Stan Pulliam began raising rabbits in 1950, at the age of 7, when he purchased a trio of New Zealand Reds from John Jennings, IA, and a trio of Champagnes from Oren Reynolds, IL. In an article for Kansas History Makers, Stan recalls being at the Santa Fe Railroad station for 4 hours, anxiously waiting for the trios to come in their fruit crates. Stan and his father, Leonard, raised rabbits for meat until Stan got hooked on showing. He joined the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1955 but left during his military service years.
As a young man he won many awards with his rabbits and became active in local and national clubs. At 18, he was President of the Sunflower Rabbit Breeders Association, located in Wichita, KS. He also held the office of Vice President of the National Champagne Federation.
While attending Oklahoma Baptist University, Stan played basketball and met his wife, Linda. He was President of the Oklahoma Rabbit Breeders Association. In 1967, when he went into the U. S. Marines, he sold his prize winning Champagne herd to Clarence Benjamin, KS.
Stan taught history and coached basketball in TX where he helped start the Permian Basin Rabbit Breeders Association and was elected president. He received his ARBA Judges’ license in 1972. Back in Kansas, Stan helped form the Kansas Netherland Dwarf Specialty Club and served as the president from then to the time he passed away. He was one of the first in the U.S. to import the small breed from England and it became his favorite breed from 1969 on. Stan was a life-time member of the ANDRC.
Through the years Stan raised and showed New Zealand, Champagne, French Lop, Californian, Palomino, Dutch, Holland Lops, Netherland Dwarf, Mini Rex and Belgian Hare breeds. He judged shows all over the country. In 2003, Stan was open superintendent of the ARBA National Convention in Wichita, KS. His expertise helped the first show in Wichita run smoothly and is one of the reasons the show was held in such high regard.
Stan was married to his wife, Linda, for 40 years. They have four children and six grandchildren. He retired as a high school history teacher and basketball coach in 2006, after 30 years of teaching.