I am so thankful to be where I am in my rabbit project. A huge thank you is in order to both of my parents, Tanya and Andrew Zimmerman. They’ve allowed me to continue in this project ever since I was able to.
Through my many years, I have been awarded Lady, Princess, and Duchess in the royalty competition. I’ve also competed in ARBA convention in the judging competition, and have placed in the top 10 both of the years I went. I have gotten Best of Breed at five ARBA conventions. I have also received the Outstanding Ag Exhibitor award at my county fair with my ambition and drive thanks to the rabbit project.
I’ve been raising Polish rabbits for nearly four years, and have been successful enough to win multiple BOBs, BOSs, and even a Best In Show!
Last year I was on the winning Intermediate age group Judging Team at National Convention. This year I placed first in WSRBA Polish Youth Sweepstakes and am looking forward to participating in National Teams again this year in Reno.
I want to thank my parents, my sister Della, Debbie and Jessica Cotter, Cherry Buttles, Gina Neta, and the Wisconsin Polish Rabbit Club.
My name is Hunter Christjohn, and I am from Stevens Point Wisconsin. I show New Zealands, Californians, Silvers, Netherland Dwarfs and I play hockey. It has been difficult to build a herd of rabbits while also going to school and playing sports. But I love going to shows and working with my rabbits, so I have always made sure that I have time for them.
I am very proud of my rabbits, which have won many awards, and recently won Best In Show at my county fair over many nice rabbits. I have also received Best In Shows and Reserve in Shows at several ARBA shows. I won a ARBA Convention Best Opposite Sex with a homebred Himalayan and hope to also receive a convention win for my Californians and New Zealands someday.
The rabbit project has allowed me to achieve many skills in farm management. Rabbits allow kids to have experience managing a herd and studying animal husbandry without having to have a large farm. In the future, the skills that I have learned from my rabbit project will allow me to have my own farm.
My name is Alexander Christjohn and I have been a lifelong rabbit breeder. My goal is always to raise and show high quality rabbits. In the past, I have won Best of Breed and Best Opposite Netherland Dwarf at ARBA Convention with homebred rabbits. Recently, I also won Best of Breed at the Youth National Silver Marten show, as well as winning Best In Show with a Silver Marten at the Ohio Mini Convention – both with homebred rabbits. I have won several Best In Shows with my Netherland Dwarfs, Silver Martens, and Palominos.
In addition to rabbits, I have also won many rabbit contests. I have been the WSRBA Prince and Duke and have scored very high when doing royalty competitions on a national level. Also, I have been on the National Champion Quiz Bowl team for Wisconsin as well as the National Champion Judging Team in previous years. I wish to continue to compete and win awards on both the state and national level, as well as to spread my knowledge of rabbits to younger kids.
My name is Scarlet Diehn and I am almost 11 years old. I am going to be in 5th grade. I raise and show Polish rabbits. I have been showing rabbits since I was very little. I live on a small hobby farm in East Troy with my mom and dad. Besides rabbits we raise and breed chickens and goats, we also have a duck, cats and a dog. I have won best of breed and best opposite sex of breed with my rabbits at a few different shows.
I have been in the youth royalty contest at state convention for the last 4 years. I hope to become more involved at both the state and national level at some point in the future.
I want to thank my mom, Jennifer Diehn, for getting me involved in the rabbit project. I want to thank my dad, Pete Diehn, for driving us to the far shows and coming to the shows to watch me show. The Breunig family, Mariah Fenner and Felisha Hayward have provided me with some of my breeding stock and have helped our family a lot when we are showing. I also want to thank everyone in the Wisconsin Polish Rabbit Club. Best of luck to everyone in the upcoming shows!
I have gotten some awards with some of my rabbits, I got a Reserve in Show with my Holland lop doe Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. She is now in heaven with Softies. I competed for Himalayan Royalty the last 2 years and became the Himalayan Lady 2021-2023. I completed in the WSRBA royalty in 2021 and won WSRBA Lady 2021-22.
I would like to thank my parents, Mark and Tiffeny Herioux, my friends, and my friend’s parents, Ann and Brian Wimann, and Julie Schmiedlin. My rabbits have made it possible to travel all over the country and meet friends from other states and countries. I now have friends from Japan that teach me Japanese words.
My rabbits have earned many Best of Breeds, Best Opposite of Breeds, Best Juniors, Best Seniors, Best Fur, Best of Varieties, Best Opposite of Varieties, Best In Show, Reserve In Show, and Top Lops. I received Reserve in Show in 2019 with my broken black Holland lop senior doe, Jackie. Ellis Wojcik gave Jackie, Best of Breed and her sire, Diego, Best Opposite of Breed and Jackie went on to win Reserve in Show under Theresa Christian. This was my first ever Reserve in Show. In 2021 my Himalayan black senior doe, Tree, earned Best in Show under Becky Stocks. Tree is out of my first Himalayan, Leaf. This year my Himalayan blue senior doe, Maple, earned Reserve in Show.
I have two achievements I am most proud of. One of my important achievement would be during the shutdown. I chose to still compete in the online youth convention contests. During my session, I was disconnected twice, waited in a virtual room for over 90 minutes, and while doing my test I got kicked out of the virtual room and had to come back to complete the test. I was getting frustrated with all the technical issues but still kept waiting to complete what I signed up for. I received 4th runner up for my time and frustration. My second achievement is from last year’s ARBA Convention I ran for ARBA Prince. I learned that it is more time consuming than I expected but I am proud that I still made it onto the stage for 4th runner up. All of these achievements wouldn’t be possible without the support of my mom and dad, Tiffeny and Mark Herioux, my many rabbit friends, judges, and mentors. Special thank you to Ann Wimann, without her help and encouragement, I wouldn’t be able to pursue national youth contests and furthering my Himalayan herd.
Last September, I earned the title of “Lord” for 2021 at WSRBA Convention and have enjoyed that role all year long. I traveled to my first ARBA convention last fall and competed in contests there. It was a great experience! This year I have been working hard with my rabbits and have been studying hard to compete at the State and National Conventions. I am hoping to do well!
I would like to thank my very special friends: Mr. Kevin & Ms. Cherry, Ms. Charlotte, Ms. Mel, Ms. Angela, Mr. Terry and all my rabbit breeder friends.