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Ari-goat with his second place ribbon (and more discussion on fleece and breeding) 
25th-Oct-2012 10:26 am
Eddie Holland, NYS&W judge, said that he liked Ari for his solid frame, good size, and his fineness of fleece. Ari did not place first in the class because of a lack of style and character to his hair. It's just not quite formulating that ringlet style that is so necessary for the perfect Angora fleece.

It is noteworthy that Zoe's older sister Anna (same breeding of Jessie x Jared) is Ari's mother. Anna placed very well as a kid, but never took first because her hair was so fine and oil-free that it never curled into ringlets, and like Zoe, she was also 2/3 the size of the rest of the competition. She looked like a little dust mop.

The judge did not mention anything about Ari's airplane ears, and barely commented on what I think are perfect horns. In general, the judge called those kinds of things "pretty points" because "you don't shear horns or ears."

Here's a photo of him with his ribbon for reference.

Ari kid at NYSW 2012
25th-Oct-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
That is so freaking awesome! I can't believe I forgot to congratulate you over the weekend! (In my defense, work has been crazy lately, and stuff's been blurring together. But still, no excuse. News like that deserves immediate congratulations!)

Also, the friend I introduced you to at SVFF? The woman with long black and purple hair? She's starting to budget fiber money, and I couldn't remember how much I paid per ounce for raw fleece and that lovely roving. If you could send me an email, so she can start saving, we would greatly appreciate it! its contradictionchild at yahoo.
25th-Oct-2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! No worries. I'm doing enough happy-dancing that I've actually forgotten who said what when about the weekend. It's ALL GOOD.

Usually I sell my dyed roving for $2.50/ounce, and raw fleece runs at about $1 an ounce except for when it doesn't because I just want it gone. I'm also good for barter. ::grin::
25th-Oct-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
What would you be interested in bartering for? Food, hard labor...? ;-)

I can't even imagine how proud you must be! Hell, I'm excited for you, and I'm only your internet stalker!

25th-Oct-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Right now, I'm bartering for fleece-skirting!

Oh, yes, I'm very very proud.
25th-Oct-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Well, should there be any needing skirting the next time I make it over, I'll help out! I'll need a little guidance at first, to learn what you find acceptable. Fair warning, I will whine about poop, but its meant to be funny! I might even snag the Mad Scientist black rubber gloves from work!

26th-Oct-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
I think Ari's cute. Love the horns.
26th-Oct-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad! Yes, he has perfect horns. They make me happy.
26th-Oct-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
:) Congrats!!!

Thanks for sharing. This is great!
26th-Oct-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm happy to share good news!
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