Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Night Blooming Cereus

The Night Blooming Cereus does not bloom often, the last time we saw a bloom was in 2016.

Gorgeous Flower and smells great.

Good things don't last a long time, the beautiful bloom usually lasts only 8-10 hours.

This is the second bloom on a different night.

And this is the third flower bloomed the night after the second flower.   It'll be at least one year or even 3 or 4 years before we can expect another bloom.      We'll see the life cycle of the bloom tomorrow.

Friday, September 27, 2019

2019 ARBA Convention Facilities at Reno

The following is a preview of the convention site.   It's one of the best ever.   Hopefully we'll see all breeders to participate in the convention.   If you don't have any rabbit or cavy that you wish to enter, you still should come for a day or two just to experience the biggest show of the year.   The deadline for entries is September 30, 3 days from today, enter at 

This is a site map of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, the location of the 2019 ARBA convention.  The blue area are the exhibit halls.The WCC occupied Exhibit Hall 4 and 5 on the lower right corner.  The ARBA convention will take place in Exhibit Hall 1, 2, 3 on the upper left.  

This is a glance of Exhibit Hall 1 and 2, empty and dark at the time when the photo was taken.  Imagine over 10,000 rabbits occupying these spaces.   The floor is extremely smooth, easy for rolling the carriers.

This is the front view outside the Exhibitor Halls.  The floor is fully carpeted, and there are lots of spaces for people to social and hang out.

This is the backside outside the exhibit halls, the green area is the food court.

On the side there are tables and chairs for people to eat, chat, work, ...

Thursday, September 26, 2019

ARBA Convention Catalog Angora Pages

The ARBA Convention catalog is beautifully done.  It is for sale at $20 for a physical copy and $10 for a download.  There are 162 pages, a huge book and file.    Here are the two pages that are for the four breeds of Angora.

The first page with English Angora image.   It's pleasantly surprised to see the photo of the Big Boy on the right and Frieda on the left.  The photo was taken when they are still juniors.

The second page of Angora information features a Giant Angora.  
Some of the information on these pages have been since modified.   The Angora booth should have updated information at the time of check-in.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

How Big is the Rabbit and How Much is the Wool?

One of the most common questions an Angora owner get is: "How big is the rabbit? Is there anything under all the wool?"

Quintana is in full coat, doing quite well in shows.

Quintana has two heads?

It's Quintana's brother Quinton, he used to look just like Quintana!

Here is a picture taken in July, see  The looked like identical twins.

Without the wool, an English Angora is actually very small, just look at Quinton vs. Quintana. 
   Why is mama Betty cutting off Quinton's coat?   As Kenny Rogers sings in his signature song "The Gambler": " You got to know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away, And Know when to run".    With more than 10 full coats being maintained for the ARBA convention show in October, one needs to make choices of which coat to hold and which coat to fold.   When the two brothers are so much alike and competing in the same class, it makes sense to hold one and fold the other.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Betty's Lucky Birthday

Betty had a birthday the day before the show, and Carolyn makes a cake for Betty.

From left to right are Carolyn, Casey, Betty, Carolyn and Pattee.    Lucky Betty has a birthday celebration, with good friends, and her French Angora wins three Best In Show out of three shows.  How lucky can it be?   

Monday, September 23, 2019

Show B Best In Show Judging

The two judges for show B Best In Show are Ted Deloyola of OR and Lana Mellentine, OR.   

Judge Ted has a judge's assist Allan Rafferty working for his judge's license.

Judge Ted teaches Alan about the English Angora.

They examine the French Angora wool carefully.

Judge Lana working on the English Angora.

Their decision is to award the Best In Show to the French Angora and....

Reserve In Show to the Havana.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Show A Best In Show Judging

One of the show A Best In Show judge is Hope Blackburn of UT.   

The second judge for show A Best In Show is Mary Whitney of WA.  There are more than 30 breeds represented in the Best In Show selection.

A close up of judge Mary examining the BOB English Angora.

A close up of the BOB American Fuzzy Lop.

Judges Mary and Hope discuss their picks.

They agree with each others picks, Best In Show goes to the French Angora and the Reserve In Show to the American Fuzzy Lop.