Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Maureen's New Litter

Farrah is showing interest in building a nest.

Goodies in Farrah's nest.

Farrah says, "That's better, these hay are good for my nest."

Farrah's nest is showing potential.

Farrah is proudly showing off her new family, dad Bruno is away on business.

Babies are nice and healthy. Farrah is happy and her human mom Maureen is even happier.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Mansion On The Hill

Betty says, "Each year when I go to shows at Red Bluff, there's an additional treat. I'd go to visit Raykun, my friend who went to the graduate school around the same time as I did to study Economics at the University of Notre Dame. We received our Ph.D. about a year apart.

Over the years, Raykun has lived in different places including Michigan, California, Taiwan and back to California. She now lives in Bella Vista, a town northeast of Redding.

This is the first time I went to her new house. I was truly impressed by the sight of the property. The house is over 4500 sq. ft. with four car garages; the 3+ acres are nicely landscaped. It is a mansion on the hill.

I had a great time visiting Raykun and her husband Yung An and stayed overnight in this beautiful property."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Keelyn and Kasey

We are used to seeing pictures of Keelyn judging or winning Best In Show. When she is not judging, she is just like any teenage girls who like to hang out with friends.

In Red Bluff, Keelyn judged on Sunday but not on Saturday. In the top picture taken on Saturday, she is sharing music with best friend Kasey. With iPod in hand and one earphone in Keelyn's ear and another earphone in Kasey's ear, plus some snacks, it was heaven in a rabbit show. Adding to the fun of hanging out, she also won the Best In Show at the end of the day.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Soon-To-Be Judge Jim

Jim works with Josh.

Jim learns the fine points of English Angora.

Jim works with Randy.

Jim has a picture taken with the Best In Show winner Randy, Reserve In Show winner Betty and judge Josh.

Jim is a top Mini Rex breeder from Florida. He wins in local and national shows often. One of his big wins is the Best of Breed at the 2007 Mini Rex National Show.

A week prior to the two-day shows in Red Bluff, Jim passed his judge's examination. He needs to work under 8 different judges in 8 different shows to qualify for his ARBA judge's license. Since there aren't that many shows in Florida where he resides, he decided to fly all over the country to work on these 8 shows. He said, "You do what you got to do to get it done."

The first two shows that he chose to work were the two show dates in Red Bluff. On Saturday, he worked under Josh as shown in the first and second pictures. On Sunday, he worked under Randy as shown in the third picture. He also participated in the discussion of selecting the Best In Show and Reserve In Show in one of the open shows.

Needless to say, he passed the muster with flying colors. He mentioned that he would be in Ohio and the Carolinas to work in shows before the end of the year and hope to complete his 8-show apprenticeship in January. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to seeing him as a judge when we meet again.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Josh's Weekend In California

Josh and Jim discuss English Angora.

Josh with Betty and the BOB and BOS English Angora.

Josh with Tracy.

Josh with Keelyn and her Best In Show Florida White.

Josh with Ashton and her Reserve In Show New Zealand Black.

Josh is the ARBA District 6 director. He lives in TN. This is his first judging trip to CA.

He had a great time and we had a treat. He is funny, friendly and a very good judge.

Josh has been a judge since 2001, having received his registrar's license in 1999 at the age of 18. He currently judges about 45 weekends per year all over the country. He has also had the opportunity to judge in Thailand, Japan, and Canada. We have seen him in the photos of the shows in Japan in our previous posts.

We had a great time with him and he had a great time visiting California. We hope to see him more often in the future.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tami's Big Boy

Tami has big French Lops. It is desirable for French Lops to be big and massive.

Tami's favorite is the big boy shown in picture one and two. She considers him as her big baby.

Big boy won Best Opposite Sex of the breed, was won over by the girl shown in the arms of Tami's friend. Though the big girl is also Tami's and she won the Best of Breed, Tami still prefers the big boy.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Justin's Great Weekend

Justin works as the registrar of the 4-show weekend.

Justin's Satin wins Reserve In Show on Saturday.

Justin's another Satin wins Reserve In Show on Sunday.

Justin judges Best of Best In Show.

Justin announces his decision.

Justin awards the Best of Best In Show prize, the big painted gourd, to Betty's English Angora.

Justin had a great weekend at Red Bluff.

He worked as the show registrar, he showed his rabbits and won Reserve In Show with two different rabbits; and he was asked to pick the Best of Best In Show.

The Best of Best In Show is not an ARBA sanctioned prize; it does not require a licensed judge to select the winner. Justin has been highly regarded as one of the best young breeders and registrars.

Mom Jennifer reports, "Justin was extremely honored to be asked to judge the best of the best. He said his decision was extremely hard too! I think it gave him a little taste of what it will be like one day. It has encouraged him for the future, AND encouraged one of his brothers to get going on his registrar’s license. Cody requested his application this week from ARBA and has been studying hard each day! Justin has also been studying for his cavy registrar’s license. He would like to start working on that after the first of the year too."

We are seeing the future of ARBA in progress.