Do You Want a Lop Diploma? Yes or No?
The Lop Diploma - The Background
For some time there has been interest shown in the idea of a BRC Diploma to be awarded for the Best Lop at open shows. On 9th March 2000, the Chairmen of the three largest National Lop Clubs, NCLRC, NF&DLC and NMLRC wrote to the Management Committee of the BRC asking them to consider introducing such an award. The letter was considered at their meeting on 25th March and subsequently referred to the Policy & Planning Sub Committee. This sub committee considered the request at its meeting on 22nd October 2000 and suggested to the Management Committee of 4th November 2000 that a Lop Diploma might be awarded on similar lines to the current system of awarding a Fur/Rex Diploma, i.e. a Fancy/Lop Diploma. The Management Committee Secretary wrote to me on 8th November 2000 to inform me that the idea had been turned down and also that the Management Committee had agreed that the Matter could not be brought up for 2 years. On 25th November 2000 I wrote to the Management Committee of the BRC and asked them to reconsider.
A Lop Diploma will be available for BRC open shows held from 1st April 2001.Click here to mail your views to the Chairman
As recommended by the Policy & Planning Committee this will be on a 12 month trial basis. The 12 months will be used to asses the viability of the Diploma and to look at the number used etc. It is now up to all you Lop breeders/ showers to lobby your local Show Secretaries to apply for a Lop Diploma when they apply for the rest of the show support.
On behalf of the Members of the NMLRC I thank everyone who contributed to the debate ( for & against ) without your input I don't think we could have achieved our objective.