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I got my start in rabbits as a young child with a big white rabbit I bought from a meat breeder for 50 cents. "Splinters" lived in the backyard in a house built by my father and spent his days causing madness and mayhem in the neighborhood. Fast forward a few decades and in the late 1990's I began raising rabbits. I have been an ARBA member since 2001 and have spent time breeding and showing Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops, Flemish Giants and Mini Rex. In 2003, I saw a picture of a Lionhead in a magazine and just had to have a pair. I bought my first pair from a man in Georgia, a handful of others from a few local breeders and not long after, I shipped in 6 lionheads from Pridelands Rabbitry in Washington. I was hooked! I enjoyed breeding and showing Lionheads so much that I got out of all other breeds and have been raising Lionheads as my sole breed for almost 10 years.
I currently live on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina and have a decent sized rabbitry, currently numbering in the 130-150+ hole range. I love to show and regularly hit the show circuit in the southeast and sometimes other areas as well. I have enjoyed seeing the changes in the breed over the last few years. It has been a lot of hard work breeding down the body size and ear length, as well as improving the mane and overall type of the rabbits. However, the progress has been immense! While we still have work to do, I am thrilled to see the progress that has been made and I enjoy seeing rabbits that finally consistently meet the standard.
In the fall of 2012, I decided to pull a COD in all flavors of Pt White. Chris Schell is joining me in this endeavor and I am working hard to ensure that my Pt White stock will meet the rigors of the Presentation process. With a lot of encouragement from fellow breeders and the support of multiple judges, I decided to take out a COD on black as well, this time teaming up with former ARBA judge Kitty Lynch. Although I had not planned to take out more than a single color COD, when black failed presentation during 2012, I could not let one of the most important and well typed colors in the Lionhead world take a back seat. I am working hard daily on improving both COD colors in my barn and can't wait to take the next step in presenting these colors once we become a recognized breed.
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