Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Saturday Angora Judging at Cow Palace

These photos were taken during the Grand National Livestock Show at Cow Palace on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

There are 18 English Angora on the table in show A.

Carol G. is the judge for English Angora in show A.

Judge Carol is excellent in all breeds but really tops in wool breeds.

The number 18 must be really good for Angoras, there are also 18 French Angora on the table.

Judge Kevin from AZ is comparing three French Angora littermate sisters in the colored junior doe class.

The French Angora colored senior buck has a huge coat.

In show B, judge Allen B. from So. CA is examining a white baby English Angora.

Judge Allen B. is looking at an English Angora buck.

Judge Allen blows into the coat to see how clean it is.

Judge Ray is the French Angora judge in show B.

Judge Ray is handling a chocolate agouti French Angora.

And there's another chocolate agouti French Angora.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Youth Best In Show Winners at Grand National and CRCS at Cow Palace

Grand National Livestock Show and California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold double youth shows at Cow Palace on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2016
In show A on Saturday, Abigail's Lilac wins the youth Best In Show picked by judge Allen B.

Judge Piper S. awards the youth Best In Show to Lindsey's New Zealand in show B.  The same rabbit also won Reserve In Show in show A.


Another big win for the same New Zealand, Lindsey's rabbit gets another youth Best In Show in show C on Sunday, judged by judge Kevin from AZ.

Lindsey's New Zealand rounds off the last show of the weekend with another Best In Show.  Judge Don from VA also awards the youth Best In Show to the same rabbit.


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Open Top Winners at the CRCS at Cow Palace

California Rabbit and Cavy Shows holds double open double youth shows at Cow Palace on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

In show C, judge Don from VA awards the Best In Show to Alan's Havana.

Reserve In Show goes to the Mini Rex shown by mother and daughter Lois and Kate.

The last show of the weekend show D Best In Show goes to the Jersey Wooly shown by Timmy and Danielle, judge Chris Z. makes the selection.


Beth's Tan gets judge Chris Z.'s nod for Reserve In Show.


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Open Top Winners at the Grand National at Cow Palace

Grand National Livestock show was held on Saturday Oct. 22, 2016.
Show A Best In Show is the Jersey Wooly shown by Timmy and Danielle, judge is Piper Smith from PA.

Show A Reserve In Show is Betty's English Angora.

Judge Allen Barr selects Jeannie's Mini Satin as the show B Best In Show.


Judge Allen Barr awards the Reserve In Show to Betty's English Angora.


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Dellafina Wins Double Reserve In Show at Grand National at Cow Palace

Grand National Livestock Show was held at Cow Palace on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Betty's English Angora doe Chu's Dellafina is a young senior doe who debuts as the "major rabbit" after the convention.  She took second place to her big cousin Angelique who is 6 months older at the convention but now is her time to shine.  

In show A, judge Piper Smith from PA awards the Reserve In Show to Dellafina.

In show B, judge Allen Barr from So. CA also selects Dellafina as the Reserve In Show.

Monday, October 31, 2016

History Booth Display at the 2016 ARBA Convention

Next to the ARBA booth, there is a double booth for displaying historical items. 

Some of them are for silent auction.


Beautiful items for silent auction.


Some of the paintings are very old.

Most of the items are donated by the Bob Whitman estate.   Bob collected everything related to rabbits, he was the author of the definitive rabbit history book.   He served as ARBA district director from the mid 2000s until his passing.  See


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Airline Committee and Airline Transport Carriers

Pat Vezino is the Airline Committee Chair and Betty is a member on the committee.   Pat has done tremendous amount of work with the airlines, currently she is in the process of getting the metal rabbit carriers to be included in the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
regulation document. 

Pat has spent hours and hours and hours on this task.   Though still work in progress, her effort has been recognized by ARBA.   President Josh Humphries presents Pat with the Distinguish Service Award during the ARBA membership meeting at the convention.

Here is a part of her work:  

there are much more to come.

If you wonder what kinds of rabbit transport carriers are accepted by IATA, here is an example.  It's constructed of wood with solid floor.    Randy bought the carrier and the "Poles" from UK.    The "Poles" in UK is the Britannia Petite in the US.

This is another kind of rabbit transport carrier accepted by IATA, constructed of metal and wood with solid bottom.

Top view.


The owner of this carrier bought it from the person who imported Netherland Dwarf from Europe.   Each compartment is small but suitable for the ND.

The two units are clamped together and houses 12 Netherland Dwarf rabbits.    Airline cargo considers this as one unit and charges by the weight.


We are familiar with this kind of carriers.   However this design is not currently in the IATA document.    Though we use these carriers for shipping and for convention flying for a long time, it's a hit and miss.   We had either experienced or heard of horror stories that the rabbits were stranded at the airport because the carriers were not accepted by the cargo agents or check-in counter agents.  

One of the method of using these carriers is to put them inside a dog kennel.   The hard plastic dog kennels are listed in the IATA document as an accepted means of transporting animals.   With the dog kennel, the weight significantly increases thus the cost of shipping.   Some breeders dislike using a dog kennel saying that it limits the air circulation.  

The Airline Committee Chair Pat Vezino is working hard to get this design included in the document. 

By the way, if anyone wonders why there are PVC pipes added to the exterior of the carriers.  The PVC pipes are used as "bumpers" to reduce the possibility of rabbits getting injured if the carrier unit bumps into another carrier or other objects.