Introducing
New York Rabbit & Cavy Breeders Assoc. Officers

Please feel free to contact them with questions or concerns.

You may also contact our website administrator Barbara Downing at snowshoebunny@yahoo.com

President - Corey Hayes

Fellow NYS Rabbit and Cavy Breeders: Hello, My name is Corey M. Hayes. I am the co-owner of Hay-MouRabbitry located in Northern New York, where my best friend of almost 15 years are dedicated to breeding, raising, and showing quality Mini Rex. Also, I am the District 7 Director for the National Mini Rex Rabbit Club and the Vice President of NortherLites Rabbit Breeders Association.

Casey Mouthorp and I have been actively involved in the show scene for approximately 20 years and have experience raising and showing multiple breeds. Over the years, I have raised various breeds, searching for the right fit. About three years ago I found my match. Eric Stewart a longtime friend of mine gave me the opportunity to purchase a magnificent Trio of Mini Rex rabbits from his herd. From there Casey and I have worked diligently to improve the Mini Rex breed. We strive for perfection and work hard on our breeding program. We are honored and please to say that just after two short years of breeding Mini Rex, we are capable of saying we own the 1st Place Broken Senior Buck at the 2010 ARBA Convention.

The Mini Rex rabbit holds a special place in my heart, I'm not sure it is the striking look of the animal or the therapeuticfeel that you get when you run your hands over a perfectly primed coat just before putting your animal on the show table. Regardless the reason I am obsessed! As you all know, you can get very overwhelmed with the number of varieties that are within the breed, and due to this it is wise to concentrate on only a select few varieties due to cage space and interbreeding different colors that might just not mix. Therefore, Casey and myself have dedicated ourselves to raising and showing the Broken variety (primarily) in the varieties of Broken Castors, Otters and blacks. If you visit our Rabbitry you will notice there are quite a few Reds within the cages (Casey's little project) along with some Red Eyed Whites (REW) that we introduce for fur. My obsession if you will would have to be Broken Castors! Ever since the first time I laid eyes on them I was hooked.

This hobby means more to me than anyone will ever know, I've dedicated my life to these animals and I thank them for every ounce of sanity they have offered me. When I first considered running for NYS Vice President I was trouble with the thought of the diversity in which this club holds, but at the end of the day it is just that, that diversity that draws us all in. Each and every one of us has the power to change the lives of others and our own; it is through cooperation, team work and understanding that great things are accomplished. In today's society everyone expects immediate actions, we are at the edge of our seats and determined to make a change instantaneously, I however am a firm believer that if you are to accomplish anything, you are to take the time to educate all parties involved and allow them to digest the information, ask for me and then make a decision that best suite everyone.

It is with great excitement that I look forward to serving as the NYS Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Assoc. Vice President! I look forward to working with all of you in the months to come! If you have any questions concerns or ideas, please, do not hesitate to drop me an e-mail!

Corey Hayes
hayescm@MORRISVILLE.EDU

Vice-President - Jean Smith
Jean Smith
smithfamily122@yahoo.com


Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Vecchio

"I truly enjoy our rabbit "hobby" and look forward to many more years of helping put NYRCBA on the road to being recognized as a strong reputable State of rabbit breeders! If you should have any questions please feel free to e-mail me!"

Debbie became involved with rabbits 17 years ago when her son David decided he wanted a pet. One thing led to another and before she knew it she had over 200 Rabbits! Her rabbitry became USDA licensed in 1990. She dealt mostly with pet shops until 1991 when she and her son decided to start showing with the encouragement of a great friend by the name of Dick Kuehnle. "He convinced me at the NY State Fair one year that the Satin I was showing was not as good as I thought and approached a few Satin Breeders to get me going in the right direction!" Debbie then started showing Satins while David showed Dutch. David eventually tired of the rabbits but Debbie continued with her favorite breed of Satins. Over the years she has won over 100 Best of Breeds and 12 Best In Shows. Debbie became Secretary of the NYRCBA in 1997 and was nominated "Person Of The Year". She was given an award from the NY State Fair Old Timers Club in 1998, which she deeply cherishes. In addition to holding the office of Secretary, she is also treasurer of the Empire State RBA, Secretary of the NYS Satin Club, Secretary of the NY Rabbit & Cavy Convention Shows club, and a Charter member of the Central New York club. Debbie is an ARBA Registrar and judge. She generously volunteers her time to secretary many New York State shows.

