For 16-year-old Mallory Pienta, rabbits are a girl’s best friend.
Mallory, a sophomore at Oconto Falls High School, began showing rabbits at the age of 5. She participates in 15 to 20 shows a year.
“She got exposed to it very early on, and just took to it,” explained Stacie Pienta, Mallory’s mother, who has also raised rabbits since age 8. Stacie taught herself how to care for and show rabbits, and was able to pass it on to her daughter.
Mallory’s main showing breed is the Jersey Wooly, and her rabbits have won awards such as best of breed, best colored wool, best overall wool and best opposite.
Mallory’s Jersey Wooly named Agnes has been awarded 22 grand champions legs, which are earned by winning class competitions, best of breed, best of variety or other honors when there are three exhibitors and five rabbits competing.
Mallory does it all — the training and breeding.