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    Successful COD Presenters:

    THERESA MUELLER
    (on right)

    Successful BREED Presentation
    Tortoise (Black, Blue, Chocolate, & Lilac), and REW

    PrideLands Rabbitry began as two friends sharing a passion for the rabbit hobby. They live in the beautiful state of Washington, near Seattle.  Theresa lives with her husband and two daughters in Ravensdale, and good friend Cheryl Rafoth and her husband live on the peninsula in Port Townsend.  Both had been raising rabbits for many years before they formed their co-op with our Hollands Lops in 2001.  Shortly after forming their co-op with the Holland Lops (Forget-Me-Not Rabbitry), the Lionheads (PrideLands Rabbitry) followed.   

       
    LEE A. NEVILLS Chocolate - Successful Presentation into recognized variety status effective 2-1-17
    In the beginning of my Lionhead herd, I was very lucky in that the quality of animals I started with was very good.  Most of the bloodlines meshed well with each other, so I had positive results early on.  I did not have to hybridize, although I have experimented a little with Netherland Dwarf and Holland Lop crosses just for my own information and observation.  I breed aggressively for my specific goals, and am a firm believer in a strict culling regimen to weed out undesirable traits and to reinforce the desirable attributes I am striving for.  I have a definite goal in mind with my breeding program, and do not keep or use any stock that is not in keeping with my vision. 
       
    JOE HORACEK &
    NITA SHANNON

    Seal - Successful Presentation into recognized variety status effective 2-1-17

     

    I acquired my first lionhead in the spring of 2003.  My sons wanted a 'hare' to go with the Sulcata Tortoise we had and my online searches generated a 'really cool' kind of rabbit that the boys decided they had to have.  We picked up Sake, from Diane Ricketson in the parking lot of JC Penny's.  Her pedigree had names like Statler's Miss Kitty and Hellenic Stud #43.  An F3, she was a product of some very early American Lionheads.

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    We love the rabbit hobby! When we started this endeavor 6 years ago, I told the girls it would be only 7 rabbits and that’s all I would permit…Ha! That lasted maybe 2 months or until we had our first litter. As a family, we have thoroughly enjoyed the hobby of raising and showing Lionhead  rabbits. We have met amazing people and consider so many of our breeder friends as family.

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    Unsuccessful/Dropped CODs:

    ARDEN WETZEL Former COD Holder - Unsuccessful in past Presentation Attempt
    I have been a member of the ARBA for about 15 years.  Way, way, way before that, I had rabbits when I was in 4-H.  One weekend, a friend of mine (she still is a friend even though she started me on this long roadJ) stopped and asked if I wanted to go the rabbit show in Rice Lake.  I came home with a trio of Satins and what follows is the “rest of the story”.
       
    GAIL GIBBONS

    Former COD Holder - Unsuccessful in past Presentation Attempt

    We started raising rabbits when our oldest son became interested in rabbits for meat and to use as a 4H project. Back in1978 our family goal was to produce as much of our own food as we could, the rabbits were a good addition. Eventually he worked his meat rabbits into a small business for himself and his siblings, selling between 40 and 60 dressed fryers a month. When the boys left home the girls were less interested in meat and more interested in show, so the emphasis of the rabbitry changed. In the beginning we had Satins, almost exclusively with a few Rex.
     
    BOB WHITMAN Former COD Holder - Dropped COD; Passed Away 2009
    Bob Whitman loved odd and unusual things and it was this love for the unusual that inspired his interest in the Lionhead Rabbit. He was instrumental in bringing Lionheads into the U.S. from England beginning in 2001. Shortly after his second shipment arrived, he secured a Certificate of Development for the breed with the ARBA, in line behind Arden Wetzel and Gail Gibbons. He was fascinated with these animals, loved the many beautiful colors they came in and tried to get the ARBA to accept all the varieties like they did in England.
     
    DAWN GUTH Former COD Holder - Dropped COD 8-27-12
    I’ve had a pet rabbit since I was about five years old.  My pet Pointed White Jersey Wooly had to be euthanized the summer of 2002 and I went on a search on the internet to find what breed I wanted next, for a pet.  I discovered the Lionheads and started my search to find one. 
     
