Lop Country Club, and chairman of the three national shows that they held. He was also Breed Chair or Co-chair for six ARBA conventions. Audrey Patriarche says it best, “Dwayne is always there to do whatever is asked, no matter what it is, without batting an eye!”
2002 — Chris Zemny (CA)
Chris has been a member of the HLRSC since June 1984, and served as Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director, and on several committees. Chris was Chairman of the Holland Lop Standards Committee for 15 years, and helped write the standard as it is today. She has been an ARBA Judge since 1992. She received the ARBA Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and the ARBA Lifetime Judge Award in 2016. She also served as an ARBA District Director for two terms. She currently serves on the ARBA Standards Committee.
Chris and her husband Matt edited and published the Hollander for the eleven years. Chris also edited and published the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th editions of the HLRSC Guidebook. Chris very willingly shares her knowledge with others and has written several excellent articles on Hollands as well as on breeding and culling of all rabbits. She has been selected to speak on Hollands at several ARBA Judges Conferences, and has spoken at numerous ARBA Rabbitcons. Her “Breeding and Culling” talk always packs the room.
Chris founded the Nor Cal Holland Lop Club back in 1986, and has been the Chairman for six Holland national Shows. Chris has won numerous awards at ARBA conventions and Holland nationals (1 ARBA Convention Best in Show, 7 BOB, 7 BOS, 8 Best Display wins). She was Herdsman of the Year on four different occasions.
2000 — Marylouise Cowan (ME)
Marylouise Cowan was a charter HLRSC member, joining at the club beginning in 1980. She started raising Hollands in 1980, and won BOS at the ’84 Convention and Best of Variety at the 1985 National show. Marylouise’s rabbits consistently did well on the show tables, right up until her passing in 2009.
Along with her wonderful show success, Marylouise was also a huge supporter of the rabbit industry—she served as Treasurer, Director, on numerous committees, was the Chairman of the ARBA Research and Development Committee from its inception in 1983, founded the ARBA “Great R & D Raffle,” which she ran for many years and raised over $150,000 for rabbit research, and supported many HLRSC’s auctions through her generous donations even when not in attendance.
Regarding Marylouse, Todd Naragon, ARBA Judge and past HLRSC President, once said, “One of my fondest memories of Marylouise was at the 1992 National banquet, watching her dance with Howell Crowder. She was the ‘Belle of the ball!’ I never remember her not having a smile and a positive attitude. She would brighten any room she graced.”
Although Marylouise never thought she deserved any recognition, when thanked, she would always say, “It’s my pleasure!” Breeders loved looking at rabbits with her, and watching the twinkle in her eye when she was looking at a good one.
1998 — Clyde & Doris Jones (TX)
Clyde and Doris Jones, from Texas, loved showing and helping at the shows. You would always find Clyde at the judging tables. He loved the Holland Lop breed and enjoyed watching them being judged. Even after selling his herd when relocating a nursing home, Clyde’s Holland friends would always try to take him to ARBA convention—which was the highlight of his year. Even with eyesight that so commonly changes during the golden years, Clyde’s ability to discern a well-bred rabbit never failed. When shown a favorite Holland, his eyes would light up when he put his hands on them.
Like Clyde, his wife Doris also loved the Hollands very much. At many Conventions and Nationals she was always at Clyde’s side. Doris also served on the HLRSC Election Committee and always helped where ever she could at conventions.
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1997 — Hans Albrecht (OR)
As one of the first importers of the Holland Lop breed, Hans Albrect was instrumental in the promotion of his German bred stock at shows in the west coast, conventions, and Holland nationals. Through his dedication to the advancement of the breed, Hans successfully helped many breeders get their start, which is the reason the Albrect line is behind many pedigrees today. Moreover, Hans was known, and highly respected, for selling his best, top winning rabbits and sharing his knowledge of the breed with others. His other successes also include winning BOS at the 1989 HLRSC National and Herdsman of the Year in 1992. Being a quiet man, Hans also helped behind the scenes putting the HLRSC club booth together in Portland, in 1986, and Tulsa. He also took over as Supply Chairman that year.
Hans passed away in Nov. 1997 after he learned about this award. Jamie Wardlow’s, CJ Caleb, who took Best in Show that year at convention, was the grandson of a buck he had sold Jamie the year before. Hans was ecstatic to hear about her big win! His death was felt club wide. He had sold rabbits and helped so many across the nation.