Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, October 22, 2016

ARBA Banquet at the 2016 ARBA Convention

ARBA banquet is held at the Del Mar Turf Club Paddock.

It's an outdoor event, this is the first time an ARBA banquet ever held outdoors.

It's CA, it's San Diego; it'll be hard to pull off an outdoor banquet at any other locations.

The screen is used for showing videos of past memories of events and people.

These original paintings are for auction.

The prizes on the table are door prizes.

Before the banquet starts, the past and current convention Best In Show winners are recognized and get a photo op.  From left to right are: David Cardinal, the current BIS winner, Betty Chu, Texas Thomas, Doug Harrah, Joe Kim, Matt and Chris Zemny.  

The ARBA bigwigs are sitting on the dais.

Some of our Angora people.

Matt talking to Patrick, Jill, Casey and Jeff.

Judge Scott says to Betty, "How about sharing a little Angora warmth!"  Betty's shawl is made from the wool of Bubbling Champagne, Betty's foundation rabbit and where the ear identification "BC" came from.    Scott was a youth at the time when Bubbling Champagne was making her mark, still remembers her well.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Angora Awards Banquet at the 2016 ARBA Convention

On Monday morning, there are 60+ Angora people gathered at the Broken Yoke Café for the Angora Award banquet.

This shawl is the highest silent auction bid item, it sold for $350 to Emily in the middle.  The money raised is to help the COD holders who present new colors or varieties in the Angora breeds.


Tammy greets the attendees.


Danielle announces the winners, the first prize goes to....

Youth French Angora BOB winner Andie Rupple.

Youth French Angora BOS winner Melody Kohler.



Tammy Vaughn's Giant Angora wins both BOB and BOS.


Heather Campbell's Satin Angora is the BOS winner.


Betty Chu's English Angora wins BOS.


Matt Detert's English Angora wins BOSV.


The open French Angora BOB belongs to Charlotte Schweikart.

The French Angora BOS also goes to Betty Chu.

Alicia Will's French Angora wins BOSV.

Debbie McCormick's English Angora gets Best Wool.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Open Best In Show Judging at the 2016 ARBA Convention

The open Group judges are (from right to left):
Group 1 Cliff Dick, Group 2 Mike Avesing, Group 3 Eric Stewart, Group 4 Leann McKinney.

The English Angora and the French Angora are being judged by Eric Stewart and Mike Avesing at the same time.

ARBA president Josh Humphries is the Open Best In Show judge.  The Britannia Petite is the crowd favorite.


The Group 3 winner Britannia Petite poses so well that the spectators applauded several times.


The Best In Show in the 2016 ARBA convention goes to the New Zealand shown by David Cardinal.

The four Group winners are:
Group 1 Polish, Ryland/Trevor Sypnieski, MN
Group 2 Palomino, Mike Raab, IN
Group 3 Britannia Petite, Randy Shumaker/Allen Mesick, CA
Group 4 New Zealand, David Cardinal, WI



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Youth Best In Show Judging at the 2016 ARBA Convention - Connor's Big Day

Allen Mesick received the highest vote for judging Best In Show, he is now judging the youth Best In Show.

Connor's English Angora is the Group 3 winner, Allen is carefully examining the rabbit.   Lindsey Vaught, a very talented young photographer, is taking photo of Allen judging.   Lindsey's main breed is Mini Lop but she has just recently joined the rank of being an Angora owner.  Her one Giant Angora won the BOSB Giant Angora youth.

Here is a close-up of Allen handling Connor's English Angora junior doe.

The four youth Group winners are on the table for photo op., they are:
Group 1 Mini Rex, Henley Baillinger, TX
Group 2 Netherland Dwarf, Taylor Postage, OH
Group 3 English Angora, Connor Oneil, OR
Satin, Natalee Brink, OR

Connor's proud mom Karen takes pictures of Connor with the other winners.

Connor's Group 3 win gets him a $500 prize sponsored by Purina.

Happy Connor and mom Karen taking the winner doe and the giant check back to the Angora building.

Connor is the breeder of this beautiful black junior doe, he cares for and grooms his own rabbits. 

Kendal Bledsoe is the Group 3 judge who picked Connor's English Angora.    Kendal is originally from WA but now an up and coming judge in CA.

The youth Best In Show winner Satin belongs to Natalie Brink who is getting two prize checks from Purina: $500 for the Group 4 win and $1000 for the Best In Show win.   The breeder of this Satin is
Zach Wolfe who is standing next to Natalie. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Wool/Skein/Garment Contest at the 2016 ARBA Convention

Angora rabbits are not only great pets, great show animals but also valuable in their ability to provide the most luxurious wool for fiber projects.   The NARBC installs a Wool/Skein/Garment contest at the convention for the rabbit breeders/exhibitors and also fiber artists to show off their creations.
Altogether there are 101 entries: 38 wool, 34 skeins and 29 garments.   If you click the photo, it'll give you a larger view to see the placements of each category.  

Here is the winners' circle, the group winners of each category.

The overall best wool goes to the clip French Angora wool by Betty Chu.

The overall best skein goes to Angora blend skein by Candy Haenszel.   This skein also is the overall Best In Show in the W/S/G contest.

The overall best garment goes to cottage blend Angora shawl by Tammy Vaughn.

Overall judge's choice is the tiny bunnies made by Caylie Voudren.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Open Angora Winners at the 2016 ARBA Convention

English Angora BOB: Linda Cassella.

English Angora BOS: Betty Chu.

French Angora BOB: Charlotte Schweikart.


French Angora BOS: Betty Chu.

Giant Angora BOB: Tammy Vaughn.

Giant Angora BOS: Tammy Vaughn.

Satin Angora BOB: Sandra Wight.

Satin Angora BOS: Heather Campbell.

For Open Angora class winners, go to: