US INTRODUCE OURSELVES........|| |
as we renovate our new home
have been actively raising and showing purebred rabbits since 1979.
- CIMMARON - is registered with the ARBA.
March of 2004
had been very active for many year in showing our Britannia Petites, Holland Lops
Lionheads, until a house fire on March 19, 2004 forever changed or lives.
All of the rabbits we
owned perished that night. We have been slowly rebuilt
our herd, taking care to maintain the quality we always have taken great pride
in. Hopefully this space will allow you to get to
know us a little better.
That fire caused us a horrible lose, but it also was a great lose to the Lionhead
night we lost our beloved Wooly Bear. This Lionhead doe
impacted our herd and so much
of the Lionhead breed throughout the United
States. She and the other lovely Lionheads we
lost will be missed very much.
April 2005 we won Best in Show at the Lionhead National
Show in a showing of over 300 Lionheads! Finally we felt the Lionhead
section of our herd was back. In addition
to the Best In Show win in 2005 at
Lionhead Nationals, we won Best Opposite Sex to
that year at the ARBA Convention in a huge Lionhead entry.
enjoy showing rabbits, our Lionheads and our Lops, and it is true family project!
Our show record pretty much speaks for itself and includes many many BOB and BOS
wins. Here is a link
so you can see pictures and show records of some of our Lionheads.
2005 Lionhead Nationals
2007 Lionhead Nationals
added a Best Display in Show win to our record
in 2006 at
the Lionhead National Show
in 2007 Abby won Best in Show in Youth
at Lionhead Nationals with another
Siamese Sable Lionhead doe - Cimmaron
Gail's announced goal for 2007
Lionhead Nationals was to "win with our Sable Points"
and we did just that winning both Best of Variety and
Best Opposite Sex to Variety in Sable Point in open.
also brought a change in our family when Sara Berks moved in with us. It was so
having a roommate to share chores. It makes it much easier for all of
us to be gone on a weekend or if you have a busy day to not have to make sure
you leave time to "get the rabbits done" in addition to everything else.
Sara Berks first moved in she continued to breed her
Lionheads and Mini Satins
under her Kirin Rabbitry name but as
the two herds became more and more intertwined
she and Sarrah Gibbons decided to simply make it easier and just work on the
colors and Pointed White Lionheads they both enjoyed
Berks is now breeding with us
under the Cimmaron banner.
has proved a VERY successful undertaking as Sara Berks
and Sarrah Gibbons
won Best Opposite Sex to Breed at 2008
Lionhead Nationals with the Blue Tort buck Cimmaron
Sex to Breed
2008 Lionhead Nationals
in the past we have produced Best In Show Winners
in many of the breeds
we have shown over the years, including Satins,
Jersey Woolys, Holland Lops,
Polish and in our beloved
Britannia Petites, this win was exciting for Sarrah Gibbons
nearly as exciting as it was for Sara Berks!
Gibbons may take these big wins in stride but Gail and Abby and Sara Berks think
winning big at huge national event with hundreds of Lionheads is still a breathing
and wonderful experience!
all our friends know, Sarrah Gibbons has always loved the "fallen ear"
look. She just
needs to have those lop ears around! Since she is not found
of Tortoise she has rebuilt
her Holland herd in the lovely colors she favors.
We were lucky to secure some of our old
Chocolate bloodline and she has been
working hard on that color. She has had a great
deal of success in the dilute
colors and has taken great pride in the fact she finished a
in BLUE OTTER. Her most recent BOSV win was with Cimmaron
Refrigerator who is a Broken Blue Tort and a chocolate carrier.
addition to the Holland Lops, Sarrah had decided that our collection
to be expanded to include the new breed - Velveteen Lops. She
and Arden Wetzel
decided to bring this breed to Minnesota and she
worked hard for a number
of years with him. When presentation for the
Lionhead breed fell to Gail it
was necessary for us to make hard choices
to provide the space and support
a presentation effort requires. When it
came time to leave Minnesota for Kansas
it was decided to leave most
of the Velveteens behind with Sarrah's good friends
and old partners at
all the breeds we raise, we believe in loads of human contact. We try and spend
a great deal
of time with our rabbits, so we are very aware of temperament.
Our rabbits have exposed to
dogs, cats, small children as well as TV and radio
noise. We select for calm temperaments,
does that are relaxed and friendly
and who foster easily. We feel temperament is often overlooked in everyone's desire
to produce show animals. A beautiful rabbit is wonderful but if you can not handle
it without taking care not to be bite, for us there is little joy in having it
around. We breed strongly for temperament and we cull for temperament just as
strongly as we cull for type.
