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Tom Shufflebotham

Inducted Hall of Fame 2015

Tom was born in England in 1899 and came to this country in the early 1920's after serving in the British Forces during World War I.

After settling in Valpraiso, Indiana he started his Dutcheng Rabbitry, the name meaning Dutch and English. He made, over a few years, several imports of Black, Blue, and Tortoise Dutch from well known Dutch fanciers in England in the 1940's. Tom also advertised the use of stud services, using his newly acquired imported bucks. Tom showed his Dutch around the country by shipping via railway coast to coast.

Tom also judged Dutch at National Dutch Shows and ARBA Conventions all over the country for many years. His winning and showing went on from the early 1930's through the late 1970's and beyond. Tom also had one, if not the most, complete Dutch Rabbit libraries in the country, having Guidebooks, Year Books, Dutch Reporters, Fur & Feather magazines, etc. from throughout the world.

Tom ws a prolific writer and historian for the American Dutch Rabblit Club, probably second to none. He passed away in the late 1980's.

This is additional information that Dan Schwandt wrote when Tom was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

At the 2016 National Dutch Show, we recognized a past member, breeder, and mentor of several Hall of Fame members into the ADRC Hall of Fame.  Years ago, lifetime ADRC member, Dorothy Wilke, gave me a box of old Dutch Reporters  as she was moving to a smaller home.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading through them and learning more about the clubs history and members of the past.  There were numerous articles written by a breeder which I found particularly interesting and would grab the next issue to read another.  I was soon asking long time breeders to learn more about him.

Tom was showing and winning from the early 1930's through the 1970's and beyond.  He had Best Opposite Sex at the ARBA Convention in 1947 and 1948 as well as at the National Dutch Shows in 1972 and 1976. He earned Best of Breed wins at the National Dutch Shows in 1966 and 1968. Tom also judged at ARBA Conventions and National Dutch Shows for many years.  Many of our American Dutch Rabbit Club Hall of Fame members consider Tom Shufflebotham as a mentor guiding them along the way.

Tom served the ADRC as a director,  the publicity director, and on the standards committee.  Tom is credited for the idea of the ADRC sellers class that members can participate in with funds to support the ADRC.

Tom may have passed in the late 1980's but the impact he made on the Dutch rabbit, fellow breeders, and the ADRC will last forever.

Thank you to Theresa and Dick Evenburg for help in trying to find Tom's family and thank you especially to Stan Goeglein for finally locating his daughter in Indianapolis.  She had hoped to attend the banquet to accept the award but it didn't work out, so Stan will deliver the plaque to her.

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