Awards and Recognition

Hall of Fame

The Chinchilla Hall of Fame was established in 1988 by the National Board of Directors to honor individuals who have made major contributions and/or extraordinary achievements in the industry.

Mathias F. Chapman

November

1988

 

William "Bill" Poley

November

1988

 

Willis D. & Maria B. Parker

November

1989

 

Dr. James Lauridsen

March

1991

 

Stanley W. Pangborn

November

1991

 

Edgar Hykes

November

1994

 

C. J. Trimble

November

1998

 

Dale Look

November

2000

 

Jim Ritterspach

November

2002

 

William "Bill" & Rita Booker

November

2005

 

Hector Aleandri

March

2008

 

Reginald Chapman

November

1988

 

Robert Gunning

November

1989

 

Ramon Somavia

November

1990

 

Willard H. George

November

1991

 

Dick & Mary Jo Bradford

November

1994

 

Nat Berkowitz

March

1997

 

Chapin Hand

January

1999

 

Ellis Adcock

November

2001

 

Dan & Anna Harris

March

2004

 

Bill Edstrom

March

2006

 

Dave Woods

March

2006

 

Loyd G. Sullivan

November

1988

 

Al & Alice Kline

November

1989

 

Harold R. Anderson

November

1990

 

Gail Sanden

November

1991

 

Ralph & Barbara Shoots

November

1994

 

The Bowen Family

Ed, Marge and Bud

March

1998

Vin Somavia

March

2000

 

Gary & Margo Neubauer

March

2002

 

Pete & Sue Kiseskey

November

2005

 

Dr. Beth-Ann Connell

March

2007

 

Virden "Pick" Wyatt

March

2010

 

Master Breeder Award

This award was established in 2000 by Empress Chinchilla to recognize the rancher at the national show with the highest combined points from the pelt show, standard show, and the mutation show.

2000

Bowen’s Chinchillas    EBG

520 Points     4 Shows

2003

Dan & Ann Harris     DFH

401 points    4 Shows

2006

Ralph Shoots     R-BS

259 points     2 shows

2009

Ryerson Chinchilla     RNJR

232 points    2 shows

2012

La Paloma      VTBT

490 points    3 shows

2001

Ralph Shoots     R-BS

481 Points     4 Shows

2004

Don Gillies     (Canada)

330 Points     4 shows

2007

Diamond Blue     B/B

360 points   3 shows

2010

Ryerson Chinchilla     RNJR

244 points   2 shows

2013

La Paloma     VTBT

478 points   3 shows

2002

Bowen’s Chinchillas     EBG

433 points     4 shows

2005

Bill Booker     B/B

404 points     4 Shows

2008

Diamond Blue   B/B

314 points    3 shows

2011

Diamond Blue   B/B

387 points    3 shows

2014

La Paloma   VTBT

469 points    3 shows

Loyd G. Sullivan Memorial Trophy

The Loyd G. Sullivan Memorial Trophy was established by Empress Chinchilla in 1992 and was donated by the Chinchilla Industry Council. The trophy is awarded to recognize Loyd’s contribution to chinchilla pelt production and is awarded at the National Show to the rancher who has been in business less than ten years and achieves the highest breeder award points in standard pelts.

M. E. Caraway Memorial Trophy

This trophy was established by Empress Chinchilla in 1979 and donated by Princeton Process. This trophy honors M. E. Caraway for the work he did with the mutation chinchillas and is awarded at the National Show to the rancher who is the winner of the Mutation Live Animal First Breeder Award.

In Memory of

M. E. “Doc” Caraway

The Mutation Man

M. E. Caraway, better known as Doc Caraway, was one of the pioneers of the chinchilla industry and a member of Empress since the inception of this group, as well as a member of NCBA for many years before Empress was formed. He was secretary of MCBA for some 14 years. His genetic research and study has been a basis of our knowledge of mutation chinchillas since they first occurred. He has published many articles through the years relative to genetics and mutations.
Doc Caraway’s main love was the genetics of mutations and he was one who proved by his own research the existence of the lethal gene in the Wilson White, when it was the only mutation commercially available. Besides carrying out his activities as the chief of a large group of machinists at General Dynamics for some 20 years, he was able to keep a large herd of chinchillas for many years, with the help of his wife, Olita. He was able to breed practically all the known mutations and carry out his mutation research.
Few men in the chinchillas industry have done so much for chinchillas as Doc Caraway. In his twenty-five years in the industry, with his untiring enthusiasm, he has been a help to all the chinchilla organizations as and an active part of them and, of course, pioneered our present genetic knowledge of chinchillas and the dissemination of same.
Doc was struck down pre-maturely with cancer in May of 1976. He left behind two chinchilla organizations in which he was instrumental in building, as well as the show systems which he had worked on for over twenty years., and a wealth of genetic knowledge which now is well disseminated and easily available to anyone.. Certainly he is worthy of our greatest respect and honor.

