Your rabbit jumps over hurdles in a course while you walk or run alongside the course. The rabbit has to be on a harness and leash.
Rabbit hopping started in Sweden in about 1980. It is just starting to get popular in the United States now.
Rebecca, Ms. Lawson, and Dozer after winning the competition.
Rebecca and Dozer win 1st place in the 2020 PA Farm Show Celebrity Rabbit Hopping Contest!
Rebecca and Dozer were paired with Tiffany Chang Lawson, Director of the Bureau of Campaign Finance and Civic Engagement at the PA Dept of State. Tiffany was a perfect Celebrity Hopper Handler and quickly picked up exactly how to hold the leash and run with the rabbit. Rebecca has been competing in this competition for 5 years. She had come close before, coming in second 2 years ago, but she finally won with a 6 month old blue Mini Rex buck named Dozer. Dozer's brother also hops and she is training several more rabbits, incliuding Holland Lops and Mini Rex.
Rebecca also purchased a new hopping rabbit, Oakley, who is a cross between an English Spot and a Britannia Petite. She was especially bred for hopping and is out of Petey, a hopping prize winning Britannia Petite owned and trained by Sydney Turner . Oakley is a really high energy rabbit and takes an experienced person to handle. She is an excellent hopper and Rebecca is excited to work with her.
The 2020 PA Farm Show Hoppers
Oakly - Rebecca's newest hopper
2018 Celebrity Rabbit Hopping at the PA Farm Show
Rebecca and Cotton Candy competed in the Celebrity Rabbit Hopping Contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on January 7th 2018. The contest was aired live on PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network).
Cotton Candy and Rebecca were paired with State Senator Leanne Krueger-Braneky. Cotton Candy came in a tie for second place and had to have a "hop off" tie breaker.
Cotton Candy won and therefore won second place for the overall contest. This was his first time hopping at the Farm Show. It was very exciting!
Becky demonstrating the High Jump with Spinner at the Wyoming County Fair in September, 2016.
Your rabbit has to be wearing an H-style harness and be on a leash (except for high jump).
You can’t touch your rabbit with your feet, only your hands.
Your rabbit has to stay on the course and go in the right direction at all times.
Your rabbit must be at least four months old to hop.
If the rabbit knocks a bar off the jump it counts as a fault.
The judges time how long it takes the rabbit to complete the course.
Each rabbit gets to run the course 3 times. The judges count the best run.
The winning rabbit is the one with the least faults. If there is a tie between rabbits then the fastest time wins.