This performance sports (for rabbit, cavies (guinea pigs) site is based in Iowa. Hence the name iowahopping. No, we are not a bunch of crazy Iowans hopping up and down, even though some thought we were crazy when we first brought the idea of Rabbit Hopping to Iowa several years ago.
The theme or life of this site is to help others learn about the sport called rabbit hopping, rabbit obstacle course, and cavy courses/bowling, to be a resource, a place for people to locate information about hopping events in Iowa and the surrounding states. If you have hopping information that you would like to post on the calendar please let us know.
Another reason why we are building this site is because when we first started hopping we didn't have a clue about training a rabbit and nobody doing hopping or obstacle courses (agility) lived close to us. At times this was frustrating and presented us with some challenging situations to figure out what we were doing wrong or needed to change to get the response we wanted from the rabbit. We relied on emails, web-sites, and phone calls to people who could help us when we got stuck.
During our research learning about hopping we visited various sites and feel that some of the equipment the rabbits were hopping over were not safe. We feel that for a jump to be safe for a rabbit to hop over the jump or object must be able to fall apart. Things you will find on this site are pictures of the various equipment that we use, things that we found to work with our rabbits, and other sources of information that we found helpful.
We want to share some of the training information we used with our rabbits, encourage other to find creative was to get involved with their rabbits and have fun in a safe way. We have been doing rabbit hopping for over 4 years (since 2004) without any mishaps to our handlers or the rabbits. We will not be held responsible for any injuries to the handler or rabbit if someone uses information on this site. While working with rabbits all precautions should be made for the safety of the handler and rabbit. When working in public always be on the look out for things that could frighten or hurt the rabbit. Such as: cats, dogs, hawks, owls, eagles, lawn mowers, ect.. Youth (children) should be supervised at home, during all projects, and events.
This is a new site and it is under constuction, so please be patient as we continue to build the site. Progress takes time and we will expand areas as we go.
This web-site is copy-written 2010 and information provided by Joan K. and Cassandra B.
Please do not copy, use, or distribute our pictures or content without our permission FIRST. If you see our pictures or information on someone else's web-site please let us know.
The first image is Drew our Chocloate Tan, hopping at Heritage Farms 2009. The second and third images is Buck our Rhinelander hopping at home during the summer of 2009.