We take pride in the quality of ALL rabbits
we raise and show.
rabbitry is a true "family project", now that Abby
her Mom - Sarrah and her Grandma - Gail
in showing rabbits,
she has show Lionheads and her
Min Satins. She was 16th in the Nation in Mini
Youth in 2007. She plans to start showing Holland Lops
and won BOB
over 100 Hollands at the 2008 MN State
Fair in an open ARBA show. Beating
her mom who only
May 2005 Abby and her Lionhead Cindy brought home
Abby's first Lionhead trophy
to begin filling Abby's trophy
shelf. Abby has also begun showing in Showmanship
both Lionhead and local club shows and done very well.
nothing seems to measure up to the thrill she felt
when she won Best
In Show in 2007 with Cimmaron Pewter Doll. The look on her face just
says it all.
We all enjoy showing rabbits and though we have had
take some time off since moving to Kansas to work
on the house we plan to
begin traveling to shows in and
around our new home state, just as we traveled
Minnesota and Wisconsin. As always we attend ARBA
Lionhead Nationals whenever we can.
& Cimmaron Pewter Doll
win Best in Show
with the rabbits we try and enjoy life. We had lived in the house we had in|
Minnesota for 37 years and had planted beautiful flower gardens, a large
patch and a small orchard. This fills the spring and summer with one
favorite pastimes - gardening and the fall with putting up the "fruits of
our labors". In the summer we often get emails from our rabbit friends
the country complaining they have not heard from us, but it is usually
the fact that we are outdoors so much. Here is a garden
link if you would like
to visit our gardens.
all the work on the house in Kansas Gail and Sara Berks managed
to get some
flower gardens in. There a big plans for next year when we will
time, including a vegetable patch.
home just seems to overflow with animal friends. We are never without the companionship
least one dog. Gail just simply cannot bare the emptiness she feels
without a cold nose and a warm
heart following her and filling her days.
In February of 2006 our family at Cimmaron suffered a great lost in when our Red
Uriel, passed from tragic sickness related to liver issues.
Uriel had came to live with us when she
was ten weeks old to take on the mantel
of guardian to the family and property, a job that was left
vacant when Gail's
beloved Dalmatian companion Michael passed on. Uriel was a wonderful
as a guardian she was also a dear friend and will be solely missed. Abby
first night after Uriel's passing "Grandma, I know she was only
half my dog but it hurts like she was
all mine" . Our sadness is summed
up in that sentence.
8 weeks old
in times of deepest darkness God is good and opens a door.
Gail and Abby knew that they could not bear to live without a large dog a casual
glance at the paper led us to a breeders of Dobermans who use a human immersion
of raising puppies, that we have used in the past here when we raised
dogs. So we added a
new Doberman to the family. This was great fun for Abby
who has never had a puppy in
the house. Grandma Gail is not as sure about the
new puppy was a Blue Doberman and is also called Uriel, but this girl is Uriel
U2 for short. U2 has some big paw prints to fill but she is off in
the right direction.
6 months old
and Abby went off to "puppy school" learning all about
how to be
good friends to each other and graduated getting
to wear a cap and all. Abby
was very proud!
Uriel Too seemed to grow like a weed and become a lovely
lady with a shimmering coat and more energy then Gail
knew what to do
with some days! She loves balls and empty
plastic drink bottles. (Her favorite
toy. She will even take
gallon milk jugs if she can) She also loves to steal
play balls out an open bunny cage. She is very careful and
play with them for hours till her powerful Doberman teeth
finally crack it
has started to take seriously her task of Guardian
making us all feel more
secure. She is gentle with the
bunnies and is turning into a wonderful family
our move to Kansas, Uriel has really grown up. She has become a wonderful companion
and watchdog. No creature that is not a member of
the family can enter the
property with her alarm. She has decided that having
the master's bedroom
right off the front of the house and the living room is a perfect plan. She can
lie on the bed and see everything that goes on both in
the yard and the living
has taken over watching the chicken flock and loves to go out and "pick
with whoever has the task on any given day. She helps with daily "rabbit
chores" as well, and rides to school with Abby whenever she can talk the
into the outing.
love to watch the activity of the town out the window and is beginning to understand
when to bark and when it is OK for them to be on the road.
general she really approvers of life in Kansas.
watching out the front window
- Queen of the house
Our family also includes a little
black Pekinese, named Tia, who is one of the joy
of Sarrah's life.
