Bradford Show 2019 -Show Angoras competition

Ru, the Best Angora going to Foxwood Stud and winner of Best Overall St Ledger stakes

Bradford small livestock show held 20/21 January at Doncaster racecourse

Although there were six adults and one U/5 rabbit were entered only two adults and one U/5 were at the show.

Due to the gap between entering and the show date, it is not always possible to predict what a rabbit might do in that time, some chew, some get stained through excess wetting, and if you feel your rabbit is not up to scratch you dont take it.

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Breed standard for Angora stud buck and brood doe

The breed standard of the national club.

Body Coat

  • Clipped down to a maximum of one inch, pure colour, fine texture, even and dense all over
  • A coat of 1 – 2 inches is permissible in the case of coloured Angoras
  • 15 points

Furnishings

  • Head, feet, legs, face, ears and tail
  • 15 points

Head

  • Broad, short skull, broad flat nose, large eyes of correct colour, dense crest, long fringe, thickly wooled along line of jaw
  • 10 points

Ears

  • Erect, short, tapered, well wooled, fringed and tufted
  • 10 points

Body

  • Short coupled, back arched, chest deep, broad and prominent, powerful shoulders and loins a good size
  • 25 points

Legs and Feet

  • Straight, good but not coarse boned, heavily wooled with short nails
  • 10 points

Condition

  • Firm flesh, clean well nourished and well groomed
  • 10 points

Carriage

  • Alert and upstanding, masculine in appearance in the case of a buck
  • 5 points

Total Points 100

Weight

  • Ideally not to be more than 7½lbs.

Serious Faults

  • Narrow wedge head, low head or ear carriage, plain long ears, no furnishings, bad condition

Subscription renewals

Subscriptions are now due for 2019. New members are £7, existing renewals, juniors and seniors are £5. Anyone is welcome to join the National Angora Club who is interested in angora rabbits.

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The Show Groomers Armoury

You might think that I should be the last person advising “show” people on grooming ideas, but the top exhibitors have kindly shared some very surprising ideas with me which you might find interesting. When embarking on a new hobby, career, or interest the thing to do is go to the top, and thats what I have done. Club members have been very generous in sharing their secrets for the benefit of all who read this article. To begin at the beginning, the question put was “ what is the tool most important to you for grooming?”

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Grooming for the show bench

I’m going to try and take you through the grooming until they are adults. I personally start grooming my babies about 6 weeks old,where I take them out and sort out the knots behind their necks. Then at 8 week to 9 weeks I take them out regularly, which is normally every other day, and I check behind their ears and at the back of their tails, this should normally only take you about 10 minutes.

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The Products section

Angora wool products

The Products section – by Patsy Hirstwood

Clipped wool

Products begin with Clipped wool, and the main thing to watch here is that one does not ‘double clip’, this simply means that one must not have any short hairs amongst the long wool, for this immediately puts the entry at a disadvantage no matter the quality or colour of the wool.

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A Time to Reflect

Sometime when you’re feeling important..
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom…
Sometime when you take it for granted…
That your the best one in the room….
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water
Put your hands in it up to your wrists
Is this the measure of how you’ll be missed
You may splash all you please when you enter
You may stir up the waters galore
But stop! And you’ll find in a minute
That it looks just the same as before!

The moral of this is quite simple
You must do the best that you can
Be proud of yourself, but remember
There is no indispensable Man!
(or woman!)

Elizabeth Miles

Mistywood Stud

Mistywood Stud is the angora stud of Judy Connolly.

Judy Connolly has been a member of the National Angora Club for many years, she is a breeder judge and at the height of her showing period mainly showed white and Chinchilla Angoras.  She is still breeding in a smaller way now, and can be seen at some of the stock shows and the London Show.