The Rabbitry ~
Rabbitry is officially registered with ARBA -- #Z431
I have actively raised show rabbits since about 1990 and moved my rabbitry
into a big old barn in upstate New York after the hobby grew with my daughter's
4H rabbits. I worked on remodeling the grain room in 2006. The room still
had about 60 bushels of oats in the upper level. It had been vacant for
over 7 years, so you can imagine what a job it was hauling those oats
out of there! I had a new cement floor poored and windows installed that
actually worked. The old sliding back door was replaced with double wide
doors that locked. The walls were insulated, painted and finished with
wipeable sheets of laminated board. The grain room now houses a 100 hole
rabbitry. I use the milk house for storage and an isolation room. The
cats have their beds there too and love to hang out on the window sills.
friend Elaine Lewis (Blue Diamond Rabbitry) also had a great set-up. I
used her idea to hang my own cages and bought my propane heater on her
advice. Elaine sold out in June of 2009. I bought her entire Blue-Eyed-White
herd and am working with them now.
View SnowShoeBunnies Rabbitry
Some Background about my Orange & Fawn
Thank you for your interest in the Orange and Fawn varieties. These colors
are still considered rather rare. I have worked locally with consistent
line breeding and culling to achieve animals that I feel exemplify this
variety on the show table. I started this variety in 1997. I dedicate
a large portion of my 100 hole rabbitry to the orange and fawn, however
the BEW's take up about 1/3 now and continue to grow. I am a charter Breeder
with the ANDRC
and have achieved many local and national wins as well as placing 1st
in NY Sweepstakes for our region in 2011 and 2012. I support the show
hobby in many ways and I am currently
the NYR&CBA Outreach
Chairperson. I'm also secretary, treasurer and
director of several clubs in New York State. I work very hard to register
most of my rabbits with ARBA and nearly half of my working stock are Grand
Champions. Many others have show win legs.
View list of core stock
used in Barbara Downing's breeding program.
I am located in upstate New York in the Syracuse vicinity. My foundation
stock came out of California via Michigan. In 2002 I went in with Ted
McBride to buy an orange buck by the name of Smith's
"GO". This was from Gary and Susan Smith (NC). This buck
became key to building upon my orange and fawn breeding program. GO quickly
became a Grand Champion and accumulated 21 legs within a couple of show
seasons. He has improved both orange and fawn in so many ways. . . . I
consider him as part of my "Orange Hall of Fame" now. Thank
you again Gary and Susan for parting with this animal!
was purchased from Terri Gegenfurtner of Bellflower
Bunnies prior to 2006 Fall Convention by Ted McBride. Ted loaned
this buck to me several times and I appreciated another set of genes to
work into my breeding program.
The orange and fawn are beautiful colors along with the Blue-Eyed-Whites.
I think this was one of the reasons I decided to specialize in these varieties.
However; I have to say these are not for beginners. I do not recommend
these colors for a novice breeder. They are very limiting in that one
cannot combine these colors well outside of the variety. I have obtained
the best results by breeding only orange to orange or fawn and the Blue-Eyed-Whites
are bred tightly to control the vienna gene. The BEW's produce Vienna-marked
animals that are not showable but these miss-marked carriers are required
to maintain the vigor of the herd.
I have bred rabbits for over 20 years now, and the challenge of getting
these amazing show quality animals continues to draw me to this hobby!
I have to thank so many friends and fellow breeders of the Netherland
Dwarf for their support and camaraderie along the way. . . .including
Elaine Lewis, Ted McBride, Terry & Janet McBride, Debi Thorpe, Kim
Campbell, John & Dawn Plokhooy, Carl Richetelle, Joe Watson, Corinne
Fayo, Donna & Wayne Grimm, Joe Powers, Jessica & Gina Swift, Eli
Kho, Terri Gegenfurtner, Inese Banks, Wendy Griffith, the Burr Family,
Barry Hustins, and so many others!
In 2012 I added a Blue Flemish Giant Doe HB56 to my herd. She was purchased
from Doc Hall at the Wichita Convention and so my Flemish Giant program
began! She continues to give me nice stock. I want to thank Cathy
Caracciolo for her help with my breeding program and the Eastern States
Flemish Giants club for the great support!
is a precious gift that canít be bought or sold. Its value is greater
than mountains made of gold. If you shall ask God for a gift be thankful
if he sends not diamonds pearls or riches but the love and trust of friends.