Northern California Angora Guild

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HGF Angora Goats sweep the ACAGR National Show

The 2016 American Colored Angora Goat Registry(ACAGR) National Show was held at the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegen Michigan on Saturday, August 20th 2016

Eric and Gabe load up their four prime coated Angora goats and all the equipment to go to the ACAGR National Show at the Michigan Fiber Festival.

The kids are settle in a pen.

Gabe is getting the buck ready for show.

We are used to showing rabbits, the process involves showing in a class, the first place goes on to compete for BOV or BOSV, then the BOV goes on to compete for BOB and the BOSV competes for BOSB.    Some shows have a lot of competition while some do not.   Let's see what Eric and Gabe went through in this show:

"There was a “barn full” of goats from TX, throughout the Midwest, and as far southeast as VA.  Much like the rabbits, angora goats show in “Colored and White” separately.  The whites (AAGBA registered) have been bred for hundreds of years so tend to be the gold standard for conformation and mohair.  The judge was a highly respected man, Stan Sours, who was one of the founding members of the colored angora goat registry and our association, CAGBA, in which he was a past-president.  Stan is also an artist, he carved the WCC perpetual trophy and his work is all over the globe."

"I’m not sure how many kid does there were, but all competed (regardless of age) in one class.  I’m guessing there were 12-15.  We entered 2 and had first and second.  Gabe handled Tiger Lily and told me that Stan just said, “Oh, WOW”.  Gloria was second, not as fine or fancy as Tiger Lily but I think she has a little more yield (what we call density).  I was happy with that win alone.  We didn’t have any other does, so we then waited for the other classes (yearling and adults, adult fleece on a doe) to be finished.  Much like the rabbits, the class winners come back up to compete for “best doe”… only with the goats, first AND second place come back.  They call this the “Championship Drive”, so all the 1st and 2nd place goats are lined up for the judge to pick Champion and Reserve Champion doe.  It’s very rare for a kid to win, particularly a doe and the judge said that too.  He loved her fleece, coverage (she’s covered with mohair from her mouth to the tip of her tail), type and rich color- So, HGF Tiger Lily was Champion colored doe.

The buck kid class had 17 and HGF Deuteronomy was first place.  We only had only one more goat (we brought 4), HGF Jonah who won the  yearling buck class (yearlings are mature animals but are not fully grown, last year’s kids).  Jonah went on to be the Champion colored buck and Deuteronomy was the Reserve Champion colored buck." 

 "Then they had all of the champions (white and colored) in the ring to select Best in Show between the 4 goats.  HGF Jonah was picked Best in Show; it is incredibly rare to have the colored beat the white although Allen-Randy have done it a couple/few times."

Look at the Best In Show prize: 
This brand new, complete shearing rig is set up with an Oster 20 tooth goat comb with Premier1cutter, oil bottle, cleaning brush, spare motor brushes and tools all in a sturdy carrying case.   Photo and description from the  home page.

Fleece judging by honorable judge Stan Sours.

Eric and Gabe's kid mohair goes on to win the Best In Show mohair fleece.

Eric and Gabe's Higher Ground Farm booth has great sales.
In summary, Eric and Gabe's HGF Angora goats won the Best In Show with a yearling buck, the kid buck gets the Reserve Champion.  The two kid does won Champion and Reserve Champion.  Their kid fleece also won the Best In Show in the fleece show.  



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