Mrs. L.P. Meyer in the 1983 ARBA Convention at Colorado Springs.
Page one of letter to Polly explaining how she created Satin Angora.
Page two of letter to Polly.
Mrs. Meyer (in gray and white stripe) with the ARBA Standard Committee in 1987 that accepted Satin Angora.
Satin Angora was accepted into ARBA Standard of Perfection at the 1987 ARBA convention in Portland, Oregon. The presenter was Mrs. L. P. Meyer, the founder of NARBC.
It was before the time of ARBA requiring certificate of development and/or a rigorious procedure involving signed letters from five other breeders and letter of intention from the presenter before a set date. It was a little vague of how Mrs. Meyer created Satin Angora.
Polly corresponded with Mrs. Meyer and asked the question of how Mrs. Meyer started developing Satin Angora. Mrs. Meyer wrote back; the part about Satin Angora is as follows:
"The Edwards (Ruth and Ron) had copper brown short-haired Satins, but once they had offspring, one turned out to have long-shiney wool. Ruth at the time was a NARBC secretary.
The Edwards came here one day, bringing with them a tiny baby satin doe. I loved it at once and got it for 10 dollars. However, we really had to let it grown strong, spoiled it by running loose in the garden. I finally bred her to the longest haired fawn buck. The ones turned out as Satins, were the reddish haired ones. It took years to get the pure satins. In Portland, Oregon I showed them for the third year and got them standardized."
From this letter, we can assume that the Edwards' short hair Satin carried the recessive wool gene to have at least one long wool offspring. Mrs. Meyer utilized the Edwards' Satin to breed for Satin Angora and eventually bred true thus recognized as a new breed by the ARBA in 1987.
The letter was supplied by Polly Holmes and photos were supplied by Candy Haenszel. We thank both for preserving the valuable history of Satin Angora and the memory of Mrs. L. P. Meyer.