Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Gorgeous Tonnie

In the CRCS shows in Napa, Betty's English Angora blue tort buck Chu's Tonnie took Best Opposite Sex of the Breed in both show A and show B. He is a very handsome boy. Many times he won over the pretty colored girls as Best of Variety but usually was won over by the white girls. He is very sweet and definitely gorgeous.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Judges in the CRCS Napa Shows

We have the chance of showing more photos of our judges here. In the first photo on the top, Randy is examining a black English Angora owned by Sharon, in red shirt, who is looking on at the judging table. Randy is the vice president of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, one of the most popular judges in the nation. He judges all over the country and many times voted by exhibitors to pick the Best In Show in the national conventions. Sharon is one of our new members. Though she has English Angora for many years, she is new to the show circuit. Casey is doing the writing and Cole next to Sharon is looking at the judging.

In the second photo from the top, Brooke is judging Satin Angora with Tracy recording the results. Brooke is one of our youngest but experienced judges. She bred some wonderful French Lops. She has not been as active in shows recently, we were thrilled to see her in Napa.

In the third photo, Manuel and Chris are celebrating the Holland Lop winning the Reserve In Show. Manuel is a professor at Sonoma State University, one of the very top New Zealand breeders in the nation. His New Zealand won Group at the national convention in 2001 and 2002. Well, other New Zealand breeders found a way to get him out of competition by voting for him to judge New Zealand in the 2003 and 2004 conventions. We hope Manuel is going to compete really hard this year. Chris's Holland Lop is well known for the top quality. For several shows recently, Betty's English Angora and Chris's Holland Lop were at the top two spots at the Best In Show table. Napa was one of these shows, Betty's white doe Lexika and the pretty Holland Lop that Chris is holding took the Best In Show and Reserve In Show.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Tracy and Lindsay

In the Napa show on Sunday, Best of Breed French Angora went to Lindsay's white senior doe; Best of Breed Satin Angora went to Tracy's red junior doe. Both rabbits are beautiful. The French has lots of guard hairs and wool; the junior red Satin doe has a gorgeous sheen. Here are the happy mamas holding their babies.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Betty's Other Best In Show Girl

While Chu's Mercedes was resting at home, Betty's other white senior doe Chu's Lexika won the all breed Best In Show at the California Rabbit and Cavy Shows in Napa on Sunday. Lexika won an all breed Best In Show at the end of July when she was a 5-1/2 months old junior doe. She had since staying at home waiting for her term to be a big girl. With Mercedes taking a weekend off, Lexika got her chance to go out to show her thing. She certainly showed her thing well, she got her senior leg by winning the Best In Show in show A. Needless to say, Betty is ecstatic with her little girl who has now grown into a beautiful big girl.

Lexika proceeded to win Reserve In Show in show B. What an exciting day for Betty and the gang.

No more shows until the ARBA National Convention in Indianapolis. From this area, Charlie, Tracy and Betty are going. Ten more days, we can't wait.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Yarn Spun at the Napa Show

Those who observed Casey and I spun in the show on Sunday have been very curious to my yarn, I've been receiving e-mails about it. The yarn was still on the two bobbins when I left the fairgrounds. I did not have my niddy-noddy with me. On Monday, I took the yarn off the bobbin, altogether there are over 200 yards in two bigger skeins and a small skein. On Sunday, there was a request for 100 yards of olive green yarn and another request for a pink scarf. I dyed one skein olive green and the two other skeins hot pink. How do you like the yarn?

Monday, October 10, 2005

Casey and Cole

We were in the double shows in Napa on Sunday.

I am here posting a picture of Casey and Cole. Casey has not been showing for a while due to her health and the rabbits being "ice prince" and "ice princess". She still comes to shows to visit. Cole is Casey's son, a son who everyone wishes to have. I've known Cole since he was 5 years old. He is now 19, an excellent student at UC Santa Barbara. He drove long hours to come home to visit and we were thrilled to see him coming to the show with Casey. Cole practically grew up in the rabbit shows, we missed him a lot when he went away to college.

Now Casey's health scare is over, and there are three does due next week, we hope Casey's baby dry spell will be over soon. Hopefully she will be back in full force in a few months. Casey and I did a lot of spinning in the show working on the new electric spinner. She finished plying an entire 8-oz bobbin and I finished spinning 1-1/2 bobbin full of wool. We attracted quite a crowd. Others are always fascinated how the wool on our beautiful animals would later turned into yarn. They got a good lesson watching two of us spin. I even sold two skeins of yarn right there. We had such a happy time with them that rabbit results can wait until tomorrow.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Handsome Dixon

In the RPSCV shows, Chu's Dixon won the Best Opposite Sex of Breed in both show A and show B. He is a handsome black buck that has a very short and smooth body. Being 7 months old and younger than most of the senior bucks in the shows, he is not in the best position to compete but his confirmation won the judges over. Mama Betty is very happy with his development and the show results.