Tia joined us after the lost of our other older Dalmatian friend Ralph,
passed in 2004 at 12 years old. Tia is best friends with RosePetal, the cat, and
was a constant chum for our Red Dobe, Uriel. Uriel at 95 pounds could have Tia
but was a gentle and tolerate friend. This led Tia to believe she
is also 95 pounds! and
able to do anything a much larger dog can do. Tia has
established her position as
"queen of the house" (or at least Sarrah's
also share our home with RosePetal, Abby's cat.
RosePetal is a boy, but five year old girls
choose names that are truly NOT
gender based. RosePetal is the fulfillment of a promise Grandma
made to Abby
that she could have a new kitten when we moved back home. Abby had lost her
beloved Bengal Cat in the fire. Since Abby is a great Harry Potter fan she had
decided she had to
have a "ginger cat". Everyone knows Crookshanks
in the Harry Potter books is a "ginger cat" - "
a most intelligent
has turned out to be a friendly, human loving soul who is most happy hanging out
the family. He often behaves as a dog and was the first one of the three
pets to learn to "sit up
pretty" and beg for treats on command.
(This has caused some concern for Gail who thinks it is
embarrassing for her
Doberman to be beaten out by a CAT!)
the summer of 2007 Gail brought home a kitten from a local rescue (always
your local dog food store when they have pet adoption days or this is what
happens!) Again God must have decided that this creature needed to be with us.
Abby named him Ron because of his bright orange coat but he was destined for
Sara Berks. Ron simply adores Sara. He comes when she calls like a dog. He
with her. He is her soulmate and she adores him. He was an indoor cat in
but huge holes (well more lack of floor) in Kansas when we were
pipes let him discover the great outdoors.
is very funny and has taken to claiming the yard. NO other cats in town are
to set foot here. He thinks he is a lion the way he attacks and chases them.
It is very funny to watch. He spends hours watching the chickens and even seems
herd hem together but never hurts them. Maybe he was an Australian Shepherd
addition to the boys we have added a little girl to the cat family since we arrived
We now have Minutte, a starving, flea cover rescue kitty who has fast won over
Abby's heart. Minnie as she is known to
her best buds sleeps with Abby and
spends her days on Sara Berks waterbed.
We are sure she is part Bengal
(her body shape and love of water seem give
aways) though she will never reach
the size the breed is known for. She was
so stunted as a a baby she front legs
are deformed by rickets. But what she
lacks in size she makes up for in energy
Evenings are still our favorite time of all! The warmth
of the house seems to settles about us all.
Some evenings Abby and Uriel snuggle close with Grandma and we watch a movie or
a favorite show, sitting by grandpa
on the couch. On those nights Sarrah might
join us and Tia is always on her lap or if Sarrah is on the computer Tia will
curled by her feet. If Sara Berks is home she too likes to join the family
in a board game, card game or a good move.
as the evening ends, there is great contentment. Abby and Minnie are snuggle and
fast asleep up in Abby's bunkbed.
Sarrah reads hidden in a pile of pillows
on her bed with Tia ever close by. Sara Berks asleep with Ron almost wrapped
and Chuck have already "put away the chickens" who are now safe behind
chain link in their henhouse.
Gail checks the rabbits one last time and turns
off the rabbitry lights, Chuck and Uriel are waiting in bed. It is a good life.
all things we have learned that life is fragile and so we try to enjoy every minute!
There is so much joy to be found in the simple
watching Abby growing up. It seems like only last night I was reading her bedtime
stories and now she loves to read to me.
- holding a new baby rabbit and wondering
at how perfectly formed they are - tiny nails and teeth every detail so finely
- watching those new baby rabbits exploring the cage for the first time
out of the nestbox seeing the wonder of the world for the first time.
satisfaction of hearing a baby born here has won a BOB for someone and how happy
- now laughing at the antics of the kitten, or watching the hens
race to see you sure you have bread to share
- wildflowers covering fields
in masses of color on a summer day
- petting the soft ears of a dog and knowing
that you have unconditional love
- lying in bed at night and listening to the
sounds of the family sleeping, knowing you are all safe and loved
enjoy our rabbits and this hobby very much.
Hopefully you will find us friendly
and willing to help.