Debbie Vecchio

dvecchio12@yahoo.com


YOUTH COMMITTEE CHAIR - Kaitlyn Smith

Hello my name is Kaitlyn Smith, I have been breeding rabbits for 16 years, and I have been a member of Mohawk Valley Rabbit and Cavy Breeds Club and New York State Rabbit and Cavy Breeders for 10 years. While Netherland Dwarfs are my specialty and what I have been breeding the longest, I also breed Californians and Dutch. I also raised Mini Rex for several years.

I participated in 4H from the age of 5 until I aged out at age 18. However, after aging out I immediately became a 4H volunteer. I have participated in almost every category of 4H, I represented my county on many trips, and I was the Youth Representative on my county's 4H Program Committee for 4 years until I aged out of 4H. I have been teaching a Rabbit Class at my county's Cooperative Extension office about every 2 weeks for 5 years now and plan to continue with the classes. Many of my 4Hers who I teach in these classes have not only joined clubs and NYS Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association but also ARBA and their breed's national clubs as well. I also teach 4H Shooting Sports in my county where I am a certified Rifle and Archery instructor, as well as many other animal classes. I have been working at 4H Camp Shankitunk for 4 years now, ever since I was of age to be a counselor. I am also the Counselor in Charge of Science, and Shooting Sports classes as well as a Unit Leader. I also taught First and Second Grade Religious Education Classes at my Church for a couple years.

When I was a youth I competed every year in the Royalty Contest at Grand Finals where I won Duchess as well as Queen a few years. I did compete twice on the NYS team for the 2008Kentucky Convention and then again at the 2011Indiana Convention where my team placed 3rd overall for Judging.

I also participated once in the American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club's Royalty contest at Nationals in 2010 where I won the Queen division. After winning the ANDRC contest once I decided that instead of competing again I would help other youth study for the contests and in 2011 at the Pennsylvania Dwarf Nationals I helped run the Royalty contests as well as judged a portion of it.

I also helped run, and grade the Royalty Contest at the 2012 Dutch Nationals also held in Pennsylvania. Currently I am enrolled in College at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill.

I have an Associates in Animal Industry and am currently working on my Bachelors Degree for Animal Science with a concentration in Canine. At college I have been a Teachers Assistant for a couple of classes including a 300 level Domestic Animal Behavior class as well as a Tackless Horse Training Class. I was also asked to teach a few classes on rabbit care, diseases, breeds, purposes and genetics in my Small Animal Management class. This semester I am being inducted into the National Honors Society for Professionals in Technology branch at my College. I did get my start in rabbits through 4H, which from that escalated to the next level.

I enjoy working with youth, where my goal is to provide them with the same opportunities that I was given when I was a youth. Without all the opportunities I was given and the mentors who guided me, I would not be where I am today. I believe it is time that I gave something back to the youth. I am very excited and am looking forward to helping out with the youth this year.

ContactKaitlyn Smith at:
dreamweaverrabbitry@gmail.com


Web Site & Outreach Committee - Barbara Downing

Hello everyone. Please feel free to contact me with questions regarding the website or rabbits in general. I've been raising rabbits for over a decade and was very suprised to be honored in 2004 as part of the "Old Timers Club" for service at the New York State Fair. I also run the NYR&CBA Outreach Committee and sit on the NY State 4-H Advisory Board. In 2003 I received "person of the year" award by the NY State Rabbit Breeders association, particularily for my work with outreach and the website.

Outside of the rabbit hobby, I work as a Utilities Computer Analyst. At home I have three kids ages 28, 20and 19 and my husband who has always been a great support. I have been blessed over the years with this rabbit hobby and all the friends I've met along the way!
I raise Netherland Dwarfs in orange and fawn. The little orange in the picture is OJ who was featured in the ORANGE A-PEEL article I contributed for the Dwarf Digest. This is the national magazine for the ANDRC. Please also visit my rabbitry website at WWW.SYRACUSE-RABBIT.COM.

Contact Barbara Downing by email at snowshoebunny@yahoo.com