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    Centennial freshman Colton Spruce, right, won the Breeding Rabbit Grand Champion award at the 2019 JCLAA Junior Livestock Show. Spruce’s rabbit’s name is Belle. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Spruce captures crown in breeding rabbits

Colton Spruce knows about rabbits.

If a member of the Centennial FFA club has a question about rabbits they ask Spruce.

“I’m always there to help somebody,” Spruce said. “It feels very good to help people out.”

That’s how he gained the nickname “Bunny Boy.”

Spruce, 15, likes the nickname and says “it sure fits, I guess.”

Last week at the JCLAA Livestock Show, Spruce proved his prowess with rabbits as he brought won the Grand Champion title for breeding rabbits.

“It was a very empowering moment,” said Spruce of the Grand Champion win. “It gave me a lot of momentum to go ahead and keep showing rabbits. I’m starting to breed rabbits now because of that. It felt pretty good.”

The win made Spruce the first Centennial FFA member to produce a livestock Grand Champion.

Spruce said he spends about an hour a day each morning with his rabbit, Belle.

“There is a lot of showmanship stuff I work on with her,” Spruce said. “You have to be able to grab her by the ears and the scruff of the neck show. She’s been a good rabbit from the beginning.”

All that work is to get them ready for showing.

Spruce took Belle for showing this week at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Along with his interest in the FFA, Spruce is also heavily involved in the Criminal Justice classes at Centennial.

After graduation, Spruce plans to pursue a c areer in the military.

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