2018 IAGARB Annual General Meeting

Boise, Idaho
April 20-22, 2018

Boise, Idaho

We are pleased to announce IAGARB will be holding its 31st annual meeting with a return to the Red Lion Downtowner in Boise, Idaho!

Registration for Workshops and Events can be found on HERE



Registration Testing:
9:00 am to 11:30 am
2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Leslie Samson, Judge Maker

Friday, April 20
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Every time you select your rabbits for breeding, every time you buy a rabbit
and every time you decide which rabbit in a litter to keep and which one to
sell – you become the judge of your own rabbitry.

This class is open to anyone interested in learning more about German
Angoras and the IAGARB system of judging.

In this class we will learn about the history of the German Angora in Europe
and how it was selected over decades to be the wool producing Uber-
Angora admired around the world for its superior fiber production. You will
learn about the German goal setting system of quantifiable evaluation.

We will move step by step through the procedures of an IAGARB judging
and registration. You will be better prepared to participate in our
performance testing. As well, this information will help to conduct similar
daily assessments in your own barn.

Fee for Class: $30 Member/$35 non Member

Part 1 Written test – Friday, April 20 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Part 2 Practical – Saturday, April 21 9am to 11:30 am

If you have been an IAGARB member for 3 consecutive years as of April
2016 and if there is a need based on membership, for judges in your
district, you may apply for the Judge’s Test.

Judge applicants are encouraged to take the Judge’s Seminar.
Fee for Test $45. (The application form is attached).

Leslie Samson is an original founding member of IAGARB, who has shared her life with angora rabbits for over 38 years.  She is a judge, chair of the Standards Committee and has served on the IAGARB executive board for 20+ years.

Leslie is the co-author of Completely Angora as well as a contributor to Rabbit Production, 9th Edition, many print articles and has been interviewed on television.   At one time, she was an Ashford distributor.

With a university major in Fine Arts and a minor in German language, she has been able to apply her studies to importation of stock as well as how to work with angora wool.  Her focus on angora is from a perspective of applied science.

She lives in Ontario, Canada on a duck and bunny farm.

Meet & Greet Dinner:  Location to be announced 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

After-Dinner Group Discussion:  Progress of the Color Program from 2012 to Present. 

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Registration Testing:
9 am to 12:00 pm

Judges Test:
Part 2- Practical
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Photography Workshop:
9:30 to 11:00
Rebecca Mikami, Instructor

Taking Your Photos from Blah to Awe
Would you like to learn how to take better photos of your rabbits, artistic projects and products?  Take your photos to the next level by joining us for a photography class designed to provide guidance and hands-on practice in capturing compelling images.

Rebecca Mikami, a professional photographer from Portland, Oregon, will walk the class through camera basics (all those things you need to know to control creation of the final image) and then cover how to get the correct colors in your pictures and how to light your subjects (natural and artificial light) using the equipment you have.  Editing, product photography, use of props, composition, and picking backgrounds will also be covered in addition to a discussion of how to take photos to submit to the IAGARB color committee for inclusion in the color guide.

The second half of the class will consist of a hands-on demo to practice what we’ve learned and answer questions.  Please bring your camera (whether it’s your DSLR, point-and-shoot, or smart phone!) so Rebecca can personally guide you during the demo.

Class Fee:  $35.00 Member/$40 Non member

Rebecca Mikami

Portland, OR


Rebecca and husband Jamie have two children, son Cavan (2004) and daughter Kaori (2006).  She was born in Colorado and moved to Oregon in 1987.  She received her Master in Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2003 but now owns and manages a portrait photography studio, Dancing Light Photo Studios, in Portland, Oregon.  Rebecca is an artist at heart and loves to create and challenge herself with new artistic adventures.  She enjoys photography, watercolors, fiber arts (spinning, knitting, felting, sewing), creating complex Halloween costumes for her family, and gardening.  Rebecca raises German angora rabbits (Serendipity Angoras) and has three koi ponds.  Her favorite way to relax is to sit by a small stream and soak up the sounds of nature.  Rebecca also enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, cycling, cooking, and finding unexpected treasures at garage sales.

German Angora Wool Show:
Awards Assembly
11:30 am to 12:00 pm

All IAGARB Members are welcome to enter the Wool Show!

                                     Knitted Angora Hat.  Submitted by Catherine Fulbright

LUNCH:  12-1 pm

Spinning Workshop:
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Leslie Samson, Instructor

Handspinning—Make T.P.I. Your New Best Friend
It is a most marvelous phenomenon that most handspinners treadle in synch with the beat of their own hearts.  When a group of handspinners gather, they also become more synchronized—hearts beating as one—creating a truly beautiful and unique type of energy.

The treadle wheel design, with which most of us are familiar, became standard household equipment in the 16th century.  The treadle itself was an important improvement over earlier designs because it allowed the handspinner to move the wheel while keeping her hands free.

The treadle not only increased spinning ease and speed, it was also critical to yarn design.  Every press on the treadle propelled the wheel to create a predictable number of twists at the flyer.

Spinning wheels are fascinating machines.  Because they are machines, they are subject to the ratios built into their designs.  In this class, you will learn how to optimize the value of your investment in spinning equipment and fibers by making your wheel’s ratios work for you.

Every handspinner is, in fact, a yarn designer.  When you spin and ply with a deliberate twist, you control the design of your yarn with respect to end use, consistency, reproducibility and best expression of the fiber qualities.  You will learn how to avoid under-spun, over-spun and uneven-spun yarns.

We will discuss stable yarn construction with a focus on angora rabbit fiber.  Learn how to make yarn that maximizes the qualities of angora you love, while minimizing shedding and pilling.  We will also discuss how to vary angora yarn designs that will broaden your repertoire in both your spinning and finished knitted designs.

You will need to bring your spinning wheel.  (No drop spindles, please.)  Kindly bring your finest tooth hand carders and a selection of your own handspinning.  Roving and raw fiber will be provided.

Class Fee:
$40.00 (Members)
$45.00 (Non-members)

5:30pm to 7:00 pm

After-Dinner Group Discussion:

SUNDAY, April 22nd
AGM Business Meeting and Luncheon:
10 am to 1:30 pm
(open to IAGARB members)

Lunch:  Taco Bar served at the Red Lion.
See registration page for menu details.  Arrangements can be made for special diets.

  • Splitting Hairs
    1:30 pm, after lunch
    Leslie Samson, SpeakerThis is a presentation about the architecture of angora rabbit coats.  We will take a close look at diagrams and photos of fiber structure as they relate to texture and specifically—density.Leslie has some remarkable images of “compound” angora fibers that will explain the unique qualities of wool from our rabbits and how they are produced in angora coats.

    This presentation will be short, sweet and not too technical.  You will walk away with an improved understanding of what angora wool really is.

    $23 covers both Lunch and Speaker

    Hotel and Meeting Space Information
    The Red Lion Downtowner in Boise, Idaho is a pet-friendly hotel close to many area attractions. We will be allowed to keep our rabbits in one of the conference rooms for our event. Tarps will be put down on the carpet to keep the area fresh and clean. Rabbits may stay in this room for our entire stay.
    Free shuttle service to the airport and a complimentary breakfast buffet will be provided to IAGARB members staying at the hotel.  Check out their website for photos and more amenities.

    Room rate:  $96.00 + tax

    The IAGARB group rate is guaranteed until March 29th. Please call the hotel at 1-800-733-5466 or 208-344-7691 ext. 0 to make your reservation.  Be sure to tell them you are booking for the IAGARB AGM.  The hotel has a free shuttle service to the airport.

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