I am Sylvia Durrant, I’m 16 years-old, I’m from Pittsville, Wisconsin, and I own Dynamite Dwarfs Rabbitry. I started my project in 2018, so I have been breeding for 5 years. I selected Netherland Dwarfs as my main breed because they’re a fun, small breed that’s easy to keep in the space I have. I raise 20 varieties of Netherlands, my two favorites being Himis and Chocolates.
My rabbits have had some really cool accomplishments within my project which include many Best and Reserve in Shows, 2021 ANDRC Youth Rabbit of the Year, BOSB at 2022 Nationals in Columbus, BJrOB at Convention in 2021, and countless other group and variety wins at Nationals and Conventions. Some of my personal achievements include, serving as WSRBA Duchess for a year, serving as ANDRC Queen for two years, being a part of the 2022 senior judging winning team in Reno, and winning District 3 Achievement and Management at Convention in Reno and National 1st Runner-Up for Management.
Along with my rabbits, I am very involved in my local FFA chapter where I am the
President. I help with fundraisers, the fair, and the annual meat auction to support the Pittsville FFA. A huge part of my project is doing my supervised agricultural experience pertaining to Small Animal Production and Care. I have taken my project to state twice now and have won second place both times with a deferral of first.
I owe a lot of my growth and success to my mentors who have really pushed me to be the best person I can be. They have all been so helpful to me from the beginning and have encouraged me to work for what I have earned. I am really thankful for all of my mentors and those who have helped me along the way!
Raedyn Vande Hei
I have achieved BOB with my Lionheads and Dwarf Hotots. The biggest achievement of mine in the rabbit project would be champion showmanship because you have to work very hard to get to know your breed and be able to communicate with people. I thank Rachel Penterman for all the help with the rabbit project and everybody else who has helped me along the way.
My name is Hunter Christjohn, and I am from Stevens Point Wisconsin. I show New Zealands, Californians, Silvers, Netherland Dwarfs. I also play hockey and am working at getting a spot on a good junior hockey team and going to college. While in college, I will continue to work at making my herd competitive so that I will be successful as an open class breeder.
My favorite part of the rabbit project is that it allows me to have a small farm even though I am busy with school and hockey. Other farm animals are difficult to keep while being busy with other things, but rabbits are a great way to get agricultural experience for kids. In the future, the skills that I have learned from my rabbit project will allow me to have my own farm.
I have two achievements I am most proud of. My first achievement is getting 4th runner up ARBA Prince in 2021. This was the first time I had ever ran for royalty on the national level. Since my parents didn’t have any experience doing royalty it was educational. I am proud of how well I did and even got up on the stage when competition at that level is much harder. My second achievement was at the WSRBA state convention in 2022. Since I wanted to make it onto Wisconsin’s National youth judging team and was turning 13 years old prior to ARBA Convention. I had to compete in the rabbit judging part of the contests. I earned the highest score of all the individuals in the contest and was the youngest contestant. This was my first time ever judging rabbits. 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.
Being awarded the Wisconsin State Rabbit Breeders Association Lady two years in a row was important to me because I worked so hard for it by reading the Standard of Perfection. When I was awarded the runner up American Rabbit Breeders Association Lady at the ARBA Convention in 2022, I was proud because I had studied so hard and my parents had encouraged me to try it for the first time. 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, learn so much about cavies and furthering my Himalayan herd.
Some of my achievements are showing my parents that I’m responsible enough for them to let me breed Thriantas, and learning to listen for when to put my rabbit on the show table and getting it up there. I have to know my breed, variety, and class, and it’s hard for me to reach especially with my Flemish Giant. I also won Best of Breed with my Thrianta buck, Guacamole, at the Friendly Rabbit Club show this year. I would like to thank the Rick Mankel, Tower View Thriantas and Kylee Hoffman for selling me my rabbits. I would also like to thank Mom and Dad for supporting me, Aunt Coco for taking care of my bunnies while I was on vacation, Grandma for bringing them willow sticks, and my brother Elijah for teaching me.
Hi, my name is August Johnson. I am very honored to be your 2023 WSRBA Prince. I am 9 years old and I am in 4th grade. This is my 3rd year raising rabbits. I raise Holland Lops and American Fuzzy Lops. The name of my rabbitry is called, Providence Lane Rabbitry. This year I got my first Cavy. His name is Darth Vader. He is a Black, American Satin, Senior Boar. I enjoy learning about and showing rabbits and my cavy. This past Spring, I enjoyed showing in Columbus, Ohio at the Holland Lop Spring National Show. I was very happy when my Holland Lop, Sugar, won BOS, BOV, and 1st Place. I like competing in WSRBA, ARBA, Specialty Shows, and 4-H shows. I also enjoy being a part of local and state clubs as well as the Holland Lop Rabbit Specialty Club. I have enjoyed being the WSRBA Lord For 2021 & 2022. I have also enjoyed being the ARBA Lord for 2022. Some other activities that I enjoy are: Building Legos, playing with Army men, bean bag toss, playing piano, putting puzzles together, and collecting coins. I also enjoy going to AWANAS and Vacation Bible School.
My brother and I received Best of Opposite of Breed at the Youth Harlequin National Convention in 2021 in Indiana. We also received Best of Opposite of Breed, Best of Group and Best of Opposite of Group for Magpie’s), and Best Junior at the Youth Harlequin National Convention in 2022 in Illinois. We sent rabbits to be showed at the 2023 Youth Harlequin Nationals and did not have any group wins, but had a lot of top place finishing. We did have 1-5 placings for Senior Magpie Does though. We also received Best of Opposite of Group with our Blue Doe at Silver Marten National’s at Ron Riddle’s House in 2022 in Indiana with Blueberry. We also received BOB and BOS in Canton, OH at the 2023 National Youth Silver Marten Show this year, which was a true honor. I have shown rabbits for quite a few years at local Wisconsin Fairs in open class with my mom and brother. We have received Best of Show and Reserve in Show at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. I have shown at Little Hoppers at the Clark County Fair the last 3 years (rabbit contest at the local fair). I have been showing rabbits since I was 3 years old at local fairs. I also took Blueberry, one of my favorite rabbits and others to a rabbit to the fun show in Neillsville, WI in April last year, taking some breed wins. I practiced showmanship there in front of a judge. I also have tried out as a candidate the last 2 years for Royalty at WSRBA. I have won many State and WSRBA BOB or BOS’, but have never won a BIS or RIS so that is definitely my next goal!