Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tammy Demonstrates Shearing Giant Angora

This is Tammy's Giant Angora BOB winner Spenda.
After her win, Tammy sits at a table next to the Angora booth showing others how to shear a Giant Angora.

Tammy is careful in preparing Spenda for shearing.

Other Angora people are interested.

Tammy explains what she's doing.

Tammy cuddles the rabbit during shearing.

 See how much wool Spenda is producing.

Spenda kisses her mom, telling mom that she's relieved to have her big coat off her body.


Spenda is happy but it'll take quite a while for her to be able to compete in the shows again.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Flowers at the Angora Banquet

The NWARA members are generous and talented.   They made Angora flower trees for each breakfast table at the Angora banquet.

Each Angora flower is handspun hand crocheted.  

Each Angora flower is tied with a little ribbon says "2016 Del Mar" and loosely tied to the wire tree.

Each Angora banquet guest gets to take at least one Angora flower home.   There is a pin attached to the back of the flower so the Angora flower can be pinned to a garment or a purse.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Art Competition at the 2016 ARBA Convention

Hare Halloween Party.  

Paintings of various rabbits.

And the Best In Show art competition goes to the rabbit quilt.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Friends at the 2016 ARBA Convention

The fun thing about convention is to meet new and old friends.    From left to right Julia, Gabe, Jill, Brittany and Brittany's mom Linda are having a great time together.

Betty, Avalon, Kevin and Autumn are happy to see one another.

Betty and John Porritt from Australia.

Connor and mom Karen, so happy after the big win.

Betty and Sook Chin from Malaysia.

Betty and Connor with his big winner English Angora junior doe.

Betty with Andie whose French Angora broken senior buck is the youth BOB winner.

Gabe says, "Look at the BOB Satin Angora, isn't he gorgeous?  He's a junior buck".

Betty is reunited with her "son" Joe Kim!   It's fitting to have a photo taken in front of the Award Display: Betty and Joe were the Group Winners at the 2003 convention at Wichita and Joe's Tan went on to win Best In Show. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Angora Booths at the 2016 ARBA Convention

There are two Angora booth at the 2016 ARBA convention: one is the official National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club (NARBC) booth and the other is the Northwest Angora Rabbit Association (NWARA) booth.

The NARBC booth displays the raffle items on one of the tables.

Karen on the left is the booth chair who is on duty all the time.   Matt and Casey are helping during their shift.

The Giant Angora portrait is a very popular raffle item.

Another Giant Angora portrait for raffle.

On the other table, the W/S/G contest winner items are being displayed.

The Best In Show skein winner gets all these prizes.


The Judge's Choice award winner gets a lot of  prizes as well. 

These are beautiful skeins that won their classes but did not go any further in the group.
Next to the NARBC booth, there is the NWARA booth.


The most popular item at the NWARA booth is this set of Angora bikini made by Danielle Wallace.
NWARA booth is a single booth but it's well-stocked with Angora creations.

The NWARA offers yarn and t-shirt for sale in their booth.


The NWARA also has nice raffle items in their booth.  The major attraction is the shawl/cushion set made from yarn donated by various people and crocheted by Danielle Wallace,  the proceed is going to be in the youth scholarship fund.   The winner of this set is Aryme Dix.


Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Dinner Time at the 2016 ARBA Convention

After judging was done on Sunday afternoon, Betty and Carol W. were talking about going across the street to the seafood restaurant Fish Market to have dinner.    We asked, "Want to go with us?"   See how many people responded?   The restaurant was very nice to give us a private room but more and more Angora people came in, the extended table ended up at the edge of the room, the door could not be closed.   We had a great time!   The seafood was excellent and the servers were very competent and nice.

Deb, Alicia and Betty have a convention tradition: we got to have at least one Vietnamese dinner, and this year the Vietnamese dinner would be on Tuesday night.    Deb found the place and said to Betty, "Invite whoever would come with us".   See what happened?  We have a group again.   The food was nice but the server and the manager were freaking out when more and more in our group walked in.    The place did not seem to be accustomed to having a lot of customers.   Even with this little drawback, we still managed to have a good time.   

 The same Vietnamese place, view from the other side.   

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Presentations of New Breed/Variety at the 2016 ARBA Convention

The Tan Belgian Hare is on the table being considered. 

On the other table are the lilac Havana. 

The ARBA Standard Committee members discuss the rabbits that they examined.

Julie Spier and her group waiting for the results of the lilac Havana.

The Lionhead is on the table.  

A close-up of the presentation Lionheads.

After a very long day, ARBA Standard Committee chair Cathy Szychulda fills in the results of all the presentations.

It's all in one long day's of work, Cathy shows the final results of the Standard Committee decision.

Green indicates pass and red indicates fail.   The photo will enlarge to the original size if you click it and you'll be able to tell which presentations passed the muster.