Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Sheep To Shawl

At Lambtown, there were teams competing in the "Sheep to Shawl" contest going on from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Each team had designated people spinning the raw fiber into yarn, and then weaving the yarn into a shawl within the time period specified.

These photos were taken around 1 pm; the shawl was close to be completed. The team members were putting on the final touch in these photos.

It takes dedication, skill and team effort to make such a beautiful shawl in a very limited period of time.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Wool Harvest of Gretchen, A Black German Angora

German Angora is not an accepted breed of Angora under ARBA; the German Angora has its own club called International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders (IAGARB). The only color recognized used to be just REW only; about a year or so ago, colored German Angora was accepted into the IAGARB.

Lindsay purchased a black German Angora for wool purpose, she name the rabbit Gretchen. The top two pictures show Gretchen in full coat and the last picture shows Gretchen after her wool was harvested. Lindsay says, "Here are some before and after photos of shearing my black German Angora Gretchen. I think that she felt a lot cooler, but I got the impression that she was really embarrassed...."

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Alaska State Convention and Judges Conference

Randy S talking about posing and handling.

Randy Cler presenting the Holland Lop.

Brad Boyce presenting the Thrianta.

Allen Mesick talking on the differences and similarities between ALF and Holland Lop.

Student judge April Wright working under Randy for her last show before licensing.

Randy and Allen are back from Alaska; Allen sends in photos and reports about the Alaska State Convention and Judges' Conference:

"We concluded our Alaska adventure with a rabbit show the way die-hard rabbit breeders do... with a rabbit show! The 5th Annual Alaska State Convention was held in Wasilla, Alaska. The rabbit judges included Brad Boyce, Randy, and me. Jason Whitehurst (Oregon), Sheryl Newland (Washington), and Randy included the cavy judges. Friday night hosted Alaska's FIRST Judge's Conference! It was well-attended with 35 people in the audience! A true success.

Randy S talked on two topics: Posing/Handing rabbits and Netherland Dwarfs. Randy Cler presented on: Holland Lops and Californians. Brad Boyce spoke on the Thrianta breed. I gave two talks: American Fuzzy Lop vs. Holland Lop and Judging Vocabulary/Language. The Alaska State Convention was held on Saturday and Sunday. There were approximately 150 rabbits (open only). A Tan won 2 BIS on Saturday and a Netherland Dwarf won the other show. On Sunday, a Tan won 3 BIS!

Alaska is on the verge of welcoming a brad new rabbit judge. April Wright finished her 7th and 8th shows over the weekend, working under Brad and Randy. April is a "kid judge" like me, and very enthusiastic and excited to start her judging career. April has raised several breeds, and even won BOS Tan over the weekend and Reserve BIS with her Brittania Petite on Sunday! We hope to fly April down in the near future! She will be an excellent judge, no doubt."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pandora Wins All Breed Reserve In Show

NCAG Canadian member Holly reports a great day at the North Dakota State Fair in July. Pandora at 13 months old took all breed Reserve In Show.

Top photo is Holly with Pandora, second photos shows Pandora sitting pretty and the third photo is judge Mark Fronning with Pandora after awarding Reserve In Show.

Congratulations, Holly and Pandora.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Charlie and David Get Married

Same gender marriage became legal in CA in mid June; many weddings took place as soon as the city halls opened up to accept such applications.

Charlie and David have been together for a long time and they became one of the very first couples getting married in Willits. The top three pictures are the happy groom and groom. Their wedding made the first page of the Willits newspaper. To read the article and caption, double click the picture and a larger version will appear.

Charlie served two terms as the president of NCAG; he is currently our director.

Congratulations to Charlie and David, and thanks for sharing your happiest moments with us.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Pamm and Family

English Angora makes a perfect pet due to the breed's sweet personality; it also produces lots of wonderful fiber for spinning. For those who like to have a sweet pet and like to spin will find English Angora the best of both worlds.

Pamm and family were looking for such a combination. After many exchanges of e-mails and phone calls between Pamm and Betty, the entire family went to Lambtown to receive the new addition to the family. A 6-month-old chocolate tort doe and an 8-week-old tort girl went home with the Reed family. The two girls are very lucky to have love and attention of their human and companionship of their own breed.

Pamm says, "Thanks again for everything we could not have asked for better bunnies." The bunnies could not have asked for a better home.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Margaret's Two Handsome Boys

Margaret's lilac tort senior buck Hare E Potter won BIS MAAC Specialty and Reserve In Show in the Sunflower RB Open Show out of 1,000+ rabbits. He also won a Reserve In Show at Eastern Missouri RBA all breed show in May.

Margaret's white senior buck Mountain Man won BIS MAAC Specialty

In June, there were two huge all breed shows and two Angora specialty shows held in Wichita, KS. Our NCAG member and the NARBC secretary Margaret B. had a very successful weekend. Her two handsome boys did her proud: colored buck Hare E Potter took specialty Best In Show and all breed Reserve In Show; white buck Mountain Man took the other specialty Best In Show.

Congratulations Margaret and thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.