Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Brandy's English Angora Colored Junior Doe Wins Reserve In Show

Brandy (left) reports good news: Her little tort junior doe wins all breed Reserve In Show under judge Kimijo (right) at the Utah State Fair on September 10.

This picture was taken a couple of months ago when the little girl is really little. Though she is still quite little and young, her type and density were enough to win over the seniors in both all breed shows at the Utah State Fair and went on to take Reserve In Show.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Found On The Net: Panda Wanting Moon Cake

On Monday, we had mentioned in our post that "Moon Cake" is traditional food to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. It seems that even a Giant Panda likes the moon cake as reported on

"Monday was the day of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival in China, which is celebrated with delicacies to honor the full moon.

This giant panda can see what's going on on the other side of the window, and we know what he's thinking: Not fair! Qing Feng, a 4-year-old panda who lives at the Yantai Zoo, got a little tease on Monday when zookeepers brought over some special moon cakes to share with the animals.

The cakes presented to Qing Feng and his panda buddy Hua Ao were made of corn flour, soybean powder, bamboo powder, eggs and apples. And not to worry – they both had their fill of yummy moon cake!"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Youth Top WInners In Santa Maria Triple Shows

In show A, judge Scott picks Kaitlynn's Dutch for Best In Show, the Reserve In Show is Caitlin and Ben's Mini Lop. Kaitlynn is normally into Mini Lop, this Dutch is out of her first litter of breeding Dutch.

In show B, judge Ashley (not in the photo) picks Caitlin and Ben's Mini Lop Best In Show and Alex's Californian Reserve In Show.

In show C, judge Jennifer picks Caitlin and Ben's Mini Lop Best In Show and Brittany's Jersey Wooly Reserve In Show.

Caitlyn and Ben are the big winners of the day, winning two Best In Show and one Reserve In Show with three different Mini Lops. This shows the consistency of their breeding program.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Top Winners In Santa Maria Open Show C

Betty's English Angora white senior doe Lilianna regains the Best In Show title in show C, awarded by judge Randy. Ashley's beautiful Florida White takes Reserve In Show.

Judge Randy examines Lilianna during the Best In Show judging.

Lilianna being groomed numerous times for the breed judging and the triple Best In Show judging.

She did very well indeed, in three all breed shows, Lilianna is the double Best In Show winner.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Top Winners In Santa Maria Open Show B

In show B, Scott's black Dutch takes Reserve In Show, Ashley's Florida White is the Best In Show, picked by judge Keelyn. All three are judges.

Judge Keelyn examines the Best Of Breed rabbits when choosing the two top winners.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Celebrating Mid Autumn Festival 2011

Today is the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival. White rabbit is looking at the full moon waiting for Jade Rabbit to appear.

It is the belief in the Chinese tradition that on the 15th day of the 8th month on the lunar calendar, the moon is the fullest, roundest and brightest of the year. People would go outdoors to appreciate the beauty of the moon in the evening.

This day of beautiful full moon is called the Mid Autumn Festival or the Moon Festival or even the "Rabbit Festival" due to the legend of Churn-O flying to the moon with her pet rabbit Jade. See:

The traditional food that celebrates this festival is called Moon Cake, very sweet and very dense.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Top Winners In Santa Maria Open Show A

California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold triple open and youth shows in Santa Maria. In show A, judge Michael P. picks Betty's English Angora white senior doe Lilianna as the all breed Best In Show and Ashley's Florida White as Reserve In Show.

Judge Michael P. obtained his judge's license in 2011, he did his apprenticeship on Angora under judge Randy who is one of the best judges on Angora as well as other breeds. Michael sure learned all the methods that was taught by Randy. Here shows him blowing into Lilianna's coat to examine whether the wool is clean down to the skin.

Michael is a sophomore at California State University at Long Beach majoring in Biology.