Enchanted Farms

1979

 

Ralph Shoots & Diamond Blue

(tie)

1982

Diamond Blue

1985

 

PSK Ranch

1988

 

Vin Somavia

1991

 

Vin Somavia

1994

 

Vin Somavia

1997

 

Vin Somavia

2000

 

Vin Somavia

2003

 

Vin Somavia

2006

 

Vin Somavia

2009

 

La Paloma

2012

 

Enchanted Farms

1980

 

Jim Ritterspach

1983

 

Vin Somavia

1986

 

Jim Ritterspach

1989

 

Vin Somavia

1992

 

Vin Somavia

1995

 

Vin Somavia

1998

 

Vin Somavia

2001

 

Vin Somavia

2004

 

Vin Somavia

2007

 

Vin Somavia

2010

 

La Paloma

2013

 

Jim Ritterspach

1981

 

Diamond Blue

1984

 

Vin Somavia

1987

 

Vin Somavia

1990

 

Vin Somavia

1993

 

Vin Somavia

1996

 

Vin Somavia

1999

 

Vin Somavia

2002

 

Vin Somavia

2005

 

Vin Somavia

2008

 

Joe Brown

2011

 

La Paloma

2014

 

Mathias F. Chapman Trophy

Donated by Sullivan Fur Dressing, Inc. of Oakhurst, California. Inscribed: Perpetual Traveling Trophy, Mathias F. Chapman #2. Established by Empress Chinchilla Breeders Cooperative, Inc., in 1979 to be awarded at National Shows for Standard Live Animal First Place Breeders Award.

In Memory of
Mathias Chapman
Founder of the Chinchilla Industry

Mathias Chapman collected his original stock from Potrerillas, Chile, between 1919 and 1923.  The small Costina type chinchilla had been trapped out in the lower mountainous regions. Between 14,000 and 18,000 feet he obtained the Lanigera. It was very long and tedious work, but man won over the elements. After many expeditions twelve chinchillas of varying sizes and conditions were collected

Three females and nine males comprised this first shipment of live animals to the United States. On the trip, one chinchilla died and two were born. February 21, 1923, Mathias Chapman imported the first chinchilla to the United States. His dream of propagating the chinchilla in captivity had begun.
Chapman started his first farm in Los Angeles, California. He incurred many setbacks, including polluted water problems and the theft of about half of his herd, and at times he borrowed money to buy the feed to keep his herd alive.

Mathias Chapman dedicated the remainder of his life to approximating the conditions of the wild for his animals by experimenting with many different aspects of controlled captivity. His sole aim was establishing the chinchilla in captivity, leaving the economics of the industry yet to be born, to future ranchers.

Mathias Chapman died December 26, 1934, but not before definitely establishing the chinchilla in this country. He left a legacy which was further developed by early ranchers on the ground work which he had set.

Richard Bradford

1979

Ralph Shoots

1982

Ralph Shoots

1985

Ralph Shoots

1988

Richard Bradford

1991

Whitewoods Chinchillas

1994

Ralph Shoots

1997

Dark Star Chinchillas

2000

Dark Star Chinchillas

2003

Ralph Shoots

2006

Hummel Chinchillas

2009

Hummel Chinchillas

2012

Richard Bradford

1980

Richard Bradford

1983

Ron Rowan

1986

Ron Rowan

1989

Jim Ritterspach

1992

Wayne Bishop

1995

Ralph Shoots

1998

Ralph Shoots

2001

Dick Miller

2004

Ralph Shoots

2007

Bob & Dovie Smith

2010

Hummel Chinchillas

2013

Richard Bradford

1981

Richard Bradford

1984

Ralph Shoots

1987

Bobby Young

1990

Ralph Shoots

1993

Ralph Shoots

1996

Ralph Shoots

1999

Ralph Shoots

2002

Dark Star Chinchillas

2005

Ralph Shoots

2008

Hummel Chinchilla

2011

Hummel Chinchilla

2014

Robert Gunning Trophy

The Robert Gunning Trophy was established by Empress Chinchilla in 1991 to honor the work Robert Gunning did in the development of the black (also known as the black velvet) chinchilla. The Robert Gunning Trophy is awarded at the national show to the rancher whose ten animals entered in the Black Velvet color section achieve the highest number of breeder points. This trophy is held in the National Office.

In honor of
Robert Gunning
Known for his work with the Black Velvet

 

Robert (Bob) Gunning started in the chinchilla business in 1943. He was instrumental in starting the Washington Branch and later the Columbia basin Branch of ECBC and served on the national board of directors for many years. Bob is and always has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Empress organization and is a lifetime member. He started judging chinchilla shows before 1950 and is one of the top chinchilla judges in the world today
Bob Gunning was forced to make a second start in the chinchilla business following a disastrous fire in 1955. Within a short time an offspring appeared in his herd that had a dirty face, as it was called at that time. This male with the dirty face and black nose was the beginning of what is now known as the Gunning Black Velvet. A dozen or more years were to pass before a Black Velvet baby appeared, one that was all black and with a velvet fur. Many believe that the Gunning Black Velvet is one reason for the strong chinchilla market today.
The chinchilla industry can be thankful for and very proud of Bob Gunning for his determination and belief in a dream that has done so much for the success of the industry.

Jim Maddux

1991

 

PSK Chinchillas

1994

 

Ralph Shoots

1997

 

Bowen Chinchillas

2000

 

Vin Somavia

2003

 

Ralph Shoots

2006

 

Ryerson Chinchilla

2009

 

Shahna Thomas

2012

 

Vin Somavia

1992

 

Hank McClenahan

1995

 

Ryerson Chinchilla

1998

 

PSK Chinchillas

2001

 

Vin Somavia

2004

 

Ralph Shoots

2007

 

Ryerson Chinchilla

2010

 

La Paloma

2013

 

Jim Maddux

1993

 

Ralph Shoots

1996

 

Bowen Chinchillas

1999

 

Bowen Chinchillas &

Vin Somavia  (tie)

2002

Diamond Blue

2005

 

Ralph Shoots

2008

 

Joe Brown

2011

 

La Paloma

2014

 

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