Northern California Angora Guild

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Friends at the 2016 ARBA Convention

The fun thing about convention is to meet new and old friends.    From left to right Julia, Gabe, Jill, Brittany and Brittany's mom Linda are having a great time together.

Betty, Avalon, Kevin and Autumn are happy to see one another.

Betty and John Porritt from Australia.

Connor and mom Karen, so happy after the big win.

Betty and Sook Chin from Malaysia.

Betty and Connor with his big winner English Angora junior doe.

Betty with Andie whose French Angora broken senior buck is the youth BOB winner.

Gabe says, "Look at the BOB Satin Angora, isn't he gorgeous?  He's a junior buck".

Betty is reunited with her "son" Joe Kim!   It's fitting to have a photo taken in front of the Award Display: Betty and Joe were the Group Winners at the 2003 convention at Wichita and Joe's Tan went on to win Best In Show. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Angora Booths at the 2016 ARBA Convention

There are two Angora booth at the 2016 ARBA convention: one is the official National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club (NARBC) booth and the other is the Northwest Angora Rabbit Association (NWARA) booth.

The NARBC booth displays the raffle items on one of the tables.

Karen on the left is the booth chair who is on duty all the time.   Matt and Casey are helping during their shift.

The Giant Angora portrait is a very popular raffle item.

Another Giant Angora portrait for raffle.

On the other table, the W/S/G contest winner items are being displayed.

The Best In Show skein winner gets all these prizes.


The Judge's Choice award winner gets a lot of  prizes as well. 

These are beautiful skeins that won their classes but did not go any further in the group.
Next to the NARBC booth, there is the NWARA booth.


The most popular item at the NWARA booth is this set of Angora bikini made by Danielle Wallace.
NWARA booth is a single booth but it's well-stocked with Angora creations.

The NWARA offers yarn and t-shirt for sale in their booth.


The NWARA also has nice raffle items in their booth.  The major attraction is the shawl/cushion set made from yarn donated by various people and crocheted by Danielle Wallace,  the proceed is going to be in the youth scholarship fund.   The winner of this set is Aryme Dix.


Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Dinner Time at the 2016 ARBA Convention

After judging was done on Sunday afternoon, Betty and Carol W. were talking about going across the street to the seafood restaurant Fish Market to have dinner.    We asked, "Want to go with us?"   See how many people responded?   The restaurant was very nice to give us a private room but more and more Angora people came in, the extended table ended up at the edge of the room, the door could not be closed.   We had a great time!   The seafood was excellent and the servers were very competent and nice.

Deb, Alicia and Betty have a convention tradition: we got to have at least one Vietnamese dinner, and this year the Vietnamese dinner would be on Tuesday night.    Deb found the place and said to Betty, "Invite whoever would come with us".   See what happened?  We have a group again.   The food was nice but the server and the manager were freaking out when more and more in our group walked in.    The place did not seem to be accustomed to having a lot of customers.   Even with this little drawback, we still managed to have a good time.   

 The same Vietnamese place, view from the other side.   

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Presentations of New Breed/Variety at the 2016 ARBA Convention

The Tan Belgian Hare is on the table being considered. 

On the other table are the lilac Havana. 

The ARBA Standard Committee member discuss the rabbits that they examined.

Julie Spier and her group waiting for the results of the lilac Havana.


The Lionhead is on the table.  

A close-up of the presentation Lionheads.

After a very long day, ARBA Standard Committee chair Cathy Szychulda fills in the results of all the presentations.


It's all in one long day's of work, Cathy shows the final results of the Standard Committee decision.

Green indicates pass and red indicates fail.   The photo will enlarge to the original size if you click it and you'll be able to tell which presentations passed the muster.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

ARBA Banquet at the 2016 ARBA Convention

ARBA banquet is held at the Del Mar Turf Club Paddock.

It's an outdoor event, this is the first time an ARBA banquet ever held outdoors.

It's CA, it's San Diego; it'll be hard to pull off an outdoor banquet at any other locations.

The screen is used for showing videos of past memories of events and people.

These original paintings are for auction.

The prizes on the table are door prizes.

Before the banquet starts, the past and current convention Best In Show winners are recognized and get a photo op.  From left to right are: David Cardinal, the current BIS winner, Betty Chu, Texas Thomas, Doug Harrah, Joe Kim, Matt and Chris Zemny.  

The ARBA bigwigs are sitting on the dais.

Some of our Angora people.

Matt talking to Patrick, Jill, Casey and Jeff.

Judge Scott says to Betty, "How about sharing a little Angora warmth!"  Betty's shawl is made from the wool of Bubbling Champagne, Betty's foundation rabbit and where the ear identification "BC" came from.    Scott was a youth at the time when Bubbling Champagne was making her mark, still remembers her well.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Angora Awards Banquet at the 2016 ARBA Convention

On Monday morning, there are 60+ Angora people gathered at the Broken Yoke Café for the Angora Award banquet.

This shawl is the highest silent auction bid item, it sold for $350 to Emily in the middle.  The money raised is to help the COD holders who present new colors or varieties in the Angora breeds.


Tammy greets the attendees.


Danielle announces the winners, the first prize goes to....

Youth French Angora BOB winner Andie Rupple.

Youth French Angora BOS winner Melody Kohler.



Tammy Vaughn's Giant Angora wins both BOB and BOS.


Heather Campbell's Satin Angora is the BOS winner.


Betty Chu's English Angora wins BOS.


Matt Detert's English Angora wins BOSV.


The open French Angora BOB belongs to Charlotte Schweikart.

The French Angora BOS also goes to Betty Chu.

Alicia Will's French Angora wins BOSV.

Debbie McCormick's English Angora gets Best Wool.