By Colleen Lockhart
lyssa and Carlie Wood, daughters of Laurie and Steve Wood, traveled to West Springfield, Mass. at the end of October to compete in the Youth Judging and Breed Identification category at the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) National Convention. There were 15,823 rabbits entered in competition including 3,688 rabbits owned by youth.
Carlie won a “Best Opposite of Shaded Group Jersey Wooly” with her rabbit “Snugglebuns Hard Carry” and “Best Opposite Agouti Group Jersey Wooly” with her rabbit “Snugglebuns Wings.” Carlie has been competing nationally with her rabbits for a few years and is ranked No.1 in the district and No. 2 in the nation for “Youth Jersey Wooly” as well as several other high achievements. One of her rabbits was ranked No. 3 nationally for “Rabbit of the Year.”
Alyssa loves to share her knowledge of rabbits and reptiles. She has been showing rabbits for several years with Mini Rex, but this year she has a new passion, the Satin Rabbit. She competed with both of them this year at nationals, but did not place. She loved the experience of ARBA National Convention and seeing all of the different breeds of rabbits in one place. Alyssa just received the Senior Achievement Medal for igniting her interest and igniting interest from other individuals in 4-H.
Both girls competed in the “Youth Judging” and the “Breed ID” competitions for the first time this year. There were far more than 100 youth competing in these events. Although the Wood sisters did not win, they are looking forward to competing again.
The Wood family joined 4-H to learn as much they could about rabbits and showing. Eventually mom, Laurie, became an assistant advisor to the 4-H Bunny Bunch club in Geauga County and has experience with reptile-based projects. They all love teaching and helping people with rabbits. They breed their rabbits not only to show, but to enjoy loving pets, and for use as therapy when visiting nursing home residents. Their motto is: “Hey Honey, Hug a Bunny!”
“Snuggle Buns Rabbitry” enterprise began when Alyssa and Carlie got their first rabbits. Alyssa started with a Polish rabbit and Carlie a $2 meat, Dutch-mix rabbit. The Dutch stole mom, Laurie’s, heart and the rest is history. Find them on https://www.Facebook.com/SnugglebunsRabbitry.