Northern California Angora Guild

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Big Angora Wins in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland

Judge Josh awards all breed Best In Show to Alyssa's chestnut English Angora buck on November 9 in MD.

Judge Ryan awards all breed Best In Show to the same chestnut buck on November 8 in NY.

The third picture is Ashley with her EA colored senior doe winning open BIS at the Apple Country RCBA show on November 8 in Biglerville, PA. The judge is Joe Colucci of OH.

  Ashley with Judge Ruth Ann Bell of PA winning open BIS with her French Angora colored senior doe at the MARCS show on October 12, 2014, in Lebanon, PA.

We thank Donna McGraw for the photos and the reports.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Returning to California from the ARBA Convention at Fort Worth

On Wednesday, November 5, Carol and Betty pack their 40+ rabbits and the supplies for human and rabbits to start the 1700-mile trip home.  

Rabbits are still packed to the top but quite happy that they would be home in a couple of days.

Carol and Betty stopped at Holbrook, AZ for the night.

Early in the morning, Betty's rabbits are out to be fed and watered.

Carol feeds her rabbits at night while Betty feeds early in the morning.

There are some interesting rock formation along highway 40.

Stopping at a gas station with a nice landscape, Carol finds a rabbit statue.

Betty finds a pig statue.

Carol also finds a nice fountain with pumpkin decorations.

Carol and Betty made it home safe and sound on the evening of Thursday, November 6.   There are still some more convention photos to share but the local shows are starting up.   When there is a chance, we will revisit the convention again.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Reunion of the Old Timers

Glen and Dick worked at the ARBA office together for over 20 years.    Glen retired from his job as the ARBA Executive Director in 2005, Dick is currently the district 5 director.  

Betty joins Glen and Dick for a photo op.   In 1992, Dick was the 4-class judge and Glen was the Best In Show judge who awarded the first open Best In Show to an English Angora named Chu's Sweet Sixteen that was bred and shown by Betty.    It was 22 years ago when it happened, for sure this is a reunion of the old timers.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Best In Show Winners in the ARBA Convention at Fort Worth, Texas

Chris Zemny wins open Best In Show with her Holland Lop.  Chris is a familiar face in the Northern California show circuit and on our blog, she is a long time breeder/exhibitor since the early 1980s and a highly regarded judge.  

We thank Sandra Wright for the photo.

The youth Best In Show is a Dutch from central California.
This photo is reproduced from the cover of the Result Book. 

California breeders take home both the open and youth Best In Show from the 2014 convention at Fort Worth, Texas.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Youth English Angora Wins Group 3

In youth, English Angora wins Group 3.

ARBA president Josh Humphries examines the youth English Angora during Best In Show judging.

A close up of the youth English Angora being judged.

Eventually judge Josh picks the Dutch as the Youth Best In Show.

We thank Sandra Wight for the photos.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

French Angora on the Best In Show Table at Fort Worth

Group 1 judge Scott Rodriguez from WY examines the BOB French Angora.
Judge Scott decides that the French Angora is the Group 1 Winner.


The Best In Show judge is Wade Burkhalter of MO.


Judge Wade has a very serious look on his face when checking on little details on the rabbit.

Eventually judge Wade picks the Holland Lop as the convention Best In Show winner.

We wish to thank Sandra Wight for these photos.



Monday, November 17, 2014

International Friends at ARBA Convention

Two rabbit judges Sally and Trevor Turner from New Zealand visit Betty, on the grooming table is Mackie. 

Randy takes his two friends from UK, Sam and Oliver, to visit Betty on Saturday shortly after the grooming tent was erected.   Franchesca's wool shows that it's quite windy outside.

Randy, Allen with their friends Sam and Oliver visit the Angora area again on Tuesday.

  From left to right are Matsushima, Betty, Masako and Sasaki in front of the Nippon Rabbit Club booth.   These three Japanese friends are quite familiar to us, not only they come to the ARBA convention every year, Matsushima and Masako would even visit our local shows in California.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Three Happy Successful Presenters

Here is the pass/fail board of the new breed/variety this year.

The first success of the day is chocolate agouti Mini Satin, presented by judge Uno Kivi.

Uno and his mother Mary Jo each hold one of the presentation rabbits.

The next successful presenter is judge Don's broken Mini Satin.

With Don is judge Melissa whose presentation of copper Mini Satin "passed with flying colors" described by one of the Standard Committee members.    It's the 3rd successful presentation, copper Mini Satin will be eligible for regular showing, registration and receiving grand champion legs started on February 1, 2015.

There are 9 passes altogether, 3 successful presenters are featured here.   

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Broken Satin Angora Presentation

The broken Satin Angora has had several presenters in the past, they are Charlene Duncan, Polly Holmes and Joan Hastings.  The new rules of presentation allow team effort, this year the lead presenter is Charlotte Schweikart in the middle with Joan Hastings and Kellyjo Younggreen as team members.

A broken tort Satin Angora.

A broken chocolate Satin Angora.

A broken black Satin Angora.

Another broken chocolate Satin Angora.

Another broken black Satin Angora.

The new rules for presentation double the number of rabbits from 4 to 8.  

Charlotte is invited to sit with the Standard Committee to listen to their comments.  Unfortunately the presentation did not pass, the reasons listed on summary sheet are texture, sheen in general and the type of one rabbit.   

The broken English Angora was on the schedule for presentation but unfortunately the requirement of 8 rabbits could not be fulfilled thus the presentation was pulled.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Other Club Booths at the ARBA Convention

The National Angora club booth won the booth contest.   Here are photos of some of the other club booths.    It's quite obvious that the NARBC booth was the most extravagant and most well-decorated of all.