MIAMI COUNTY — Colin Tackett knows his rabbits both in the pen and on paper
The 14-year-old Newton eighth grader raises his own New Zealand rabbits to show at the Miami County Fair. This year, Tackett also won the new Buddy Ganger Outstanding Exhibitor Award in the rabbit barn.
“It’s a really easy hobby to do and it’s fun to go out and show,” Tackett said. Tackett, who will quickly correct you if you call the rabbits “bunnies,” said he enjoys breeding his own projects to show around the region, the state and then at the county level each year.
“You want to have the width in the back with a wide loin and depth in the shoulders and good condition and all around good finish,” Tackett said.
The Buddy Ganger award was a new award in the rabbit barn this year. The award is named after the Miami County rabbit showman who once won a national award and shows around the state.
“You have to do three things to get the Buddy Ganger award. You have to take a test, which is all about meat pens and rabbits in general and then show your rabbits, compete in the shows and stuff like that,” he said. “I really enjoy showing at the fair and having fun with my friends. Getting to go to other shows with my mom is fun, too.”
Tackett also said he was honored to have shown his projects at the Ohio State Fair this year as well.
Tackett said his love of animals comes from his mom, Jane Jess of Pleasant Hill.
Tackett is a member of the Rock-N-Rabbits 4-H Club, and he raises New Zealand white rabbits. He now has three varieties of New Zealand rabbits, including whites, blacks and brokens.
Tackett, also the son of Charles Tackett of Pleasant Hill.
Last spring, Tackett was honored by the American Federation of New Zealand Rabbit Breeders, receiving second place in the nation with his New Zealand white rabbits during the 2015-16 youth sweepstakes.
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