Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Judges' List Posting at Stockton

 
 
The shows in CA are very well organized.  All entries are submitted five to six days before the show and the judges lists of judging orders are posted on each table first thing in the morning.  Each judge has a normal load of 200-250 rabbits during a normal show day.  There are 11 judging stations at Stockton, that goes to 2200-2650 entries and around 1100 to 1300 rabbits in the showroom.
 
 

Melissa Magee, CA.
 
 

Chris Zemny, CA.

 

Carol Green, CA.
 

Cathy Szychulda, CA.

 

Paula Courtney, WI.
 

Jennifer Milburn, CA.
 

    Ilaena Mellentine, OR.
 

Ted Deloyola, OR.

 

Eunita Boatman, CA in the mornig and Allen Mesick, CA in the afternoon.

 

Randy Shumaker, CA.
 

Ray Stacy, CA.



 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Angora Exhibitors from Carolyn's Lens

 



When Carolyn comes to visit, her photo lens are on the Angora people.



Betty is surprised about something while French Angora Claudina enjoys her baby hold.



It's Matt's big day, winning the first Best In Show with his home bred English Angora white doe Dora.


 
Patrick and Jill are the adorable couple who are together all the time.

 

Tammy and her Giant Angora come a long way, both literally and figuratively.    Tammy drove all the way from WA, long way; Tammy went from a new comer just three years ago to the convention Best of Breed in the national conventions two years in a row plus #1 in the sweepstakes.

 

Matt the handsome devil with his handsome devil black buck.
 

Betty busy grooming Lady GiGi.

 
Carol usually does not have much time grooming due to her judging duty, but she is working on her French Angora junior doe.
 

Jill with her chocolate agouti French Angora.

 

Ok, Ok, Matt is showing off again; is this his white buck?
 
 
 
Rene is a brand new Angora exhibitor, this is her first ever attendance to a rabbit show.  Her French Angora buck Fabian won BOSB in two out of the three shows. 
 
 

 
This is not a baby Angora, Rosanne is grooming her American Fuzzy Lop.




 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016








Northern California Angora Guild wishes everyone a happy

Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Open Top Winners at Stockton

 
 
 
English Angora Dora opens her mouth and shout out, "Me, me, me, it's all about me!  Judge Paula loves me, I am giving my papa Matt his first ever Best In Show!"    Yes, show A Best In Show goes to Matt's English Angora white doe Dora.





Carol G. is a frequent winner for the top honor, judge Paula picks Carol's American Fuzzy Lop as the Reserve In Show in show A.
 

Paul and John's Mini Satin is a little short on the fur comparing to all the wool breeds but it's good enough to earn the Best In Show honor from judge Ted.
 

Betty's young French Angora doe earns the nod from judge Ted for the Reserve In Show.



 




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Great Day for Wool Breeds

 
 
 
It's a big show day, 11 judging stations and 12 judges with 1000-2000 rabbits under the roof of the big building at Stockton on a rainy Sunday.    Matt has his English Angora and Betty has her French Angora at the table, what did they do?
 

In show A, Matt wins his first ever Best In Show with his 7-month-old white English Angora Dora, and Matt gets the chance to have a picture taken with movie star judge Paula Courtney.    Paula is one of the major characters in "Rabbit Fever", she was the ARBA Queen when she was a youth.




Betty's French Angora Claudina gets the Reserve In Show honor from judge Ted in show B.   Claudina is three days shy of 5 months old.

 
Show A Reserve In Show is also a wool breed, the American Fuzzy Lop that is bred and shown by Carol G.
 
 

And then there is the NCAG Angora specialty show that has 54 English Angora, French Angora and Giant Angora combined.   Judge Cathy S. selects Betty's English Angora colored senior doe Dellafina as the specialty Best In Show.


 
 

 

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Knitting Retreat

 
 
 
There are different hobbies for different people.   Us rabbit people go to rabbit shows and rabbit conventions, knitters go to knitting retreats.
 
 
 
This "Super Summer Knitogether" is a very popular venue, those who wish to attend have to go through a lottery system to get in.
 

Carol G. is an accomplished knitter, she has been wanting to go to this retreat and she got in this year.   These things are in her goody bag when she checked in.
 

Though it's a knitting retreat, spinning wheel are everywhere and there's a class on advanced spinning.
 

Needless to say there are vendors selling beautiful yarns.
 

There are yarn, knitting tools, patterns, ... 
 

And there are classes.



The knitting retreat is held very close to Vanderbilt University, Carol took a walk in the beautiful campus.
 


A building at the Vanderbilt campus, full of southern charm.

 

A wheel at the Vanderbilt campus, for sure not a spinning wheel.

 

A plaque at Vanderbilt University.

 

Another shot of the beautiful campus of Vanderbilt University.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ari Picks Persimmons




Kathi and Brie take Ari to visit Betty's rabbit barn.    This barn houses Betty's English Angora.  

Now Ari is looking at Betty's baby French Angora.


Do you think Ari will introduce French Angora to Asia?



Rabbits are interesting but Kathi, Brie and Ari discover Betty's tree that is full of persimmons.
 

Let's pick persimmons!

Ari likes persimmons.

Brie also likes persimmons.

Ari is very neat, look at how the persimmons are stacked in the box.


Kathi and Brie are trying to take a selfie.



Here is the persimmon picking crew!