1978 Pet Kelly - Golden 1966 Brian Emmett - Silver 1964 George Lodge - Golden 1952 Tony Tipper - Silver 1939 H G Walker - Golden 1931 H G Walker - Golden
It's about time we recorded the next Agouti winner!
We're lucky to have a picture of the winning Golden Agouti.
In 1914, the Special Challenge Cup for best Agouti at the club show, Bradford, was awarded to E.G. Bates for his Golden Agouti Sow.
This is the advert for the first Bradford Champ. Harry Downes judged Agoutis, Selfs and Peruvians. It's interesting to note that the schedule lists Peruvians and Abys before the Selfs. Also that just Golden and Silver Agoutis are catered for as, of course, this show pre-dated the Cinnamon and other AOCs.
Cavy Judges and Stewards 1921. The man far right at the back appears to be Mr. H A Sheffield. If anyone can confirm this and/or name any of the others we would be most pleased to hear.
BRADFORD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 1921 - AGOUTI CLASSES SHOW REPORT
GOLDEN AGOUTI: 1. Stephenson – good shaped boar in right bloom, even ticking right through, nice feet and rich belly colour. 2. Pickup and Crane – sow, often described, not the bloom of leader. 3. Brewer Bros – even ticking and rich, fails on throat. Reserve - Brewer Bros.; Very Highly Commended – Vincent; Highly Commended - Gilbert & Holland; Commended - Hartley.
SILVER AGOUTI: 1 & Best Agouti. Gilbert & Holland – evenly ticked, full throat, nice feet, no suggestion of brassiness, wins. 2. Langford – close up except for front feet. 3. Vincent – good level body, feet and throat, uneven on face. Reserve - Southam; Very Highly Commended – Langford; Highly Commended - Langford; Commended - Habershon.
FOUR MONTHS: 1. Vincent – Golden boar, good shape youngster, cram full of colour, even right through. 2. Harper – sow, good shape and eye, fails on hind feet. 3. Langford – Silver, clear of brassiness, evenly ticked, fails throat to leaders. Reserve - Wright; Very Highly Commended – Morley; Highly Commended – Pickup and Crane; Commended - Thornton.
Judge: H.Y. Downs
(This was the very first Bradford Championship Show and there were no Club Stock Shows in this first year.)
RAPID RISE TO FAME
Years of Cavy Breeding and now Right at the TopMessrs. Brewer Bros.
have found that the Good Things of the Fancy are not for the Big Men alone but
that the “Little” Man can Secure a Big Share.
that has been very prominent in Cavy circles during the last twelve months is
Messers. Brewer Bros., Whoberley near Coventry.
At many of the best shows they have accounted for some of the highest
honours and their exhibits have been the subject of much favourable
comment. Some idea of their show pen
success may be gained from the following figures. During the seasons of 1920 and 1921 they have
won upwards of fifty 1sts, thirty 2nds and thirty five 3rds, whilst they also
had the pleasure of winning the Agouti Cavy Club’s cup for best at its Annual
show. They have also in their “bag” the
Midland Cavy Club’s cup, two Championships and forty Special Prizes truly a
feat of which any fancier would be proud.
Agoutis are chief favourite with Messers. Brewer Bros. and in their stud of
this variety they have no less than ten 1st prize winning pigs. Amongst them are Ch. Midland Gold King winner
of ten 1sts and six times Best in Show; also the cup winning sow Ch. Midland
Gold Queen whose total of 1sts is eight with also five Specials. They do not go in for breeding a lot of stock
and their plan is certainly working out well, as up to now they have not bred
one pig of this variety which has not proved its quality by winning a first
prize in open. They have some promising
youngsters coming along and these should keep up the prestige of the Stud.
are greater in point of number with Whites, Blacks and Creams all being
kept. These have not so good a record as
the Agoutis but the stock now in the hutches gives evidence that it will not be
long before they can fight hard for premier position. Quality is their sheet
anchor and no moderate pig finds its way into the breeding pen. Down that road progress lies.
Tortoise and Whites perhaps the most fascinating variety makes up the
Stud and of these a grand little lot is to be seen. They do not however appeal to Messers. Brewer
Bros. as do the other varieties and it is probably not that long before the
“patchies” are cleared to give more room for the other breeds. This would be a wise move, no doubt, as it
would be a pity to spoil the results through attempting too much. Far better have fewer pigs than have the
accommodation crowded to its utmost capacity.
is also a good breeding stud of Dutch, and already the fruits of victory have
been tasted with this variety.
Messers. Brewer Bros. have not been long in the Fancy. They are comparatively newcomers, it being
but three years since they took up the hobby.
They at once saw the wisdom of having a quality stud in preference to a
big stud of moderate quality and they laid their plans accordingly. Both are working men toiling hard for their
daily bread and they find their cavies a real source of rest and change after
the days work is over. Living out in the
country with green food all around them in plenty, the feeding question
presents no difficulties to them and it is little wonder that their stock is
always in the pink of condition. They
appreciate the great help they have received in the advice given them by other
fanciers and they in turn are only too pleased to be able to help any
struggling novice in the same way.
hobby they think there is nothing to compare with the breeding of cavies and
carried out on the lines under which their stud is worked one can quite
understand their enthusiasm. With such a
grand quality stud there is no limit to the heights they may attain to in the
Cavy World. The chief thing is that they
will have to be careful of overcrowding especially as they have such a grand
lot of young stock now running about the hutches. I think however they see the wisdom of
keeping within reasonable limits and it is quite probable that many of the
likely winners not to mention a lot of good breeding material will find its way
to other studs there to earn fame for its new owners.
The Agouti show report states that the Silvers were well-supported and improved but many did not have the desired "light" belly required in a good Silver Agouti.
For the avoidance of any doubt, thisnot the current Standard!
In 2008, the National Agouti Cavy Club stand was awarded First Prize among all stands (Rabbit, Cavy and others).