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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY 4-H BUNNY BRIGADE HOLDS ANNUAL SPRING SHOW

By Lindsey Crisanti – 4-H Youth Development Educator

MAPLE SPRINGS, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held a show for youth in the rabbit project on Saturday, March 26th, 2022, at the Maple Springs Fire Hall in Bemus Point.

The show was organized by volunteers on the 4-H Rabbit Project Advisory Committee. In addition to the breed show, youth had the opportunity to partake in showmanship events to expand their rabbit handling skills and overall knowledge of the species.

Joseph Colucci judged the breed show. Youth exhibited various breeds of rabbits. The Best of Breed (BOB) and Best of Opposite Sex, (awarded to the best rabbit of the opposite sex from the Best of Breed), results are listed below. 

Best Of Breed:

American Fuzzy Lop – Alexia Cross

Britannia Petite – Matthew Brown

English Lop – Lexus Eschenbach (Senior Buck)

Holland Lop- Everett LeBarron (Senior Buck)

Lionhead – Gavin LeBarron (Senior Doe)

Mini Lop – Everett LeBarron (Senior Buck)

Mini Rex – Kiley Jones (Senior Doe)

Polish – Matt Brown (Senior Doe)

Satin Angora – Madalyn Reading (Senior Buck)

Tan– Christopher King (Senior Buck)

Best of Opposite Sex:

English Lop – Lexus Eschenbach

Holland Lop – Katie King

Mini Lop – Kiley Jones

Mini Rex – Kiley Jones

Polish – Matthew Brown

Netherland Dwarf BOB AND BOS – Lexus Eschenbach (Senior Buck) 

Best in Show – Lexus Eschenbach, French Lop

Reserve Best in Show – Kiley Jones, Mini Rex

In addition to the breed show, showmanship is a big part of this event. Showmanship requires youth to maintain control of their rabbit and have a broad knowledge of anatomy and breed standards. In the novice division, Madalyn Reading received Grand Champion showman and Emelia Catanese received Reserve Grand Champion. After being awarded the Reserve Grand Champion in the novice division in 2021, Everett LeBarron made his way up to the Junior Grand Champion showman and Lydia Cross received Reserve Grand Champion. In the senior division, Luisa Smith received Grand Champion for the second year in a row and Katie King was awarded Reserve Grand Champion. Congratulations to these youth on another successful Spring Show!

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.