Empress Chinchilla Breeders Cooperative, Inc. 

 

About Our Organization

WELCOME to the Empress Chinchilla web site!  Empress Chinchilla has always stood for the finest in chinchilla and chinchilla products and that tradition continues strong today! We hope you will take a few moments to read about our rich heritage, where we have been and where we are today!

In the 1890’s and early 1900’s, chinchilla was prized for its luxurious fur, the likes of which had never been seen before. Royalty, in Europe and around the globe clamored for Chinchilla garments and capes. Consequently chinchillas, which are native to the Andes Mountains region of South America were nearly hunted to extinction. An American engineer, Mathias Chapman, working in South America paid native Indians to bring him live chinchillas. His dream was to bring them back to America and farm raise this animal for its prized fur. In 1923 he set sail with 11 animals and set up a farm in the general area of Los Angeles, CA. This was the beginning of chinchilla farming. By the 1940’s this idea was well on it’s way to a thriving business and it was realized that chinchilla ranchers needed a way to market their chinchilla pelts. 

Empress Chinchilla was established in 1945 as an organization to help educate the new chinchilla ranchers that were springing up by the hundreds, to provide a reputable grading system for the animals and market pelts.  In the last 67 years we have come a long way, we have evolved with the needs of the chinchilla producer and we know a lot  about chinchilla!

Through the years we have evolved into less of a pelt marketer and more of an educator.  Although Empress Label chinchilla pelts are still highly sought after world-wide!  We have the finest show system with the toughest competitors.  Empress members are proud of our rich tradition and our superior quality animals. 

Just as chinchilla ranching has evolved from those early beginnings, so has Empress.  We once saw ranchers with hundreds of animals per year producing thousands of pelts a year.  Today’s chinchilla producer raises the animal for many reasons, they like to compete in shows, they simply enjoy bringing two animals together to produce an ever better animal, some members start very young in 4-H or FFA programs, and we have many ranchers who still raise chinchilla for their beautiful fur which is a natural, renewable resource.   Whatever the reason, they are an active group and demand the most up to date information to give their animals the best possible care. Empress is still here to help them!

If you are up for the challenge, or want to guarantee you are purchasing the finest quality herd improvement animals, or simply want to be part of a loyal group of people who are committed to this wonderful animal, you have come to the right place and we invite you to be part of Empress Chinchilla!

The National Office of Empress Chinchilla

General Manager: Maxine Lynch

5525 Heidi St.
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 825-6204

Empresschinchilla@gmail.com

 

Non-Profit Organization

Empress is a non-profit organization. To learn more about Empress please read our organizations adopted by-laws! Click the link below to download the document as a PDF. If you do not have a PDF reader, we encourage you to download a free version of a PDF reader. If you do not wish to download that software, the link to the by-laws in a word document format is below the PDF version.

ECBC Branch Contact Information

Region I
Region II
Region III

California

California Group

President – Sumiko De La Vega
chinchillachateau@gmail.com

Secretary – Tabitha Lindsay
fuzzyellf@yahoo.com

Colorado

Colorado

President – Bob Ducey
D-cchinchillas@yahoo.com

Secretary  - Syndee

Michigan
Michigan
President- Gene Adcock
Geneadcock@gmail.com

Northern California

President – Pam Oldham
p.oldham@yahoo.com

Secretary – Gary Harmer
chinverse@gmail.com

Colorado- West
President – Roger Clark

rakaclark@paonia.com

Ohio
Ohio
President – Ralph Shoots
shootschinchilla@aol.com

Secretary - Barbara Shoots
shootschinchilla@aol.com

Greater Southern California

President- Tabitha Lindsay
fuzzyellf@yahoo.com

Secretary – Rod Read
rodread43@gmail.com

Missouri
Greater Kansas City

President – Mike Lawrence
mcchins@hotmail.com

Secretary – Bob Merritt
rvdk@cebridge.net

Western Ohio
President – Jim Ritterspagh 419.326.6985

Secretary – Jan Ryerson

lgroxy@yaol.com

Idaho

Inactive, contact JoAnne Craner for information 208.543.6876

Wisconsin
Wisconsin

President - Wendy Torgerson
wksdesignerchins@gmail.com
Secretary – Brenda Walter

 bwalter@mhtc.net

Utah
Utah
President - Luke Fausett
lukef@uba.net

Secretary – Kim Sorensen

Minnesota
Southern Minnesota

President –Dan Jensen
bluestarchinchilla@hotmail.com
Secretary – Ann Harris
Dannah@midco.net

 

 

Oklahoma
Oklahoma
President- Bob Smith
Bobandovie314@hotmail.com
V-Pres Joe Brown
joebnok@att.net

Heartland Group

V-President – Bob Merritt
rvdk@cebridge.net

Secretary- Connie Lawrence
mcchins@hotmail.com

National Board Of Directors

Mr. Gene Adcock
President
Region III
112 West Ludington
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
906-221-3819
Geneadcock@gmail.com
Chair: Pelt Marketing

Mr. Mike Lawrence
1st Vice President
Region II
1184 5th Place SW
Gridley, KS 66852
620-490-0325
mcchins@hotmail.com

Ms. Sumiko De La Vega
2nd Vice President
Region I
1596 Hastings Drive
Manteca, CA95336
chinchillachateau@gmail.com
Chair: Internet, Youth Development and National Chair of Shows

Mr. Bob Merrit
Secretary/Treasurer
At-Large
P.O. Box 87
Napolean, MO 64074
816-934-2513
rvdk@cebridge.net
Co-Chair: National Events and Marketing
Mr. Daniel John Jensen
Director
At-Large
209 Bourland
Waterloo, IA 50702
319-610-2638
bluestarchinchilla@hotmail.com
Chair: Membership, Hall of Fame and Magazine
Mrs. Shahna Thomas
Director
At-Large
2306 Stearns Road
Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-8147
Ridgechinchillas@hotmail.com
Chair: Advertising and Fundraising
Ms. Wendy Torgerson
Director
At-Large
2022 Coneflower Way
Mosinee, WI 54455
wksdesignerchins@gmail.com

 

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