Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Show B Angora Judging at Monterey

Show B Angora judge is Kendal, he is starting with Satin Angora.


Judge Kendal reads out the ear number of a Satin Angora.

Judge Kendal is placing the two Satin Angora does, Casey writes the comments.


After Satin Angora, judge Kendal works on the white English Angora.

Judge Kendal has a "registrar assist" working with him.  


Makayla is working on her registrar's license.

Corinne continues to be the table writer for English Angora.


Judge Kendal comments, Corinne records.

Makayla joins judge Kendal to make the final decision to determine the BOB and BOSB.  Their selection is the same as show A, BOB goes to the colored senior doe and BOSB goes to the colored senior buck.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Show A Angora Judging at Monterey

The following photos were taken on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Monterey, CA.
In show A, judge Scott R. from Wyoming judges all Angoras.

Melinda from WA drives all the way down to work as a judge's assist as a part of her work toward her judge's license.

Judge Scott R has lots of experience in English Angora, he raise English Angora when he was a youth 30 years ago.


When judge Scott R and Melinda are working on English Angora, Corinne learns to be a table writer.  This is Corinne's third time showing her only English Angora.


Judge Scott goes into details with Melinda on English Angora wool.

This is the first time Corinne works as a table writer.   Judge Scott is teaching Corinne how to mark the comment cards.


Judge Scott and Melinda are getting close to selecting the best of the colored English Angora.


The final decision of BOB is the colored senior doe and BOSB is the colored senior buck.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Youth Top Winners at Monterey

Lindsey's New Zealand wins the youth Best In Show in show A and Reserve In Show in show B.
Youth Reserve In Show in show A is a Polish shown by Taylor, photo unavailable.


Show B Youth Best In Show goes to Emery's Netherland Dwarf.  The same rabbit wins the Youth Reserve In Show in show C.

Show C Youth Best In Show goes to a Havana shown by Alyssa, photo unavailable.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Open Top Winners at Monterey

California Rabbit and Cavy Shows hold triple open shows at Monterey, CA on Sunday July 30, 2017.
Judge Chris Z in show A awards the Best In Show to Jeremy's Netherland Dwarf.

Show A Reserve In Show goes to Kellie's Tan.

In show B Jeremy's Netherland Dwarf gets the Best In Show honor from judge Scott R and judge's assist Melinda.


Judge Scott and his assist Melinda pick Alan's Havana as the Reserve In Show.

In show C, Ohio judge Daniel picks the same two winners in show B except a reversal of the Best and Reserve.  Alan's Havana gets the Best In Show and Jeremy's Netherland Dwarf gets the Reserve In Show.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Remember When: Best In Show at the 1992 ARBA National Convention

Just received the current issue, July-August 2017, of Domestic Rabbits.  Betty goes down the memory lane.

The article "ARBA Best In Show Through the Ages" shows the photos and winners of the ARBA convention Best In Show since 1971.   Photo of me and Chu's Sweet Sixteen is at the corner of page 18.  That was the first time an Angora winning an open Best In Show in the ARBA convention.  It took a lot of effort to break the glass ceiling for a wool breed.   After this 1992 win, English Angora won convention open Best In Show two more times and youth Best In Show four more times.   All of them were related to my stock, some as immediate as the daughter or granddaughter, some were farther down into the descendants.    My English Angora won Group three more times after 1992: 2001 with a white senior doe, 2003 with a colored senior buck and 2013 with a colored senior doe.  

Until today, English Angora is the only breed of Angora that has won Best In Show at the ARBA national convention.  

The Angora breed judge in 1992 was Dr. Terry Reed, the past president of ARBA and a Hall of Famer.

The Best In Show judge in 1992 was Glen Carr, the executive director of ARBA and also a Hall of Famer.

The trophy on the right is for the Best 4-Class and the trophy on the left is for the Best In Show win.
   The convention selected 4-Class and 6-Class winners as the two finalists until 1995;  since 1996 the breeds were separated into 4 Groups to have 4 finalists for the Best In Show selection. 

After the photo session at the Best In Show judging, trophies were taken back by the convention staff until the ARBA banquet.   Cindy Wickizer was the president at the time, she officially awarded me the trophies for the win.   I was wearing an fawn Angora sweater that I made from the wool of Bubbling Champagne, the fawn doe that started all for me.   Cindy Wickizer is also in the ARBA Hall of Fame, she is one of the two breeders that the current Standard of Perfection dedicated to.  

The January-February 1993 Domestic Rabbits has the Best In Show winners of the open rabbit, youth rabbit, open cavy and youth cavy.  

The above photos do not show Sweet Sixteen's entire body, here is a photo taken at the same convention when I carried her to be groomed.   She was barely 8 months old but got the density to die for.

Sweet Sixteen has gone to the bunny heaven long time ago but her photo and the two big trophies still occupy an entire shelf space in our home.   It's not everyday that one breeds such a perfect animal and being recognized, she is gone but will never be forgotten.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kids Making a Display Poster

Betty received a message asking for photos of English Angora.   Somewhere in the Midwest, a 4H club is responsible for displaying all of the ARBA recognized rabbit breeds.  

Initially the request was for one good photo.  After viewing the potential choices, the youth decided to have a separate poster for the Guinness World Record holder Chu's Franchesca.   Here is a photo of the kids working together to design the poster.  

Looking forward to seeing the finished posters for all the ARBA breeds and for Franchesca.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Allen and Crew Clean Sweep Angora Goat Competition at CA State Fair

Breaking news from Allen:

"Clean sweep for Eureka! at the 2017 California State Fair Angora Goat Show! Giant "thank you" to our EMF team for showing, grooming, cleaning, and displaying their mohair tails off this week! Lots of photos to come."

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