    KIM CROAK former COD holder - passed away 7/27/10


    Kim began her journey in the rabbit hobby at the age of 16 forming Kim’s Cuddly Kritters Rabbitry and has been a member of the ARBA on and off for the last 30 years. Kim got her love of animals from her mom who is a very success trainer of German Sheppard Service Dogs. Kim would always bring news of her mom’s accomplishments to the shows and the pride in which she took in her mom was obvious in her voice and beaming smile. Kim moved to PA from IL in the early 90s buying a home at the base of the Tuscarora Mountains where she could continue her passion for rabbits and other animals in the midst of Amish country. Over the years Kim maintained: horses, cows, chickens, ducks, exotic birds, dogs, cats, goats, and even a pet turtle but her main love was her rabbits.

       
    REGINA MAYHUGH COD - Otter (black, blue, chocolate, lilac) Sable Marten - dropped 12/31/2012
    none I was able to keep my rabbits while in college and after I got married and commuted to take care of them. In 2004 we built a house and was able to move the rabbits over and into a shed.  I am now happy to say that this summer my husband built a barn for them and we are finishing the barn so they can be moved in this winter.  
       
    LYNNE SCHULTZ COD - Red - dropped 1/29/13
    I recall seeing an ad for Lionheads in the Domestic Rabbits magazine. A friend also mentioned the new maned rabbits she had seen at a show but it was awhile before I actually saw any myself.  My husband Gale really liked them and eventually I broke down and bought a little Blue SM doe, supposedly for him. I had to admit it was a pretty cute bunny. One thing led to another  and we started acquiring more
       
    MARILYN STEVENS COD - Blue, Blue Tortoise, Sable Point - dropped 10/23/13, Passed Away 2/5/15
    none I don’t remember where I first saw my first Lionhead rabbit; but wherever it was, I was awe stuck by the tiny ears and the mane encircling the head……..that’s what I had to have.  My daughter found 2 Lionheads in Baltimore, Md., at Bundles for Bunnies.  This is the same rabbitry where Amy Whitmore got her first Lionheads and just about the same time in 2002.
       
    Melissa Kelly COD Silver Marten (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac) and Chestnut - dropped 10/30/13
    I acquired a few other rabbits in the first months of my rabbitry, but it was not until I was having trouble breeding and decided to drive to CT that my rabbitry really took off.  I met up with Jane Ramirez, of Lions Lair Rabbitry, and bought a doe, her litter, and the litter that the doe was fostering. The doe, Twilight, turned out to be an excellent producer, but in that fostered litter was my herd buck, Valens.  Valens ended up taking first place out of the senior buck class at the 2007 Nationals! 
       
    Lydia West COD - Blue-Eyed White (BEW) - dropped 10/30/13
       

    Keniethea Roy & Chrissy Schell

    COD - Pointed White (Black, Blue, Chocolate, & Lilac) - dropped 8/12/14

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    I have been an ARBA member since 2001 and have spent time breeding and showing Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops, Flemish Giants and Mini Rex. In 2003, I saw a picture of a Lionhead in a magazine and just had to have a pair. I bought my first pair from a man in Georgia, a handful of others from a few local breeders and not long after, I shipped in 6 lionheads from Pridelands Rabbitry in Washington. I was hooked! I enjoyed breeding and showing Lionheads so much that I got out of all other breeds and have been raising Lionheads as my sole breed for almost 10 years.

     

     

     

     

       
    Keniethea Roy & Kitty Lynch COD - Black - dropped 8/12/14

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    I have been an ARBA member since 2001 and have spent time breeding and showing Netherland Dwarfs, Holland Lops, Flemish Giants and Mini Rex. In 2003, I saw a picture of a Lionhead in a magazine and just had to have a pair. I bought my first pair from a man in Georgia, a handful of others from a few local breeders and not long after, I shipped in 6 lionheads from Pridelands Rabbitry in Washington. I was hooked! I enjoyed breeding and showing Lionheads so much that I got out of all other breeds and have been raising Lionheads as my sole breed for almost 10 years.
       
    Chance Floyd Smoke Pearl, Smoke Pearl Point, Sable Point, Siamese Sable - dropped 10/2015
    No bio submitted.
       
    Deb Bergs Blue Eyed White (BEW) - COD dropped in 2017
    none We have had Lionheads since very early 2006 when the vet at Canton Trade days gifted our daughter Sarah with a little one-eyed tort Lionhead doe she named Honey Bisquit.  Looking back, Honey was I'm sure a F1 cross with Lord knows what-long eared, rangy and big, but very well loved. The next month, of course, Honey needed a friend, and Pepper joined us--another Lionhead doe, again, probably F1, chinchilla. We lost Honey to Fabreeze poison, and Pepper to a prolapse trying to have a litter-which put us on the search for better stock.  We added Bash River Southern Comfort, who was an incredible doe who built our herd.  
     

     

     

    8-20-17 LN

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