2014-01-09 / Local & State

Celebrities Compete In New Rabbit Hopping Competition At Farm Show

Leaping lagomorphs impressed their celebrity handlers and spectators during the Celebrity Rabbit Hopping Competition Sunday, Jan. 5, as part of the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Six local celebrities paired with 4-H members and their rabbits, which navigated a 60-foot-long lane filled with hurdles up to two feet tall, similar to equine jumps. As with equine contests, the rabbit that knocked down the fewest poles and completed the course in the fastest time won.

Cooper, guided by First Lady of Pennsylvania Agriculture Christine Greig and coached by his owner, Sydney Turner of Philipsburg, Clearfield County, placed first.

Other local celebrities included WITF– FM’s Tim Lambert, abc27 Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder, State Senator Pat Vance, News Center 8 Meteorologist Matt Moore and State Representative Patty Kim.

All of the participating rabbits were trained and equipped with the proper jumping harness, but the celebrities were rookies to the sport.

Developed in Sweden in the early 1970s and imported to the United States in 2001, rabbit hopping continues to grow. In 2013, the American Rabbit Breeders Association formed and chartered the American Hopping Association for Rabbits and Cavies.

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