Northern California Angora Guild

Monday, August 29, 2016

Open Top Winners at Dixon


 
 
 
Solano RBA holds double open shows at Dixon, CA on August 27, 2016.
 
 
In show A, judge Armando picks Kristine's Mini Lop as the Best In Show.
 

Reserve In Show goes to Tim's Netherland Dwarf in show A.
 

In show B, Steve's Polish wins the Best In Show from judge Melissa.  This is Steve's first ever Best In Show win.

 

Tim's Netherland Dwarf also gets Reserve In Show from judge Melissa.

 
 


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Angora Family Portrait at Petaluma




At shows, Angora exhibitors are usually busy grooming grooming and grooming.   They very seldom have time to sit for a photo together.  At Petaluma, such an occasion arises.    From left to right in the front row are Jill, Bethany and Betty, in the back row are Carol W., Brittany, Casey and Matt.   Missing in the picture is Carol G. who is still busy judging.

The setting reminds us of the "Addams Family", we can almost hear the music thumping in the background!





Saturday, August 27, 2016

Show C Angora Judging at Petaluma

 
 
Judge Ray comments on a white junior English Angora in show C.
 




Judge Ray examines a white English Angora senior doe.

 

Judge Ray is checking the toenails of a cute colored English Angora junior buck.
 

Judge Ray answers questions from French Angora exhibitors.



 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Show B Angora Judging at Petaluma

 
 
Judge Bryant from Ohio works on a white English Angora.
 

The colored senior English Angora is being commented on, Casey clerks.
 

A cute junior English Angora is on the judge Bryant's table.
 

Judge Bryant is examining a senior French Angora.
 

This is the first time Jill works as a table clerk.
 

Jill writes down judge Bryant's comments.
 

Judge Bryant is working on the junior French Angora classes.

For a complete list of Angora results, go to:


 
 
 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Show A Angora Judging at Petaluma

 
 
 
Judge Allen is the Angora judge for show A.  Two cute English Angora white juniors are on the table.  

Here comes the senior white, Casey organizes the paper work.
 

Lots of people in the barn enjoying the show.
 

English Angora juniors are just adorable.
 

The English Angora senior doe is quite impressive and go on to win the all breed Reserve In Show.
 

The French Angora are now on the table; watching judging are Carol W, Susan, Jill, Bethany and Chase.
 

There are a good number of French Angora on the table.
 

Though Kathi is not into French Angora, she is helping to clerk for judge Allen.

 

The French Angora colored senior doe wins the Best of Breed.


For a complete list of Angora results, go to:

http://angorashowresults.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-20-2016-angora-showing-at.html

 



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HGF Angora Goats sweep the ACAGR National Show



The 2016 American Colored Angora Goat Registry(ACAGR) National Show was held at the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegen Michigan on Saturday, August 20th 2016
 

Eric and Gabe load up their four prime coated Angora goats and all the equipment to go to the ACAGR National Show at the Michigan Fiber Festival.


The kids are settle in a pen.




Gabe is getting the buck ready for show.


We are used to showing rabbits, the process involves showing in a class, the first place goes on to compete for BOV or BOSV, then the BOV goes on to compete for BOB and the BOSV competes for BOSB.    Some shows have a lot of competition while some do not.   Let's see what Eric and Gabe went through in this show:

"There was a “barn full” of goats from TX, throughout the Midwest, and as far southeast as VA.  Much like the rabbits, angora goats show in “Colored and White” separately.  The whites (AAGBA registered) have been bred for hundreds of years so tend to be the gold standard for conformation and mohair.  The judge was a highly respected man, Stan Sours, who was one of the founding members of the colored angora goat registry and our association, CAGBA, in which he was a past-president.  Stan is also an artist, he carved the WCC perpetual trophy and his work is all over the globe."

"I’m not sure how many kid does there were, but all competed (regardless of age) in one class.  I’m guessing there were 12-15.  We entered 2 and had first and second.  Gabe handled Tiger Lily and told me that Stan just said, “Oh, WOW”.  Gloria was second, not as fine or fancy as Tiger Lily but I think she has a little more yield (what we call density).  I was happy with that win alone.  We didn’t have any other does, so we then waited for the other classes (yearling and adults, adult fleece on a doe) to be finished.  Much like the rabbits, the class winners come back up to compete for “best doe”… only with the goats, first AND second place come back.  They call this the “Championship Drive”, so all the 1st and 2nd place goats are lined up for the judge to pick Champion and Reserve Champion doe.  It’s very rare for a kid to win, particularly a doe and the judge said that too.  He loved her fleece, coverage (she’s covered with mohair from her mouth to the tip of her tail), type and rich color- So, HGF Tiger Lily was Champion colored doe.

