Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
This is the first time our long time MO member Margaret appears on our blog. We are happy to eventually get a picture of her.
Margaret has been a member of NCAG for over 15 years. She is the current president of the national Angora club NARBC. Not only she is one of the top English Angora breeders, she is also well respected for her ability to get along with all and get things done. Due to term limit, she could not run for the same position again. We will be sad to see her step down from the presidency.
In the top photo, Margaret is presenting English Angora at the judges' conference at Wichita KS on June 11. Her presentation was excellent and well received by the judges and other attendants. The second picture is a fun photo she shared with us. The right is doggie Chica, the left is English Angora bunny Max. They are the best of friends.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Bob and Kelley
Bob normally would not let anyone take his pictures. It was a surprise that he agreed to being photographed in Sparks.
Bob and Kelley have been a true "rabbit couple". They are both very into rabbit breeding and showing. Their daily life seems to be associated with rabbits in addition to their children. They put on several nice shows a years for all exhibitors, in Gridley in the old days now in Orland. Even when Bob is not feeling well, he still works the showroom to make things happen; we certainly appreciate his commitment and hard work.
In spring the were rearended when they were stoped at an intersection. Both were injured, Bob's injury is more severe. We hope he will have a complete recovery.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Goofy Boy Mick
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Miss Joanie Is A Champ
Our handsome judge Doug added Miss Joanie to his French Bulldog family last December. Miss Joanie made her debut on our blog in Mid December when she was a little pup.
Miss Joanie has grown into a beautiful lady and the lady is a champ!
In the top photo, Doug is showing off the new champ Miss Joanie. In the second photo, Doug is trying to get Joanie's attention. The next picture shows Joanie's first win in the puppy class with Doug as the handler. The fourth picture is the most recent win where Joanie earns 5 points major to complete the requirement of being a champion. The two humans are the judge and the handler, Doug was judging a rabbit show in KY on that day.
Congratulations to Doug and Miss Joanie!!!!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Yumiko Pays Tribute to Chie
Last November, our fellow English Angora breeder Chie in Japan lost her battle to cancer. Our readers may remember this post: http://ncag.blogspot.com/2005/11/tribune-to-chie.html
Chie left behind her family, quite a few animals and her business, Usagi to Kame.
One of her best friends, Yumiko, takes care of the animals and runs the business. Yumiko is doing a great job.
In the June double shows in Japan, Yumiko showed Chie's two favorite rabbits. Chu's Bambino and his son Granny. Granny took the Best of Breed, winning over his old dad. Both rabbits received excellent comments from the judges. Yumiko is very pleased with their performance. Pictures were taken of the two boys alone and with Yumiko. At the top, we see the prizes the boys won shown with Chie's photo with Bambino as a tribute to Chie.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
ARBA Sanctioned All Breed Shows in Japan
On June 4, there were double all breed shows held in Japan. Three judges from the US traveled there to do the judging: Cathy S. from CA, Mike A. from IA and Roger H. from OR.
Cathy and Mike are all breed judges while Roger is a specialty judge for selected breeds. Cathy and Mike judged Angora.
On the top, Cathy is judging a white English Angora senior buck. Second photo shows Mike's hands on the Best of Breed English Angora during the Best In Show judging. The third photo gives a glimpse of the show room. It looks very clean and all the rabbits are on nice and clean tables. The fourth photo shows the prizes given to the breeds and classes. Yellow is a more prestigious color in Japan; first place is the "yellow ribbon", not the "blue ribbon" commonly known in the US. The last photo shows remark cards. One can see that some of the words are in English but some in Japanese.
Japan has two show dates a year, one in June and the other in December. Since there isn't any ARBA licensed judges in Japan until very recently, they have to hire judges from the US. It is quite an expensive hobby for the rabbit enthusiasts. There is now one judge, Julie U. who just received her license, in Japan.