Northern California Angora Guild

Friday, February 12, 2016

Betty Goes to Pebble Beach

Glorious California weather at Pebble Beach, it's in the 70s with clear blue sky.

Shopping for women golfing apparel?

The shops at Pebble Beach are high end, very nice looking and very expensive.

This is a perfect day to go see the AT&T Pro-Am tournament.


Look at the beautiful green grass, thank goodness for the recent rain.


It's the day for the Celebrity Shoot Out at the golf tournament.  Who are the celebrities? Stay tuned.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Angora Judging at Stockton

Show A judge Melissa is checking on an English Angora.

Judge Melissa comments on a chestnut French Angora.

In show B, judge Cathy is comparing the English Angora colored bucks.

Judge Cathy has quite a few French Angora on her table.
For a complete list of open and specialty Angora results, go to:


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NCAG Angora Specialty Show at Stockton

Northern California Angora Guild holds the first specialty show in 2016 in conjunction with the Big Valley RA all breed shows on February 6, 2016.
Judge Allen is the specialty show judge.  English Angora are on his table while the French Angora are on the next table in open show B.

Judge Allen are examining white senior English Angora.

The colored English Angora are waiting to be judged.

Judge Allen is now checking on the French Angora.

Judge Allen comments on the winner of the French Angora colored senior doe class.

From left to right are the Best of Breed winners of French Angora, English Angora and Satin Angora.

And the winner is Jill's French Angora colored senior doe HGF Gretel.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Open Top Winners at Stockton

Big Valley RA holds double open shows at Stockton on February 6, 2016.
In show A, judge Kevin awards the Best In Show to Julie's Havana.

Jill's French Angora HGF Gretel gets Reserve In Show from judge Kevin.

In show B, judge Cathy picks Jill's French Angora HGF White Gold as the Best In Show, this is Jill's first ever all breed Best In Show win.


Reserve In Show in show B goes to a Dutch.

Out of the four rabbits, the two French Angora and the Dutch were all purchased during the Portland convention.   Convention is definitely a place where the stocks are bought, sold and exchanged.  And also a place where breeders learn from each other and even out the quality of various breeds from one part of the country to the other parts of the country.


Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year


Northern California Angora Guild wishes everyone a Happy Lunar New Year.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Go Elway!!!

John Albert Elway, Jr. is a former American football quarterback and current General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos.   He was the quarterback when Broncos won the Superbowl in 1997 and 1998, the MVP of 1998 and later inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Other than the fact that today is the Superbowl day that Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are playing against each other, what's the connection between John Elway and Angora?     

Betty says, 

In the 90s, a lady by the name of Jana came by my home and bought a pet English Angora.   A couple of years later close to Christmas, she called me and asked whether she could board the rabbit with me when she and her family going out of town to visit relatives.    I said OK so she came with the rabbit and we chitchatted.   I was still teaching at San Jose State University and she said her dad used to work at SJSU and was the football coach.   Who was that, I asked.   Jack Elway!   That means she's John Elway's sister, and the twin sister.  

Oh, I have a rabbit named after your brother, he is Chu's Elway!

Jana and family were going to Colorado to join her parents and her brother for Christmas.    I took out two of Chu's Elway's photos and gave them to Jana.  

Jana came back after Christmas to pick up her rabbit and handed me one of the photos of Chu's Elway with John Elway's autograph.   Jana told me that this is the first time her brother ever autographed a rabbit picture.

Sadly Jana passed away in July 2002 at 42 years old. 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

I'm Here, Pick Me Up!


Mom, I'm here, I'm waiting for you.

Are you coming to get me?


Don't go...


I love you.


Where are you?

I am chasing you...


I'm looking for you...


Mom, pick me up, please.


I am begging...

OK, OK, Freddie, I am coming to pick you up.



Friday, February 05, 2016

German Reporters Filming Betty's Angora Products

JC examines Betty's yarn and asks questions.

How do you use the Angora yarn?  Here are some answers.

There are fingerless mittens, hats, handbands, ...

Betty shows the color combination in the Angora products.

Not shown are scarves, cowls, ...

After filming the Angora products, JC and Stefan wrap for the day on Friday, January 15, 2016.   On Sunday, January 17, JC and Stefan continue the filming at the Santa Rosa show, see:

The final cut is expected to be 7-8 minutes to be broadcasted in a regular German TV show then to be posted on the website.    Since we cannot see the regular German TV show, JC and Stefan will send notification when the website posting is done.    The link will be provided as soon as the program becomes available. 


Thursday, February 04, 2016

German Reporters Filming Betty Spinning

After harvesting Clementina's wool in the yellow bag, Betty sets up the spinning wheel to spin the wool.

Betty takes Clementina's wool out of the yellow bag and pulls and spins.


Betty is into spinning art yarn, it's not intended to be fine and even.


Some of Betty's dyed Angora yarn are on the table.


JC and Stefan are fascinated by Betty's spinning.   Even when they are not filming, they watch Betty's spinning process intentively.  

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

German Reporters Filming Clementina Getting a Hair Cut

With so much misinformation on the internet about how wool are harvested from the Angora rabbits, it is important to demonstrate how gentle Angora hair cut is.  Multiple Best In Show winner Chu's Clementina is to be used as the model for the hair cut.
Betty has on another Angora sweater, JC and Stefan want to film the sweater before the wool harvesting.

Stefan films a close up on the right sleeve.

Betty puts on her grooming apron.

Clementina is on the grooming table and a bag is ready to collect the wool.

The first cut is in the middle of Clementina's back.

Betty explains the cutting procedure, it is very much like human going to a hair saloon having a hair cut.  There is no harm done to the rabbit.

The wool on Clementina's back is now on both sides of her body.


More of Clementina's wool is on the grooming table.

Most of the wool from Clementina's back is now in the yellow bag.

Clementina is now laying on her back to get tummy wool cut. 

Betty is cutting the wool off Clementina's rear end.

After Clementina's wool is totally cut off, she puts on an Angora sweater that is handspun and handknit by Betty.

Stefan shots a close up of Clementina in her little sweater.

The entire procedure takes about an hour, Clementina goes through the process totally relaxed.