My name is Clayton (Tony) Martone and I am 12 years old. I am homeschooled and in sixth grade. I have five siblings. We first got rabbits when I was 4, and I have helped take care of them ever since. We raise Silver Foxes, Rex, Himalayans, Californians, and Netherland Dwarfs. We also have Abyssinian Cavies. We all take care of all of the animals, but my rabbit project includes Himalayans, Californians, and Abbys. I raise all four colors of Himalayans-Black, Blue, Chocolate, and Lilac. I raise Californians for meat classes. My favorite ARBA-recognized breeds are the Himalayan, Harlequin, Lionhead, and Belgian Hare.In addition to rabbits and cavies we also have sheep, chickens, turkeys, two dogs, and cats on our mini-farm. In addition to being Secretary of my 4-H Rabbit Club, I am in my local 4-H Poultry Club and Sheep and Swine Club.
My other hobbies are basketball, cooking, reading, playing with my dog, cat, and sheep, gardening and being in nature, and helping around the house and farm. I like to travel and see new places and try new food. I also enjoy volunteering and have earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold award three years in a row.
Thank you to everyone in those clubs and the people who have really helped me with my rabbit project –my parents, my friends in rabbit 4-H, the breeders I get my rabbits from, the AHRA, Jacinta Taulbee (who has given me great advice on raising rabbits), the Perez family (who gave me a new rabbit when a husky got into my rabbitry), Kyla (my rabbit club leader), and Dr. Fitzpatrick (my judging coach).