Northern California Angora Guild

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cranberry Anyone?

 
 
 
 
The pack of trail mix at the top of the photo has almonds, cashews, cranberries, sunflower seeds,  golden raisins and black raisins.      The Angora yarn is inspired by the color of cranberries.  

 

This skein of Angora yarn is now in the shape of a giant cranberry!





 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Boys Just Want to Have Fun



Mackie in his show glory days: he won the BOSB in the 2014 ARBA convention at Fort Worth, Texas.  Including the winning at the convention, Mackie has 30 legs when he retired from showing.


Mackie is a great show rabbit but unfortunately he is not a good breeder.   He craves attention so the best thing is matching him with a great mom: Gina.
 

To give Mackie companions, Gina later adopted two French Angora baby bucks.

 

The three boys are best friends.
 

One of the French Angora buck is wearing a sweater after a hair cut.
 

Mackie still gets to be an indoor rabbit when not playing with his French Angora friends.

 

All three boys enjoy sleeping together out on the deck during the day.  Who says bucks fight?  These boys are not neutered but they get along just great.




 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Betty Gets Double First In Open Sweepstakes

 
 
 
 
Our NARBC chair Margaret has sent out the Sweepstakes ranking certificates a couple of months ago.   I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that I got the first place in both English Angora and French Angora.     Getting the first place in English Angora isn't too much of a surprise as I have been holding that position since 1988 and I set the goal to get there.   Getting the French Angora first place, I'd have to say, is a pleasant surprise.     I own less than 10 French Angora rabbits during the sweepstakes period of August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017; now I only own 6 adults.    

While I like the French Angora, the English Angora is still my first love.   For the coming year, I'm going to set my goal of staying at the English Angora first place again while I'll be OK at any ranking in French Angora.



 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Angeline remembered

 
 
 
 
In this all REW litter born exactly 4 years ago today, one baby was half of the size of its littermates.
 
 
 
At 18 days old, the little one was still half of the size of its littermate sister.
 
 
 
At five months old, the little one was the size of a three months old but totally proportional.   It's a miracle that she grew into a pretty little lady but we all knew that she was not going to be a show rabbit.  Carolyn took her in and treated better than a human baby and named her Angeline.  
 
 
 
Angeline was 3 years and 10 months old when she passed away.  It was a miracle that she lived so long.   A rabbit that size usually would not live a long life.   She was always in the 4-pound range, never got to the minimum senior weight of 5 pounds.   All her siblings are in the 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 pound range.  

 

It's Carolyn's extra care that Angeline enjoyed her life as a pampered baby, see
https://ncag.blogspot.com/2017/04/angeline-is-pampered-princess.html


 

Angeline was loved during her life and won't be forgotten even she's now gone to the bunny heaven.





 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Open Best In Show Judging at Gridley

 
 
 
 
Show A Best In Show judge Cathy Szychulda, CA.
 

Show B Best In Show judge Mary Whitney, WA.
 

Show C Best In Show judge Melinda Anderson, OR.




 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Angora Judging at Gridley





In the CRCS triple shows at Gridley, the Angora breeds were split into four judges. 
The photos here do not necessary represent the order of the judging.



Judge Melinda examines an English Angora.


One of the English Angora bucks are ready to returned to his judging coop.

Kelly is judge Melinda's table help.



Judge Allen has a judge's assist working with him: Kathi.    He teaches Angora judging to Kathi.


Judge Allen comments on the fine points of judging English Angora.



Jill and Amanda are having a spirited discussion while judge Allen is working on the English Angora.


Judge Kendal is checking on the underside of a French Angora, Amanda is the table help.


Judge Kendal checks the body of a French Angora.

Amanda records judge Kendal's comments on the French Angora.





The English Angora explodes with wool when judge Mary takes it out of the coop.



Judge Mary comments on the English Angora.

On the table is a French Angora.  

For a list of Angora results, go to:











Thursday, January 18, 2018

Open Top Winners at Gridley




California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold triple all breed shows at Gridley, CA on January 13, 2018.
 
 
 

In show A, judge Cathy awards Best In Show to the Havana owned by Alan who is not in the show room.
 

Judge Cathy's Reserve In Show pick is Louis's English Spot.
 
 
 
In show B, the same Havana wins Best In Show again from judge Mary.
 
 
 

And the same English Spot shown by Louis wins the Reserve In Show from judge Mary in show B.
 
 
 
In show C, judge Melinda picks the same English Spot shown by Louis as the Best In Show.
 

The same Havana wins Reserve In Show in show C from judge Melinda.


 
 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Angora Group at the CRCS Frozen Friends Show in Oregon

 
 
 
 

While the CA Angora group people were showing at Dixon, CA, California Rabbit and Cavy Shows held triple shows at St. Helens, Oregon on January 6, 2018.   The name of the show was "Frozen Friends"; such weather would be great for Angora garments.

In this photo, Karen's French Angora doe won BOB and Alexandra's buck won BOSB, judge is Melinda.
 

Arianne's Satin Angora won BOB in all three shows, and this show was judged by judge Josh.

 

Karen's French Angora went on to win a Reserve In Show from judge Roger.

 

After the successful showing, the Angora gals had a "Girls Night Out".



 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Celebrating Casey's Birthday at Dixon





Today is Casey's birthday.  Happy Birthday, Casey.  Carolyn made a delicious cake to have an early celebration.   

Casey with her birthday cake.  It's great that we get to eat the cake with Casey present; last year she left before Carolyn arrived.  See   http://ncag.blogspot.com/2017/01/happy-birthday-to-casey.html
This year Casey gets to eat the delicious cake that Carolyn specially made for her.




Happy group of Angora people celebrating Casey's birthday.   From left to right are Christine, Carolyn, Jill, Casey, Amanda and Betty.   






Monday, January 15, 2018

Angora Activities at Dixon through Carolyn's Lens

 
 
 
 
 
Left to right are Jill with her French Angora doe, Betty with her English Angora buck, Amanda with her French Angora buck and Casey with her Satin Angora doe.
 


Casey and her beautiful Satin Angora that wins Best of Breed often.

 

Jill's French Angora doe Firebold won an all breed Best In Show that day.

 

Betty's English Angora Brighton is a frequent winner at shows, he also was the Best Opposite Sex of Breed at the ARBA convention in Indy.
 


Casey blow grooms her Satin Angora.

 

Jill is serious in getting Firebolt into the perfect condition for Best In Show competition.
 



Amanda does a great job in keeping Bordeaux in shape.