 
The buck kid class had 17 and HGF Deuteronomy was first place.  We only had only one more goat (we brought 4), HGF Jonah who won the  yearling buck class (yearlings are mature animals but are not fully grown, last year’s kids).  Jonah went on to be the Champion colored buck and Deuteronomy was the Reserve Champion colored buck." 



 "Then they had all of the champions (white and colored) in the ring to select Best in Show between the 4 goats.  HGF Jonah was picked Best in Show; it is incredibly rare to have the colored beat the white although Allen-Randy have done it a couple/few times."






Look at the Best In Show prize: 
This brand new, complete shearing rig is set up with an Oster 20 tooth goat comb with Premier1cutter, oil bottle, cleaning brush, spare motor brushes and tools all in a sturdy carrying case.   Photo and description from the http://www.acagr.us/  home page.




Fleece judging by honorable judge Stan Sours.




 
Eric and Gabe's kid mohair goes on to win the Best In Show mohair fleece.
 



Eric and Gabe's Higher Ground Farm booth has great sales.
In summary, Eric and Gabe's HGF Angora goats won the Best In Show with a yearling buck, the kid buck gets the Reserve Champion.  The two kid does won Champion and Reserve Champion.  Their kid fleece also won the Best In Show in the fleece show.  


 




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lindsey V.'s Great Day at Petaluma

 
 
 
California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold triple youth show at Petaluma in conjunction with the open shows on August 20, 2016.
 
 
In show A judge Kendal awards the youth Best In Show to Lindsey's Mini Lop.
 

In show B, judge Carol G.'s pick of youth Best In Show is Lindsey's New Zealand.
 

It sounds like a repeat, but it's true that Lindsey wins youth show C Best In Show again with her New Zealand.     Here are her two big winners that sweep all three youth shows.



 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Open Top Winners at Petaluma

 
 
 
 
California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold triple open shows at Petaluma on August 20, 2016.
 
 
 
In show A, judge Bryant from OH awards the Best In Show to Carol G's American Fuzzy Lop.  


Show A Reserve In Show is Betty's English Angora.


Judge Ted from Oregon picks the show B Best In Show and the winner is Ray's Satin.
 

Reserve In Show in show B is Courtney's Britannia Petit.


In show C, judge Roger from Oregon selects Kristy's Mini Rex as the Best In Show.



Judge Roger's pick of Reserve In Show is Phyllis and Gary's Crème D'Argent.

 
 
 


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Angelique Wins All Breed Reserve In Show at Petaluma

 
 
 
California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold triple open and triple youth shows at Petaluma on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
 
 
Angelique is a pretty doe, looks very much like her mother Franchesca who holds the Guinness World Record of Longest Fur on A Rabbit with wool length of 14.37 inches.
 

In show A, judge Bryant from OH awards the Reserve In Show to Angelique.


 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Angora Wool Storage , Part 2 - Dyed Wool



When the wool is dyed, the process requires wetting, washing then cooking, see


If the wool is not spun into yarn right away, it needs to be stored.  Because the dyeing process involves the wool being totally wet, it's better not to be put into plastic bags right away.   


I found these small laundry bags in the Dollar Tree store, $1 a pack, there are three mesh bags.

I put the dyed wool in these mesh bags.    I either use them for spinning a litter later or put them in plastic bags after at least a week of air out.  Each bag can put in up to 6 ounces.


At Dollar Tree, there is also this large laundry bag that can store more wool. 


Obviously this bag can take a lot more than the 5 ounces of hot pink Angora wool that I dyed.  


Here is a comparison between the large laundry bag in the package and how big it is for the wool.


And there is the pop-up hamper that is very useful if I want to work on the wool.


The hamper goes from very compact in the package to a good size pop-up.


Here is a birds-eye view of the hamper with dyed lavender wool.   The hamper has two handles, very convenient in being carried.




Since I have only been dyeing raw wool recently, my stash of dyed wool is meager comparing to my natural wool inventory.    I put the mesh bags inside an empty cage in our family room.