Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, May 13, 2017

WCC Friday Night NWARA Angora Specialty Show at Reno

During the WCC events, Angoras have the chance to be judged 7 times in the three open shows and 4 specialty shows.   For Giant Angora and Satin Angora, there is the "Rare Breed Show", so these two have one additional chance to be judged.

The WCC official opening ceremony is held on Saturday morning, May 6.  Northwest Angora Rabbit Association holds the first Angora specialty show on Friday night in conjunction with several other specialty shows. 

Friday night show is actually the most enjoyable show during WCC.   The showroom is yet to be crowded, everything is nice and clean, people are relaxed, ...

The judge for the NWARA specialty show is Stacy Easton Martin from Ohio.  She is very familiar with Angora, having been judge in previous Angora national show and being voted in as the ARBA convention judge for Angora.

Stacy's husband Joey is a registrar preparing for his judge's test, he observes and writes for Stacy.

All the English Angora are on the table.

Stacy comments on the senior English Angora, Joey records her comments.

Stacy likes the nice English Angora black junior doe.

French Angora is now on judge Stacy's table.  

Judge Stacy is examining one of the French Angora juniors.

It looks like judge Stacy likes this big French Angora.

Now Stacy's table is loaded up with Giant Angora, Mason is checking the list.

In the coops are the four first place Giant Angora.

The Satin Angora have such impressive color.

The Satin Angora are distinctively shiny and colorful.  

On the table are the four Best of Breed winners.

Judge Stacy checks on the French Angora BOB...

... and the English Angora BOB. 

The specialty Best In Show goes to the English Angora and the specialty Reserve In Show goes to the French Angora.   Betty happens to be the bunny mama of both of them.

NWARA does a great job in putting on the specialty and they have great prizes.

For a complete list of Angora results at the NWARA specialty shows, go to:

Friday, May 12, 2017

WCC Champion of Champions 2017

(Photo by Lindsey Vaught)

The WCC event has 3 open all breed shows, 3 youth all breed shows, cavy shows, numerous breed national shows and over 50 specialty shows.   At the end of the event, the winners of these shows are eligible to compete for the Best of Best In Show, or Champion of Champions.   It's not an ARBA official title but it is a title that is cherished by the winner and the competitors.  

The 2017 Champion of Champions is the Florida White, the winner of a youth Best In Show.   The owners of the winner are Rebecca and Jonathan Westoff of TN who are not present in the show room.

(photo by Lindsey Vaught)
Rebecca and Jonathan Westoff's names will be added to this perpetual trophy.

The previous winners are:

2009 Mini Lop                  Chris Desurra
2010 Mini Lop                   Alison Votaw
2011 English Angora              Betty Chu
2012 Havana                          Julie Spier
2013 French Angora            Eric Stewart
2014 Havana               Amanda Wamper
2015 American Fuzzy Lop  Carol Green
2016 Californian          Randy Shumaker

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WCC Open Top Winners at Reno

Open show A on Saturday judges are Bryant Miller of Ohio and Maddie Pratt of Michigan.  Randy's Britannia Petit wins the Best In Show.

Show A Reserve In Show goes to the American Fuzzy Lop shown by Carol, Nate, Stuart and Kendall.
On Sunday, Best In Show judges are Peter Velcheck and Josh Humphries (not in the picture).  The Best In Show goes to Rusty's Florida White.   The Florida White is also the winner of the Florida White national show.


Carol's American Fuzzy Lop again wins the Reserve In Show.


Jim Rowland of Florida and Scott Rodriguez of Wyoming judge the show C Best In Show.   The honor goes to the Californian show by Randy (not in the picture).


The show C Reserve In Show is Rusty's Florida White.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WCC Opening Ceremony at Reno

The official opening ceremony is being held at 8 am on Saturday, May 5, 2017 though some of the breeds already have their specialty shows the night prior.    All the judges are gathered in front of the 2017 WCC banner to have a group photos taken.


ARBA president Josh Humphries gives an opening speech.


Allen Mesick takes on the duty of master of ceremony, he reads from a list of Linda Bell's long accomplishments in rabbits.   Linda is the recipient of the ARBA Service award.


Melissa Magee announces her candidacy for the district 2 director.


Allen credits Franco Rios for the promotion of rare breeds.   This is the first show that has a featured show on rare breeds.


After all the announcements and awards, the singing of the national anthem concludes the opening ceremony and let the judging start...     stay tuned for photos and reports of winners and activities.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

WCC Angora Numbers at Reno

The much anticipated West Coast Class weekend finally has come and gone.   We are finally home, settled and able to share our wonderful show experience with our readers.   The weekend has been a great success for the Angora breeders.    The open show information are still being collected but the four specialty shows information are known.

Today we are giving some highlights, we'll have photos of each show and information about all class winners in the very near future.

Friday night show was sponsored by the NWARA, the North West Angora Rabbit Association.   There were 85 Angora entries,  judge is Stacy Martin from Ohio.  The BISS is Betty's English Angora colored senior doe and the RISS is Betty's French Angora colored senior doe.

On Saturday, May 6, our club Northern California Angora Guild sponsored two specialty shows.  Each show has 100 entries with 95 actually judged, there were 22 exhibitors.  The first show was judged by Jim Rowland of Florida.   In the picture are the BOB winners and their rabbits: Betty with English Angora colored senior doe, Jill with French Angora colored senior buck, Mason with Giant Angora senior doe and Heather with Satin Angora colored senior doe.  The BISS is the English Angora and RISS the French Angora. 

The second NCAG specialty show was judged by Tara Parker of Oklahoma.   The BISS winner is Carol's French Angora colored senior buck.   The RISS is Betty's English Angora colored senior buck that is not shown in the picture.

On Sunday NWARA sponsored their second show.   Judge is Scott Rodriguez of Wyoming who is in control of the four BOB winners.   From left to right are the Satin Angora, French Angora, English Angora and Giant Angora.  The BISS is Betty's English Angora colored junior doe and RISS is Betty's French Angora colored senior doe.    The entry number is 72.

Betty is the show secretary of the two NCAG shows thus has the numbers for these two shows.   Here are some interesting facts.   It seems that the Giant Angora is the only breed that is full of white since colored is not yet accepted for showing.   The majority of the Angora in these shows were in the colored variety.   In English Angora, there were 5 white and 13 colored; in French Angora, there were 5 white and 35 colored; in Satin Angora, there were 4 white and 18 colored.

Monday, May 08, 2017

A J the Cat Comes to Visit

A J belongs to a neighbor on the street where Betty lives.    He is fat and he is friendly.   Before knowing his name, Betty calls him the "friendly fat cat".
A J is getting more adventurous; instead of meeting Betty on the street, now he's showing up at Betty's backyard.


Hey, we got to see each other more often, would you like me to visit you everyday?



Sunday, May 07, 2017

Jania and Jovis, Also the Gorgeous Ones

Jonas and Jada are not the only pretty babies in Jovanna's litter, there are also two white ones.

Betty is playing with Jovanna and her babies in September 2016.
White doe Jania is very compact, she seems to be small for her age but actually is very cobby and solid.

Jovis the white buck has very flowy coat, his wool is almost doe-like.

Which one do you prefer?