Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Broken Satin Angora Presentation

The broken Satin Angora has had several presenters in the past, they are Charlene Duncan, Polly Holmes and Joan Hastings.  The new rules of presentation allow team effort, this year the lead presenter is Charlotte Schweikart in the middle with Joan Hastings and Kellyjo Younggreen as team members.

A broken tort Satin Angora.

A broken chocolate Satin Angora.

A broken black Satin Angora.

Another broken chocolate Satin Angora.

Another broken black Satin Angora.

The new rules for presentation double the number of rabbits from 4 to 8.  

Charlotte is invited to sit with the Standard Committee to listen to their comments.  Unfortunately the presentation did not pass, the reasons listed on summary sheet are texture, sheen in general and the type of one rabbit.   

The broken English Angora was on the schedule for presentation but unfortunately the requirement of 8 rabbits could not be fulfilled thus the presentation was pulled.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Other Club Booths at the ARBA Convention

The National Angora club booth won the booth contest.   Here are photos of some of the other club booths.    It's quite obvious that the NARBC booth was the most extravagant and most well-decorated of all.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Laika Rummelhoff Eslinger Remembered

Laika Rummelhoff Eslinger, June 28, 1979 - November 2, 2014.

Laika was a multi-talented beautiful young lady who had accomplished a lot during her life.   She showed French Angora and Satin Angora in both open and youth during the mid 1990s with her mother Charlene Duncan.   Her rabbits were top quality, won a lot in local and national shows.   She was the designer of  many of our prizes including but not limited to our 1998 Angora National and 2009 ARBA convention t-shirts.   See photos below.    Laika lived a brave life, unfortunately she lost her 15-year battle to depression on November 2, 2014.  She was 35 years old.

There will be a celebration of her life at 11 am on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 11180 Vincent Lane, Reno, NV.   Potluck and informal.  All invited to join. 

Laika working on one of her Angoras during a show in the mid 1990s.

Laika relaxed in a show during the mid 1990s when her good friend Lori Williamson works on her prize-winning English Angora.

In 2011, Charlene, Laika and her son Kasen visited the West Coast Classic at Reno.   Charlene was the president of our club Northern California Angora Guild for quite a few years and she was also the vice president of the National Angora Rabbits Breeders Club in the 1990s.  Charlene is the first presenter of broken Santin Angora.

Laika and her family: son Kasen Eslinger and partner James Eslinger during the happier times.  Photo taken during the West Coast Classics at Reno in 2011.

These t-shirts probably look very familiar to our readers as many of us wear them regularly.   The one on the left was the prize for the 2009 San Diego ARBA convention winners and the one on the right was available for sale during the 1998 Angora National at Reno.    Laika designed the graphics for both t-shirts.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wool/Skein/Garment Contest at the ARBA Convention

Inside the NARBC booth, gorgeous Angora fiber creations are on display.



This is a beautiful dyed Angora shawl. 

Inside the boxes or plastic bags are the first place winners in the wool contest.  There are various classes such as plucked English wool, clipped English wool, plucked French wool, clipped French wool, plucked Giant wool, clipped Giant wool, plucked Satin wool and clipped Satin wool.  

On the wall are various garment class winners.

These are the second place winners.

More items entered in the wool/skein/garment contest.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NARBC Booth Wins ARBA Convention Booth Contest at Fort Worth, Texas

The Southern Angora Rabbit Club members did a extravagant job in constructing the booth at the convention.

There are great displays and raffle items.

Convention goers are all enchanted by the booth display.

The pretty containers hanging in the front are receptacles for raffle tickets.  The first ticket drawn gets the raffle item and the second ticket drawn gets the container.

These containers are well made with heavy fabric with rabbit figures.   The hole at the cover is for the ticket deposit but the design is very suitable to be used to store yarn for knitting.
Betty with Susan in front of the NARBC booth; Susan is the designer and maker of the raffle containers as well as on the hospitality committee.   She also got donations and assembled the goodie bags for all the Angora exhibitors. 

More admirers of the NARBC booth.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Winners at the ARBA Convention in Texas


Betty's English Angora colored senior buck is the Best Opposite Sex of Breed picked by judge Deb Vecchio of New York.

Marilyn DeMarree's French Angora colored doe is the Best of Breed.  The doe is only 5-1/2 months old but shown in the senior doe class.  She went on to win Group.


Charlotte Schweikart's pointed white senior buck is the French Angora Best Opposite Sex of Breed.

Caroline Waskow's senior doe is the Giant Angora Best of Breed.


Kevin and Tammy Vaughn's Giant Angora is the first place intermediate doe.

Judge Deb picks Dana Faber's colored senior doe as the Best of Breed Satin Angora.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

English Angora Aisle and Judging

According to the numbers listed on the convention entry site, there were 85 English Angora entered.   There are a few empty coops plus some wrote "scratch" on the card.    English Angora aisle is located at the end that faces the vendors' booths.    There are more elbow room than most other breeds as the aisles between rabbit coops are extremely narrow.  

Here are some of the white English Angoras.   It seems that there are more than one person who likes hot pink.    The rabbits in the hot pink decorated coops you see in these photos do not belong to one person.

Here are some of the colored English Angora.  The dominant color of the colored variety in English Angora is tort.  

The convention did not provide a grooming room.   We were told to groom outside in the first two days, then a tent was erected on Saturday afternoon.  By then, more of the grooming was completed.   In the picture is me grooming Chu's Mackie, my only entry to the colored senior buck class.

Judge Deb Vecchio of New York is comparing the white senior buck and white senior doe for the variety.

Judge Deb is comparing the colored senior buck and colored senior doe for the variety.

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