XENIA — Rabbits may be small, but for exhibitors at Sunday’s showmanship show, they are big way to develop confidence for 4-H members.
Three exhibitors came away with rabbit showmanship honors: Samantha Thomas was the junior showmanship winner. Kaitlin Hutchinson was the intermediate winner and Jackie Hutchinson was the senior showmanship winner.
Exhibitors left the arena Sunday not knowing where they placed. Winners were announced Tuesday.
Terry Fender, of Lynchburg, was the judge.
“I’m looking at their ability to handle their animal, to check for diseases and faults and answer any questions on their breed or rabbits in general,” he said, prior to the show.
For Connor Miller, 10, “it’s really a fun way to interact with your rabbit.”
The son of Penny Hogan and Bill Miller, Connor, who is in his second year of showing rabbits, said exhibitors have to groom their rabbits, make sure its tattoos and check to see if it’s a boy or a girl.
For Senior Rabbit Royalty Emma Fowler, 17, “it gives you experience and helps build confidence.”
Fowler attends the Greene County Career Center, shows her pet rabbit and has been involved showing rabbits for six years.
For Josh Wooten, 15, showing rabbits has been something he’s been doing “since I was little.”
A member of Gold Getters 4-H Club, he attends Greeneview High School. He is showing New Zealand whites and commercial meat rabbits at the fair.
Wooten has also show at the state fair and national shows. He is a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and the New Zealand Rabbit Club.
“It’s an easy and fun project,” said Wooten.