The American Hopping Association for Rabbits and Cavies is the national performance club for rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs) chartered by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). By next year we hope that local and regional clubs will be able to charter their clubs and sanction performance events.
The purpose of this site is to help others learn about the performance sports called Cavy Courses, Rabbit Hopping, and Rabbit Agility. We are a resource, a place for people to locate information about performance events all over North America. If you have performance venues you would like to post on the calendar, please let us know
Rabbit Hopping was developed in the early 1970's in Sweden. The Swiss developed rules, jumping equipment, and guidelines for rabbit hopping and called it rabbit show jumping. The model these ingenious people used to create rabbit hopping was horse show jumping.
Rabbit Agility was developed by the Canadian Hopping Club and by Dell Robins from Minnesota independently of each other. We call ours Rabbit Obstacle Courses. We do not use weave poles for our courses.
The Cavy Obstacle Course is a very new and exciting sport. More information on this is coming soon.
This has been an amazing and interesting adventure that most people don't realize how much work and commitment is required to start up a national level club. Truthfully things are actually moving along rather quickly. But without knowing the complex steps that have to be accomplished it seems painfully slow for those eager to participate in the sports class events. For example, the next step in this process is working on resolutions to create categories for local/regional/state at the ARBA level. Just this one phase will take about a year to complete and once this is finished, local and regional clubs will be able to charter under the ARBA. This is the kind of stuff no one from the outside in would see and assume there was no measurable progress being made.
Being recognized and welcomed in to the ARBA as a national club is a rare and long awaited opportunity. The AHARC officers and the Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for being very patient and not bugging the ARBA staff, officers, or the Board of Directors about the progress of the national performance club. It has been amazing how many people have asked “How can I help to make this exciting opportunity happen” rather than sitting on the sidelines complain that it's taking too long. Kudos to them and thank you for your support. We are very grateful to these wonderful people and would like to invite everyone to be a part of this grand adventure.
We are in need of volunteers, please look at the list of volunteers we current need and see if you are able and willing to help out in any way!
This site is under development - please check back again soon, we have a lot more information coming!